According to the National Academy of Sciences the majority of people living in America today are magnesium deficient; this is related to fast food living as well as modern farming methods. The Academy believes this to be the reason for such high incidences of stress related illnesses, digestion problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue and heart disease and strokes.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. Magnesium is necessary to sustain calcium levels in the blood; it also improves the body’s capacity to use insulin. Bathing with Epsom salts not only makes magnesium readily available to the body but it also draws out toxins, and as magnesium is a natural stress reliever, the bath lifts mood and aids in relaxation. Research indicates that raising magnesium levels can promote a healthy heart by improving circulation and lowering blood pressure. Sulphates are not easily obtained through the food we eat but are absorbed easily through the skin. These sulphates stimulate the pancreas to make digestive enzymes and assist in detoxifying the body.
Traditionally an Epsom salts bath has been used as a soaking agent to bring relief from muscular pain and stiffness and to promote detoxification through the skin. By soaking in an Epsom salt bath at least three times a week one will feel better, look better and have more energy. Epsom Salt is indeed natures secret; they flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells and help the body to eliminate harmful substances. Many spa salons also use them as a foot-soak to help cleanse the feet of impurities. They are a natural emollient and exfoliator. Many skin care products incorporate carrier oils, essential oils and sea salt with Epsom salts.