Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is a powerful source of magnesium that can be used in a variety of ways to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.
Being deficient in magnesium can result in heart disease, stroke, migraines, osteoporosis, arthritis, stress related illnesses, chronic fatigue and joint pain.
Epsom salt soak
In an Epsom salt soak, magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin into the body. This affects the body both internally and externally.
Internal benefits of an Epsom salt soak include increased magnesium, improved regulation of electrolytes, and improved blood circulation.
External benefits of soaking in an Epsom salt bath include softer skin, relief from muscle aches and soreness, reduced swelling and inflammation, and the elimination of dead skin cells and body odors.
Essential oils, such as lavender, chamomile and rosemary can be added to an Epsom salt bath to enhance relaxation, or increase the medicinal effects of the soak.
Check with your doctor first if you are pregnant or have concerns about using Epsom salt.