9 Uses for Epsom Salt

| 5/29/2012 4:01:15 PM

Affordable and easily available through your local supermarket or pharmacy, Epsom salt—or magnesium sulfate—offers a lot of benefits to our bodies, both internally and externally. Although magnesium is an essential mineral to the body—important in functions such as muscle control, energy production and toxin removal—magnesium isn’t easily absorbed by the digestive tract, and factors such as changes in agriculture and diet mean that many of us (up to half of Americans, some say) aren’t getting enough magnesium. Enter Epsom salts.

Epsom salt in wooden bowl 

Health and Beauty Uses for Epsom Salt

The most common way to use Epsom salts is to add two cups to a warm bath. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin, offering a myriad of benefits.

Relax: Epsom salt has a natural sedative affect on the nervous system. The body needs magnesium to bind serotonin, the brain’s feel-good chemical, but stress and excess adrenaline can drain the body of magnesium. Taking an Epsom salt bath can help restore the body’s levels and naturally relieve stress.

Detox: Magnesium sulfate helps remove heavy metals and toxins from your body. It also stimulates the pancreas to create additional digestive enzymes, and sulfate on its own strengthens the walls of your digestive tract, making it easier to release toxins.

Soothe: The combination of Epsom salt’s sedative and detox effects make it a potent treatment for sore muscles and joint pain.