Are you curious about the Epsom salt solution in your float pod? About 600kg of Epsom salt goes into each pod, keeping you totally buoyant. But that’s not all it does – did you know that Epsom salt is a well-loved mineral with helpful benefits as well?
Epsom salt is a pure, naturally occurring mineral compound with dozens of uses. It was first distilled in the 1800s and gets its name from Epsom, a place in England where it can be found in natural springs.
In water, Epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. The theory is that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, it’s absorbed into your body through your skin.
We can normally get magnesium from foods like leafy vegetables, whole grains, fruits and nuts. However, many of us are deficient in magnesium, due to a diet that is high in processed foods, or even excessive exercise, sweating, lactation and other factors.
Magnesium is important to nearly every function and tissue in the body, from the heart to the bones and nearly everything in between. It plays a critical role in a vast array of acute and chronic diseases. Some 350 enzyme functions depend on it, including the enzyme that generates energy for every cell in the body.
Large amounts of magnesium can also be lost as a result of prolonged exercise, lactation, excessive sweating and chronic diarrhea; as a result of the use of drugs like diuretics, digitalis and the cancer drugs cisplatin and cyclosporine; and because of disorders like kidney disease, an overactive thyroid or parathyroid, low blood levels of potassium and high urine levels of calcium.
– A Dietary Mineral You Need (and Probably Didn’t Know It), The New York Times
Epsom salt is known for its ability to soothe muscle ache, loosen stiff joints, improve sleep, and even remove splinters. Some also use it for beauty (as an exfoliant, for example), a cleaning agent, or for gardening.
People commonly use Epsom salt baths as a treatment for:
- Sore or inflamed muscles after working out
- Tired, swollen feet
- Arthritis pain and swelling
- Bruises and sprains
So is Epsom salt the same as regular table salt, or sea salt?
Nope. It does not contain sodium chloride, which is the active ingredient in regular salt. Dead Sea salt, on the other hand, is a legitimate sea salt. It is only 12–18 percent sodium chloride and contains a richer mixture of other nutrients; about 21 minerals which include magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium. It is better utilised for beauty or detoxification purposes.
Wind down with this Epsom salt foot soak:
- 2 cups of Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 5 drops of jasmine essential oil
- 5 drops of sweet orange essential oil
Combine in a glass jar or container and shake to disperse the oils. Add half cup to a warm foot bath. To store, keep it tightly lidded.