The scientific name of Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate heptahydrate; magnesium is one of their main contents. Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom, England. The uses of Epsom salts range from household cleaning to organic gardening and medical to beauty.
Some Medical Uses
Studies reveal that a diet, which is deficient in magnesium and sulfate, can lead to various health problems such malfunctioning of the kidneys, various heart diseases including heart attack, and poor blood circulation. Increasing the level of magnesium in blood will help to regulate the electrolytes and raise the level of serotonin (monoamine neurotransmitter). When the serotonin level increases, it not only helps in de-stressing but also improves one's sleep. The toxins of the body are easily flushed out if the level of sulfates is normal. Sulfates also help to ease migraine headaches. There are many medical uses of Epsom salts. Here are a few of them.
Scientific experiments show that magnesium and sulfates can be absorbed by the human body externally. After a tiresome day, one can reduce the muscular pain by soaking in a warm bath with a cup of Epsom salt dissolved in it. Soaking in Epsom salts bath will also help to remove fatigue.
They can do wonders for a person affected by arthritis. Bathing daily in water containing Epsom salts solution will help to increase the blood circulation and reduces swellings in the joints. Massage lotions containing Epsom salts is helpful in relieving the pain, stiffness, and swelling of the arms, knees, fingers, and legs.
They are used for exfoliating skin. Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salts with cleansing cream; massage the face with this mixture for a few minutes to remove the dead skin. One can use this mixture to remove the blemishes on their skin.
They are used for cleansing the colon. Colon cleansing removes the fecal matter and the mucus in the colon and the intestinal system. They are also used as a laxative, which relieves one of constipation. However, it is necessary to consult the physician before consuming Epsom salts.
Athlete's foot caused by fungal infection that affects the skin between the toes, the toenails, and the soles can be cured using them. Tinea versicolor, a skin infection caused by fungus can be treated to a certain extent using Epsom salt paste. It is always better to get an opinion of a medical practitioner before using Epsom salts for treating various skin infections.
Studies show that they can help to delay premature labor. They are also used to prevent cerebral palsy in premature babies. Preeclampsia (high blood pressure and high levels of protein in urine), a condition that occurs at the time of pregnancy in certain women can be treated using them. It is advisable to follow the instructions of a reputed medical practitioner.
The health problems such as acute asthma can be treated using magnesium sulfate. Studies also reveal that Epsom salts in the form of gel can reduce the pain associated with osteoporosis.
They can be bought from any departmental store. However, before using this chemical for medical purpose consult a physician. Their intake should be avoided by those who are affected by kidney problems such as kidney failure, and heart block.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.