The Epsom Effect
Chemically known as magnesium sulphate and named after the spring in Surrey, England where the naturally-occurring mineral was discovered in the water, Epsom salt is a must-have natural remedy every home should have. You’ve heard of Epsom salt baths for tension relief, but there are so many other uses for the mineral you probably never knew.
Relaxes Your Body
First and foremost, soaking your body in an Epsom salt bath does wonders for tension and muscle pain. The mineral absorbs into your body, as the magnesium ions break apart fro Epsom salt molecules and begin to relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline.
Relieves Body Pain
The minerals absorbed through the skin also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, joint inflammation, sprains and bruises. Soak in an Epsom bath to relieve headaches, or soothe abdominal cramps.
Improves Arterial Health
Epsom salts may help improve circulation and prevent cardiovascular illness by lowering inflammation and keeping the elasticity of arteries. Healthier, softer arteries will mean a lower risk of blood clots, plaque build-up and damage to arterial walls.
You gotta go when you gotta go…unless you can’t. Numerous studies have shown Epsom salt to act like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines temporarily, but always talk to your doctor before using it to relieve constipation.
Eliminates Toxins From Your Body
The sulphates in Epsom salt flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, and eases muscle pain while eliminating harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
Reduces Chance of Getting Diabetes
Magnesium and sulphate both improve the body’s ability to produce and use insulin. Regular intake of Epsom salts, orally or absorbed through the skin, regulates blood sugar and lowers the risk of diabetes while increasing energy levels.
Too much adrenaline and stress are believed to lower magnesium levels in your body. Magnesium (a major stress reliever) is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
Improves Nerve Function
Studies have shown that Epsom salt regulates electrolytes in your body, which ensures the proper functioning of muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which is the main conductor of electric impulses in the body.
Helps To Remove Splinters
Soaking your affected finger in Epsom salt for a few minutes. The magnesium sulphate will help to bring down the inflamed area, and soften the splinter, which will make it easer to dislodge.
Good For Your Feet
This is another commonly known fact about Epsom salt. Soaking for feat is good for soothing foot aches and pains, but it can also treat athletes food and toe nail infections. The epsom salt will alleviate the itching and burning sensation to heal feet faster.
Add a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salts to hot water and soak body parts affected by gout. Magnesium sulfate quickly soaks through skin and into the swollen, aching joints to help alleviate pain and inflammation.
Use It To Exfoliate
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 Epsom salts to remove dead skin and oil from your pores. First, you’ll want to exfoliate to remove any dead skin from around the outsides of the blemishes. Then mix one teaspoon of Epsom salts and four drops of iodine into half a cup of hot water. Stir until salts are completely dissolved and let the mixture cool until it is still warm, but not hot. Massage the mixture into skin affected with blackheads, let it dry completely, then wash your face with warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth.
Remove Styling Product Build-up
Forget clarifying shampoo. 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 all-natural, sulfate-free 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.
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. Fill your empty washing machine with hot water, add a quart of clear vinegar and one cup of Epsom salts, let the machine agitate for about a minute, then stop the cycle and let the solution soak for about an hour.
Please remember to consult your doctor before you ingest Epsom salts at any time. Also, those with diabetes should avoid the use of Epsom salt because it does affect blood sugar, and could cause complications with your health.
After you get everything sorted out, enjoy this miracle mineral!