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Epsom salt derives its name from a spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England, where the compound was first distilled from water. It separates itself from other salts because it’s actually a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt has an impressive list of uses ranging from household cleaning to gardening and everything in between, but aside from its practicality, the compound packs some powerful benefits as well!

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Here are 5 of the top benefits of Epsom salt!

1. Reduces Stress

According to a research study done by the University of North Carolina, magnesium deficiency enhances stress reactions, and magnesium salts (like Epsom salt) can help reduce stress! Magnesium aids in the production of energy in cells, so by boosting magnesium levels, your body can feel revitalized and your mind can feel relaxed as you soak in the tub to relax your muscles and mind.

2. Eliminates Toxins

Epsom salt contains sulfates which help the body flush out toxins from the body. By adding Epsom salt to your bathwater, your body triggers a process called reverse osmosis which pulls salt and toxins out of your body! To take a nice, relaxing, detoxing bath, simply add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bathwater and soak for 30 minutes or more.

3. Relieves Constipation

The FDA actually approved Epsom salt as a laxative and it is commonly used to relieve constipation. Simply dissolve one dose (read the packaging for dosing information) into warm water and drink up!You can typically expect results from this natural laxative within 30 minutes to 6 hours. Make sure you’re staying hydrated as you consume Epsom salt to prevent dehydration.

4. Reduces Pain and Inflammation

Epsom salt can not only reduce muscle pain and inflammation, it can relieve headaches, help heal cutes, reduce swelling, ease splinter removal, help the healing process after childbirth, and much more! Take a nice warm bath with Epsom salt to reap these benefits!

5. Improves Blood Sugar Levels

Healthy magnesium levels, which Epsom salt contains, have been linked with reducing the risk of developing diabetes by regulating blood sugar. This not only reduces the risk of diabetes, but also improves daily energy levels.

Epsom salt can be found at almost any drugstore and is very affordable! The most common recommendation for Epsom salt use is to soak in the bath with one to two cups of Epsom salt and warm water for 20 minutes or more. The mineral can also be used internally (follow the directions on the package!), in gardening, cleaning, skincare, and more — it’s a true renaissance compound!

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