Chemical Name: heptahydrate sulfate mineral epsomite (MgSO4·7H2O), 9.8% Water soluble Magnesium (mg), 12.9% Sulfur (S)
Country of Origin: USA
Production: USP Grade (conforms with current US Pharmacopoeia specifications. This means is it tested by the batch of impurities and in this way differs from Agriculture Grade, which is tested less frequently.)
Qualities: Epsom salts have been used as a calming, natural remedy for centuries. Epsom salt is not actually a salt, but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate. It has an abundance of health benefits, as well as many cosmetics, gardening, and household uses.
Some of the benefits of Epsom salts include relaxing the nervous system, soothing inflammation, curing skin problems, easing strained muscles, healing cuts, soothing fibromyalgia pain, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. A common way to utilize the health benefits of Epsom salts is to dissolve the salts in a hot bath and soak for at least 12 minutes. Absorbed through the skin, replenishes magnesium in the body, which is drained by stress. The magnesium helps produce serotonin which elevated the mood and creates a feeling of calm. Magnesium also helps muscle and nerve functioning and helps prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and ease migraine headaches.
Common Use: For an Epsom salt bath, add two cups of salts to a hot bath so that they dissolve, and soak in the bath for at least 12 minutes. For an even more relaxing, skin-softening, healing bath, try adding baking soda, peppermint, rose petals, chamomile, calendula, elderflower, lemon balm leaf, or other additions of your choosing.
Epsom salts make a lovely foot bath for sore or smelly feet and help to relieve symptoms of athlete’s foot. They can also be used to remove splinters by soaking the affected area to draw out the splinter.
To use topically to soothe cuts and skin soreness, mix a thick paste of Epsom salts and hot water and apply to the affected area. To exfoliate dead skin, mix with some olive oil or coconut oil and rub all over wet skin to exfoliate and soften.
As a household cleaner, Epsom salts can be made into a scrub when mixed with liquid dish detergent, and can also be used to remove build up in washing machines. They can be used to fertilize household plants and deter slugs in the garden.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry, dark location in a well-sealed container.