Epsom salt is readily available in retail stores and pharmacies and offers a wide range of health benefits.
A mineral compound of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) is used as both a bath salt as well as a health supplement and like most other forms of supplements, it does come with possible side effects. Here are some benefits as well as side effects of Epsom salt.
Magnesium in any of its forms, is known for its calming properties. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety by regulating neurotransmitters that are responsible for relaxation.
Soothing skin and hair benefits
A foot bath of Epsom salts can help in addressing various skin issues such as fungal infections, psoriasis and eczema. Mixing Epsom salt with a carrier oil, you can have your own homemade exfoliating scrub to help remove dead skin cells. When it comes to hair, dissolving Epsom salt in water and applying it as a mask, can help remove excess oil and product build-up or mixing Epsom salt with a conditioner and leaving on for a couple of minutes, can help build volume.
Anti-inflammatory and pain reliever
Magnesium is critical for muscle function and it can also act as an anti-inflammatory. A soothing soak can help alleviate muscle aches, joint pain and even headaches.
If taken orally, Epsom salt can cause diarrhea so consulting with a medical professional prior to ingesting is important. When used externally, Epsom salt can cause skin irritation or allergic reaction so it's best to perform a patch test on a small area of skin first. As always, if you are on prescription medications, consult with your physician prior to adding Epsom salt to your regimen.