When in need of a relaxation experience with a rejuvenating effect on the body, we find many people reach for one of these two soaking stalwarts.
However, many do not understand the difference between Epsom Salts and Dead Sea Salts and how each one works with the body.
We’d like to inform you of those differences so you can choose the best one for your needs.
Epsom Salts are sometimes known as Magnesium Sulfate and don’t actually contain any salt (NaCl) at all. They are a mineral found in water and when it is dried and crystallised, it forms a shape very similar to that of table salt.
Epsom salts are a compound of magnesium bonded with sulphur and oxygen. See below for the unique properties of Magnesium and Sulphur.
Epsom salts are commonly used in soaks to reduce inflammation in the body, soothing muscles, joints, aches and pains. Many people add a few cups of Epsom salts to a bath to recover after high intensity physical activity.
Alternatively, Dead Sea Salts are a true salt consisting of 12-18% sodium (NaCl), along with a rich blend of up to 21 essential minerals including Magnesium, Calcium, Sulphur, Bromide, Zinc, Iodine and Potassium.
For comparison, ocean water is around 85% sodium, which doesn’t leave much room for carrying other essential nutrients.
This unique combination of elements creates a powerfully nutrient-rich blend that replenishes the body with the seven major essential minerals. The warm environment of hot springs, or a hot bath, raise the body’s temperature, which means that reactions occurring inside the body and on the surface of the skin happen much faster. So once the body has gone through a detoxification process, which can be enhanced by the addition of clay and activated charcoal (also present in hot springs), the minerals present in the salt are able to replenish the body through the skin, from the outside in.
Just how powerful are the elements contained in Dead Sea Salts? Let’s look at each of the main ones individually:
A powerful anti-inflammatory, Magnesium enhances the body’s ability to heal, soothes damaged skin and calms the nervous system. It also strengthens bones, slows the ageing of the skin and improves rest, recovery and quality of sleep.
The amount of Magnesium found in Dead Sea Salts is 15 times higher than concentrations found in other sea salts.
Sulphur is essential for detoxifying the body as it assists in the removal of toxins from our cells, enabling them to absorb essential replenishing minerals. It supports the healthy regeneration of cartilage and connective tissue and assists the body in resisting bacteria.
Potassium is a positively charged electrolyte that energises by hydrating the body and calming muscle contractions. It regulates the electrical processes of the muscles and nervous system, balances the body’s pH and is soothing and hydrating to irritated skin.
This nutrient is essential for the absorption and transfer of nutrients in and out of our cells. It relieves stiff and sore muscles whilst exfoliating, detoxifying and cleansing the skin. Combined with Chloride to create salt, it is essential to the effective detoxification and replenishing process in balneotherapy.
Calcium is well known for its ability to strengthen our teeth and bones, however it also increases circulation and regulates the heart and muscles. It also has an essential role in balanced hormone release and the regulation of body weight.
This nutrient soothes irritated skin, relieves muscle cramps and calms nervous tension. Essential to cell repair, it is also a natural antibiotic and is found in the highest concentrations in Dead Sea Salts.
A key to the detoxification process, iodine encourages healthy cell regeneration while boosting the immune system and maintaining energy levels. It is essential for healthy skin, teeth and hair.
With this breakdown of the chemical compositions of Epsom Salts and Dead Sea Salts, we choose to use Dead Sea Salts in all our MyTime Minerals products.
Detoxification is a two-step process, where both steps are essential for wellbeing:
Epsom Salts can only provide one step in this process and we encourage you to ensure that the products you choose for detoxification also provide your body with the nutrient boost required post-detox as well as locking in the goodness while leaving your skin deeply hydrated.