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Epsom salt, otherwise known as magnesium sulphate (MgS04-7H2O), owes its name to a town in England - Epsom - where it was first extracted from mineral water. Epsom salt is a close relative of magnesium chloride, in its benefits, uses and applications. It is best known to us as a bath salt, for its relaxing action on the mind and body. When dissolved in water, it is alkaline, softening the water and making a great natural cleansing agent. Its high level of magnesium makes it valuable for people suffering with muscle crapms, joint stiffness, stress, anxiety and other symptoms of magnesium deficiency. A great advantage of this salt is its low price which combined with its multiple benefits ensures the product's unrivalled popularity amongst relaxing bath salts.

Epsom salt is used not only externally, but internally as well, in a number of detoxification programmes, including liver detox. The salt loosens the stool thanks to its high level of magnesium, and binds toxins, especially phenols, thanks to its high content of sulphur.

Other applications include using it in shampoos, conditioners, body scrubs, compresses, soaps, creams. Adding the salt to a bath produces a wonderful de-stressing and sleep-inducig effect, so is great for those who suffer from insomnia and anxiety. It will also promote removal of toxins and increase circualtion. I have disconvered another curious property of Epsom salt to reduce the appearance of bruises after a hot bath to which 500g of salt has been added.

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Dr Mark Sircus writes:

"According to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Detox, magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts, is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not last long and why you need more magnesium sulfate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results. Magnesium chloride is easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body.[1] However, Epsom salts are used specifically by parents of children with autism because of the sulfate, which they are usually deficient in , sulfate is also crucial to the body and is wasted in the urine of autistic children. For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride, which has a strong excretory effect on toxins and stagnant energies stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin. This is a powerful hydrotherapy that draws toxins from the tissues, replenishes the vital fluid of the cells and restores cellular magnesium to optimum levels. Magnesium Chloride is environmentally safe, and is used around vegetation and in agriculture. It is not irritating to the skin at lower concentrations, and is less toxic than common table salt. Magnesium Chloride solution was not only harmless for tissues, but it had also a great effect over leucocytic activity and phagocytosis; so it was perfect for external wounds treatment".

Dr. Jean Durlach et al, at the Université P. et M. Curie, Paris, wrote a paper about the relative toxicities between magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride. They write, "The reason of the toxicity of magnesium pharmacological doses of magnesium using the sulfate anion rather than the chloride anion may perhaps arise from the respective chemical structures of both the two magnesium salts. Chemically, both MgSO4 and MgCl2 are hexa-aqueous complexes. However MgCl2 crystals consist of dianions with magnesium coordinated to the six water molecules as a complex, [Mg(H2O)6]2+ and two independent chloride anions, Cl-. In MgSO4, a seventh water molecule is associated with the sulphate anion, [Mg(H2O)6]2 +[SO4. H2O]. Consequently, the more hydrated MgSO4 molecule may have chemical interactions with paracellular components, rather than with cellular components, presumably potentiating toxic manifestations while reducing therapeutic effect."

"MgSO4 is not always the appropriate salt in clinical therapeutics. MgCl2 seems the better anion-cation association to be used in many clinical and pharmacological indications".[2] Dr. Jean Durlach et al

Magnesium sulfate is a chemical compound containing magnesium and sulfate, with the formula MgSO4. In its hydrated form the pH is 6.0 (5.5 to 7.0). It is often encountered as the heptahydrate, MgSO4·7H2O, commonly called Epsom salts. Anhydrous magnesium sulfate is used as a drying agent. Since the anhydrous form is hygroscopic (readily absorbs water from the air) and therefore harder to weigh accurately, the hydrate is often preferred when preparing solutions, for example in medical preparations. Epsom salts have traditionally been used as a component of bath salts."


[2] Magnesium Research. Volume 18, Number 3, 187-92, September 2005, original article"


Since magnesium sulphate contains both magnesium and sulphate compounds, it has been researched to have an impact in the treatment of ADSD and autism. "Dr. Rosemary Waring has found that most autistic spectrum kids, and lots of others with neurological conditions, are very low in sulphate. They may be as low as 15% of neurologically typical people. Sulphate is needed for a pathway in the body that processes salicylates, phenols, chemicals of all kinds (including food colours, artificial flavouring, and preservatives), and other things the body sees as toxins. This can include heavy metals. The body may have more toxins to process than it can because of a lack of sulphur. To alleviate the unpleasant reactions such as hyperness, aggression, tantrums, sleep problems, night sweats, irritability, eczema, other skin conditions, etc. you can unclog this "bottleneck" by 1) getting rid of the amount of toxins that enter the body, or 2) supplying more sulphur to increase the amount of toxins that can be processed from the body. Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) supplies the needed sulphur. The body takes in more sulphur, more toxins are processed and you don't see the nasty behaviours and effects."


  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Muscle aches, pains
  • Back pain
  • Poor circulation
  • Bruising
  • Sprains, strains
  • General fatigue & debility
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Insomnia, irritablity.


  • Body wraps.
  • Bath - use 500g per bath. Make the water as warm as you feel comfortable in.
  • Compresses - mix 1 part of salt with 3 parts of water, soak a cloth, apply on the area, wrap with clingfilm and a warm scarf. Leave on for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Foot bath - use 200-300g per foot bath to relieve aching feet, improve circulation and help with ulcerative conditions.
  • Cosmetic/ beauty products ingredient - soaps, creams, shampoos, lotions - add as required.
  • Liver flush - internal cleanse. Helps open the bile duct and relax eliminatory channels. This is how I do it: I mix 2 teaspoonfuls of Epsom salt in a cup (250ml) of warm water, drink it in the morning, place a hot water bottle on the liver area (warm temperature) and lie in bed until there is an urge to empty the bowel. I do it once a week. and

Note: All this information is given as information only and should not be treated as medical advice. Please do not resort to self-treatment. Consult a doctor if feeling unwell. We do not diagnose or prescribe any treatments, and cannot give recommendations as to the dosage or frequency of application.