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Epsom salt was originally obtained from the springs at Epsom in Surrey, England, and also used for dyeing textiles, tanning leather, and in ceramics, explosives, and match manufacture.
Synthetically prepared magnesium sulfate is sold as Epsom salt, MgSO4· 7H2O. In industry magnesium sulfate is used in the manufacture of cements and fertilizers and in tanning and dyeing; in medicine it serves as a purgative.
Magnesium sulphate is used in bleaches, fertilisers, matches, explosives, and to fireproof fabrics.
Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is used alone or included in bath salt blends. Epsom salt is known for its ability to ease pain and muscular tension. Epsom salt helps to reduce swelling, relax the nervous system and eliminate toxins from the body. (cfr foto)
As a home remedy, Epsom salt is used as both a soaking agent and as a laxative. It is also used as a fertilizer for a wide variety of plants. In case you're wondering, it doesn't taste "salty" , instead it has a rather bitter taste.
Like sugar, Epsom salt grains are irregular in shape and vary in size. When Epsolm salt is dissolved and allowed to dry undisturbed it forms interesting patterns like those seen above.