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(Seattle, WA, USA)
I read about research done in Israel on fibromyalgia. In their study, Epsom salts baths provided the most pain relief, so I decided to try it.
This is a 15-30 minute therapy bath that will temporarily take away all your pain.
Use 1-2 cupfuls of Epsom salts and fill tub up about halfway. I also add glycerin because my skin is very dry. I've tried other oils, but I like glycerin the best because it doesn't leave a residue in the tub.
Use water that is your normal bath temperature. Soak. Follow with a shower. I am always pain free for at least an hour afterwards, and it feels so good to get that total relief for awhile.
I couldn't find the original research, but here is a link at http://www.yourfibrosupport.com/1/post/2012/04/epsom-salt-bath-relieves-fibromyalgia-pain.html which uses a slightly different combination of ingredients.
Thank you for your input Megan.
Fibromyalgia is truly an awful condition and any relief from the pain, even if temporary, I am sure would be welcome.
I am not surprised at the ingredients you mention because hot water combined with Epsom salts is well known to relieve sore muscles that have been overworked.
There is a lot to be said about establishing an alkaline pH level in your body to relieve pain and Epsom salts will definitely help.
To take this further I recommend drinking only alkaline water instead of tap or bottled water which is acidic.
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