Last Modified on Feb 05, 2015
Epsom salts are likely to be one of those home remedies you remember from childhood. Mom seemed to recommend it for everything, but darned if you can remember what any of those things were! Well, Earth Clinic has a whole list of natural cures brought about by epsom salts, and the reader feedback to prove it!
Very simply epsom salts is the common name for magnesium sulfide, a naturally occurring compound of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Epsom salts can be an important source of magnesium if used properly, and are used for that purpose medically, particularly for pregnant women in a number of cases, including to prevent eclampsia and cerebral palsy. The magnesium can also be absorbed transdermally, so a warm epsom salt bath is often recommended for those low in magnesium, as well as for aching muscles and joints.
Epsom salt's sulfur content additionally lends it antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which is why it is recommended as a home remedy for warts, herpes, and acne.
Natural Remedies: Try adding one or two cups of epsom salts to a warm bath to soothe sore muscles, relieve herpes symptoms, treat skin conditions, or simply raise your body's magnesium levels. A quarter hour in the tub is all you need.
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I have very tense neck and shoulders and was recommended to take an epsom salt bath. I went and had a deep tissue massage and then came home and soaked in an epsom salt bath for a half hour. The next evening I felt achy and with a fever and then proceeded with diareha. The symptoms only lasted for 2 to 3 days. Could this be the absorbtion of the epsom salts into my system or was this just a mild bug? Any ideas?
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