For as long as I can possibly remember I’ve always preferred tackling any kind of illness the natural way which lead to an interest in naturopathy and naturopathic nutrition.
Now I have a wide range of techniques that I can use to support my body to regain balance.
So…today I have woken up aching. My legs are aching from rather a strenuous yoga session yesterday and from all the long distance walking up and down hills that I’ve been doing recently. I’m also a woman experiencing the ebbs and flow of energy as I approach my monthly crimson tide.
So rather than reach for the ibuprofen or paracetamol to dull my aches today I call upon my library of natural remedies and techniques and their immense super powers to help me feel better.
So what is naturopathy?
It is a system of therapeutics using natural remedies. Diet and a range of techniques which can support the body to detoxify, aiding the natural healing process. It’s not an exact science, techniques which work well for one individual may not be appropriate for someone else. They each have specific and useful purposes which are usually used for the following reasons;
· To create freedom of movement throughout the body fluids, organs and systems so that nutrient absorption and detoxification can occur easily.
· To aid detoxification and making it more comfortable, manageable and expeditious.
· For emotional reassurance
· To thin the lymph
· To re-hydrate the body
· To reach and treat the liver &
· To open the body’s routes of elimination.
Today I have chosen to make an Epsom salt and juniper body scrub.
Body scrub recipe
1 small cup of Epsom salts
Tablespoon of coconut oil
5 drops Juniper berry oil.
Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Rub vigorously all over the body then shower off (or fill the bath up with water and soak in it for 20 minutes and then shower). Take care in the bathroom as the oil can be slippery.
The benefits of Juniper
It helps the body throw off toxic wastes, improves elimination and supports the liver, lymph and kidney function.
The benefits of Epsom salts
Epsom salts are 2 molecules; magnesium and sulphate. Dissolved in warm water, they are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside your body. The magnesium ions break apart from Epsom salt molecules and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenalin. Another important role of Magnesium is the production of energy in cells, helping you feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.
Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes, helping to improve muscle and nerve function, reduce inflammation and improves blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. Sulphates are necessary building blocks for healthy joints, skin and nervous tissue. So this combination of magnesium and sulphate in the form of of Epsom salts is going to have a completely dreamy effect on my tired, aching joints today. This combination will help flush toxins from my body and help build key protein molecules in the brain and joints.
As well as being natural, the scrub has a much longer lasting effect than the 3-4 hours pain relief might give. I haven’t compromised my liver with more chemicals and maybe more importantly I’ve have shown my body that I care and it has responded by helping me to regain balance, health and vitality.
Epsom salts in the bath.
Alternatively, you could have an Epsom salts bath. Dissolve a kilogram of Epsoms salts in a warm bath, lay back and relax for 20 minutes. Cool down at the end by turning on the cold tap to lower the water temperature and stay in for a few minutes more until you feel cold. Get out of the bath and go straight to bed in a cotton nightwear or a cotton sheet so that you can sweat. You may experience raised heart rate along with sweating so if you have heart trouble, high blood pressure, are pregnant or diabetic it is best to consult your health practitioner for advice first. The hot water draws the toxins out of the body, to the skin’s surface, and while the water cools it pulls toxins from the skin and the Epsom salts increases this detoxification by causing you to sweat.
Using the salts as a scrub, in a foot bath for 20 minutes or as a hydrotherapy technique by pouring the salts into a bath all have a restorative and relaxing effect so really it’s a win, win and natural too!
Epsom salts are useful in the treatment of aches, pains, cramping and inflammation of joints, PMS, improves circulation, regulates blood sugar levels, relieves constipation, eases discomfort of gout, may lower anxiety as it sooths the nervous system and is a natural muscle relaxant.
We use Epsom salts and so many other natural techniques and remedies to assist the body in detoxing and regaining balance here at Nurture Nourish and hope you will find them helpful as well.
Nurturing and nourishing love to you always