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Epsom Salts Is A Go-To Remedy For Many Ailments Says Toronto Naturopath

Practicing preventative medicine for pre-existing conditions and the practice of treating chronic conditions by yourself at home has become even more important than ever in this age of longer wait times for doctors and specialists and more outside costs for certain drugs and treatments in Canada.  This is why it is essential for you to have home remedies on hand that are inexpensive, effective and that can treat as many conditions as possible.  One of the remedies that I recommend that you should always have on hand is Epsom salts.

What Are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salts, are also known as magnesium-sulfate salts (MgSO) and in fact, in some drug stores you will only find them sold as magnesium salts.  Actual Epsom salts are from a place called Epsom in Surrey, England. Aside from the mineral magnesium, Epsom salts also contains sulphur.  Magnesium sulfate salts, which are a chalky to clear white in color, and even though it looks like crystals of table salt  (sodium chloride), it is quite different.

You can find Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) at most drug stores.  Some brands, such as Shoppers Life Brand, which is about four dollars for a two pound bag of the salts, have also added scents such as orange or eucalyptus to them, to add a touch of aromatherapy to your bathing experience.  Buying Epsom salts imported from Surrey, England can be as much as $12.00 per two-pound box or bag.

The Benefits of Soaking in a Bathtub With Epsom Salts

Magnesium-sulfate helps regulate over three hundred biological processes in the body. Filling a bathtub half full of warm to hot water, adding two cups of Epsom salts and soaking in them for a half an hour every day can provide you with all of these benefits:

*The magnesium in the  bath salts are topically absorbed through the skin to help address the chronic shortage of magnesium that most of us experience due to the depletion of the mineral in our over-farmed soils and nutrient-deficient soils
*The sulfur in the magnesium is anti-fungal and nourishes the hair, skin and nails
*Magnesium salts work in tandem with other minerals to improve your, mood and provide mental relaxation
*Epsom salts work by reverse osmosis to pull toxins out of the body through the pores of your skin
*Magnesium sulfate is a nature muscle relaxant that helps you recover from exercise
and soothe muscle pain caused by chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes
*Works in tandem with calcium in the body to prevent muscle cramping and loss of bone, brain and muscle tissue
*Leaves you feeling refreshed, calm and energetic and in the long-term can help address fatigue and chronic fatigue
*Regulates blood pressure and helps keep blood vessel walls pliant and in good working order
*Detoxifies the liver and gallbladder and helps detoxify all tissues of the body
*Helps to cuts, bruises and wounds heal faster
*Smoothes dry, flaky skin and helps it retain moisture
*Helps your skin retain its natural pH level by making it more alkaline, which helps resist bacterial and viral infections

Be sure to drink plenty of water before soaking in any hot bath for any length of time to prevent dehydration.

Tips and Tricks For Using Epsom Salt

Epsom salt can also be used in other ways to enhance your health or well-being:

Make a paste of Epsom salts out of a bit of water and the salt and use it to exfoliate dead skin from your elbows, heels and the soles of your feet
Sprinkle the crystals on a brush or loofah to help exfoliate and soother skin
Add Epsom two spoonfuls of Epsom salts to two spoonfuls of your hair conditioner to help clarify your scalp, prevent dandruff and also thicken the volume of your hair

For more information about chronic pain management, dealing with difficult skin conditions, or natural treatment for high blood pressure book a consultation with us.  We, naturopathic testing, weight loss programs, red blood cell analysis and numerous other therapies. Visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at www.pinewoodhealth.caor call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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