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9 Surprising Uses for Epsom Salts You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

The Healthy Logo By Lisa Milbrand of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 10: Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom, England, in the late 1600s and have been used ever since for all sorts of purposes. Don't confuse the stuff for table salt—it's mostly magnesium and has a bitter flavor. One of the most popular uses for Epsom salts is to soothe the sore muscles of athletes and to help remove splinters, explains podiatrist Bruce Pinker, a foot and ankle surgeon in White Plains, New York. They also have been used in beauty products. Here are some reasons you should consider keeping Epsom salts in your pantry or medicine cabinet.

The history of Epsom salts

Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom, England, in the late 1600s and have been used ever since for all sorts of purposes. Don't confuse the stuff for table salt—it's mostly magnesium and has a bitter flavor. One of the most popular uses for Epsom salts is to soothe the sore muscles of athletes and to help remove splinters, explains podiatrist Bruce Pinker, a foot and ankle surgeon in White Plains, New York. They also have been used in beauty products. Here are some reasons you should consider keeping Epsom salts in your pantry or medicine cabinet.

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