Many aches and pains can be alleviated through the regular use of Epsom salts. The magnesium in this soothing salts can aid in:
- easing stress and aiding in restful sleep
- increasing concentration and focus
- assisting muscles and nerves in functioning properly
- reducing inflammation to reduce pain and muscle cramps
- flushing heavy metals and other toxins from the body
- mproving the absorption of nutrients
- improving heart health and lowering blood pressure
Health Related Usage Ideas
Epsom salts can be used in a variety of ways. Also, keep in mind that Epsom salts are available in lavender, adding to their powers of healing and relaxation.
- As a compress: Use one cup of Epsom salts per half gallon of water. Use warm water compresses for muscle tightness or to relieve chronic pain when no inflammation is present. Use cold water compresses to reduce inflammation and swelling. After preparing appropriately, dip a large clean cotton towel in the water and squeeze out excess and apply to area. Compresses should only be applied for up to 20 minutes in one treatment.
- For general soaking: Add two cups of Epsom salt to a regular bath. This works well to ease muscle and joint pain. It also aids in detoxifying the body of heavy metals and other toxins. This aids in the reduction of joint pain.
- For foot baths: Add one cup of Epsom salt to a tub of warm water. Foot baths are a great way to reduce toxins, treat athletes foot and aching feet and ease stress.
- To remove splinters: soak area in a warm bath with Epsom salt.
Beauty Benefits of Epsom Salt
The minerals in epsom salts also make them a vital ingredient in many beauty routines. In this way, they can help with:
- softening and exfoliating the skin
- easing emotional and physical stress
- reducing blood pressure
- raising overall energy levels
- creating a happy and relaxed feeling
Beauty Treatment Ideas
Epsom salt can be enjoyed in a variety of different treatments. By combining it with a few more common ingredients, many new uses can be enjoyed.
- For a relaxing soak: Add two cups of Epsom salt to the bath water; add 5 to 7 drops of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil and soak for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
- To exfoliate skin: Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil; gently scrub dry skin patches with the mixture.
- Spa treatment: After showering, massage handfuls of Epsom salt over wet skin to exfoliate the body. The Epsom salt can also be added to extra virgin olive oil to soften the skin.
- To remove excessive hairspray: Mix 1/2 gallon of water, 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of Epsom salt. Let set for several hours. Warm and pour over dry hair and let set for 20 minutes. Shampoo as normal.