Benefits of Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is an old folk remedy that has been used in natural medicine to treat a myriad of issues. It gets its name because it was discovered in the town of Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom salt works by releasing magnesium and sulfate ions when it is dissolved in water.
The most popular current use of Epsom salt is used in bath products such as bath bombs and comfort soaks. When Epsom salt is absorbed by the skin, it boosts magnesium and sulfates which support body system functions. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, so soaking in it can be beneficial to those who suffer from chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and those who do manual labor. Endurance athletes also find muscle recovery and pain relief by using Epsom salt after work out sessions.
Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation can have great benefits for health. One of the reported benefits of Epsom salt is better sleep and increased relaxation. Magnesium is thought to help the body promote healthy melatonin levels, which is the hormone secreted that helps you fall asleep. (Source: SNF Swedish Nutrition Foundation)
Epsom salt soaks are a wonderful, inexpensive holistic remedy. You can even add natural items such as essential oils and herbs to your bath soak for added health benefits! Check out the blog section of our website for great ideas on healing bath soak recipes.
Always check with your doctor before starting any natural remedy.