Magnesium sulfate is Epsom salt. It has medical properties and external benefits popularly used for beauty products as well as for health and household items. After its discovery in Epsom, England generations ago, Epsom salts were used to cure upset stomachs – just like today. No one could have guessed that their external benefits would be surging high as the health and beauty industries became more innovative. However, how to use Epsom salt medically may not be known to some people.
The Reuters on January 31, 2008 reported that Dr. John Thorp from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill announced that the risk of cerebral palsy in newborns was lowered by 50 percent when Epsom salt was administrated to the expecting mothers. The following medical usages of Epsom salts will be valuable:
A store-bought Epsom salt can minimize muscle inflammations. It exfoliates the skin when applied directly while showering or combined with soap and water. Worn-out feet will be revitalized when soaked in water drizzled with Epsom salt.
Epsom salts are also energizing massage substances. It can be massaged to the body after showering with warm water just to moisten it. After turning the shower off, massage the body part using some Epsom salts. Once the whole body is massaged, wash off by having a warm bath.
If you are looking for a relaxing substance, look no further than Epsom salts. Just add two cups of Epsom salt to the lukewarm water in the bath tub. Get into it and soak your body for 15 minutes. Enjoy the calming sensation. Just be aware that you can experience dizziness as you get out of the bath due to the salt’s dehydrating effects. Drink a cup of water, preferably cold, to get rid of the dizziness.
Soaking your feet into the Epsom salt water solution can help in healing fungus infections – particularly nail fungus. Fungi are also eliminated in the process. These are the causes for athlete’s foot.
Although there are clear indications that soaking in water treated with Epsom salts is beneficial – it is also not advisable to do this often. Daily practice of this procedure will lead to the absorption of magnesium sulfate to the body. Doing once a week soaking in the bath with Epsom salt is good enough and probably all you need to condition the body.
How to use Epsom salt is one of the ancient healing methods that we inherited from the generations before us. There are conditions that cannot be cured by conventional methods, and if the traditional ones are better remedies, we should benefit from them as well. Just remember not to abuse Epsom salt because anything in excess can be harmful.