Bath salts are simply a group of designer drug substances typically used for body de-stressing. The word “bath” is derived from medieval times where the substances were disguised as bath salt. The crystals, white powder, or granules often look similar to Epsom salts but are different chemically. Most bath salts come from volcanic ash deposited at the foothills of the Alps.
The FDA definition of a dietary supplement does not include bath salts because they do not contain an active ingredient. However, bath salts do meet stringent dietary and safety standards set forth by the US Food and Drug Administration. The substances must be natural, organic, produced in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations, and approved by the FDA. They are not considered a dietary supplement. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Because bath salt has not been evaluated by the FDA, the only way to know for sure what it contains is to buy it and test it yourself. You can do this by using clinical testing kits that are available from the National Institute of Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIMH has not received funding from the pharmaceutical industry to sponsor any clinical trials involving designer drugs, so all of the clinical test reports and case studies on bath salt are from independent organizations. However, there are some noteworthy information that may encourage you to keep an eye out for clinical trials of 25i-NBome.
First, the test has been conducted and the results are inconclusive. In a case report published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the investigators recommended that the combination of 6% Epsom salt and 4% tea tree oil was ineffective and potentially harmful when used for more than six months as a bath salt soak. No adverse events were reported during the six-month trial. However, these same researchers stated that they would “actively evaluate” the combination in the future. So far, the only positive events have come from the short-term, single-use trials conducted by independent clinical specialists who are paid by the manufacturers. These investigators showed no signs of toxicity or any signs of negative effects from soaking for 12 minutes.
Second, Epsom salt has shown promise as a vehicle in which to carry an anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to dissolve clogged arteries and reduce inflammation of the chest wall. A paper published by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturing company, showed that a salt solution with Epson salt and aspirin added was as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug warfarin in reducing the blood clotting of healthy adults. The combination proved better at dissolving plaque and promoting blood vessel healing than the drug, warfarin alone.
Third, in animal studies it has been found that epsom salt does not adversely affect calcium absorption and it may even be beneficial. In one study, rats given low doses of magnesium sulfate showed no abnormalities in bone metabolism or muscular weakness. In another study, chickens fed on a diet of magnesium sulfate died more quickly than controls, but they lived longer than non-sulfate chickens. These results indicate that low doses of magnesium may be useful for promoting bone strength in people with severe calcium deficiencies.
Fourth, the absorption of epsom salt and magnesium sulfate into the bloodstream is enhanced by using various alkaline earth materials. Silicon carbide was found to enhance the absorption of epsom salt, whereas magnesium was enhanced by the application of baking soda. Silicon carbide and magnesium are two of the most commonly used materials in alternative healing practices. Interestingly enough, both dead sea salts and baking soda were found to increase heart rate and stimulate contractions in a laboratory animal model of physical stress. It appears that these alkaline forces may be able to provide the body with additional strength during times of physical stress.
The potential applications of bath salts and magnesium sulfate do not end there. In fact, recent studies have shown promise for other uses including treating blocked arteries, improving the eyesight of newborn babies, healing periodontal disease, relieving pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combating a range of neurological conditions including ADHD and migraine headaches. The next time you find yourself searching for a quick and easy way to make bath water taste better, look no further than by mixing some of these organic ingredients with your regular tap water. You might be surprised by how good you feel, and how much better you actually like taking baths. Why not take a few baths a week to help boost your immune system?