Epsom Salt is a must have if you are the parent of a child who has a hard time calming down.  In my case it’s my 4 year old daughter.  Ever since she was a baby she has been overly hyper, always on the go and never wanting to calm down at bedtime.  Let me tell you, she is the reason I look tired all the time.  Just trying to keep up with her high speed pace has caused many new gray hairs on top of my head.

After reading about how the magnesium in Epsom Salt can help calm the body I decided to give Epsom Salt baths a try.  I started off dissolving 1 cup of Epsom Salt in warm bath water and having my daughter take at least a 20 minute bath.  At first there was no major difference that I could tell.  But then after a week I started noticing after her baths she seems calmer and displayed much better behavior.  Now if she starts to get a little unruly or whiny, I ask her if she wants to take a bath (which she always wants to do).  As soon as she starts soaking, she is calmed down and life becomes much easier again.  This also works well before bedtime to help prepare for the transition to bedtime.

Not only are Epsom Salt baths  good for kids, they are also relaxing and soothing for parents as well.  Plus Epsom Salts provides some great health benefits.  Epsom Salts are made up of the compound magnesium sulfate.  Magnesium is important in that it helps keep enzyme activity regular in your body, and it helps your bodily functions to run smoothly. More than half of all Americans have a magnesium deficiency, which is believed to be a factor in all kinds of health problems. Sulfate also plays an important role in the way in which your body works: It has a role in the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins, and it can strengthen the walls of the digestive tract.  Taking an Epsom salt bath helps restore magnesium and sulfate in your system because they can be absorbed through your skin.

So whether you are looking to help calm down your kids or just relax and Detox your own body, try out an Epsom Salt bath.  You can pick up some Epsom Salt at Walgreens, HyVee or other local drugstores.

Published by Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at www.broganlist.com.