10 Benefits of Epsom Salt

Epsom salt health benefits

Epsom Salts are used by many people on a daily basis for hundreds of ailments and problems.  In this guide, we will explore ten huge benefits of using Epsom salts.

Epsom Salts have been used for hundreds of years, and originate from Epsom in the south-east of England.  What are the ingedients in Epsom salts?  They actually contain magnesium and sulphates which can have some amazing benefits if you use them correctly.

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

1. Time to Relax

When we feel stressed the levels of magnesium in our body deplete. Epsom Salts help to replenish the magnesium when we soak alongside them in a hot bath. The magnesium in the salts helps the body to produce high levels of serotonin, which is the mood rising chemical often found in antidepressants.  The above properties of Epsom salts help the body operate correctly, and can also assist with levels of concentration.

2. Increase Energy

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

3. Relieves Pain

Epsom Salts have some of the same medical properties as anti-inflammatories, which can help aid cramps and relieve natural body pain.

4. Stops Odour

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

5. Dead Skin Remover

When mixed with either olive or bath oils, Epsom salts can help remove areas of built up dead skin. Never leave the salts on your skin for too long, once you have got out of the bath make sure you rinse off the salts.

6. Great with Shampoo

If you have oily hair then adding the right amount of salts can help with treatment. You can also help add thickness to thin hair with Epsom salts.

7. Remove Splinters

If you have a deep splinter which is proving hard to extract then you can bring it to the surface of the skin easily when you soak the problem area in the salts.

8. Stops Potential Blood Clots

Due to its relaxation properties, it is believed that Epsom salts can help with the prevention of blood clots because they naturally lower blood pressure.

9. Stops Constipation

The salts help to increase water in the intestines which can help with constipation problems; however, as you need to swallow the salts for this to be effective, you need to make sure you seek medical advice before using the salts.

10. Plant Health

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

As you can see from the above points Epsom salts can help many everyday problems. At this current time the western world usually turns to tablet medication for a quick fix, when the reality is the solution may lie in a product which has been around for hundreds of years. Using Epsom salts alongside or as a replacement to medication, can make sure your problems are eradicated both quickly and effectively.

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Uttoran Sen

Uttoran Sen is a health blogger since 2004 whose only target in life is to stay healthy and fit. Catch him on his health blog: healthcave.com.

4 thoughts on “10 Benefits of Epsom Salt

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  • December 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I’m a huge fan of natural remedies and I already love Epsom salts. Funny, when I was a kid, my Dad was a mechanic. He would come home with greasy hands and wash them with Epsom salts. Must have been the abrasive nature of them. Also, I love the anti inflammatory nature of the salts. I always through them in my bath water to help my muscles after I work out.

  • December 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Uttoran

    What a great post. I love all the old remedies cos they actually work :-) Very informative post and hopefully lots of people will read and take note. Thanks for sharing this with us Uttoran. Much appreciated.

    • December 6, 2010 at 12:13 am

      hi Patricia,
      thanks for your comments and glad you liked the article,



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