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Benefits of Epsom Salt Bath

Kundan Pandey
Epsom salts have been used alone or as an effective ingredient of bathing salts for quite some time now. Here is a discussion about epsom salt bath benefits.
Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate is a chemical compound that exists as a heptahydrate of magnesium, having the formula, MgSO4.7H2O. Magnesium and sulfate are important constituents of epsom salt. Epsom salt bath has become popular as it directly helps in the absorption of magnesium and sulfates in body, that are not easily absorbed through food and eatables.
Magnesium is extremely crucial for the body cells, just like calcium and iron. Magnesium helps in the regulation of enzymes in the body that are responsible for bodily functions like muscle control and removal of poisonous substances from the body.
According to the health reports of National Academy of Sciences, magnesium deficiency in majority of the US population has led to the increased risk of digestive related problems, stress complications, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue etc.


Epsom salt, a rich source of magnesium and sulfates has various epsom salt benefits that have been discussed here.
Useful in Pain and Inflammation
Through a study, it has been found that epsom salts have the ability to reduce pain in cases of muscle cramps and muscle inflammation. Many people having aching feet and severe pain in the legs have benefited from epsom salt bath.
To obtain maximum benefit from epsom salt bath, the following bath recipe has been recommended. Add nearly two cups of epsom salts to lukewarm or hot water while bathing. Certain essential oils can also be blended with the above bath salts.
Controls Stress
Magnesium is an important requirement of the body and low levels of magnesium in body can cause stress in body. Epsom salt bath are rich source of magnesium and besides helping in the problems of stress, they are also useful in improving the concentration.
Epsom enhances the feeling of well-being and also favors sleep by releasing a mood enhancing monoamine neurotransmitter called serotonin.
A Good Body Detox
Our body and skin constantly fights with the external agents and resists the entry of any impurity in the body. It has been found that soaking in a bath of epsom salt helps the toxins to come out of the body by the process of reverse osmosis.
Favors Digestion
Epsom contains sulfates, one of the most important nutrients that help in formation of joint proteins, brain tissues and mucin proteins. Sulfates help the pancreas in releasing various digestive enzymes that are useful for the digestive system.

Therapeutic Cure

Some benefits of this salt are as follows.
  • Epsom salt improves blood circulation and reduces problems of irregular heartbeat.
  • Prevents the arteries from hardening and controls blood pressure.
  • Improves the oxygen use of the body.
  • Beneficial in the migraine headaches.
  • Helps the body to use insulin in a better way and so reduces the severity of diabetes.
Magnesium is usually absorbed by the digestive tract but various foods, drugs and medicines can interfere with the efficiency of absorption of magnesium through digestive system.
Therefore, epsom salt bath is preferred as an alternative of meeting the needs of magnesium for the body. To make epsom salt bath, one should add nearly one to four cups of epsom salt in the hot water bath.
Epsom salt is a popular household product that is used in variety of household works. Epsom salt is beneficial for the growth of plant body and is useful in the reduction of nail fungus, skin irritation. Epsom salts are available at most of the drug stores.
In case you are pregnant or have complications related to heart disease, consult your physician before using epsom salt in your bath. Even the merits of bathing with this salt is amazing. In case, you want a supplement that can give your body a good dose of magnesium and sulfates, do prefer a bath with epsom salt.