Epsom salt has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities and health benefits. It was once the most popular medical drug in England. Its beneficial antiseptic and restorative qualities were not understood, but users knew that it was good for health and promoted a long life.
Chemically, Epsom salt is known as ‘magnesium sulphate’. This is not found naturally, so it has to be made from a suitable substance containing magnesium. Epsom salt is also a ‘salt’, but its constituents are magnesium, oxygen and sulfur (another non-metallic element).
In the manufacturing process, the carbon ingredient in the magnesium carbonate (dolomite) is replaced by sulfur. This then forms magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt). However, the magnesium prefers carbon to sulfur. So, Epsom salt readily exchanges its sulfur for carbon whenever possible. The magnesium draws out carbon, making the now inert residue soluble and facilitating excretion.
Epsom salt’s strong affinity for carbon and carbon compounds is the secret of its value for medical purposes. It is always trying to revert to its original carbon state, which is why it’s useful in helping to treat bodily conditions.
So, how does it work? Carbon, in one form or another, is one of the main building blocks of vegetation. This in turn provides the food on which we survive. The human body then excretes its waste products in the form of carbon.
Most of this carbon waste passes out via the lungs or bronchial tubes as carbon dioxide, which is formed as the result of a combustion process called oxidation. The blood and tissues need enough oxygen to carry out this process, in order to get rid of the carbon waste.
If there’s not enough oxygen, ‘retarded combustion’ happens. This is when partially oxidized forms of carbon waste (such as uric acid) and other acids and toxins form.
These partially oxidized carbon compounds tend to build up in the blood and tissues, which can cause ill health and disease. However, Epsom salt can absorb and negate this harmful waste, acting as a useful remedial agent when correctly used.
Magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt) paste is still widely recommended by doctors to help draw out impurities and poisons from the body. It is most beneficial when applied externally, because of its ability to draw waste (stored in the tissues) from the body through the skin.
Eight ways Salt Heals
- Bathing in salt gradually increases the temperature of the body, thus killing harmful germs and viruses
- Salt bathing increases hydrostatic pressure on the body, thus increasing blood circulation and cell oxygenation. The increase in blood flow also helps dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body.
- Salt bathing increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, bring improved nourishment to vital organs and tissues.
- Bathing in salt water increases body metabolism, including stimulating the secretions of the intestinal tract and the liver, aiding digestion.
- Repeated salt bathing (especially over a three to four week period) can help normalize the functions of the endocrine glands as well as the functioning of the body’s autonomic nervous system.
- Trace amounts of the minerals found in salts are absorbed by the body and provide healing effects to various body organs and systems. These healing effects can include stimulation of the immune system, leading to enhance immunity physical and mental relaxation the production of endorphins and normalized gland functions.
- The direct application of mineralized thermal water can have a therapeutic effect on diseases of the skin, including psoriasis, dermatitis and fungal infections. Some mineral waters are also used to help the healing of wounds and other skin injuries.
- Salts contain high amounts of negative ions, which can help promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being. Have the same effect in your home, take one of our salt lamps home as well.