What is Epsom Salt?
What if we told you there’s a hidden gem that costs very little and can help combat a number of beauty and health problems? It may sound too good to be true, but the overlooked miracle worker does exist. …. It’s Epsom salt.
Epsom salt is composed of two minerals—magnesium and sulfate. Despite its name, Epsom salt is a completely different compound than table salt. It was most likely termed "salt" because of its chemical structure. It has an appearance similar to table salt and is often dissolved in baths, which is why you may also know it as "bath salt." While it looks similar to table salt, its taste is distinctly different. Epsom salt is quite bitter and unpalatable.
It's been around forever. It was discovered in the 17th century, first distilled from the water of a bitter saline spring at Epsom, in Surrey, England. For hundreds of years, this salt has been used to treat all sorts of ailments.
Most of the reported benefits of Epsom salt are attributed to its magnesium, a mineral that a lot of people do not get enough of.
You may have written it off as something collecting dust in your grandparents’ bathroom closet, but Epsom salt has a number of practical—and effective—uses. Epsom salt can be an important part of improving one’s health.
Relax Your Body & Mind
Epsom salts dissolve in warm water and are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies. The magnesium ions break apart from Epsom salt molecules and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, helping us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.
Some research has found that people who are suffering from mental and physical stress benefit when their magnesium levels are managed. While the study looked at oral supplements, Epsom salt could have a similar effect.
Taking a warm bath can also help a person relax by allowing them to release muscle tension and recuperate after a long day. One study found that the magnesium in Epsom salt helps to lower cortisol, the stress hormone.
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin and work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints.
An Epsom salt bath may provide pain relief and reduce swelling in people living with certain types of inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and psoriatic arthritis. Epsom salt contains magnesium and may help the body get rid of toxins responsible for exacerbating inflammation while also reducing swelling, stiffness, and pain.
If you have a sprained ankle or are just in pain, it can help drain out toxins or reduce inflammation. It can also decrease pain during the early stages of labour. So, fill up your tub!
Keep Feet Healthy
Did you know that Epsom salt can help to treat athlete’s foot and toenail fungal infection and ingrown toenails? Simply add a half cup of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet to alleviate the itching and burning and help heal feet faster.
Soaking the feet in Epsom salts may also help reduce foot odour.
Sinus & Cold Relieve
Epsom salt bath is a gentle and natural way to get relief from colds, congestion and sinus pressure. It can also give relief from aches and pain and improve sleep quality.
There is quite a bit of evidence that magnesium may help headaches and even migraines when used regularly. Some sources even think that magnesium deficiency may increase the chance of headaches.
Healthy magnesium levels can boost brain neurotransmitters that are responsible for inducing sleep. Magnesium may also promote melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone.
What parent doesn’t want kids who want to sleep at bedtime? Using Epsom Salt bath as Part of your bedtime routine can helps kids fall asleep much quicker and stay asleep longer.
Muscle and Nerve Function
Aside from relieving tension, pain, and cramping, Magnesium sulfate has several other positive effects on the human body. It aids in many enzymatic functions, helps to regulate fluid retention in cells, and facilitates the body’s use of calcium to transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system.
For Arterial Health
Epsom salts may help to improve circulation and prevent serious cardiovascular illness by decreasing inflammation and protecting the elasticity of arteries. Healthier arteries mean less risk of blood clots, plaque build-up, and damage to arterial walls. Try soaking in an Epsom salt bath three to four times per week to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve your cardiovascular health.
Regulate Blood Sugar
Both magnesium and sulfate help to improve the body’s ability to produce and use insulin. Regular intake of Epsom salts – either orally or transdermally – may help to regulate blood sugar, lowering the risk of diabetes and improving your overall daily energy levels.
Improves Your Bone Health
Because Epsom salt has magnesium, taking a bath in the product allows users to absorb the element, which can help with bone health.
Draw out splinters
Splinters can be difficult to remove without pushing them further into the skin. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath for a few minutes can reduce inflammation in the affected area, soften the splinter, and make it easier to remove.
Sunburn Relief Spray
It’s important to try to get moderate sun exposure daily, but never enough to burn or turn pink. When we get too much sun, you can make a soothing after sun spray by dissolve 2 tablespoons Epsom salt in 1 cup of water and cool. Add 4 drops lavender essential oil and shake. Spray it on your skin to calm the pain of a sunburn.
Ease Discomfort of Gout
Add a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salts to hot water and soak body parts affected by gout. Magnesium sulfate quickly soaks through the skin and into the swollen, aching joints to help alleviate pain and inflammation.
Exfoliate Your Skin
By rubbing a handful of Epsom salts over damp skin, you can easily remove dead cells, helping your skin to look healthier and feel softer. Use this treatment on hands, feet, and everything in between. It may also soothe skin affected by skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis.
Natural Face Cleanser
At night before bed, mix a teaspoon of Epsom salts with your regular cleanser for an easy daily treatment. Epsom salts can remove dead skin and oil from your pores.
Remove Styling Product Build-up
To remove the build-up of hairspray or other styling product from your hair, mix one cup each of Epsom salts and lemon juice into a gallon of water. Cover and let the mixture sit for 24 hours before using. Then simply pour over hair and leave it on for about 15 – 20 minutes. Follow up with a wash and condition as usual.
Add Volume to Hair
Epsom salt can also be used as a hair volumiser since it's great at removing gunk. How to use it: Mix equal parts Epsom salt and conditioner, massage into your hair, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing out. You can also use Epsom salt to create a paste that will eliminate dead skin on your scalp if you’re plagued by itching.
Relieve Itchy Skin and Bug Bites
Epsom salt can also be used for relieving itchy skin from bug bites or other reactions. Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in a cup of water and let it cool. Spritz on bug bites or itchy skin to help calm the itch. A drop of lavender right on a mosquito bite also helps calms the itch. Or add some lavender to the spray.
** This information does not constitute medical advise, please consult a doctor for any medical advise **