Epsom Salt is one of the most frequently ordered products here at Westpoint Naturals. Eager to learn more about it, we’ve been on a quest to find out just what it is that makes this mineral compound so fantastic for us.
The health benefits of using Epsom Salt have been celebrated for centuries, and go much further than just folklore. There have been many medical studies undertaken in modern times. They back Epsom Salt as being an effective, natural way of eliminating harmful toxins from the body, and for promoting healthy skin, muscle joints and nervous tissue.
Despite what the name may suggest, Epsom Salt is not actually salt! Rather, it’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. It’s named after the saline spring in Surrey, England, where it was first recognized as being beneficial to overall health.
The magnesium and sulfates that are present in Epsom Salt are what makes it especially good for us, especially in a day and age where so many of us are magnesium deficient – approximately 6 in every 10 people, in fact. (Yikes!) Magnesium plays a critical role in over 325 enzymes in our bodies, all of which help to improve muscle and nerve function, as well as blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body. In addition to magnesium in Epsom Salt, the sulfates that are also present are key in improving the absorption of nutrients in our bodies and for flushing out toxins, which in turn eases things like migraine headaches.
Now, just how is it that we can reap the benefits of this magical mineral, do you ask? The great news is that there are a multitude of ways, both through internal and external consumption, each different method offering a unique benefit. Here are a few ideas:
A relaxing mineral bath:
Adding two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard sized bathtub and soaking in it regularly is a great way to reap the relaxation benefits of the Epsom Salt’s magnesium. Adding a couple of drops of essential oils to the bath will further intensify the de-stressing effects – rose, lavender, bergamot, chamomile, geranium and ylang ylang are all fantastic and go perfectly with the Epsom Salts.
A gentle aid in digestion:
Epsom Salt dissolves really easily in water, and can be taken this way to act as a gentle laxative. Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water before a meal or before you go to bed. Add a bit of lemon or orange juice if you’re wanting to mask the cooling, saline taste.
A natural exfoliator:
Mixing a handful of Epsom Salt with a teaspoon of olive oil and rubbing over your wet skin acts as a gentle exfoliator. It is a great way to soften your skin and remove dead skin cells – just be sure to rinse your body thoroughly to ensure that no residue is left over from the olive oil.
If you haven’t already had the opportunity to experiment with Epsom Salt, hopefully you’re feeling encouraged to do so after reading this post. To get you started, you can pick up our Epsom Salt at a number of stores across BC – Whole Foods, Alive Health Foods and Famous Foods, just to name a few.
Happy Epsom Salting!