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Blog | July 27, 2018

What is Epsom Salt?

Interested in the numerous health benefits of salt water? You’re not alone! Many of our customers specifically visit Inngi Float to experience the many different salt water benefits for themselves. This article explains the origins of Epsom salt, considers well-known salt water studies, and highlights the benefits of floating in our salt water pods.

The Origins of Epsom Salt

MgSO4: the formula for Magnesium Sulfate. The chemical name for Epsom Salt. The origin of Epsom salt derives its name from the English town, Epsom, in which it was first discovered. In the early 17th century, a cowherder by the name of Henry Wicker came across a bubbling pool of water from which his cows refused to drink. The water tasted bitter and when it evaporated it left a ‘salt’.

The story goes on that both the humans and the cows experienced benefits from these bubbling waters. Cows that waded through the pools experienced a more rapid healing rate and the humans drank it for its detoxifying properties. The town became known for its bubbling waters and people travelled from near and far to experience the benefits.

origins of epsom salt

Understanding Salt Water

We know today, the ‘salt’ the water leaves behind is a compound made of magnesium and sulfate which we lovingly know as Epsom Salt. At Inngi Float, we aren’t messing around about the amount of Epsom Salt we use; The salty water that holds you up during your float consists of over 850 pounds of medical grade Epsom Salt. Your body is engulfed in the compounds magnesium and sulfate during each salt water float therapy session at Inngi Float.

Epsom Salt Council

Who cares about the health benefits of salt water? The great people of the Epsom Salt Council love Epsom Salt so much they formed the council in 1993 to spread the word about the wonder that is Epsom Salt. Here’s what the Epsom Salt Council has to say about the benefits of absorbing magnesium and sulfate through the skin:

“The benefits of Epsom salt aren’t just folklore. In fact, numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of magnesium and sulfate. Doctors and researchers say that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, magnesium and sulfate can be absorbed through the skin. They recommend an Epsom salt bath as a safe, easy way to increase the body’s levels of both magnesium and sulfate.”

Exploring the Health Benefits of Salt Water

Magnesium Deficiencies

Perhaps you have heard of the SAD eating habits of most Americans…Standard American Diet. Our eating habits of processed foods have led to an epidemic of magnesium deficient humans. Being deficient in magnesium may lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney problems, heart disease, anxiety, depression and inflammatory conditions…just to name a few. The good news, soaking in the salty magnesium waters can help replenish magnesium in the body and is among the most important health benefits of salt water.

Micronutrients

Did you know that magnesium is a foundational micronutrient for the hormone pathways? According to Dr. Taz, who has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and served as the Medical Expert for CNN news, magnesium deficiency can be a contributor to PMS, hormonal migraines, and endometriosis. Ladies…mic drop. Gentlemen…happy wife, happy life. Combating magnesium deficiencies is just one of the many health benefits of salt water.

Vasodilation

Vasodilation…mean anything to you? If you have ever suffered from a cold or the flu you have reason to perk up when you hear this word. According to Dr. Theresa Ramsey, cofounder of the Center for Natural Healing in Arizona, “soaking in Epsom Salt helps spur the process of vasodilation in the body.” Vasodilation is a fancy word for the widening of blood vessels in the body. This process helps increase the flow of blood and increases white blood cell production which lends to the many health benefits of salt water. If increased blood flow to tissues that need it most, and an increase in white blood cells to fight illness sounds good to you, you are not alone.

Anti-Inflammatory

I mentioned earlier that the Epsom Salt Council was created out of a love for the health benefits of salt water — and truly there is so much to love. The salty water that you float in can also provide relief from inflammation caused by bug bites, sun burn, and rashes. I don’t know about you, but this time of year I wake up in the morning after a glorious summer BBQ to find loads of pesky mosquito bites lined across the back of my legs and arms.

My husband is adamant that he only needs to apply sunscreen once a day no matter how long our day in the sun turns out to be. Fret not, the cure is just one Epsom Salt soak away. Rejoice you Summer activity junkies, float has you covered.

benefits of salt water

Additional Health Benefits of Salt Water

Perhaps you are not yet convinced of the health benefits of Epsom Salt. Perhaps you are already soaking at home or made your next float appointment. Either way, hang with me for one more Epsom Salt joy. It can ease muscle aches and joint pain. We now understand that magnesium is absorbed through the skin which improves blood flow through vasodilation. This process can help repair muscle damage and offset inflammation. When you float, you are actively healing muscles, joints and recovering from the grueling effects of gravity.

Floating in Salty Water

When I tell people about Inngi Float I am often asked this question, “so I just float in salty water for one-hour?” The short answer is yes, you just float in salty water. The truer answer is you are floating in MgSO4, the formula for the joined compounds Magnesium and Sulfate, and the just is everything above and more.

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