Epsom Salts named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom, Surrey, England, is not actually a salt but a naturally occurring Magnesium Sulfate.
Most of us are deficient in Magnesium due to dietary and agricultural changes over the last century, and thus, Epsom Salts are a powerful way of revitalizing the Magnesium levels in the body. Bathing in Epsom Salts is the most common way in which the benefits of the Salt is received.
There is a long list of benefits from Epsom Salts, here are some to name a few:
Improved Heart and Circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing the hardening of arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
Improved oxygen use.
Improved absorption of nutrients.
Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue, and mucin proteins.
Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
All of this, and more, from simply taking a bath. It’s no wonder so many around the world use this as a miracle cure!
To use, add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to your bath and soak for at least 15 minutes. Do this 3 times weekly for maximum benefits.
While bathing in Epsom Salts is more common, did you know that you can also mix it into a liquid and consumed?
When taken orally, it can be used as a laxative, and relieve constipation, and also treats low levels of magnesium. Using it this way will usually lead to a bowel movement between 30 minutes to 6 hours. Typically, if you’re 12 or older, dissolve 2-4 teaspoons in 8 oz of water and drink immediately. For children younger than this, 1-2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water will do the trick. If you have a history of kidney disease, heart disease, or any other large symptoms, be careful and do your research before consuming Epsom Salt.