ADHD and Epsom Salts – Soothing Anxiety the Natural Way
Epsom salt is a key mineral (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) found in underground springs. Humans have been using this mineral for hundreds of years as an all-around remedy for anything from sore muscles, athletes’ foot, skins conditions, and constipation. The relaxation qualities of the mineral are great for insomnia and anxiety and there is science behind this therapy.
Soaking your feet after a long day is so relaxing and an excellent act of self-care. I’ve recently started a part-time job at an extremely busy pharmacy. I’m on my feet for up to 8 hours a day checking and bagging hundreds of prescriptions at a very fast pace. After years of office work, standing on my feet is comparable to a daily workout. The comfort of warm water, Epsom salts and a drop of essential oils soothes my aching feet and calms me after a long day.
However, I did not collate Epsom salt and ADHD until I recently read an excellent article by Lisa Woodruff on her blog Organize 365. She talks about her child with ADHD soaking his feet in Epsom salts to calm his anxiety. I could see how this makes sense and would be a fabulous daily therapy for adults with ADHD too.
Magnesium is an essential mineral found in our bodies. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin which is a chemical the body produces to induce relaxation, a feeling of well-being and happiness. Sulfate is necessary for the formation of brain tissue and proper neurotransmitter function. Just ten minutes of soaking our feet every day or taking a warm Epsom salt bath can calm our nerves and have a positive effect on our anxiety. It is worth trying and your feet will appreciate you for the extra pampering.
***Please note that there are contraindications to using Epsom salts and you should consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure or cardiovascular conditions. You should not use Epsom salts if you have serious open sores. All these contraindications are on the package label.