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Epsom salts is among those easily available chemical compounds with a wide range of household applications. Though it is commonly used in bath salts, epsom salts is also beneficial for skin care, for treating digestive problems, sprains, bruises and wounds. It is also widely used as a plant food, particularly in organic gardening. It has been used for its healing properties, for a very long time. It was one of the most commonly used remedies for treating some types of infections too.

Health Benefits of Epsom Salts

Epsom salt is a chemical compound with the formula MgSO4-7H2O. In fact, it is hydrated magnesium sulfate that was discovered in the Epsom town of England and hence the name. The strange-tasting spring waters of Epsom was found to have various medicinal properties, due to the presence of this compound. People started using this chemical compound for treating different medical conditions like strains, sprains and back pain. Cuts, bruises and wounds were also treated with epsom salts for faster healing and for preventing infections. It is also said to provide relief from cold and congestion. Regulating enzymes and expelling toxins out of the body are claimed to be among the different medical uses of epsom salts. Infections can also be countered with this chemical compound.

Even though, epsom salts has been used as a remedy for various ailments, very little research has been done in this area. So, there is no scientific backing for these claims, though some people find it effective. It is said that soaking in epsom salt solution helps the body absorb magnesium and sulfur, that are vital for various bodily functions. It is also claimed that epsom salts acts as a drying agent, when applied on the skin and fights infections, thereby reducing inflammation. One theory that supports this claim is that magnesium sulfate solution can drain fluids out and the same applies to infected and inflamed body parts. If the inflamed body part is soaked in epsom salt solution, it helps draining of fluid from the wound or abscess and this results in healing.

How to Use Epsom Salts for Infection

Soaking the skin in epsom salt solution is an age-old remedy for preventing various infections. Such soaking is also said to heal wounds, cuts and bruises, thereby curing infections. It is also believed that certain types of bacterial and fungal infection of the skin can be treated with application of epsom salts. Infection of teeth is another condition, wherein this salt is used. Gargling with water mixed with epsom salts may reduce the pain and swelling associated with tooth infections. Even the pain and swelling caused by ingrown toenails can be alleviated with it, but, infection may not be cured. Athlete's foot and tinea versicolor are two other skin conditions that are said to be curable with epsom salts. Yeast infections are also believed to be treated with it, but in this case too, there is no evidence to prove the same. Some people use it for treating nail fungus.
  • First of all, buy a bottle of epsom salts from the nearby health store or grocery shop.
  • If you want to soak your palm or feet, then a pan full of warm water will do. For other body parts, it is better to use a bathtub for soaking. In such case, you will need a bathtub full of warm water.
  • Once you are ready with the warm water, the next step is to mix the salt. For a pot full of water, half a cup of epsom salts will be sufficient. For water filled in a bathtub, you have to add around two cups.
  • Once the salt dissolves, soak the affected body parts for at least 15 to 20 minutes. After that, you have to rinse the area. It is always advisable to apply some lotion, as the skin will get dry after soaking in epsom salt solution. For best results, repeat the process three times a day.
To summarize, epsom salts has long been used as a home remedy for various ailments. But, there is no scientific backing to prove the effectiveness of its medicinal properties. Infections can also be prevented with this salt. But, it is always better to consult your doctor before using it, as application of epsom salts on open wounds is not recommended. It is also not advisable to take it internally. In short, using epsom salts for infections or any other medicinal purposes, should be done, only after consulting your doctor.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice. Visiting your physician is the safest way to diagnose and treat any health condition.