Do you want to know more about Epsom salt? Are you wondering what it is exactly and what the link is to using salt for health-related purposes?
The prospect of doing anything with salt other than to use it to add some flavour to your meals may sound a bit bizarre, but Epsom salt happens to have lots of health benefits.Just so you know, Epsom salt and table (cooking) salt are two totally different things. The Epsom variety is a chemical compound that contains three ingredients, magnesium, oxygen and sulphur.1 The reason why it’s referred to as a salt is because of its chemical make-up.2 Epsom salt has been around for a very long time. It was reportedly first discovered in Epsom, Surrey way back in 1618.3 Many centuries later, it’s used far and wide as an alternative treatment for numerous ailments, mainly because it contains magnesium, which happens to be a mineral that many people are lacking in.4 Magnesium is responsible for making sure a lot crucial things happen in our body, for instance, regulating blood sugar levels and making protein, bone and DNA.
Epsom salt baths are one of the most common uses of Epsom salt. Run your bath as you usually would and then add around one to two cups of Epsom salt to it.
Use the salt crystals to remove dead skin cells by mixing them with a little bit of water. If you’re planning on exfoliating your face, combine one tablespoon of Epsom salt with aloe vera gel and rinse with warm water. Alternatively, mix Epsom salt with petroleum jelly to make a lip scrub.
Because of its antioxidant properties, Epsom salt can be used as a mouthwash. Take two tablespoons of Epsom salt, pop them into a cup of lukewarm water and then gargle away.
Just as there are many different ways you can use Epsom salt, there are just as many advantages to using it.
To create your own scrub combine one cup of Epsom salt with half a cup of coconut oil. This will exfoliate your skin and will help get rid of dead skin cells to reveal softer and smoother skin.
Epsom salts have a relaxing effect on your body, so can help to relax tired muscles after a long day.
Last updated: 4 August 2020