Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium sulfate. It is well known as a natural remedy for various ailments and has several health benefits.
Because magnesium and sulfate are absorbed well through the skin, Epsom salt baths are an easy way to receive its benefits which include inflammation reduction, improvement in muscle and nerve function and prevention of artery hardening.
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Epsom salt can also be used as a natural skin care remedy. It can be used as a natural exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and soften skin or to help remove blackheads. Epsom can be added to an oil such as grape seed or sweet almond oil to cleanse and exfoliate skin.