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Epsom salt (Magnesium Sulfate / Sulphate) is best known as a component of bath salts, but it offers a wide range of uses and dozens of benefits, from soothing sore muscles, benefiting health and improving a gardener's crops to household cleaning, enhancing beauty and more. Enjoy the renowned therapeutic and healing properties, inside and out of Epsom Salt.
What is Epsom Salt?
A mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate and technically known as Magnesium Sulfate. Many of us are lacking in this mineral, as levels have been decreasing over the last three to four decades around the world. Improve ones's health by rebuilding these magnesium levels in your body. A natural anti-inflammatory and exfoliant that can be used for treating muscle aches and dry skin. Soak in a warm bath with a cupful of Epsom salt, to enjoy.
Benefits And Uses Of Epsom Salt
Relax Your Body
Epsom salts dissolved in warm water - like those in an Epsom salt bath - are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies, relieving stress and helping to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness and anxiety.
Relieve Pain and Cramping
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Submerge yourself in a warm Epsom salt bath to alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps. Tired and sore feet will also benefit from the therapeutic warmth of an Epsom salt soak.
Muscle and Nerve Function
Aside from relieving tension, pain, and cramping, Magnesium sulfate has several other positive effects on the human body. It aids in many enzymatic functions, helps to regulate fluid retention in cells, and facilitates the body's use of calcium to transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system.
For Arterial Health
Epsom salts may help to improve circulation and prevent serious cardiovascular illness by decreasing inflammation and protecting the elasticity of arteries. Healthier arteries means less risk of blood clots, plaque build-up, and damage to arterial walls. Try soaking in an Epsom salt bath three to four times per week to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve your cardiovascular health.
Helps to Remove Splinters
To dislodge a stubborn splinter, simply soak the affected body part in warm water and Epsom salts for a few minutes. Magnesium sulfate will reduce the inflammation around the wound and soften up the splinter, making it much easier to remove.
Soothe Sprains and Bruises
Anti-inflammatory Epsom salts can be used to alleviate the soreness from sprains and bruises. Just add two cups of salts to your warm bath water and soak away the ache.
Keep Feet Healthy
It's pretty common knowledge that soaking your feet in Epsom salts is good for soothing away aches and pains. But did you know that it can also help to treat athlete's foot and toenail fungal infections? Simply add a half cup of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet for as long as you want (or until the water gets cold) to alleviate the itching and burning and help heal feet faster.
Exfoliate Your Skin
By rubbing a handful of Epsom salts over damp skin, you can easily remove dead cells, helping your skin to look healthier and feel softer. Use this treatment on hands, feet, and everything in between.
Natural Face Cleanser
At night before bed, mix a teaspoon of Epsom salts with your regular cleanser for an easy daily treatment or use this recipe for an exfoliating face mask.
Use Epsom salts to remove dead skin and oil from your pores.
Remove Styling Product Build-up
To remove build-up of hairspray or other styling product from your hair, mix one cup each of Epsom salts and lemon juice into a gallon of water. Cover and let the concoction sit for 24 hours before using. Then simply pour over hair and leave it on for about 15 - 20 minutes. Follow up with a wash and condition as usual.
Add Volume to Hair
To add body to your hair, try mixing equal parts to your deep conditioner and Epsom salts. Warm the mixture to slightly above body temperature then work through hair. Leave in for 15 - 20 minutes then rinse.
Wash Pots and Pans
Pour a small amount of Epsom salts into those really-dirty dishes before you scrub them. The abrasive texture of the salt crystals will help to remove stuck-on food more easily without hurting your cookware.
Clean Tile and Grout
Mix equal parts Epsom salts and liquid dish detergent to create a super effective tile and grout cleaner.
As a Hand Wash
Mix equal parts Epsom salts and baby oil to create a moisturizing hand cleanser.
Removes Detergent Build-up
Over time, laundry detergent and other contaminants may build up inside machines. Use Epsom salts to remove this unwanted gunk and keep your washer running more efficiently.
In The Garden
Magnesium sulfate may be used to fertilise your plants, green up your lawn, remove unwanted insect pests, and prevent slugs among other things.