What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring chemical compound that is scientifically known as Magnesium Sulfate. The chemical formula for Epsom salt is MgSO4. It is composed of and made of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, in a particular chemical composition. It gets its name from a town called Epsom, Surrey, in England, where it was first distilled and used by people.
How is Epsom salt different from sea salt or table salt?
There are quite a few differences between Epsom salt and sea salt.
• The most important difference is that sea salt is generally obtained naturally, by just evaporating sea water, whereas, Epsom salt is usually refined in a chemical process before it has any practical use.
• The most important chemical in Epsom salt is magnesium whereas iodine, potassium and magnesium are all important components of sea salt.
• Sea salts are edible in nature and are extensively used in cooking. Sea salt is also used in the production of some cosmetic products as well. Epsom salt is also edible although it is used very sparingly in the preparation of food. The use of Epsom salt is more practical for gardening, where it is used to prepare soil for certain specific needs. Epsom salt is also used in the chemical composition of several different medicines and is also used in spas and homes as a base for a relaxing and pain relieving bath.
• Sea salt will usually have a coarse and grainy appearance whereas Epsom salt will have a more clear, crystal like appearance.
What are some major Epsom salt uses?
• Epsom salt is used extensively in baths. People usually use about two to three cups of Epsom salt in their baths. The soothing soak can then relax a body and relieve tension. This is probably the most popular use of Epsom salts.
• Epsom salt is also used for exfoliating the skin.
• Epsom salt soaks are also used to reduce swelling and to treat bruises or sprains as it has the ability to provide instantaneous relief.