Health benefits of Epsom salt
Epsom salts have numerous health benefits as well as many other uses such as beauty, household and gardening-related uses, it has been used as a natural remedy for a number of ailments for hundreds of years.
Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind and soul and helps with the following:RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
1. relaxing the nervous system
2. curing skin problems
3. soothing back pain and aching limbs
4. easing muscle strain
5. healing cuts
6. treating colds and congestion, and
7. drawing toxins from the body
Using Epsom salts
The simplest way to use Epsom to ease stress and stress-related problems is to soak in a bath full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts and add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
When we are stressed our levels of adrenaline rise and correspondingly levels of magnesium go down.
When we bath in warm water with Epsom salt, magnesium is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body.
Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical that creates the feelings of being calm and relaxed.
Research mirrors the benefits
Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells.
Experts recommend bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week to help you look better, feel better and gain more energy, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.
Other health benefits
To heal cuts
Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply for soothing comfort, or soaking your aching, tired (and smelly!) feet in a tub of water with half a cup of Epsom salts.
Taken internally, Epsom salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing – however, do not use Epsom salts to relieve constipation without the consultation of a qualified professional.
The sulfates help to flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
Make using Epsom salt a part of your daily routine and experience the numerous health benefits of Epsom salt.
Epsom salt bath
2 cups Epson Salts in a warm bath and soak for at least 12 minutes. For the added benefit of relaxation add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oils and for moisturizing your skin, add 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Do not use soap as it will interfere with the action of the salts.
Epsom salt foot bath
Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water, relax and soak your feet for 20 minutes.
Epsom salt body scrub
Mix a handful of Epsom salts with a tablespoon of coconut or almond oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
Treat toenail fungus and athlete’s foot
Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
Add 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immerse the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
Exfoliating face cleanser
Mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular organic cleanser and gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
Clean bathroom tiles
Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.
Mix Epsom salt with coconut oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.
Fertilize your houseplants
Plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulphur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.
If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
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