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Why You Should Start Using Epsom Salts

Have you ever heard of Epsom salts? Epsom salts are not even actually salt. They are a naturally occurring pure mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. They have many uses and benefits. Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin, which explains why Epsom salt baths are so popular. Magnesium is amazing for you because it helps regulate over 325 enzymes in the body, it reduces inflammation, helps muscle and nerve functions including muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety and even prevents artery hardening. Sulfates improve your absorption of nutrients, flush toxins from the body and even help ease migraines. Epsom salts also have been known to help your skin issues, soothe pain and aches, heal cuts, treat colds and congestion and detox your skin and body.

When looking to buy Epsom salts, look for high quality, pharmaceutical grade salts. Here are some of the best uses for Epsom salts:

  1. Take a bath. It will help detox your body, ease aches and pains and make you feel better when you’re sick or stressed. Add two cups to a warm bath and relax for at least 20 minutes.
  2. If you have athlete’s foot you can soak your feet in an Epsom salt back to relieve the symptoms.
  3. Soaking in Epsom salts can help draw out splinters.
  4. Epsom salts can reduce the pain and swelling from sprains and bruises.
  5. Epsom salts can also ease the discomfort from gout and other diseases that cause inflammation. Use hot water when you soak in a bath with the Epsom salts.
  6. You can use Epsom salts to exfoliate your skin and make it soft.
  7. A teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops of iodine into a half a cup of boiling water makes a mixture that will help draw out blackheads from your skin.
  8. If you combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salts and warm in a pan, it can be used to volumize your hair. Leave the mixture in your hair for 20 minutes and then rinse out.
  9. You can use Epsom salts to clean bathroom tiles. Mix equal parts Epsom salts and liquid dish detergent and scrub on tile.
  10. Epsom salts can prevent slugs from entering your home or invading your garden.
  11. You can also use Epsom salts mixed with baby oil as a hand wash.

Do you ever take Epsom salt baths? Do you use Epsom salts for anything else? Did you know it had so many different uses? Share with us!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing