Epsom salt is not actually a salt but a naturally forming pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. Hailed as a natural remedy for many ailments, it offers numerous health benefits too.
Here are some of the notable benefits of Epsom salt.
Relaxes the body and eases stress
An Epsom salt bath is considered the most ideal for relaxation as when the salt is dissolved in warm water, it can be fast absorbed through the skin to replenish the magnesium levels which reduce the effects of adrenaline by promoting the production of serotonin. Magnesium also influences the production of energy cells helping ease the feeling of restlessness and anxiety.
Relieves pain and muscle cramps
Epsom salt bath is also known for easing pain, relieving inflammation, muscle tension, soreness and pain. It is also considered beneficial for bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. An Epsom salt soak is also advised for treating tired and sore feet and to manage foot odour.
Helps in muscle and nerve function
Epsom salt is shown to regulate the electrolytes in the body and to ensure proper functioning of muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also critical for facilitating the proper use of calcium to help transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system.
Prevents hardening of arteries and blood clots
The salt can help improve blood circulation and promote cardiovascular health by decreasing inflammation and protecting the elasticity of arteries which in turn prevents blood clots, plaque build-up and damage to the wall of the arteries.
Regulates blood sugar
Magnesium and sulphate help improve the body’s ability to produce and effectively use insulin which helps manage the severity of diabetes. Taking Epsom salt orally or transdermally help regulate blood sugar while also improving energy levels.
Epsom salt is popularly used as a saline laxative. When taken internally it acts as a detoxifying agent for cleansing the colon. It increases the water in the intestines and provides temporary relief from constipation.