Strange reaction to Epsom salts?
October 25, 2013 4:11 PM Subscribe
Took 2 Epsom salt baths recently: one made me totally relaxed and the other completely stressed me out bigtime. Is that even possible?
posted by wildflower to health & fitness (7 answers total)
The circumstances were very similar in that both times I took the baths at night, same brand of salts and same amount and length of bath too. I don't think i'd eaten anything unusual either. The first time maybe a month ago I woke up feeling really relaxed and happy the next day which I didn't expect so no placebo effect there. The other day I tried the salts again and was so stressed out the next day it wasn't even funny. Yes I'm under more stress lately but my emotional reaction was outsized for me. Do you think it could have been a reaction to the Epsom salts? I did read on a nutritionist's blog that one person experienced severe anxiety and vivd dreams from it. My dreams were fine. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate and magnesium is known to relax muscles so it is normal to feel relaxed and sleepy after an e. s. bath.