The history of Epsom salts
Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom, England, in the late 1600s and have been used ever since for all sorts of purposes. Don’t confuse it for table salt – it’s mostly magnesium and has a bitter flavour. One of the most popular uses for Epsom salts is to soothe the sore muscles of athletes and help remove splinters, explains podiatrist Bruce Pinker. They are also used in beauty products. Here are some reasons you should consider keeping Epsom salts in your pantry or medicine cabinet.
An unusual use for Epsom salts is in the garden. The magnesium in the salt can enrich soil to help seeds grow stronger and give plants more nutrients, explains Dr Pinker. Put a tablespoon or two in soil with each seed, or dissolve it into water and water plants with it.
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Epsom salts are often sold as a laxative to help relieve constipation. Use only the amount suggested on the label or by your doctor, suggest experts at the University of Michigan Medicine. Never take Epsom salts if you also have severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted two weeks or more. Simply dissolve one dose of Epsom salts into 250 mL of warm water. A little lemon can make the drink more palatable.