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Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulphate, is an inexpensive and versatile natural mineral. They have been used for hundreds of years and should be kept in every single household due to many different uses and health benefits. They can be used internally and topically and are absorbed rapidly through the skin.

Learn the top 5 uses for Epsom salts below.

1. Relaxation for body and mind
Epsom salts are wonderful to soothe the body and mind. When they dissolve in water the magnesium ions break free and are absorbed through the skin into the blood stream where it gets to work replenishing magnesium levels in your body. This minerals increases serotonin levels and reduced adrenalin levels in the body which helps to relieve stress and makes us feel calm. Bathing in Epsom salts a few times a week for 20 minutes can make you more relaxed, improve sleep, soothe muscles and nerves and is a natural sedative.

2. Relieve pain, sprains and cramping
The magnesium in Epsom salts is a wonderful way to reduce pain, inflammation and muscle cramping. You can soak your body in a warm bath with a few cups of Epsom salts for 20 minutes can do wonders for a sore and sprained body. Soaking your feet in an Epsom salt foot bath after a long day can relieve pain and swelling.

3. Get rid of constipation
This is a natural and effective laxative if you simply dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salts in a cup of warm water and drink. They are great for detoxifying and cleansing the colon, but make sure not to use it more than once daily. If the issue persists then please consult your doctor.

4. Remove splinters and stings
Soaking any body part that has been affected by an insect sting or a splinter will help to reduce the inflammation and pain in the area and softens up the splinter or stinger to allow it to be drawn out of the body or be removed more easily. If your child has a bee sting the first thing you should do is get an Epsom salt soak ready.

5. Improve your garden
Epsom salts have a variety of uses in the garden and are one of the cheapest and most effective way to fertilise and give your plants nutrients. If you sprinkle Epsom salts on your garden or pot plants once a week you will improve their colour, keep pests at bay and improve the fertility of your soil.