Thursday, 15 October 2009

Epsom salt

Epsom salt
DHL just delivered a sack of epsom salt. We bought the sack (25 Kg) from a website called Just a soap for £36.77 (including VAT and delivery charges).

Epsom salt is the common name for magnesium sulfate. We bought this age old remedy for various ailments after reading about the beneficial effects of having baths with epsom salt on people with neurological conditions, including those in the autism spectrum.

In water, the salt is broken down into magnesium and sulfate and are absorbed into the body through the skin. Apparently, sulphate improves the body's detoxification process and also improves the uptake of nutrients. On the other hand, Magnesium, has a calming effect and important for the activity of enzymes in the body.

As far as I can tell, there are no adverse side effects of having epsom salt baths. It is not recommended for children with high blood pressure and/or kidney and/or heart problems. Drinking the water was reported to have a laxative effect.

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