|We love Epsom salt baths and pretend to be mermaids|
Every Biomed mum worth her salt (pun intended) knows the importance of Epsom Salt ie. magnesium sulphate. Epsom Salt baths are part of basic Biomed, one of the first things we can start safely ourselves. The benefits are enormous, the side-effects if any are rare.
“The magnesium and sulfate in the salts are absorbed into the body through the skin. Because the sulfur is already in the sulfate form, it does not need to be converted like other forms of sulfur do. Sulfate is thought to circulate in the body up to about nine hours. Any Epsom salts left on the skin may continue to be absorbed as long as it is still on the skin, offering continuous ‘timed-released’ input into the bloodstream – like medications given through skin patches. Many people on a typical ‘modern’ processed diet are very deficient in magnesium as well, which Epsom salts also supply in a highly available form. Main effects of insufficient magnesium are hyperness, irritability, anxiety, and muscle twitching or spasms. So the salts may provide two-way assistance.” ~ Karen Defelice, Enzyme Stuff.com
We use prodigious amounts of Epsom Salts and buy it in bulk. Buying retail is usually more expensive, plus you’d have to buy trolley-fulls of little packets or boxes of Epsom Salts at the pharmacy or certain supermarkets. I usually get enquiries from salesclerks and other customers when they see me clearing out the entire shelf and loading up my shopping cart. This happened constantly last year when it seemed the whole of KL ran out of stock of Epsom Salts, retail and wholesale.
|Daddy plays fun games with the towel|
|I love it when Daddy makes silly faces:-)|
We dissolve it in warm baths and encourage our kids to soak in it for 10-15 minutes. We use lots of bath toys and play silly games in the hopes that our little darlings will stay in the bath long enough. Hubby was especially great at keeping Mei occupied long enough to stay in the tub. Initially, my very hyper eldest daughter who was diagnosed with autism, could barely stay in the bath for 2 minutes. We put a clock in the bathroom and timed it, eventually we got up to 20 minutes.
Some of us jump into the bath together with our kids, this usually works best for me when both my girls were at their most hyper. They love it when mummy joins them in the splashing fun and wants to stay longer in the bath. However, that was a long time ago, they are no longer hyper and love bath time. Though occasionally I still jump into the tub with them coz it certainly cheers me up after a long and tiring day.
We usually dissolve half a cup of Epsom Salts into a bathtub of warm water, more if it’s a deep bath. I prefer to pour some Epsom Salts into very warm water in a separate container, stir until completely dissolved, then I pour it into the bathtub. My hubby takes a shortcut and just dump the salts into the tub. This tends to leave the bottom of the tub gritty, it takes a long time to dissolve and can be extremely uncomfortable for female private parts. We call this ‘sandy bottom syndrome’ in our home, usually occurs when Daddy is in charge of bath time and I’m not there to remind ie. nag him. So, for Super Dads out there with daughters, remember to pre-dissolve the salts first!
|Need a bigger basin and more cooking utensils!|
Those without bathtubs at home make do with large plastic basins. For variety, we even bring the basin to the garden and pretend we’re in a jungle pool. The smaller the body of water, the less Epsom Salts we need, so this is a great cost saving method not to mention conserving water. However, in my household, at times all 4 of us are in the tub together, this is a rare treat for the girls indeed. Though a bit overcrowded, it’s certainly fun for the whole family!
Most kids do Epsom Salt baths daily, for some their biomed doctor would recommend to do the baths twice a day. Epsom Salt baths are recommended especially after our kids swim in chlorinated swimming pools. There are several ways to use Epsom Salts, bathing is popular, so is spraying on the skin, applying it as a cream, as a footbath or in an oil base. Some resourceful mothers mix Epsom Salts with water and pour it into a bottle with a spray nozzle. After swimming, the kids take a quick shower then Mum will spritz them all over with the Epsom Salts spray and let it dry on the skin. There are sprays available for sale online, but most parents make do with home-made spritzers. You can also buy Kirkman’s Magnesium Sulfate cream www.spectrumsupplements.com though personally I find it’s quite expensive and not good value for money. However, I use the cream when traveling or when baths are not possible. Karen DeFelice’s site offers a great recipe for homemade Magnesium Sulfate cream.
|Bath time necessities|
Do not use any soaps or shampoos as this will neutralize the effects of the magnesium sulfate. Don’t rinse off with clean water after the bath, we want to encourage the salts to soak and penetrate into our pores. Letting it dry on the skin after a bath is best, though it may not be practical. So a gentle pat dry with a towel is better than rubbing the towel to dry your child. I usually just pat their faces dry and wrap them in a towel for a couple of minutes, in the Malaysian heat, they’ll dry within seconds.
Personally, my girls and I like to put a few drops of lavender oil in the bath as it has a calming effect, especially great before bedtime. I especially love therapeutic-grade Lavender essential oils. Some parents like to add a bit of baking soda into the bath ie. Sodium bicarbonate for detox purposes.
As you can see, we’ve got Barbie Mermaid dolls, rubber duckies, swimming goggles and sometimes even my cooking spoons get into the bath too. Little teapots and watering cans are especially fun in the bath too.
Thanks to our resourceful Super Mums, we’ve sourced a new Epsom Salts distributor in Malaysia. Please contact them below;
They offer a special rate of RM10 per kg (minimum purchase of 25kg) for parents of special children. For those outside of Klang Valley, do inquire about delivery. Please contact the owner Mr. Choo 016-2858048 directly since he is the only one at the moment who knows about the special rate. If you need it to be re-packaged to smaller bags, please ask if he can assist. They charge a small fee to deliver to your home, RM8.00 to my doorstep. No more driving to industrial areas through heavy traffic and lugging 25kg sacks!