Epsom Salt was discovered in England back in the 17th century by a farmer in the town of Epsom. Since it’s discovery, many beneficial uses have been found for it.
Epsom Salt, is not salt as we normally think of it, but a mineral compound, Magnesium Sulfate.
Epsom Salt is used for health and medicinal reasons as well as in agriculture.
WHY WE NEED MAGNESIUM SULPHATE
Global medical studies have shown that a good percentage of the worlds population are lacking in magnesium, even in developed countries. Magnesium levels in our bodies have been decreasing for the last 30 – 40 years on a global basis. This decrease is due, in the main, from over irrigation of agricultural land thereby leaching essential minerals (magnesium) and other trace elements from the soils. The ever increasing and over use of prescribed medication is also responsible for decreased levels of magnesium in our bodies. Add to this the use of illegal drugs, the over consumption of fast and modified foods, the excesses of alcohol and cigarettes and the general unfavourable lifestyle choices that some make, these all then take a toll on depleting our bodies of the essential and vital mineral magnesium.
The benefits to be derived from the use of Epsom Salt are numerous and profound, including regulating the activity of over 350 enzymes in the body. Magnesium also assists in the prevention of artery hardening, heart disease and strokes. Magnesium flushes toxins from the body, eases migraine headaches, reduces high blood pressure, improves relaxation and induces a deeper and more concentrated sleep. Magnesium is historically well known to sooth sore and tired muscles and reduces inflammation. Using Epsom Salt produces serotonin, a mood elevating chemical within the brain which results in a feeling of calm, content and relaxation. Bathing in Epsom Salt eases various skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema.
Use In The Garden & Landscape
Epsom Salt is highly recommended by expert growers to be used on your vegetables but also in the landscape. It is fairly safe, inexpensive and the benefits of adding it to soil to improve plants is well worth the cost. It has been used in gardens for hundreds of years as a “natural fertilizer”. When sprayed or diluted and used as a drench liquid it is much more quickly “available” for use by plants.
Better Flowering, More & Stronger Blooms – Although there is no “firm” scientific study to back the claim… many seasoned gardeners swear that the addition of Epsom salt to their flower garden greatly improves the colors and textures of the flowers they grow. Plants are stronger and produce more blooms. Incorporate Epsom salt into the soil at time of planting and also use as a liquid when watering every 2 to 3 weeks on a regular basis.
Epsom Salt is also helpful in removing a splinter, you have have gotten working it the garden, from your hand or foot, it helps to increase the osmotic pressure of the skin and help draw out a splinter.