The Power of Epsom Salts

You’ve probably heard about them before and wondered “What on Earth is that?!” 

Epsom salt usage is becoming increasingly popular, and there’s good reason why. I myself use Epsom salts once or twice a week in a bath, and as and when I feel I need it in a foot soak, too.

A bag of Epsom Salts


Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, which therefore, makes it a great source of magnesium. Some thyroid patients will use these salts in a bath or foot soak instead of taking magnesium supplements. The magnesium is absorbed through the skin and in to the body.

So what are the uses?

A  bath with Epsom salts can help you unwind and get ready for bed; relaxing muscles and leaving you feeling de-stressed.  The magnesium in the salts relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Magnesium is also important in the production of energy and helping us to feel invigorated, but without feelings of restlessness/anxiety.

Many people (including myself) state that Epsom salts help their aching muscles and tired legs/feet, headaches and sprains. With cold and flu season underway, you could try soaking in Epsom salts as it should ease muscle aches and pains and help you get a good night’s rest.

You may even recover faster. It’s been stated that it may also speed up healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count, as well as improve circulation and lowering blood pressure.

I’ve noticed that itchy and burning skin can also be alleviated with an Epsom salt bath or compress, as it helps my itchy legs.

Both magnesium and sulfate (Epsom salts’ ingredients) help to improve production and use of insulin too. Therefore, regular intake of them may help to regulate blood sugar, lowering the risk of diabetes. (Although it’s important to still have a balanced diet and not use methods such as Epsom salts in place of one!)

And although I’ve never tried it, Epsom salts can also be used as a laxative, apparently! This site suggests dissolving one teaspoon of Epsom salts into a cup of warm water and drinking it.Other interesting uses include mixing it in to your conditioner to created a hair mask rich in magnesium, and using it to take away dry patches on skin and lips. You could also mix some of the salts in to your face wash to create an exfoliating cleanser, though it depends how coarse the salt is.

If you’re interested in giving this many-use, loved by many Epsom Salt a go, I’ve put a link to it below, where it’s currently on offer at Amazon.

Westlab Epsom Salt Resealable Stand Up Pouch, 1 kg – Pack of 1

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given, but more reading and references can also be found at:

https://www.naturallivingideas.com/20-epsom-salt-uses/

https://thehealthyapple.com/hypothyroidism/ 

https://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/

https://www.curejoy.com/content/health-benefits-epsom-salts/

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Written by Rachel, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

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Rachel is a Thyroid Patient Advocate and Expert with Six 2018 WEGO Health Award Nominations. She is a highly ranked writer appearing in the Top Hypothyroidism Websites and Top Thyroid Websites 2018, and is a qualified Diet and Nutritional Advisor, also currently studying for relevant qualifications and certificates in Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking, Reflexology and more. She has worked with The National Academy of Hypothyroidism, The BBC, The Mighty, Dr. Hedberg, Thyroid UK and ThyroidChange, to name just a few. She is well recognised as a trusted and useful contributor to the thyroid community.

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