Epsom salt is actually not a salt but a natural mineral compound (magnesium sulfate) that is named after a spring in England in which it was first discovered. Epsom salt looks like large salt crystals, dissolves quickly in water, is easily absorbed though the skin, and has a variety of uses and benefits. Here are our top picks:
Helps you relax: A warm Epsom salt bath replenishes the magnesium levels in the body, which promotes serotonin production and thus relieves stress from the body. It also increases energy production in cells, making us feel more energized and invigorated. Magnesium also lowers the effects of adrenaline, which helps reduce irritability and create a feeling of relaxation. Just add 1 cup of Epsom salt to your bath and soak for about 20 minutes.
Relieves aches and pains: Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes to relieve muscle tension, abdominal cramps, headache, and soreness. It also helps heal minor cuts in the skin.
Smoothes skin: Mix ½ cup of Epsom salt with ¼ cup of olive oil and use the mixture as a scrub in the shower for smoother skin. You can also do a hot foot soak by adding ½ cup Epsom salt to a foot basin and soak for 15-20 minutes to soften the skin on your feet and relieve pain.
Eliminates toxins from the body: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 10 minutes to allow the compound to pull out harmful toxins and salt out of your body.
Relieves constipation: Add 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt to 1 cup of warm drinking water. Wait until it dissolves, then drink. Do not repeat this more than once a day.