Epsom salts

Epsom salts

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Caption: Jar containing Epsom salts, This is the heptahydrate form of crystalline magnesium sulphate - formula MgSO4.7H2O. It is a component of bath salts and is used by athletes to help relieve soreness in muscles. It can be used to help draw out splinters and is used in medicine to prevent pre-eclampsia progressing. It can also be used as a purgative and a saline laxative. The majority of magnesium sulphate produced is used in agriculture as a soil treatment.

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