Epsom Salt has been around for centuries and has fast gained popularity in DIY home treatments. You probably know that it is great for relieving joint pains, but did you know that Epsom salt is a suitable laxative or an excellent stress reliever as well?
What exactly is Epsom Salt?
It is nothing like the common table salt we use in our cooking. It is a naturally occurring mineral, first discovered by Nehemiah Grew in 1695 at a bitter saline spring around Epsom in Surry, England.
Epsom Salt is a pure magnesium sulfate heptahydrate mineral compound. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body; a deficiency of which can cause dietary, nervous, and heart-related anomalies. Using Epsom salt in baths helps in the absorption of magnesium throughout the body.
Here are a few health benefits of this miracle alternative compound.
1. Reducing pain and inflammation
Epsom salt has been claimed over kitchen tables to help amazingly well in reducing swelling and pain associated with it. Magnesium is proven to help people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia.
By applying a solution of Epsom salt directly to the affected areas you can reduce pain and tenderness in maladies such as arthritis.
Alternatively, you can even soak yourself in an Epsom salt bath to allow for magnesium to be absorbed directly.
Unfortunately, our body finds it difficult to absorb magnesium when taken as a supplement which makes Epsom salt baths a salient way to ingest magnesium and sulfates in the body.