Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulfate Heptahydrate (MgSO4·7H2O). It is most commonly mined from the earth, and needs to be processed and have water bonded to it (the 7H2O) before it’s ready for modern day consumer use.
People have been taking Epsom salt baths for centuries, and its restorative properties have been passed down from generation to generation.
We absorb Epsom salt wonderfully through our skin. In fact, our absorption of both Magnesium and Sulfates are significantly higher when soaked through the skin rather than ingested.
It also allows these elements to bypass our digestive track, which both saves us energy and is especially important in helping our body process sulfates well. Besides it’s naturally relaxing effect, we use both Magnesium and Sulfates for literally hundreds of uses throughout our body.
Despite most people’s immediate impression that soaking in a tub with that much salt will dehydrate or pickle us, Epsom salt is wonderful for skin and hair. In fact, Epsom salt’s main use in the world right now is cosmetic. Being a entirely different compound than table salt, the Epsom salt does not dehydrate you in any way.
Our skin doesn’t even absorb it the same way it would water, meaning no amount of time in the float tank will ever leave you pruned up.
Magnesium is the 4th most abundant element found in the earth. As such, we’ve evolved to use it for a whole slew of things throughout our body.
We use Magnesium to:
- Regulate and catalyse over 300 enzymes
- Facilitate Calcium absorption
- Supports bone growth and strength
Prevent Diabetes, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Stroke, Heart Attack
- Shorten Migraine symptoms
- Lessen the severity of Premenstrual Syndrome
Since Epsom salt was discovered (in the town of Epsom in England!) it has been used for relaxing sore muscles and joints.
A sulfate is a salt made of Sulfuric acid. Our bodies use it for a number of things, including balancing our hormone levels, and especially in relation to digestion.
Proper levels of sulfates can help:
- Alleviate Leaky Gut
- Play a vital role in the formation of brain tissue an d a vital role in the formation of joint proteins