Epsom Salt

Magnesium sulfate is a chemical compound that consists of magnesium, oxygen, and sulfur. It is more commonly known as Epsom salt, named after Epsom, the town in England where it was first discovered. It has been used for hundreds of years since it was discovered to treat a range of ailments.

One of the main reasons for Epsom salt’s medicinal properties is its high magnesium content. Epsom salt is thought to offer a range of health benefits that is one of the reasons why it is a popular choice for bath soaks.

People with diabetes, kidney disease, or heart problems, or who are pregnant should talk to their doctor before using Epsom salt.

 

Benefits of Epsom salt:


Detoxifies

The air that we breathe often contains many toxins. For the most part, this is not too much of a problem because the liver, kidneys, and other organs are effective at filtering this out from the system. 

A bath in Epsom salt can help our body to pull toxins out from beneath the surface of the skin. This can help to reach those parts that even our own immune system cannot reach. It can help clean the body and also leave your skin looking brand new again.

 

Relieves Inflammation

The magnesium content of Epsom salt is thought to be able to reduce C-reactive protein (CRP), which can cause inflammation. Try it out to bring considerable and very welcome relief.

 

Stress Relief

Stress is something that should never be taken lightly. We all go through it. You should do what you can to relieve yourself of stress, and a relaxing bath with Epsom salt can help to this end.

One result of prolonged stress is that it can deplete the levels of magnesium in our bodies. This can, in turn, increase adrenaline levels and this can contribute further to stress. Epsom salt helps to replace this magnesium, while bathing in Epsom salt can also help increase serotonin levels, which will help you to relax.

 

Healthy Skin

Epson salt will go a long way toward giving you healthy skin, and a healthy appearance. It can make your skin softer and can also help with exfoliating. You can use it by mixing Epsom salt with a carrier oil like coconut oil or olive oil and then rubbing it into the body.

 

Sunburn

If you picked up a bad sunburn you can try bathing in a bath of Epsom salt and likewarm water. This can help to alleviate inflammation, wich can help to alleviate itching and pain. What’s more, it can also help to reduce some of the redness of the burn.

 

Foot pain/smell

There’s nothing quite like a foot bath to soothe aching feet and adding some Epsom salt can make the experience so much better.  It not only can help to remove those lingering bad odors, but it can also help to soften rough skin. It can also become a welcome relief to people that spend much of their day on their feet.

 

Healthy Nerve Function

The magnesium in Epsom salt is known to be able to help regulate the electrical signals our nervous system relies on.

The nerves in our nervous system detect what is around us and then send the information back to the brain, which then deals with that information accordingly. Magnesium can also help the body to use calcium effectively, which helps to conduct these electrical signals.