“ Epsom salts are a very versatile treatment, that when mixed with water can be used to treat a number of different ailments. Whilst they don't taste great, they are affordable and a useful thing to have in the cupboard. „
You know you are getting old when you start extolling the virtues of Epsom salts. Soon I will be moaning about the price of eggs and the youth of today...
I remember Epsom salts in my Grandmother's bathroom cabinet. Her bathroom was fascinating to me as a child because it contained things that I had never seen before, weird liniments and Grecian 2000! There was always a box of this stuff. Until I got older I never showed any interest in Epsom salts although I did know that they had many uses. As I started to get crumblier and achier as the years wore on, I grabbed some of these to try them out.
Boots Epsom salts were the first ones that I tried as they are much of a muchness and these were local. I now buy it in larger sacks online ( Amazon has some huge bags for sale ). I initially paid £1.30 for a small pot of these and I now buy it by the kilo. The Boots version is the ideal starter size and can easily be fitted into a bathroom cabinet. The packaging is efficient and keeps atmospheric moisture out which will stop the salts from clogging into one great big lump. The canister is also small enough to lug about should you so wish, ie on holiday or staying overnight somewhere.
Epsom salts are a natural mineral called Magnesium Sulphate. This mineral is the second most prevalent in the human body and it is reported that a huge percentage of us are actually deficient in Magnesium.
This product has long been used as a natural remedy for many ailments and has beauty, household and gardening related uses. Epsom salt has many beneficial properties including relaxation of the nervous system, assisting with skin problems, easing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle sprains and strains, helping in the healing of wounds and cuts and drawing toxins from the body.
There have been many studies on the absorption of Magnesium and sulfate through the largest organ in the body- the skin. Therefore bathing in this mineral is a fast way to increase Magnesium levels and receive the many benefits.
Magnesium helps muscle and nerve function and is often available for athletes as an oil rub for damaged and stretched ligaments and muscles. It regulates over 300 enzymes in the body and reduces inflammation making it an important player in pain relief. Magnesium is an essential mineral which helps to prevent arterial hardening. Sulphites flush toxins, aid in the absorption of nutrients from food and can also be helpful to migraine headaches. Magnesium deficiencies and inbalances have been implicated in M.E, Fibromyalgia and even Aspergers.
Aches and pains:
Bathing is the obvious and most common use. Avoid soap or anything that could interfere with the absorption of Magnesium through the water. A warm bath with 2-3 cups of Epsom salts is all that is needed. Soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes to ease aches and pains.
Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases adrenalin levels. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy by stimulating the production of ATP which could be colloquially described as the energy packets made in the cells.
An Epsom bath will also help with skin disorders. The salts bring relief to eczema and psoriasis.
You can also take a foot bath with these salts to aid foot diseases, aching feet and odour reduction.
Soaking a splinter in a strong Epsom salts solution draws the splinter out.
Aids muscle and nerve function:
Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles and nerves. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper metabolism of calcium.
Assists the Heart:
Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help to prevent heart disease and strokes by improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, protecting the elasticity of arteries, and lowering the risk of blood clots.
Elimination of toxins:
The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins from the body, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
There are too many uses to list in one review here without sending you to sleep but plenty of information is available online. You will find evidence of Epsom salts being useful for Gout, Diabetes, Athlete's foot, blackheads, cleaning purposes and for plant health. It can be ingested (for constipation for example ) and tastes pretty grim but is supposedly effective (not needed to try this out). You can even make your own toothpaste with it!
All in all then this innocuous looking crystalline powder has many uses from medical to practical and certainly to me it is considered an essential product to have at home. The Boots version is useful if you have not tried it before but if you do like it then it is more economical to buy it in the big bags that I mentioned earlier on. Amazon have several suppliers of these. I pay around £8 for 3 kg.
* ADDITIONAL INFO 11/04/2013*
I wanted to add that if you bath in this, please rinse it off well or it can create a burning sensation on your skin which feels like deep heat. Some like it , some don't and it does not happen to everybody but just be aware.
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and this is interesting too : http://web.mit.edu/london/www/magnesium.html
When it comes to the subject of Epsom Slats, up until recently I knew nothing at all about them. They are not something I remember seeing growing up in my household and we never seemed to cross paths, well up until a few weeks ago when my best mates mum June was telling me to give them a go as they are a fabulous all rounder of a product....and you know what she was right and I love Epsom Salts now!
I always buy my Epsom Salts from Boots as they're cheap at only £1.25 for a 200g tub of product but also I have a Boots Advantage Card and like getting points for my purchases too (every little helps right lol)! Though a word to the wise here as these are cheap they seem to fly off the shelves so if you like them I'd advise you to grab a couple of tubs a time and keep a small stash cos next time you go they probably won't be there and you'll be waiting on them coming back into stock. For some reason these ones are ever so popular....must be the price of them eh!
The packaging of these isn't fancy and its a rather medical looking tub really. Its white plastic with grey and green writing on it and it has a pull on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the tub we are told that they are Boots Pharmaceuticals Epsom Salts B.P 'Magnesium Sulphate' and that they relieve occasional constipation and the size is stated (as I have listed already). On the back of the tub other information listed includes dosage advice on how to relieve constipation, warnings are given, ingredients are listed (100% magnesium sulphate) and contact details for Boots are given. At first glance you'd think these could only be used for the relief of constipation as the labelling on these only gives us directions for that which is a shame as they actually have so many uses so I have a slight quibble with that!
I use them ever such alot for such a variety of things and am a huge fan of the mighty Epsom Salts now and I actually have about 5 tubs in my flat on the go at the moment!
So what can they be used for? Well of course you can place a teaspoon in warm water and take it once a day to help naturally relieve constipation. The white salty looking mixture melts into the water rather well and ok it isn't the nicest tasting concoction in the world however it doesn't taste salty to me just a bit bitter and it isn't horrific to take and it does gently and effectively work in a none rush to toilet, move out of the way....way thankfully!
This is fabulous to bath in and for that you simpy need a couple of cups or handfuls of the stuff thrown under running water. Its none scented, great to use with a few drops of essential oil (I often use lavender oil with this to chill me out of an evening) and it is meant to it draws toxins from the body, sedate the nervous system, reduce swelling and relax muscles which I have to say it does for me. Recently I got a bruised arm it helped with that too at cleaning out the dirty looking bit and it seemed to induce the swelling out of it quickly too. I love bathing in this as not only do I feel that it helps with my bad back as it contains magnesium but my skin feels really soft and none aggitated after bathing in it.
You can use this as well by applying a little to a splinter to help draw it out (It does as I used this on my mate the other day) and I cleanly and easily got the splinter out to which she was mighty greatful for!
You can use 1/2 cup (handful of this) to a basin of warm water and soak your feet in it. It helps neutralise bad smells, you can even use this as exfoliator on your feet or any where on your body with warm water to help rid yourself of dry skin. I use a little of this with peppermint oil on tired, aching feet and use it with no oils on my elbows and knees and it leaves my skin looking so refreshed and clean and it really doesn't feel scratchy or too abrasive in use either.
You can add this to your wash off cleanser which I do in the bath by simply mixing in a little of it with my gentle face wash and you can rub your face with it for extra help cleaning yout toxins all by itself too. I have heard people have also added it to facial masks and made their own up by adding some of this to it. It really is simply a brilliant and versatile product.
Thanks to this I get relaxing baths that soothe my mind and my aches and pains. I don't really like the taste of it but I will take it for mild constipatiion if need be. I love using it on my skin as its easy to use and really effective at keeping it looking and feeling healthy and now...well I can't imagine not using this stuff! It's really great for bathing in and I highly recommend it to anyone because you can add oils to it safely and its kinder and more gentle to do so than adding oils to fragranced bath products!
All in all a really fab product and so worth the money its unreal!
Available only in Boots or from Boots.com and only available in one size at £1.25 (200g)