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Epsom Salt
Discover the benefits of this classic, natural remedy

Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) is a water-soluble, bitter-tasting, white or colourless compound. It is available at pharmacies and drugstores and lists a number of benefits:-

During times of stress, the level of magnesium is depleted while adrenaline is increased in the body. When dissolved in warm bathwater, Epsom Salt replenishes this level of magnesium while the magnesium ions help to produce serotonin for lowering adrenaline, thus creating a feeling of calm and relaxation.

In addition, Epsom Salt temporarily relieves muscle aches and stiffness of joints. The magnesium in Epsom Salt acts as a muscle relaxant and relieves muscle aches.

For soaking in a bath, dissolve 375 gm of Epsom Salt in an average-size bath of warm water.

Epsom Salt is widely used in foot bath treatments.
Relieve tired, aching feet through the muscle-relaxing properties of the compound. For an Epsom Salt foot soak, dissolve one cup of Epsom Salt in a large foot basin of warm water.

Epsom Salt is a natural laxative that can be used for short term relief of constipation.
Taken internally, Epson Salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing. The salt acts like a laxative by drawing water into the intestines from surrounding body tissues and can bring about temporary relief from constipation. Results are produced 30 minutes to six hours after ingestion.
The Epsom Salt Council recommends consulting package directions for usage and correct dosage when using Epsom Salt as a laxative. A healthcare provider should also be consulted before using Epsom Salt for constipation relief or colon cleansing. Possible side effects include bloating, cramping, diarrhoea, gas or increased thirst.

Plants can also benefit from the use of Epsom Salt. Symptoms of yellowing between leaf veins and the curling of leaves indicate a deficiency of magnesium and sulfur in the soil. To help overcome this mineral deficiency, spread some Epsom Salt over the soil.

Epsom Salt can also be applied as a foliar spray for citrus crops, tomatoes, and lettuces by dissolving 375 gm of Epsom Salt in 20 litres of water. Please seek the help of an agricultural specialist for further advice on the use of Epsom Salt on plants.

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