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Benefits of Epsom Salt

Updated on January 21, 2011

You may have heard that soaking in bath salts such as Epsom salt is great for relieving muscle aches and pains, but there is so much more that Epsom salt bath soaks can do for your overall health due to one key component and that is magnesium. Magnesium regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes, and is an electrolyte that aids to calcium cells, proper muscle and nerve functions, and can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease and strokes and much more.

Epsom Salt

Although there are several ways to receive magnesium, the absolute best way the body can effectively receive the desired amount the body needs is to soak in an Epsom salt bath. Not only will your body be able to absorb magnesium but Epsom salt also delivers sulfate which is what helps detoxify the body by flushing out harmful toxins. Sulfates are also known to improve the absorption of nutrients, prevent headaches, and help form brain tissue, mucin proteins, and joint proteins. It is very difficult to obtain sulfate though food but is very easily absorbed through the skin, which is another great reason to soak in an Epsom salt bath.

I know most of us live extremely busy lives, and who has time to soak in the tub for 10 – 20 minutes? Well I am not much of a bath guy myself, but as I am getting older and still like to do all the things I did when I was much younger, my body says “you can find the time”, especially after I have discovered all the other amazing health benefits that I will receive from this one bath. It is recommend to use 2 cups of Epsom salt for a standard size tub, and to double the amount for larger tubs. If you can find the time to bathe in warm water with Epsom Salt for minimally 12 minutes, your body and overall well being will greatly benefit.


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    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      amy jane so sorry to hear that you are fighting Lyme Disease, I know several people who have gone through this, and my Mother is actually being tested for it now as well. I hope that you have a very quick and pain free recovery, and that the Epsom salt baths help.

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      amy jane 

      8 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you for the info! I was told to take daily Epsom salt baths to help detox my body while fighting Lyme Disease. (I was diagnosed a few days ago) I've never used it before and didn't understand how it worked, so this was very helpful!

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Your so spot on! I love your soap and natural spa recipe ideas, as you know I love concocting natural spa treatments. Maybe you and I should link relating hubs... Just a thought. I love your Epsom Salt Hub I use it in all my bath salt recipes. Great and amazing stuff for pennies. Thanks and Peace :)

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice information. I never know about this product before. But good to know about that. thank you very much.

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      My wife & I use this often in bath tubs for soaking! Does wonders! Great hub!

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      Truth From Truth 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Useful tips, thanks.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      I alway have take baths in epsom salt since I have been a kid, I just thought it made the hives go away when I was small. But, I still use it when I bath, but I also add some form of oil because my skin is so dry. Thanks for letting me know all the benefits of this great product, and it's not expensive. Thanks for sharing this info...


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