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Epsom [Epsum] Salts be good for what ails the human, King or leveller, the horse or thy roses. Stories galore on its chemical make up. Named after the hamlet that supported a convent, known as Ebbisham, Ebesham or Epsham.
Found in the Domesday book as Ebesham, here derived from the Saxon words 'Ebbe' (to flow back) and 'ham' (a village). Then the tale of a princess named Ebba.
The village thrived on taking and training horses, on taking thy money and if thee felt a little pale under the collar, upon losing thy bet, sold thee a good dose of salts to compensate for thy bad luck.