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The name is deceiving.  Epsom salt is not a food flavoring spice but a naturally forming mineral composed of magnesium and sulfate.  Magnesium and sulfates have numerous health benefits, easy to find and affordable.

It reminds me of wine.

You can buy Epsom salt at your local grocery in the first aid section or online here.  A 2 lb bag costs around $5.00.

Not too shabby.

Benefits of Using Epsom Salt


Regulation of enzymes

Reduction of inflammation

Improves nerve functions


Improve absorption of nutrients

Flushes toxins

Eases migraine headaches.

If those reasons are not enough to roll around in a pile of Epsom salt (not likely to work – ouch!) then here are a few more reasons to soak in an Epsom salt bath.

Eases stress and relaxes the body – stress depletes magnesium in your body. Soaking in a bath with Epsom salt will replenish magnesium which in turn helps to produce serotonin.  Serotonin is a “feel good” chemical in the brain.

Relieve Pain and muscle cramps – like I mentioned before, Epsom salt reduces inflammation and therefore a good soak will help to relieve sore muscle pain.

Relieves constipation – The salt acts as a laxative by increasing water in the intestines. When the kiddos are feeling all bound up, I throw them in the bath with a cup of salt and let it work it’s magic.

This is one household staple to keep on hand.  Do you use Epsom salt?