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Epsom salts can provide a way to soothe inflamed and aching muscles and joints. A cup or two of this cheap and amazing salt dissolved with water in a pan or bath can help to relieve pain.

In particular it can help with muscle pain that comes from over-exertion, as well as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain (such as muscle knots or trigger points). It can also encourage healing to take place for sprains and tendonitis.

Why Epsom salts work is a mystery. While many people have experienced the therapeutic effects of this salt, there is no scientific evidence to prove that it does indeed have any effect at all. What is undeniable is the relief it can bring to skin and to the aches and pains that are so common to so many of us.

Epsom salts are chemically known as magnesium sulphate heptahydrate (but are often shortened to magnesium sulphate). They got their start in Epsom, England when mineral waters were boiled down. While Epsom salts are referred to in the plural as opposed to the singular they are a form of salt like any other.

Whether Epsom salts are a folk remedy or an old wives tale there are countless people the world over who believe in its ability to detoxify the muscles by way of osmosis as well as to provide relief for aching muscles.

It is important to note that Epsom salts are meant to soak in and are not to be consumed orally. Do not eat or drink these salts as this can lead to magnesium poisoning which can in its most extreme cases be fatal.

In the world of alternative medicine Epsom salt draws pain and achiness from the body. In other words it helps to lessen inflammation and pull it away.  It has been theorized that the higher specific gravity of the dense quality of the salt solution as well as the extra kinetic energy join  together to transport heat to the sore area and put it on the fast track to healing.

Epsom salts can be used for everything from soaking a sore finger or foot, to soothing a sore neck, shoulder or back. Bath water takes on a softer and silkier feel when these salts are added to warm water. You should make the water you are planning to soak in as warm as you can stand it. The salts then work with the heat of the water.

Epsom salts can be purchased at drug stores and grocery stores. They do not cost much but can be used for many purposes. Some come with essential oil such as lavender or chamomile. If you buy the plain Epsom salts then you can add your own oils to it as you see fit.

Epsom salts are an excellent way to wind down from a long day at work. They provide relaxation for nerve tissue and muscles. Make sure you add a cup or two of salts to the water. Many people make the mistake of not adding enough to their water. If you have not experienced the soothing remedy that Epsom salts bring with it then you are missing out!


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