Epsom salts: learn their properties and uses!

All there is to know about Epsom salts: uses, benefits, and combinations

You've probably heard wonders about the effects of a nice bath with Epsom salts at the end of a busy day. They're being used since they were discovered in Surrey four hundred years ago -crazy, right? Learn the benefits, recommendations, and best uses for Epsom salts!

What are Epsom salts useful for?

These salts are praised for their relaxing properties, which help reduce tension, joint and internal organs inflammations, and tired or aching muscles. They're also helpful when trying to improve sleep quality. Among the many people who'll benefit the most from Epsom salts, there are those dealing with post-workout soreness, people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, and others with chronic health problems like arthritis, digestive troubles, and inflammation. Epsom salts also stimulate serotonin production, which works to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

However, stay away from these salts if you're prone to skin irritation or sensitivity. Open wounds wouldn't come in contact with Epsom salts either.

Epsom salts help boost serotonin levels, helping users fight depression, anxiety, and worry.

What to look for on the label

Epsom salts are usually used on baths, which is why they need to follow certain regulations if they're to be sold as a bath product. In order to know that what you're using is safe, look for labels that indicate food, FCC or pharmaceutical grade. Any icons or words saying it's 100% natural or pure are a green light as well.

Combine Epsom salts with other elements

When it comes to a warm bath with Epsom salts, sometimes it doesn't hurt to get creative and experiment with some herbs or other substances. On a cold night, bathing with Epsom salts and fresh rosemary will help your body increase circulation, which will warm you up. For glowing and healthy skin, combine Epsom salts and sea salt and herb mix and use the resulting scrub on your body.

Avoid overusing Epsom salts

Excessive use of Epsom salts can lead to dizziness and nausea, caused by the absorption of the magnesium in the salts. Try to use them up to two or three times a week in running baths with 300 to 500g from Epsom salts dissolved in a tub. If you increase this frequency, for example, to treat an injury, reduce the salts’ proportion to up to 250g per bath. Another idea is to limit the use to a foot bath. In any case, don't forget to drink water while you're relaxing!

The latest trends

The newest combinations being shared online are Epsom salts and crystals. Depending on the type of relaxing bath you're looking for, you can choose goldstone, hematite, aventurine, and others. The first one helps fight anxiety, inflammation, and worry. The second one is useful against adrenal overload. Lastly, aventurine comes in handy when treating EMF overload.

A mixture of Epsom salts and crystals can help treat different pains and conditions.

Final word

These versatile salts allow many different uses, and can help to reduce several symptoms and pains. Which combination are you most tempted to try out?

Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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