A little bit about these salt products
We think of Epsom salts as the quirky member of our bath salt family. You know – that Uncle that turns up to family Christmas in a reindeer jumper and a bow tie but then proceeds to know everything about everything that is interesting and cool? (Not saying there is anything wrong with Christmas jumpers BTW).
The first quirky thing about Epsom salts is that they aren’t even a salt. That made you think. They are magnesium sulphate heptahydrate (usually just shortened to magnesium sulphate) which was originally obtained by boiling down mineral waters at Epsom, England.
So officially, Epsom is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate but, we get it, that is a mouthful so everyone just calls them a salt.
The second quirky thing about our Uncle Epsom is that Epsom Salts have long been known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments as well as beauty, household and gardening-related uses. Who knew that Epsom Salts can prevent slug infestations, clean detergent build up in washing machines and keep your grass green? Yep … we told you Epsom Salts are a little different.
The third quirky thing about Epsom Salts is that since their inception there has been stacks and stacks of non-scientific sources and anecdotal evidence to suggest that Epsom salts have a number of health benefits when used as a bath soak. Despite this, scientific studies have conflicting and inconclusive results on the effect that Epsom Salts can have on pain, circulation and detoxification. Some show positive effects, while others show placebo and studies are ongoing.