What Are The Health Benefits Of Epsom Salts?

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Most of us know our calcium and vitamin intake but are ignorant about how important magnesium is for our body. According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency accounts for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue, and multiple other ailments.

Epsom salts, i.e., magnesium sulfate, can help you with combating all these.

Health Benefits Of Epsom Salts 

1. Constipation


Epsom salts can be very effective to fight constipation when mixed with a glass of water. Magnesium sulfate has the ability to draw water into the bowel, which then softens any stools, making them easier to pass. However, consult a doctor before using this.1

2. Stress


Excess adrenaline and stress drains magnesium, which is a natural stress reliever for the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical, within the brain that creates a feeling of wellbeing and relaxation.2

3. Acne


Epsom salts are a great exfoliator, and they help clean skin pores. Also, the antimicrobial content of the sulfate means that Epsom helps to fight off any acne bacteria.3

4. Mosquito Bites And Bee Stings


Battle minor swelling from bee stings by using an anti-inflammatory Epsom salt compress. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water and soak a cotton washcloth in the solution. Apply to the affected area.4

5. Dry Lips


Add a few teaspoons of Epsom salt to petroleum jelly and apply it on your lips. This will help remove dead skin and leave your lips smoother and healthier.5

6. Hair Care


Epsom salts can be used to remove toxins, clean your scalp, and add volume to your hair. Add Epsom salts to your hair conditioner and leave it for 20 minutes before you wash it out with lukewarm water.6

7. Sunburn


Epsom salts contain anti-inflammatory properties that can be very effective in treating sunburns. Mix two tablespoons of the salt with one cup of water and spray it over the affected area.7

8. Heart Health


Epsoms salts help improve heart and circulatory health, reduce irregular heartbeats, prevent the hardening of the arteries, reduce blood clots, and lower blood pressure.8

References   [ + ]

1.Gattuso, J. M., and M. A. Kamm. “The management of constipation in adults.” Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics 7, no. 5 (1993): 487-500.
2.Randolfi, Ernesto A. “Developing a stress management and relaxation centre for the worksite.” Worksite Health 4, no. 3 (1997): 40-4.
3.”Method of preparing a cosmetic formulation useful as a facial mask.” U.S. Patent 3,471,624, issued October 7, 1969.
4.Norris, Ruby R. “Folk Medicine of Cumberland County.” Kentucky Folklore Record 4, no. 3 (1958): 101.
5.Cavender, Anthony, and Scott Beck. “Generational change, folk medicine, and medical self-care in a rural Appalachian community.” Human Organization 54, no. 2 (1995): 129-142.
6.Chambers, Warren. “Hair treatment composition.” U.S. Patent 4,906,461, issued March 6, 1990.
7.Schwaderer, Danielle, and Joel Detjen. “The Nature Doc’s Health Blog.”
8.Ford, Cassandra D., Mi Ja Kim, and Barbara L. Dancy. “Perceptions of hypertension and contributing personal and environmental factors among rural Southern African American women.” Ethnicity & disease 19, no. 4 (2009): 407.
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Craig Carr
Craig Carr 5pts

Easier on the system is magnesium powder

Tara Fakhri
Tara Fakhri 5pts

Epsom salt bath works the best to reduce inflammation and fatigue.

Dina Degero
Dina Degero 5pts

Thanks I did not know about the baking soda ..tip.. I do have fibermayga .. Fibro my algia

Runu Dey
Runu Dey 5pts

what is epsom salt called in hindi

Gasmine Williams
Gasmine Williams 5pts

Oh yes omg I took a bath in that just three tea spoons and my skin was so soft when I got out this is best for oily skin my god !

Ayurveda 5pts

Sorry for that.. need to tell google!

Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for confirming Liv Vandibilt!

Ayurveda 5pts

Yes, thanks for the tip Lysa Clontz Philipson!

Tammy Bateman-ramey
Tammy Bateman-ramey 5pts

Helps my feet and soften's too. I have a lavender epsom salts and in the bath they are great and relaxing

spacegypsy 5pts

Does your body absorb and assimilate magnesium from soaking in an Epsom salt bath?

Jessica Galarneau
Jessica Galarneau 5pts

Great article but the toenail fungus ad in the middle made me throw up in my mouth a little.

JustinThompson1 5pts

so is the only time you recommend ingesting it is for constipation? are all other benefits derived from taking a bath or applying directly to the skin etc.?

Belight 5pts

Epsom salts baths.... wonderful for anyone with inflammation in muscles/joints...draws toxins from the body...very helpful for Fibromyalgia in particular.. my daily go to for pain relief and relaxing tight muscles

Liv Vandibilt
Liv Vandibilt 5pts

I do this almost twice a day soaking my painful muscles with fibromyalgia and a chromosome issue , it works like a charm

Lysa Clontz Philipson
Lysa Clontz Philipson 5pts

You left out soaking in an Epsom Salt bath to relax and relieve muscle pain. Add some baking soda and it also removes toxins.