The best-known salt used as a component in bath salts is Epsom salt. But apart from that, it offers a wide range of benefits from muscle and nerve relaxation to benefiting health and improving crops to cleaning the household, retaining the beauty etc. Epsom salt was first discovered in the 17th century. It was obtained from the distilled water of acidic saline spring at Epsom, located in Surrey England. Thus from the birthplace of this salt, it got its name. It is pure mineral compound, also called Magnesium sulfate.
Benefits of Epsom salt—
- Out of the several benefits, regular use of magnesium sulfate has been shown to improve sleep and increases concentration.
- Improving heart and circulatory health, treating arrhythmia i.e. maintaining irregular heartbeats, reducing blood clots and hence, lowering blood pressure.
- Improving the ability of the body to use insulin and reducing the incidence and severity of diabetes.
- Helps in relieving stress. Excess stress and adrenaline are believed to drain magnesium out of the body. Magnesium is a natural reliever that binds with serotonin, a mood-lifting chemical in the brain that creates a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
- Improving formation of joint proteins, brain tissues and muscle proteins.
- Epsom also helps plants to grow green with higher yields and more bloom.
You should be aware of a few things about Epsom salt before using—
- Many people with sensitive skin experience irritation when dipping their feet in a tub of Epsom salt for pedicure.
- Pregnant women with high blood pressures or cardiovascular conditions or serious open sores should not use Epsom.
- It can cause myasthenia gravis.
- When used as a laxative, this salt can produce several side effects such as diarrhea, cramping, excess gas with bloating, nausea, etc.
Those who have to take the daily doses of antibiotics namely demeclocycline, minocycline ciprofloxacin etc shouldn’t take Epsom until approved by the doctor. The same is applied to the people taking digoxin, digitalis or any antibiotic.
Magnesium toxicity effects
Epsom bath may lead to magnesium overdose in the body which causes magnesium toxicity and is considered as a medical emergency. This may lead to drop in blood pressure or slowed heartbeat, flushed skin. Other overdose signs include nausea, vomiting, reduced awareness or drowsiness. The most serious cases can result in coma or eventually death.
So, be aware of the pros and cons of Epsom salts before using it.