What is Epsom salt? The Bath Tub Diva

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits.

Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes (325! that’s a lot of enzymes getting regulated), reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening.

Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

To experience the numerous health benefits of Epsom salt, take relaxing, stress-relieving Epsom salt baths three times weekly by adding 2 cups  Epsom Salt to a warm bath and soaking for at least 20 minutes.

As a foot bath, pamper weary feet by adding 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. Rub away any calluses using a pumice stone. Dry feet, then add two drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite natural moisturizer, like shea or coconut butter, and rub in thoroughly to lock in the moisture.

If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts!

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Source for this article: SaltWorks, America’s Sea Salt Company
Please visit the SaltWorks site for more information on Epsom Salts