Epsom salt also known as magnesium sulfate because it is made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Because it is often used by dissolving the salt in baths, it is also known as bath salt.
It is believed that the name comes from the town where it was first discovered, Epsom in Surrey, England.
It has an appearance similar to table salt but is a completely different compound and also tastes distinctly different. Epsom Salt is quite bitter and unpalatable. There are people who will consume it by dissolving the salt in water and drinking it, but due to its taste, you probably shouldn’t add it to food.
Uses include treatment of conditions such as constipation, insomnia and fibromyalgia to name a few.
Many reported benefits of Epsom Salt is probably due to its magnesium content. Magnesium is a mineral that many people are deficient in.
How to use Magnesium Sulfate
Some common ways to use Epsom salt include:
Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a standard size bath and soak your body for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
To use as an exfoliant, simply put some in your hand, dampen it and massage into your skin.
You can also add half a teaspoon to your facial wash to help cleanse pores.
To add volume to your hair, simply mix equal parts conditioner and epsom salt. Apply to your hair and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Magnesium Sulfate Safety & Side Effects
Epsom salt is generally safe but there are negative side effects that may occur if taken orally or used incorrectly.
Magnesium Sulfate has a laxative effect and consuming it may cause diarrhea, bloating or upset stomach.
Make sure to drink lots of water to reduce digestive discomfort when you use it as a laxative. Never take more than the recommended dosage without consulting your doctor.
Symptoms of magnesium overdose include nausea, headache, feeling lightheaded and flushed skin.