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Many Uses of Epsom Salts

Epsom salts, otherwise known as magnesium sulphate, is made up of a naturally occurring mineral. Named after the town of Epsom in England, where the compound was first distilled from a spring.

There are many uses of Epsom salts and, as its popularity is on the rise, so too is the knowledge of its many health benefits.

Magnesium regulates activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body. A deficiency in magnesium can lead to all sorts of health problems such as high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues.

Sulphate is essential for many biological processes. It is needed to start the digestive process, line the gut walls and helps flush toxins from the body. It also helps to form proteins in joints and brain tissue.

Absorption of magnesium sulphate is apparently quite difficult to achieve orally. There are many supplements on the market, however, studies have revealed that the most efficient way to increase levels of magnesium is to soak in a bath of Epsom salts as the magnesium is rapidly absorbed through the skin. Well, that’s an easy pill to swallow!

Benefits come in extremely varied uses when it comes to magnesium sulphate; from pregnancy, to brewing beer to skin exfoliants. How versatile the brilliant Epsom salt is!

It can be used as a brewing salt in beer production. It adjusts the ion content of the brewing water and enhance enzyme action in the mash or promote a desired flavour profile in the beer.

Used as a foot soak, it soothes aches, remove odours and soften rough skin.

It may also be used as a coagulant for making tofu!

Magnesium sulphate can be used to treat eclampsia in pregnant women.

It can actually reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises and may tame tendonitis.

Perfect for a splinter remover. Soak in Epsom salts and it will draw out the splinter!

Epsom salts can be included into your beauty regime also. You can mix with your regular cleanser for a deeper clean.

On wet skin, rub the salts all over your body for an awesome skin exfoliator.

Epsom salts soaks up excess oil from hair. Add Epsom salts to hair shampoo.

Apparently, if you add some to your conditioner and leave for 20 minutes, it adds great volume to your hair. Incredible!

Of course, the simplest way to use this versatile product, is to pour it into your bath.

I would recommend 3 baths a week with 500-600g of salt. Not only for the relaxation factor, but for  the many benefits listed above.

Warning!!! This practice may become addictive!

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