The healthful nature of Epsom salt isn't just folklore.  In fact, numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of magnesium and sulfate, naturally occurring minerals that are the two major  components of Epsom salt.  Doctors, celebrities, personal trainers, athletes, gardening experts and supermodels have all extolled its virtues.

The Health Perks and Science of Epsom Salt-Most people know about the importance of calcium and vitamin D, but many Americans are also magnesium deficient.  Doctors say it stems from the increasing prevalence of processed foods in our diets.  It is believed that 68% of adults in the U.S. consume less than the recommended daily allowance of magnesium.  Epsom salt is made up of naturally occurring minerals magnesium and sulfate, which can help improve health in numerous ways.  A lack of magnesium-which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body-can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn.  Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.  Some of the countless health benefits of Epsom salt include relaxing the nervous system, elevating mood, calming the mind, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, relieving congestion, and drawing toxins from the body.  Doctors say that soaking in Epsom salt is a safe, easy way to increase the body's levels of both magnesium and sulfate.

The Beauty Uses of Epsom Salt-As a pure mineral compound, Epsom salt, in crystal form can be used to gently exfoliate skin and smooth rough patches.  Mix it with your favorite deep conditioner or have a soak in it to add body to your hair.  A relaxing soak in Epsom salt can help relieve stress and leave you feeling revived.