Epsom Salts for Self-Care

Originally named after a bitter saline spring ‘Epsom’ in Surrey, England, Epsom salt has been a household name for hundreds of years. Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin which is part of the reason why it is renowned for having many health-related uses.

Contrary to their name, Epsom salts are not really a salt at all! It does have a chemical structure similar to salt, but is actually formed from a combination of magnesium and sulfate. This is why it is sometimes referred to as "magnesium sulfate."

Relaxation - Unfortunately stress is something that we all experience at times in our lives. When we are under stress, the reaction in our body causes our magnesium levels to drop at the same time as our adrenaline levels start to increase. Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin, so an Epsom bath can help replenish your body’s magnesium levels. This also works to stimulate the production of serotonin, one of the body’s happy hormones responsible for elevating mood and inducing a state of calm relaxation.

Ease muscle cramping and discomfort - Soaking in warm water with Epsom salts is a useful way of relieving muscle spasms, cramping and discomfort. Epsom salts work to flush toxins and heavy metals from the muscle and tissue cells; in this way, they are not only easing the experience of cramping and discomfort, but also working to purify your body.

Reduces swelling and bruising - Epsom salts contain anti-inflammatory properties that are easily absorbed through the skin and into the affected muscles or tissue. This is why these salts are used to reduce swelling and discomfort from sprains, strains, minor cuts, bruises and even headaches.

Arterial health – Epsom salts’ anti-inflammatory properties are also believed to work in conjunction with softening and protecting the elasticity of arterial walls. Soaking in a warm Epsom bath can be beneficial in promoting a healthy circulatory system by reducing the risk of blood clots, plaque buildup and hardening of the arterial walls.

Regulates blood sugar levels - Research has indicated that by increasing its magnesium levels, the body becomes more efficient in its use of insulin and reduces the likelihood or severity of diabetes.

Natural laxative - Epsom salts have a detoxifying and cleansing effect on the colon when taken orally in water. It works by increasing the water in the intestine areas, which produces a temporary laxative effect that helps relieve constipation.

Supports nerve and muscle function - Magnesium is essential to healthy nerve growth and plays an important role in enzyme function. This is why Epsom salts are used to support the function and growth of nerves and muscles.

Beauty product - Epsom salts are also a popular and diverse beauty product used in a number of different ways, including:

     Body scrub - Effectively exfoliates dead skin.

     Facial cleanser - Gently removes dead skin, makeup and residual oil and dirt.

     Foot deodorizer - Used as a foot soak, Epsom salts neutralize strong foot odor.

     Hair treatment - Used in conjunction to shampoo and conditioner, Epsom salt soak is used to add more volume and health to your hair.

If you are interested in incorporating Epsom salts into your self-care routine, stop by our studio store next time you're at Inspiral Motion and pick up a bag! You can also find Epsom salts for purchase at drug and health stores and at online retailers such as Amazon.