Good Ol’ Epsom Salt



Otherwise known as magnesium sulfate. Studies have shown many of it’s health benefits:*

  • Eases stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulates activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Helps to prevent artery hardening and blood clots
  • Makes insulin more effective
  • Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improves oxygen use
  • Flushes toxins
  • Improves absorption of nutrients
  • Helps form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
  • Helps prevent or ease migraine headaches
  • Draws out boils, acne, and splinters


Image: Epsom Salt Council

For therapeutic baths, the rule of thumb is to make the water as hot as you can comfortably stand it, and mix in 2-4 cups of epsom salt. Soak for 15-20 minutes, then shower off.

Epsom salt is also a great conditioner for magnesium deficient soil. Your roses, tomatoes, and peppers will especially love it.

It’s cheap and easy. You’ll find it at most drug stores and supermarkets for under $5.

July, 13 2010