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Ingredient Feature: Epsom Salt

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Sep 13

What’s all natural, skin beneficial and sounds about as glamorous as scratchy wool tights from the days of Dickens?

Yep, Epsom salt baths.

Despite its olde-timey associations, soaking with Epsom salts transcends its place in medical folklore to win a spot in modern science. The star ingredient in Thymes bath salts, this shy bath-cabinet staple earns its reputation as a superlative soother.

So, what is Epsom salt? Here’s a lightning-quick history and science lesson. Epsom is the name of the town in Surrey, England, where the salt was first distilled after spring waters burbled up through its layers of porous chalk and London clay. In chemistry circles, it’s known as magnesium sulfate. A natural mineral compound, magnesium sulfate readily absorbs water from the air, making it a boon to agriculture. Indeed, the compound is critical to the formation of chlorophyll, thus used to fortify crops like potatoes, tomatoes and roses.

In consumer products, magnesium sulfate is often used as a coagulant in tofu, as a flavor enhancer in beer and as an obstetric treatment to delay pre-term labor.

As for bathing, Epsom salt, whose crystalline appearance resembles rock candy (though emphatically not in flavor), boasts real benefits for health and complexions. According to the Epsom Salt Council, a simple Epsom salt soak can help remedy a deficiency of the minerals in our diet. Too little magnesium is believed to contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity and cardiac problems, among other ailments. Sulfate helps flush toxins and forms proteins in joints and tissues.

Plus, the soothing waters it creates make a skin-supportive spa experience in any bathtub. That’s because, when absorbed through the skin, Epsom salt helps draw toxins from the body, sedate the nervous system, reduce swelling, relax muscles and exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Whew, no wonder it’s a bath wonder!

When blended with Thymes fragrances in our refreshing bath salts, Epsom salt soaks make a wonderful, healthful retreat for you or a loved one. To experience the power of these miracle minerals, or to give them as a gift, visit our collections page and open any envelope!

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