Natural Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate)
What do pedicures, hair volumisers, tile cleaners and bath crystals have in common? They can all be created – at a low cost and in an eco-friendly manner – using Epsom Salt. Comprised of the minerals magnesium and sulphate, Epsom Salt is a natural exfoliant and anti-inflammation remedy, that can be used to treat dry skin, sore muscles, small wounds and even to fight illness. It can also be added to any bath or foot soak, to create a luxurious at-home spa experience.
Natural Epsom Salt is a rare commodity, as very few Natural Epsom Salt deposits still exist around the world. Epsom Salt originated in Epsom, England where they mined natural deposits. That source has since depleted, and so have most other natural deposits. Now most Epsom Salt is produced by a chemical process and are man-made, by combining Magnesium and Sulphur compounds together.
Use Natural Epsom Salt to provide your body with the vital essential minerals of Magnesium and Sulphur, to promote a healthy body and mind. It is perfect for using as a foot soak, bath salts, cosmetic uses or even internal use.
Our skin is our largest organ and takes a hammering on a daily basis, from sun, chemicals and the general modern environment. Baths used to be the preferred method of cleaning and de-stressing, but then modern life got more hectic and showers have become the norm, and we miss out on a perfect way to detox, de-stress and to rejuvenate our skin!
Epsom Salt Transdermal Therapy (via the skin) is a fancy way of saying having a bath with some Epsom Salt in it! It is a highly effective way of absorbing essential minerals like Magnesium, and distributing it to our cells that need it, because it is far more direct than going through the digestive tract. Some people will only absorb as little as 25% of these essential minerals when taking oral supplements.
Awareness about Magnesium is now higher than ever and it is now a sought-after mineral, either in the form of Magnesium Chloride or Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom salt), both of which are very effective sources of Magnesium. Besides its role as an electrolyte, it is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body; plays a vital role in the synthesis of both DNA and RNA and helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function, boosts the immune system, maintains stable heart rate, stabilizes blood sugar, and promotes the formation of bones and teeth.
A common question is, what is the difference between Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate) and Magnesium Chloride?
Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) is magnesium bound to sulphates, and Magnesium Chloride is magnesium bound to chlorides. When either Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) or Magnesium Chloride are diluted into water the bonds separate. So, if both products were diluted into a bath of water at the same time, we would end up with three separate minerals.
So, with either Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) or Magnesium Chloride you will get around the same amount of elemental magnesium, and the difference is between the other mineral present.
Each one plays a different important role within the body, and each provide different essential elements:
- Chloridesassist with things like Electrolytes and digestion. Electrolytes are crucial to our heath. In fact, a chronic high electrolytic imbalance leads to disease and sickness. There are many ways to view the human body and one of those is as electrical circuitry. For our electrical circuitry to function well it requires the right connections and conduction. Chloride is one of the most important electrolytes in the blood. It helps keep the amount of fluid inside and outside of our cells in balance. In so doing, a favourable conductive environment is established for electrical signals, impulses and exchanges.
Sulphates- Sulphur is so critical to life that the body will apparently borrow protein from the muscles to keep from running too low. Many systems in the body will not function well in a low-sulphate environment. One of the things it influences, is the hormone that helps humans recognize faces and "socialize". Increasing sulphur in the body can improve socialization and related issues.
If growth factors were bankers, sulphate would be their money. Growth factors use sulphate to do their business. That is why it is known that if you become VERY deficient in sulphate, you will stop growing if you are a child, or you will start to break down (catabolize) your own muscle to make up for this deficiency. That means if your child has not been growing, and has very flimsy muscles, you should be concerned that their sulphate chemistry may be unbalanced. When this happens in very sick adults, it puts them into a state called cachexia, a wasting process that happens in Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, Cancer, and an autism spectrum disorder called Rett Syndrome.
Bottom line is, both Magnesium Chloride and Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) are equally beneficial to the body, as each provides different essential elements, and transdermal therapy is by far the best method of absorption. Alternating between the two products can be very beneficial, thus replenishing cells with all three minerals, or you can use either product depending on individual needs.