Epsom salt is very much in vogue at the moment. More and more people are catching on to its wonderful benefits around the house, for health and beauty, and for the garden. But before you jump on the bandwagon, remember: not all Epsom salt is created equal.
If you're looking to enjoy the benefits of Epsom salt, make sure what you're buying is 100% natural, food grade Epsom salt.
Some are factory-produced and contain nasty chemicals and other additives. These you should steer clear of. Some, however, are 100% natural, mined from underground deposits in special parts of the world, such as Germany. These are of a much higher quality with no additives or anything artificial and have not been manufactured or modified in any way. This is food grade Epsom salt that meets (and exceeds) standards set out by the FCC.
Ways To Use Epsom Salt
There are a staggering number of ways you can use Epsom salt at home. We’ve gone into this in detail before, but let’s go over it once again.
Epsom salt is super handy in the garden. It contains magnesium and sulfate, both of which are essential for a plant’s growth, development and wellbeing. It can be used to deter pests, boost seed growth and nutrient absorption, improve the vibrancy of foliage and as a lawn fertiliser.
Epsom salt is also magnificent for health and wellbeing. Magnesium performs over 300 biochemical functions in the body, it can purify, relieve and treat ailments. The mineral helps to create a harmonious balance in the body. It can be used for everything from treating skin inflammations, relieving joint pain or even kicking a dreaded cold.
It can also be used for a range of beauty applications, from exfoliating dead skin and cleansing pores, to reducing cellulite and rough patches on the skin, to preventing premature ageing. All of this can be traced back to the pure mineral compound of sulphate and magnesium that continues Epsom salt.
Why Do You Want Food Grade Epsom Salt?
So, you may be asking why you should care about whether something you are not going to eat needs to be food grade (although you can drink Epsom salt water - it is a wonderful laxative), and that is a fair question.
What comes down to is that some are made in a factory by mixing magnesium and sulfur compounds, which can be tainted by machinery and human contamination. Whereas food grade Epsom salt is a 100% natural product, which makes it ideal for use on the body, in the garden that you might be eating food from, and around the house where you and your family live.
Most 100% natural Epsom salts like ours are mined from rich mineral deposits in Germany, one of the few places where you will find naturally occurring and derived raw materials (they call them Bittersalz). These salts are skillfully extracted and purified with the highest care in order to retain the purest, best quality product - good enough to exceed food grade specifications.
If it’s a choice between using a factory-produced product or a naturally derived mineral to use on the body and around the house, we think we know what the best option is.