There have been many occasions where endometriosis is in full beast mode and I fantasise about the relief that a warm bath would bring. When you're in need of comfort, emotional or physical, there's nothing quite like a bath. There's something about being submerged in water that feels safe (obvious references to the womb here) that soothes both body and mind. Alas (is it weird that I enjoy that word so much?) I pretty much always, always forget to clean the bath before my period begins - usually because during the PMS phase I am incapable of doing much at all, let alone cleaning - and I'm in too much pain to do it when it does start. Having said that, on the rare occasions when I leave myself enough reminders to order a pack of magnesium flakes and actually take a sponge to the tub, I am well rewarded.
I've tweeted and instagramed about magnesium baths before. The magnesium in epsom salts (in fact, epsom salt is actually just magnesium), magnesium flakes and pink himilayan salt is absorbed through the skin and into the body. Magnesium helps reduce inflammation in the body and reduces cramping in muscles = reduction in period cramps. I use Better You Magnesium Spray on my abdomen whenever I have a flare up and it decreases my pain levels immediately (make sure you get the sensitive one, it can itch like hell!). Before starting This EndoLife in fact, my initial idea was to start a line of bath salts for endometriosis because I found such quick relief from using it.
So, you can imagine how excited I was to discover Endo Soak recently, a line of bath salts founded by Linda, an endometriosis sufferer who was looking for a sustainable way of managing the disease. I LOVE Linda's form of self-care - a 20 minute bath soak every single day. Unfortunately my work hours and various blogging commitments means I don't have time to bath so frequently, but I'm so inspired by Linda's dedication to improving her well-being and reducing pain levels that I have a new found determination to fit in a dip in the tub at least once a week.
Being aware of the stress that chemicals can put on our already struggling bodies, Linda looked for a bath salts range that was natural and organic, as well as therapeutic, but couldn't find something that ticked all the boxes. She consulted other endosisters, who felt the same and after some research into the healing powers of natural remedies, Endo Soak was born.
Her line includes four different blends; Coco Rose Bath Milk, Flare Blend Pain Relief Bath Soak, Happy Days Muscle Soak and Rosy Royal Bath Soak. Of course, the Flare Blend jumped out at me immediately, consisting of magnesium flakes, himilayan salt and epsom salts, a triple whammy ready to kick endo down a notch or two, and combined with lavender and essential oils to help soothe the mind and body and relieve the tension brought on by a flare. The Happy Days Muscle blend is specifically designed for muscle soreness and aches, and is another one I'm really interested in trying. I often find that even without a flare up, if I do too much or go out for the evening (even without drinking) I wake up quite honestly feeling like I've fallen flat on my face the night before - my joints hurt SO BAD that sometimes the thought of putting clothes on is too much to bear.
Linda's beautiful line, full of petals and pink salt, is available in her shop. Endo Soak is based in Australia, but I'm really hoping she delivers to the UK, because I can't wait to try the entire range out!
Thank you Linda for bring the endometriosis community some natural relief that's luxurious and good for us. <3