Epsom Salts and their Health Benefits.

What’s not to like about an inexpensive, easily obtained product that is able to assist in rejuvenation and regeneration of your body both internally and externally while you simply relax and unwind in a warm bath?

Epsom salts (or magnesium sulphate) is an inorganic salt containing magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. The salts are odourless and have the appearance of clear ground up crystals. We humans have been harnessing the powers and healing properties of Epsom salts for hundreds of years and for a variety of purposes, easing many symptoms of discomfort.

Epsom salts are more commonly known for their health and beauty benefits, but they can also be used for household cleaning and gardening too. Magnesium can play many roles in our bodies, aiding in regulating enzymes, reducing inflammation and helping to support muscles and nerve function. Sulphate helps to maximise the absorption of nutrients, while assisting in flushing our unwanted toxins.

Research has shown that magnesium and sulphate are readily absorbed through our biggest organ (the skin), making Epsom salt baths an ideal and easy way to enjoy some of the many health benefits on offer:

  • Easing aching limbs and muscles (reduces inflammation and helps regulate electrolytes)
  • Relaxing your nervous system.
  • Treating congestion and colds.
  • Prevention of hardening arteries and blood clots
  • Helps ease the symptoms and severity of migraines.
  • Contributes to quality of sleep.
  • Speeding up the healing process of small cuts.
  • Eliminates toxins form the body

All you have to do is just add 2 cups of Epsom salts to your evening bath. It’s best not to mix soap with your Epsom salts as the properties in your soap many interfere with the actions of the salts. In addition, a couple of drops of essential oil such as lavender oil can contribute to these health benefits and can also exude a fresh, sweet aroma.

Epsom salts can also be used for other specialized treatments such as:

  • A body exfoliator – in the bath or shower, combine 1 cup of Epsom Salt with 2tb of olive oil or coconut bath oil and rub all over already wet skin, then rinse.
  • To exfoliate the more delicate skin on your face – just add a teaspoon of the salts with your regular facial cleanser or moisturizer, gently massage over face and rinse with cold water.
  • To exfoliate lips – simply add a small sprinkle to paw paw cream and gently rub along lips then wipe away with damp cotton to reveal a soft brighter, plump pout.
  • To exfoliate feet or alleviate foot odour – soak feet for 15-20mins
  • To remove splinters and soothe insect and bug bites – soak cotton buds in 1 cup of cold water with 2tbsp of Epsom Salts
  • To help take the sting out of sunburn – the same mixture as above poured into a spray bottle

With all of these reasons, Epsom Salts are a practical and easy product to have on hand in your bathroom cabinet. Whether it be after a hard days work or after your personal training session, they will most certainly contribute to a healthier, more vibrant you!