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Epsom Salt Grades - what do they mean?

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:17

What do these grades of Epsom Salt actually mean?

You've seen them on the internet - medical grade, food grade, garden grade?  Do they exist?

 I read about the "official" epsom salts today and I'm pretty sure there is no official brand.

Let's explain what we offer.

K&S Kali who supply our Epsom Salts provide three grades of Epsom:

  • Pharmaceutical grade - the highest grade you can get.  Supplied to the medical world for applications such as infusions, antibiotics, dialysis solutions. It would be highly unlikely that you could buy this grade on the high street. 
  • FCC grade - this is the grade you typically see for sale as a bath product.  It was previously known as BP grade, but you will see that on the 25kg bags it is now known as FCC grade.  This is the ONLY grade that we supply.
  • Technical grade - this grade is used by agriculture for crops, in industry for many applications such as loft insulation. Usually it would be the grade that it is for sale in garden centres for gardening applications (unless otherwise labelled).

Remember we only stock the FCC grade and it is only supplied from K&S Kali, the biggest supplier of Epsom Salts in Europe.  Plus they are the ONLY supplier in Europe who still mine the Epsom Salt.  It is not chemically manufactured making it pure and simple.

 

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Epsom Salts - background information

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:29

Epsom Salts are our favourite product because they are so versatile and can do some many things.

So let's get the basics over with.  Our Epsom Salts are from a German company - K&S Kali.  We only buy FCC grade and it comes to us in 25kg sacks.

What does FCC mean?  This stands for Food Chemicals Codex which is a set of US standards (US Pharmacopeia) that are actually used worldwide for health care products, medicines and many more.  If a product is FCC, then it means it has met this high requirement.

The FCC grade was previously known as a BP grade (British Pharmacopeia). Sometimes it is referred to as Epsom BP grade.

We sell our Epsom Salts in 1kg and 25kg packs.  The most common question is how much should I use?  We would recommend 200-300g in one bath which is roughly 2 mug fulls of an average mug. 25kg sacks are a more cost effective way of buying Epsom Salt but remember that 25kg is very heavy so ensure you can lift it, and you have somewhere to store it.  The sack is roughly the size of a large sack of dog biscuits.

Once opened the bag should be sealed so that it doesn't absorb the air.  You should then be able to keep it for at least a couple of years.

What are you waiting for?  go and have a bath...

 

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