What is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt crystals (Magnesium Sulfate)

Epsom salt, first discovered in Epsom, England in the waters of their wells, has been used for centuries for a multitude of beneficial purposes—from fertilizing gardens worldwide to easing muscle aches and other ailments.

More technically known as magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is a recognized natural source of magnesium and sulfur, two of life's vital elements and a mineral combination recognized for its therapeutic properties. In fact, researchers and physicians widely acknowledge that increasing your body's magnesium and sulfate levels has numerous therapeutic health benefits. Epsom salt is also being turned to as an environmentally safe, all-natural alternative to more abrasive or damaging products for agricultural and industrial purposes, from fertilizing a neighborhood lawn to increasing the crop yields of community-sustaining farms. Many different industries turn to Epsom salt for a natural solution to a multitude of situations and needs.

Although commonly referred to as "salt," Epsom salt isn't actually salt. It should be called Epsom "salt." Or Epsom salt-like. Since Epsom salt is a pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate in crystal form, it looks an awful lot like salt, but it has no sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is salt. Salt is sodium chloride. We like to have all of the facts on the table here.

Magnesium

is crucial to healthy cell functioning in our bodies, and helps to regulate more than 325 enzymes. The number of people suffering from magnesium deficiency has increased greatly in the last 50 years due to mineral depleting farming practices and unhealthy diets. Symptoms of mineral deficiency include headaches, backaches, neck pain and muscle discomfort.

Sulfate

, or sulfur, is found in literally every cell in the human body and has a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing overall health. Sulfur is essential for the health of skin, nails, and hair, and is crucial for the production of collagen. It also has been shown to purify and condition the body, and has detoxifying properties. Deficiency in sulfur may lead to full body exhaustion and lethargy.

A number of factors work against magnesium sulfate if you ingest it. We do not recommend ingesting Epsom salt (unless under the direction of a doctor). So, although it can be difficult to get adequate levels of magnesium sulfate through our daily diet, there is much research to support the fact that bathing with Epsom salt allows maximum mineral absorption into the skin, giving your body a multitude of benefits. For more information concerning the variety of health and wellness advantages of Ultra Epsom, please see Bathing with Ultra Epsom.