Magnesium Sulfate or Epsom Salt is used in baths, for flotation therapy, foot soaks, for the alleviation of rough patches and for the reduction of inflammation. It can be used to fight such skin problems such as blemishes and acne when applied directly to problem areas in poultice form. When used to exfoliate skin it does not leave the skin feeling dry like other salts. It is an emollient which gives the skin a silky smooth texture.
Soaking in an Epsom Salt bath can also help relieve the symptoms of Herpes such as lesions and itching. Magnesium sulfate can be used in paste form is used as a dehydrating agent for abscesses, carbuncles and boils. In the case of barium poisoning, Epsom salt may be given as first aid. Epsom salt can also be used as first aid on insect bites, sprains, bruises and to draw out splinter. Due to the fact that Epsom Salt can be absorbed through the skin, the magnesium level of the body will also increase when the skin is exposed to Epsom Salts. This increase can stimulate the serotonin production within the brain. Serotonin is a mood-regulating neurotransmitter which can elevate feelings of positivity and well-being. Magnesium sulfate is also able to sedate the nervous system.
In gardening and agriculture, magnesium sulfate is used to correct magnesium deficiency in the soil. It can also be added to the soil of potted plants, or to certain crops which need a high amount of magnesium such as roses, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes. It is preferred over other magnesium soil amendments like dolomitic lime because of its high water solubility. It is also able to blend very well with oils.
To use, run a warm bath and add a cup of the salt. Once in the bath you will experience the soothing, relaxing properties of aromatherapy.
Natural: Epsom Salt is mainly made from magnesium and sulfates and these minerals are derived from rocks and mined from natural sources.
Storage Directions: High fluctuations in humidity can cause the Epsom Salt to cake so store in a cool area with consistently low humidity. Other names: Magnesium sulfate, bitter salts