Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen.
It gets its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, where it was originally discovered.
Despite its name, Epsom salt is actually a completely different compound than table salt. It was most likely termed “salt” because of its chemical structure.
It has an appearance similar to table salt and is often dissolved in baths. While it looks similar to table salt, they taste distinctly different. Epsom salt is quite bitter and unpalatable.
When Epsom salt is introduced to water, it dissolves and releases magnesium and sulfate ions. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. It is involved in more than 325 biochemical reactions that benefit the heart and nervous system