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Epsom salt vs. Bath salt

When salt, that is not salt, is called salt…it is Epsom salt.

Epsom salt is actually a pure and natural mineral compound, also known as magnesium sulfate. It derived its name from the town of Epsom, Surrey in England where the compound was first distilled from Epsom’s spring waters. Magnesium sulfate, or Epsom salt, is readily available, cheap and versatile in use.

Epsom salt can be used as a skin exfoliator, splinter remover, and even hair volumizer. However, the most popular use of Epsom salt is as a muscle relaxing bath salt.

While it is not recommended to ingest Epsom salt, there are many health benefits in its application. Many people are magnesium deficient; a contributing factor to heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive problems, and chronic fatigue.

Soaking in a tub full of magnesium sulfate, where magnesium is naturally and easily absorbed through the pores, can be extremely therapeutic.

Bath salt, on the other hand, is sea salt. It is comprised of several minerals: magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide, and sodium.Sea salt has long been known for its therapeutic properties and natural harvesting process. Sea salt is great for fighting skin infections and soothing skin irritations.

Benefits of bath salt minerals

  • Magnesium helps fight stress and fatigue
  • Calcium keeps water retention in check and promotes healthy bones
  • Potassium balances moisture levels in the skin
  • Bromide soothes sore and tired muscles
  • Sodium maintains the balance of lymphatic fluid in our bodies

Studies have shown that bath salts derived from the Dead Sea can effectively treat and manage health ailments such as psoriasis, osteoarthritis, tendinitis and many skin conditions.

These days, bath salts come in different colors, scents, sizes and shapes. If you are looking for a great bath salt, try Aveda’s Soothing Aqua Therapy. It made Kat’s Best Products Reviewed for 2012.

To read more on Epsom salt, go to Epsom Salt Council

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