The Benefits of Epsom Salt

For many years, Epsom salts have been used all over the world by numerous cultures for aiding hundreds of ailments. Originating from Epsom in the southeast of England, they contain a variety of beneficial properties in gardening, household cleaning, and detoxifying the body. These salts are inexpensive and sold just about anywhere. Epsom salt is made up of two very important ingredients: magnesium and sulfate.

Magnesium helps regulate the activity of over 300 enzymes in your body. It supports proper nerve and muscle function, and is essential in the formation of bones and teeth. It also helps convert blood sugar into needed energy.

Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and form proteins in joints, brain tissue, and mucin proteins.

Relaxes and Detoxes

Feeling stressed? Chances are your magnesium levels are drained. When taking an Epsom salt bath, we replenish magnesium in our bodies and detoxify ourselves of harmful environmental contaminants and toxins that could pontetially cause illness. The magnesium found in the salts also helps produce high levels of serotonin, the mood rising chemical.

For an enjoyable, relaxing detox bath, stir in 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt in a bathtub filled with warm water and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes. Epsom salt baths are great to do at least 2 or 3 times a week.

Relieves Pain

Traditionally, Epsom salt baths have been used as a soaking agent to bring relief from muscular pain and stiffness due to their amazing anti-inflammatory properties. A few years ago, I had the unfortunate luck of some painful, and stubborn, sciatica that made being mobile near excruciating for quite some time. Aside from heating pads and Tylenol, warm Epsom salt baths gave the most effective relief for my pain and made the healing process a lot better, thankfully. In addition to treating body pains, Epsom salt also treats sunburns, too.

Removes Dead Skin

Rubbing skin with Epsom salts in a circular movement helps remove dead skin cells and softens you skin. You can add olive oil or other bath oils to this regime, just be sure to rinse off salts when you’re done.

Makes Great Fertilizer

Some plants, like roses, need a ton of food. Epsom salt can promote growth and maturity of plants. Its natural magnesium helps with chlorophyll development, while the sulfate help the plant absorb healthy food elements. Palm trees and tomatoes love it! Try working some Epsom salt into the soil to keep them happy, especially during blooming season.

Regulates Blood Sugar

Raising magnesium levels promote a healthy heart by improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. At the same time, it also improves the body’s capacity to use insulin and even prevents potential blood clots. Magnesium is needed to support calcium levels in the blood.

Sulfate cannot be easily obtained through food, but are absorbed through skin. This stimulates the pancreas to create digestive enzymes and help detoxify the body. Epsom salt flushes out toxins and heavy metals from cells, easing muscle pain, and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.

Removes Splinters

Using Epsom salt can help you easily extract splinters. The salts increases osmotic pressure in skin, which brings foreign bodies (like splinters) toward the skin. Soak the affected area in a tub of Epsom salt for easy removal.

Sleep Better

When the body’s relaxed, you’re able to sleep better; Epsom salt can help you achieve that. Take a warm bath with Epsom salts in the evening, preferrably an hour before bedtime. It helps increase the level of magnesium in the body that would otherwise bring fatigue, stress, heart disease, and joint pain without it. So, fill the tub with warm water, mix in a cup of Epsom salt and baking soda, and relax.

Treats Colds and Flu

The next time you feel a cold coming on, take a hot Epsom salt bath. It helps the body fight off infection easier and recover faster.

Removes Foot Odor

Keeping feet in warm water with Epsom salt will get rid of foot odor, and pain. Soak feet for about 15 to 20 minutes as it’ll improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and soften skin.

Be sure not to use soap with your Epsom salt baths, as it’ll interfere with the minerals and the detoxification process. Try to rest for an hour or two after the bath unless you have arthritic joints, in which case you will want to stay active as much as possible to prevent congestion in the joints.

Do not take Epsom salt baths if you are pregnant, dehydrated, or have any open wounds. The regular use of Epsom salt baths has been known to improve the symptoms of many health conditions including athlete’s foot, gout, toenail fungus, sprains, bruises, and muscle soreness. It’s also great for anyone dealing with chronic pain to use regular Epsom baths to help detoxify and relieve inflammation while improving mineral and sulfate balance in the body.

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