Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It is a chemical compound composed of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen.
Despite its name, Epsom salt is a completely different compound than table salt. It was probably called “salt” because of its chemical composition. It looks like table salt and is often dissolved in the bath, so you may also know it as “bath salt.” Although it looks similar to table salt, it tastes distinctly different. Epsom salt is quite bitter and unpalatable.
Some still dissolve salt in water and drink it. However, because of its taste, you probably don’t want to add it to food.
Benefits of Epsom Salt
Mention Epsom salt in a conversation and most of us have a ‘ah Epsom salt’ reaction. This is because it must remain in a household from generation to generation. It was once commonplace to soak in an Epsom salt bath to evaporate tension. In our busy lifestyles, we’ve swapped baths for showers and eliminated true natural calm and relaxation. Many of us have come full circle, admitting that there are no shortcuts, and wisely reverting to some truly wonderful remedies of old!
Epsom salts are widely used in the garden/horticulture industry as they greatly aid in the production of chlorophyll, which in turn produces healthy green leaves. Epsom salt aids in the uptake of nitrogen and potassium which are essential elements for a plant’s overall health and vigor. Many professional citrus growers use Epsom salt. Roses, gardenias, and peppers love Epsom salts too!
Use Epsom salts for bath salts, foot soaks, face scrubs, hair volumizers, and splinter removal, among many other uses. This product is so versatile that a brief browse on the internet will reveal many more uses that we haven’t mentioned.