Epsom Salt and Other Detox Baths Can Reduce Irritability and Even Prevent Meltdowns

Sometimes I find the best remedies for my son by observing what works for me.  I hate to admit it to you but I must be honest.  I can get really irritable.  Ever since I’ve started employing this simple habit, my irritability has gone down a LOT.  I’ve started using it with my son, and he is much calmer too.

Detox Baths Are Amazing!

I’ve started taking 3-4 detox baths a week, and I can’t believe how much calmer and easy going I feel!  I’ve taken detox baths for years, but I had never done them consistently enough to notice how much calmer they make me feel all week long!  I’ve found that my son is much calmer when he has regular detox baths too.

What’s a detox bath?

There are many things you can use for a detox bath.  Probably the most common is Epsom salt baths.  Some parents who are concerned about parasites are giving their children swimming pool salt baths.  I’ll say more about that later.

For now, let’s focus on perhaps the most common type of detox bath, Epsom salts.

Why Epsom Salts Help:

Epsom​ salt, magnesium sulfate, contains magnesium and sulfur, and just as with a medication patch, the magnesium and sulfur in a bath penetrates the skin and provides nourishment that helps us feel more calm and relaxed.

Magnesium:  Many of our kids are low in magnesium (and sulfur).   Magnesium helps with stress, anxiety, and concentration.  It even helps our body regulate blood sugar.  So, you can imagine how magnesium can reduce irritability.

Sulfur:  Sulfur is one of the most common elements in the human body and is associated with many important functions.  For our purposes, sulfur is especially helpful with Phase 2 detoxification of the liver.

How to take an Epsom Salt bath?

Fill your bathtub with the warmest water that is comfortable for your child.  Use ½ cup of Epson salt in your child’s first Epsom salt bath.  Let the salt dissolve and then let your child enjoy playing in the tub.  Ideally, keep your child in the tub for 20+ minutes.

Add Epsom salts to your child’s (and your) bath 1-4 times a week.

Gradually increase the amount of Epsom Salt to 1 or 2 cups per bath.

Where to Buy Epsom Salt

​Epsom salts are easy to find at your drug store, Costco and other warehouse stores.  Buy a large bag.  ​

Why Some Parents are Using Pool Salt Baths Instead?

If your practitioner is concerned that your child has parasites, he/she may suggest that you use pool salt baths instead.  This is because parasites feed on magnesium.  Pool salt, unlike Epsom salt, does not have magnesium and is a better option for children with parasites.

To make a pool salt bath, purchase a 40 pound bag of pool salt from a swimming pool supply store or your hardware store.  Put 9 pounds of pool salt in the bath.  (No, that’s not a typo.  I said 9 pounds!)  At first, I found it difficult to dissolve 9 pounds of salt in the bath.  Then, I discovered that the trick is to swish the pool salt throughout the entire bathtub.  I was just trying to dissolve it at the end of the tub under the faucet of running water.  Didn’t work well!

Your child won’t take a bath? 

If your child refuses baths, try giving him/her a foot bath using a smaller quantity of either type of salt.

Detox Baths are a Quick and Easy Way to Help Your Child Feel Better and Behave More Calmly

Whether you use Epsom salts, pool salts or other types of detox baths, you are going to be pleased to see how much better your child feels and thus, how much calmer he or she is.

Be sure to treat yourself to regular detox baths too.  You’ll feel the difference!

Great Health Documentary — Free for Through March 15th

Have you seen the new documentary, BOUGHT?   It’s being offered free between now and March 6th.

You can find it here. If you don’t catch it before March 6th, I encourage you to go for the paid download.  It’s a great documentary.

Here’s an overview:

The food, vaccine, drug, insurance and health industry are a multi-BILLION dollar enterprise… focused more on profits than human lives. The BOUGHT documentary takes viewers deep “inside the guts” of this enterprise…

Featuring exclusive interviews with the world’s most acclaimed experts in research, medicine, holistic care and natural health… Bought exposes the hidden (and deadly) story behind it all.

Are Our Kids as Healthy as Kids Were 45 Years Ago?

I heard Marvin Gaye’s song, Mercy Mercy Me, a couple of weeks ago.  I’d never paid attention to the lyrics of this 1971 song and didn’t see how they relate to children in 2015.  His prophetic lyrics have haunted me ever since.  Here are the lyrics in case you’ve missed them too:

Mercy Mercy Me

By Marvin Gaye

Mercy mercy me
Things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east

Mercy, mercy me, mercy
Things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas
Fish full of mercury

Mercy, mercy me
Things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying

Mercy, mercy me
Things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?

Oh, na na na na na na na na na
My sweet Lord
My Lord, my sweet Lord

What’s Mercy Mercy Me Have to Do With Children’s Health?

It’s been almost 45 years since Marvin Gaye released this song, and the EPA has achieved substantial victories since then such as banning DDT, lead and arsenic.  However, new and not well understood chemicals are introduced into our environment every year.  These new toxins are everywhere – not just our air and water.  They are in our food and almost every product we use. And, they are a major contributor to an emerging constellation of chronic conditions in today’s children.

If Marvin Gaye were alive today, I believe he would look back on the health of children in 1971 and say:

Mercy Mercy Me

Kid’s Health Ain’t What It Used to Be

    • 1 in 6 have learning disabilities
    • 1 in 3 children have obesity
    • 1 in 3 have allergies
    • 1 in 8 have asthma
    • 1 in 10 have ADD
    • 1 in 50 have autism

The toxins in our food, medications and environment are making all of us sick – especially our children.  Statistics show that these conditions were rare in 1971.  Most people hadn’t even heard of some of them.

The good news is that by viewing these conditions as a product of environmental factors, we know how to reverse them.  There is an amazing crowd-funded documentary being developed by the good people at DocumentingHope.com.  They will show us how to protect and heal our kids. Here’s a description of their project:

“The Documenting Hope Project is supporting 14 chronically ill children through a healing and recovery journey. The children will come from five locations throughout the United States, and their illnesses will include autism, ADHD, asthma, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mood disorders, obesity/type II diabetes and atopic disease/eczema. Up to seven of these children will be featured in a groundbreaking feature-length documentary film, Canary Kids, which will spread the much-needed message of hope: Recovery is possible.”

If you would like to help fund the DocumentingHope project click here.

Check out DocumentingHope’s benefit concert featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead on February 7th, 2015 here.

The next time you’re talking with a group of parents, notice how frequently they mention chronic health, learning and behavior problems in their children.  You’ll be shocked.

In my next blog, I’ll give you tips for preventing and reversing chronic conditions in children – as well as adults.