Epsom salt baths have been used by many different cultures for hundreds of years. The salts themselves have a number of different beneficial properties and are used in gardening, cleaning the home, and detoxifying the body, among other benefits.

Epsom salts are used by many people on a daily basis to treat dozens of illnesses and problems. In this guide, we are going to explore ten huge benefits of using Epsom salts .

Epsom salts benefits

Epsom salts have been used for hundreds of years, they come from Epsom in the south east of England. Epsom salts are made up of magnesium and sulfates which can have some amazing benefits if used correctly.

It may be a little known fact that the magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salt is absorbed through your skin.

Using regular baths in these Epsom salts has been shown to improve symptoms of many health conditions, including athlete’s foot, gout, fungus and ingrown toenails, sprains, bruises, and muscle pain.

It is also good for anyone suffering from chronic conditions or chronic pain, such as joint and arthritic diseases, as the salts can help detoxify and deflate while improving the mineral and sulfur balance in the body.

Helps to relax and reduce stress

When we feel stressed, the magnesium levels in the body are depleted. Epsom salts help replenish magnesium by taking a hot bath by soaking in them. The magnesium in salts helps the body make high levels of serotonin, which is the chemical in antidepressants. The above properties of Epsom salts help the body to function properly, and it can also help with concentration levels.

Increase energy

We have already seen that Epsom salts can help us relax and unwind, therefore you may be surprised to find that the salts also help produce adenosine triphosphate, which is a natural chemical in the body that increases energy.

Alleviate the pain

Epsom salts have some of the same medical properties as an anti-inflammatory, which can help with cramping problems and relieve the body’s natural pain.

Stops bad smell

There is also a natural neutralizer in Epsom salts that help (when mixed with water) to prevent foot odor.

Removes dead skin

When mixed with either olive oil or bath oils, Epsom salts can help remove areas of accumulated dead skin. Never leave the salts on your skin for too long, once you’ve gotten out of the bathroom make sure to rinse off the salts.

Treat hair problems

If you have oily hair, adding the right amount of salts can help treat greasy hair. It can also help add thickness to fine hair and prevent it from breaking easily.

Remove splinters

If you have a deep splinter that is proving difficult to remove, you can easily bring it to the surface of your skin when you soak the problem area in the salts.

Stops potential blood clots

Due to its relaxing properties, Epsom salts are believed to help prevent blood clots due to the natural lowering of blood pressure.

Stops constipation

The salts contribute to increase the water in the intestines which can help with constipation problems, however, since you have to take the salts for this to be effective, you must make sure that you consult a specialist before using the salts.

Vegetal Nutricion

Not only do Epsom salts help the human body, it can also help with the growth and maturity of plants. The natural properties of magnesium salts help with the development of chlorophyll, and the sulfur properties of the salts help the plant to absorb healthier elements of the food.

As you can see from the points above, Epsom salts can help treat many of your everyday problems. At this present time in the western world, tablets are usually a quick fix, when the reality is that the solution may lie in a product that has been around for hundreds of years.

With Epsom salts on the side or as a substitute for medication, you can ensure that your problems can be eradicated quickly and effectively.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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