Epsom salt: properties and uses

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Epsom salts:properties, uses and all the tips to make the most of the benefits of this magnesium salt.

TheEpsom salt, also known asEnglish salt(for its origins) ebitter salt (for its flavor), that's allmagnesium sulfate hydrate, a magnesium salt. In the article dedicated to Espom and Epsomite salt we have described the chemical structure and we have explained to you in detail what is Epsom saltand where it can be found in nature in Italy; in this page we will focus on what are the uses and the properties of Epsom salts.

Epsom salts and magnesium deficiencies

In agriculture theEpsom saltit is used as a magnesium supplement for plants. Being very soluble, plants absorb it very easily. The lack of magnesium in plants is reflected in us humans who feed on fruits and vegetables that are poor in this mineral.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency in humans are muscle cramps, nervousness, low stress tolerance but also more serious symptoms that lead to seizures. THEEpsom saltsare used to counteract magnesium deficiencies in humans as well as in agriculture: research published in February 2015 * found that water baths in which it was dissolved theEpsom saltsignificantly increase magnesium levels.

Epsom salt baths are usually done to relieve muscle tension and stiffness, but research has shown that some of the magnesium dissolved in water is absorbed through the skin. The same study reported that the absorption of Epsom salt varies according to temperatures, the Epsom salt does not penetrate the skin at temperatures below 37 ° C. For more information, please refer to the articleEpsom salts, contraindications and side effects.

Epsom salt, a remedy for cramps and muscle tension

Epsom salt baths can counteract muscle cramps by plugging an alleged magnesium deficiency. The bathrooms withEpsom saltsthey are often used to counteract muscle stiffness and fatigue, however no studies have been able to show that iEpsom saltsthey can really loosen muscle tension and relieve any pain from fatigue and tiredness. According to the medical specialist insports medicineJordan Metzl, the bathrooms withEpsom saltsthey can relieve muscle pain only by a placebo effect.

Epsom salts and natural remedies

Those who suffer from liver and bile duct stones may rediscover moles Epsom salts a good ally. Even those who feel they have slow digestion with a lazy bowel can take advantage of the effects of Epsom salts: magnesium sulfate acts as an osmotic laxative or purgative that does not irritate the intestinal mucous membranes.

For internal use (for "purify the liver"Or as a remedy for constipation) it is recommended not to exceed the maximum intake of 3 grams of epsom salt dissolved in a glass of water. Before starting the intake of Epsom salts it is advisable to consult your doctor.

Baths with Epsom salt would seem an effective remedy for those who suffer constantly fromcold feet.

THE Epsom salts they are also a beauty remedy. To have bright and shiny hair, the last rinse after shampooing should be done with just warm water and Epsom salts. To obtain a good rinsing solution, pour a glass of Epsom salts and a glass of lemon juice into 4 liters of water, mix and let it rest for 24 hours before use.

Other beauty remedies see the use ofEpsom saltfor the face scrub, however we do not recommend its use for those with sensitive skin and excessively dry skin. To obtain the scrub, mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts with a little water, use the mixture by rubbing it gently on your face and rinse with warm water.

For domestic cleaning, theEpsom saltworks like a good onenatural anti-limescale.

Where to buy Epsom salt

Epsom salt can be purchased in shops specializing in the sale of natural products. It is possible to buy the salt of Espom through the online purchase, for completeness we refer you to two excellent Amazon products; the Epsom salt in question, it is very pure and is delivered with free shipping with orders over € 19, so if you buy two packs of Epsom salt no additional costs will be required for delivery. Calculate that for baths you get to use up to 500 grams of salt. For more detailed information, please refer to the official product pages:

Epsom salt, 1 kg pack - Pure food grade salt
Price: € 5.89

Epsom salt, 5 kg pack - Very pure food grade salt
Price: € 16.09

* The study cited:
Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin
Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. B15 2TT, U.K.

In the pictures
Top, the commercial form of Epsom salt
In the center, an Epsomite (Epsom salt) quarry in New Mexico
Below, Epsomite crystals (Epsom salts).

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  2. Aponivi

    Thank you very much for your help.

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  5. Berkley

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