Epsom Salt, Plain O’l Epsom Salt… the stuff our grandmothers were always making us soak our feet in for every stub, splinter, cut and nail hole! I was convinced that it was a ploy to get us to sit still long enough so that the bandages could be gathered and the decision of which wonderful treat to give, could be made! In reality, the medical benefits are what’s really unbelievable.

Epsom Salt: aka: Magnesium Sulphate, is awesome as a foot or bath soak. It may help to relieve sore muscles, draw out splinters, and to ease the pain of sprains and bruises.

It is used intravenously (through an IV) to control seizures in pregnant women and certain children. It can be used to treat a dangerous arrhythmia, lower high blood pressure, slow down contractions during labor, and treat other conditions. It has been used as a painless cathartic during times of illness or other need. Everyone should know about the benefits of this wonderful natural mineral.

Don’t discount the everyday uses that your family can glean by having this mineral handy.

When taking my Naturopath classes, I was quite surprised as to the importance that was attached to the magnesium sulphate tubs for good health. These mineral baths taken (without soap, which can interrupt the uptake of nutrients) are one of the best ways for the body to absorb the exact amount of magnesium that it needs. Not too much, not too little! The body is “smart” when given the chance, only as much as it needs, it will never absorb more than it needs.

Magnesium is an essential mineral, needed for proper calcium uptake. Without it, our body cannot use the calcium we are taking in; leaving us with cramps, twitching and even convulsions. So, indulge, take one or two baths a week in 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt and absorb the Magnesium that your body needs! I’m often asked if there is a difference in Epsom Salts. The answer is yes, Some are heavier than others per volume, because some salts are over processed. Other than that it is the same, it is plain o’l Magnesium Sulphate.

Sue Meyer