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Do Epsom Salts really make a difference?

Asked by Dutchess_III (46881points) January 9th, 2018

We hear the you’re supposed to soak a wound or a sprain, or whatever, in Epsom Salts….but does the salt make a difference? Or is it just the simple soaking that’s working?

And what is so special about Epsom Salt vs table salt?

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canidmajor's avatar

The magnesium in Epsom Salts is what makes the difference. Beyond the word “salt” there is basically no similarity to table salt.
And yes, it works very well. I make a magnesium body butter that makes a huge difference in relieving the discomfort of soft-tissue aches and pains. Soaking in a hot tub to which a cup of Epsom Salts was added will give greater relief than just the soak itself.

Give it a try! If it doesn’t work, you’re no worse off. There will always be the nay-Sayers that think that if he t’s not pharmaceutical, it is worthless, but since most pharmaceuticals are mineral and plant based, that seems silly to be.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Oh, I have used them before! And yes, they seemed to work but I didn’t know if it was the soak that actually did all the work. And I want to know why they work. So I tagged Rarebear on this.

tinyfaery's avatar

Oh, yes. So much.

canidmajor's avatar

Like I said, (but really, don’t believe me) it’s the magnesium.

marinelife's avatar

@Dutchess_III Sigh. Why do you ask for answers and then never accept them or argue?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Does it soak through the skin? Can it really work that way? If so, could I take sodium, magnesium and potassium baths to keep my electrolytes at the level they need to be at?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m not unaccepting of the answers, @marinelife. I’m asking for the particulars. If it’s just the magnesium, why would that work? What effect would magnesium have?

Rarebear's avatar

Nope. Placebo effect. Nothing more. Although if you drink them at best you’ll have a laxative effect and at worst liver failure. Go wild!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ll stick with my Pedialyte if it’s all the same to you, Doc!

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