2 years ago
Despite what you may have read, no - epsom salts will not increase the amount of magnesium in your body. Medical and scientific research has proven that magnesium is not absorbed from outside the body through skin cells. Sweat glands and hair follicles DO transport magnesium through the skin, but they only account for 0.1% - 1% of the skin’s surface, and do not transport a sufficient amount of magnesium to raise your serum level. However, epsom salts are still useful for many purposes. I keep unscented epsom salts on hand for making body scrubs and for watering my plants (it practically brings them back to life when they’re seemingly dead). Unscented, plain epsom salts can also be used as a magnesium supplement or laxative if you drink them in liquid; some people feel that this also helps with anxiety (I have no clue what the safest dose may be for internal use). I have peppermint epsom salts for soaking my feet and doing my own pedicures. I also have a couple of scented epsom salts for soaking in the tub, to relax and relieve general soreness. Whether or not the salt really makes a difference is debatable, as research suggests that a hot bath with no epsom salt will relieve pain just as well (the moist heat is ultimately what relieves pain). However, adding epsom salt does make the water “softer”, and the scents are extra soothing. I’ve even used epsom salts as fake snow in Pinterest crafts! As cheap and versatile as they are, epsom salts are just a no-brainer “staple item” for me. I probably have 4 different bags stashed around the house right now...
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