Cayce Health Database
EPSOM SALTS BATHS
Epsom salts baths were often recommended
for persons suffering from muscular and joint conditions such as rheumatism
and arthritis. Although the therapeutic suggestions sometimes
varied for individuals depending upon the severity of the condition,
here are some general guidelines for using Epsom salts baths.
EPSOM SALTS BATHS
In many cases (especially arthritis), Epsom salts
baths are to be taken after a series of Atomidine. To take an Epsom
- Use at least five pounds of Epsom salts for a modern tub (about
twenty gallons) or eight to ten pounds for an old-fashioned tub of
water-which generally holds about thirty gallons of water.
- Be sure to stir the salts thoroughly so they do not remain in a
lump at the bottom.
- Start with six to eight inches of water in the tub at about 101-102
degrees. Be sure to use your thermometer. Gradually work
up to 106 degrees. Gradually add hot water as you immerse yourself
so that you keep the temperature even, and progressively raise the
temperature to 106 or 108 degrees by adding fresh, hot water until
the bath is deep enough to cover your back; then soak. If you
are trying to relieve chronic pain, eventually, as you take the baths
over a period of time, you may be able to get the water temperature
up to 110-112 degrees.
- To relieve pain, you should remain in the tub ten or twelve minutes
to start, and gradually increase to twenty minutes.
- Massage body (especially affected parts) with Epsom Salts solution
while body is in bath.
- An ice bag or cold washcloth or sponge to the forehead or back
of neck will help you bear the heat.
- DON'T OVERDO - EASY DOES IT. This is a particularly good
therapy for stiff joints, muscular pain, arthritis, and rheumatism;
for increasing the metabolism and the work of the heart; and for raising
body temperature and relieving pain.
CAUTION: Epsom-salt baths are contraindicated in cardiovascular
or high-blood-pressure conditions. Ask your doctor, in such a
case, whether you may take the bath.
CAUTION: When taking hot baths of all kinds, be sure to have
someone nearby in case you are overcome by dizziness or faintness.
It is also best to set a timer for accuracy, for your sense of time
may not be accurate.
HAND AND FOOT BATHS
Here is a simple procedure for taking Epsom salts
hand and foot baths for symptomatic relief of arthritic pain:
- Make a hot Epsom-salt solution, adding about one pound of salts
to a basin or bowl, which should be half full of hot water.
- Soak the hand for five minutes and then massage the fingers and
the hand with the other hand under water and work the fingers and
hand, rotating the joints.
- Then soak again for another five or ten minutes.
- After about twenty minutes of soaking take the hands out and massage
peanut oil into one, continuing up the arm.
- Then reverse the hands and repeat.
- This same procedure can be used for the feet.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health