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Epsom Salt: Top Uses and Benefits (Recipe Included)

Have you ever heard that Epsom Salt baths are beneficial to your muscles? Epsom salt has actually a long history as a holistic remedy for a variety of ailments. Today we are diving into Epsom Salt and it's top uses and health benefits. At the end, you will find a recipe for a healing anti-inflammatory and naturally exfoliating Epsom salt bath.

What is Epsom Salt?

What makes Epsom salt different is that it is actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate which are both essential minerals to the human body. Magnesium regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and plays an important role is various body systems including energy productions, muscle function, and blood pressure regulation. Sulfate, which is a combination of sulfur and oxygen, plays an important role in many biological processes as well and helps to flush out toxins and cleanse the liver.

What are the main benefits?

  1. Boosts Magnesium levels

  2. Reduces Stress

  3. Eliminates Toxins

  4. Relieves Constipation

  5. Reduces Pain and Inflammation causes by Arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation: "Data collected by the National Academy of Sciences show most Americans don’t get enough magnesium, a mineral that’s important for bone and heart health. One way to help remedy that: bathing in … Epsom salts. They’re relatively inexpensive, can be found at grocery and drug stores and can boost magnesium levels as much as 35 percent, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom."

6. Improves Blood Sugar levels

7. Volumizes Hair

8. Heel Spur Aid

9. Helps Breathing Problems

10. Helps Prevent Preeclampsia

How to use Epsom Salt?

Salt Bath: Using Epsom Salt by itself in a bath of very warm water is likely the most common way to reap the benefits of Epsom Salt. Adding your favorite essential oil (like lavender before bedtime or eucalyptus in the morning) can help add layers of heath benefits and relaxation!

Foot Soak: Soaking just your feet at the end of the day in a mix of warm water and Epsom salt can help draw out toxins from the day, replenish your magnesium levels, and help soothe sore and tired feet. Sounds great doesn't it?

In the Garden: Epsom salt is said to be a natural fertilizer helping to enhance plant growth and vibrancy in a garden or for potted house plants. Some believe it produces more robust vegetables, too!

Bug Bite Spray: Dissolve 1/2 tbsp. in to 1/2 cup cool water and spritz on the skin for a natural relief for sunburns, bug bites, or itchy skin.

Recipe for a relaxing detox bath:

"For an Epsom salts detox bath, add at least two cups of Epsom salt to bathwater and soak for 40 minutes total. The first 20 minutes give your body time to remove toxins from your system, while the last 20 minutes allow you to absorb the minerals in the water and help you emerge from the bath feeling rejuvenated. Make sure to consume water before, during and after the bath to protect yourself from dehydration and increase detoxification."

*Always follow directions on the packaging of Epsom Salt for directions. All of this information and much more can be found at:

From the desk of Dr. Lisette Miller Kondrad. Dr. Miller is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified Acupuncture Provider who has been in clinical practice for 7 years. She has helped hundreds of patients via Chiropractic care and Acupuncture. Click here to contact Clark Road Chiropractic Center with any questions or to schedule your appointment! 

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