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The rejuvenating power of Epsom salts

by Carolyn Hopping (follow)
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One of the most simple and effective ways to unwind after a busy stressful day is to take a bath with half a cup of Epsom salts added to it. Consisting of the mineral compound magnesium sulphate, Epsom salts have been used since the seventeenth century when a bitter saline spring was discovered in the small town of Epsom, about 24 kilometres from London. To acquire the salt crystals, the mineral water was boiled down and used much in the same way it is today. These days, Epsom salts form the basis of many of the modern bath salts that we use, and are also utilised in various other ways to enhance health and wellbeing.

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Magnesium, one of the essential elements existing within the human body, is responsible for the production of serotonin, a hormone which affects our moods and emotional balance. When our magnesium levels are depleted we invariably become tired, stressed and emotionally fragile; therefore it’s important to replenish this mineral constantly through our diet and various other ways. A relaxing Epsom salts bath is a very pleasant way to do so, and a great way to unwind for both adults and children, just before bed-time.

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Epsom salts can be used in a bath, simply by adding it to the water. Many people also enjoy adding some pure essential oils (such as lavender, geranium or sandalwood) to further enhance the relaxing effect.

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In addition to being used as bath salts, Epsom salts can also be utilised as a treatment for dozens of other common conditions such as muscle pain, cramps, migraines, bruises, skin disorders, wounds, infections, bee stings and even smelly feet. It’s also beneficial as a skin and hair treatment.

In conclusion, Epsom salts are a terrific and very practical product to keep on your bathroom shelf. Extremely affordable, it’s something that everyone can access, unlike many natural health products. Easily available at most supermarkets, the 375 gram packet that I purchase lasts me for months.

For more information about Epsom salts, including more detailed information about its numerous therapeutic uses, take a look at this very helpful website .

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