Did you know Epsom salt is not really a salt?? That’s right. That white salt stuff that you’ve heard so much about is not a salt at all. It’s magnesium sulfate, with no sodium. But nevertheless, it’s amazing stuff. Long known as a natural remedy, the name comes from Epsom, England, where the original compound was identified in natural healing baths in the area. It is formed when the chalk there meets the clay.
Why we love Epsom salt:
Magnesium is a clever little mineral that goes into overtime with assisting with our health, like assisting in muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and making protein, bone and DNA.
Your magnesium levels can drop when your stressed. A soak in a hot bath with a few scoops of Epsom salt can not only raise your magnesium levels, it can wash your stress away.
Relieves aches and pains.
We put our bodies through so much on the day to day of living in today’s society, leaving us with sore and inflamed muscles and joints. Magnesium and sulfate both can be absorbed through the skin so a hot bath mixed with a few scoops of Epsom salt at the end of the day not only helps reduce your stress levels but can also help with the inflammation of muscles and joints leaving you feeling like a brand new person after!
Better bowel function.
Believe it or not, a couple of teaspoons of Epsom salt can help relieve constipation and assist bowel function. Knock back 2-4 teaspoons dissolved in water and you should have relief in 30 min to six hours. However: always talk to your doctor first.
Beautiful, glowing skin.
A natural, low-priced exfoliant? Yes please. Mix a bit of Epsom salt into your favorite skin cleanser to give yourself an effective face scrub, massaging it into your skin in circular motions (and then rinsing clean). Or mix it with a body wash and use it as an exfoliating body scrub in the shower. Your skin will be softer than a kitten on a fairy floss cloud.