Epsom salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound. It's one of those centuries old remedies and treatment for all types of ailments. It's also commonly used in gardening and around the house. In case you're wondering, yes, this is a scientifically studied mineral and is sold with drug facts in most stores.
The most common use is to dissolve some in the bath and soak in it. Epsom salt is made of magnesium and sulfate - both easily absorbed through the skin and necessary for a healthy body. When used this way, it will help with pain relief, relax the nervous system, soothe skin irritation, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. It will also help your body release toxins through sweat and on the porcelain throne.
If you mix a couple tablespoons with water and drink it, Epsom salt is also a digestive aid and gentle saline laxative. You're essentially giving the magnesium direct access to your digestive tract, which lets it absorb into those muscles. It'll work to relax them and let everything slide much smoother. It's my go to choice since it doesn't leave me feeling gassy or nauseous afterward.
More uses & benefits for Epsom salt:
Improves blood circulation
Makes insulin more effective
Soothes athletes foot
Remove hair spray