So here it is, the final instalment in my healthy salt guide and it’s on Epsom Salt.
If you missed episodes 1 and 2 no probs, you can catch up by clicking the links below …
What Is Epsom Salt?
Epsom Salt also known as Magnesium Sulphate was first discovered by a farmer in the 17th century in the very county I live in – Surrey. Funnily enough in a town called Epsom.
It’s been around donkeys as a natural health remedy and for use in beauty treatments.
It’s made up of magnesium, sulphates, carbon and oxygen and absorbed by the skin while in the bath via osmosis. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of the body and highly porous. So be very mindful what you put on it.
Unlike Himalayan and Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt is not for consumption as it contains way too much magnesium for the human body.
Although Epsom Salt was originally discovered in England, today it’s mostly sourced from a rock substance called Dolomite in the Southern Alps.
So what’s the big deal with Epsom Salts? How does it help?
The main benefit is it’s very high in magnesium which regulates over 325 enzymes in the body. Many people are deficient in this mineral due to stress, poor food choices as well as the extensive use of chemicals and pesticides in farming. This effects the nutritional quality of soil and so our food.
As mentioned earlier soaking in an Epsom Salts bath or having a foot soak is a very relaxing and super easy way to up your magnesium levels by absorption through the skin.
Here’s the full list of benefits …
- Increases magnesium levels
- Eliminates toxins
- Eases arthritis, and rheumatism
- Eases muscular aches and pains
- Aids sleep
- Improves energy
- Reduces stress
- Exfoliates and smoothes dry skin and cracked lips due to the salts crystals
- Reduces skin inflammation, dryness, and itchiness
- Helps relieve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn
- Improves hair volume when added to conditioners as it absorbs excess oil
What To Look For
- 100% unrefined
- 100% natural
- Graded for human use
- As a cleaner to remove dirt from surfaces, and kitchen utensils
- As a fertiliser on grass and plants
- Facial washes
- Body, face and foot scrubs
- Face masks
- Bath and foot soaks
- Hair conditioners
- Dissolve 250 grams salt in a hot bath approx 36-40 degrees
- Optional – add a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil
- Soak and relax for 20 mins
- Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place as over time the salt can absorb moisture
So that’s a wrap for today 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
Above all, I hope I’ve convinced you to make the switch from Table to Himalayan, Dead Sea and Epsom Salts. Your body and health will thank you for it.
As always, I’d love to hear from you so please share your questions and comments below. I’m here to help.
One last favour …
Do share this post and indeed the Espresso Con Verdi blog with all your friends and family. It could really help them.
Love as always, Alexandra x