Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which can help improve health in numerous ways. A lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes. It helps to flush toxins and form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
Doctors and researchers state that soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a safe, easy way to increase the body’s levels of both magnesium and sulfate.
When magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt’s main ingredient) is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, skin exfoliator, and much, much more.
Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom salt for 12 minutes, 3 times weekly.
Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry, or try this Epsom salt peppermint foot scrub, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/epsom-salt-peppermint-foot-scrub.html.
Sore Muscles/Splinter remover: Make compresses by soaking a cotton washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup), then apply to the skin, or create a paste to apply to the skin by adding a teaspoon of Epsom salt to about a cup of hot water until it dissolves, then chill the solution in the fridge for 20 minutes. Note: Clean the skin and pat dry before applying the paste.
Adapted from the Epsom Salt Industry Council (Note: Check with a doctor before using if you have any health concerns.)