What exactly is Epsom salt?
Even though the name may suggest otherwise, the fact is that Epsom salt is not really salt. It is a mineral that is compound of magnesium and sulfate, and that has been known as a natural remedy for a very long time. Since magnesium is important for regular activity of more than 300 enzymes, for nerve function and many processes in the body, and since sulfate helps in flushing the toxins out of body and absorption of nutrients, it is clear that Epsom salt, as their mixture, has to be even more beneficial for the human body. And, it is a fact that this chemical compound is not only very beneficial for the human body, but for the mind and soul as well. It can be used orally or topically, which depends on the condition that is about to be treated with it.
What are the benefits of Epsom salt?
When it comes to the benefits of Epsom salt, without any exaggeration, the truth is that they are really numerous, since it has proven to be helpful in the treatment of a variety of conditions. For example, it is very frequently used as a Saline laxative, because it relieves constipation, though it is necessary to consult a physician before using it. Besides this, its ability to eliminate toxins and heavy metals from the body is also well known, which is why it is highly recommended to soak in the water in which this salt is added for at least 10 minutes. Other beneficial properties of Epsom salt include:ability to help in prevention of blood clots and hardening of arteries, thus preventing problems with poor circulation, blood pressure and other heart diseases; ability to regulate the level of electrolytes in the body, and thus ensure the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles, ability to relieve the pain, inflammation and cramps in muscles, which can be helpful in cases of bronchial asthma and even migraines, ability to ease the stress and help the body relax, which is why bathing with Epsom salt is recommended to people who are stressed and tensed.
It has also been proven that Epsom slat helps in lowering blood pressure, improving the concentration, healing cuts, softening skin and neutralizing foot odor. As for the side effects, those that have been reported so far are only allergic reactions and diarrhea, but none of them occurs frequently, and only severe cases of allergy require medical attention.