via Natural Remedies: What can’t Epsom Salt do? Beauty, Health, Skin, Gardening…. – Helena Consulting
The miracle substance- Epsom Salt
I recently came in contact with some substance that made my skin very angry, I had painful, burning, and itchy hives on my calves that got worse at night, so bad I couldn’t sleep!! And while I don’t know what or where I touched this substance, I know that my reaction was extremelyyyy unpleasant. SO at 1am I started googling home remedies for relieving hives and rashes and came across a great article listing some of the many uses of Epsom Salt, relieving painful rashes was one of them…. So I jumped out of bed and I headed to the bath, thankfully my roommate had Epsom Salt!! 30 minutes later after soaking in the bath and applying the Epsom salt directly to my skin, the itching and burning was gone, I could feel it working!! I got out and made a “paste” of Epsom salt and water and applied it to a bandage and wrapped it around my legs, I was finally able to sleep and I woke up the next morning with no pain or itch!! IT’S A MIRACLE!
Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, it soothes inflammation, achy joints and muscles, calms rashes and absorbs into our skin. Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, however there is a substantial amount of people who are deficient in magnesium, Women that crave chocolate during PMS … that’s a magnesium deficiency. So why take a pill? Hop in the bath to get your dose of magnesium!!
But Epsom salt doesn’t stop there, there are sooo many uses, from beauty to household to gardening. Pick up some Epsom salt today from your local pharmacy and start taking advantage of all it’s benefits!!
What can Epsom salt do for you?
-Joint pain-add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soaking for at least 12 minutes. For the added benefit of moisturizing your skin, add 1/2 cup olive oil or baby oil. Do not use soap as it will interfere with the action of the salts. Try to rest for about two hours afterwards.
-Muscle pain and spasms
-Itching from insect bites, rashes, hives– mix with water and apply to affected skin until itching subsides
-Cramps- soak in Epsom bath
-Constipation– Mix 1 tsp. in a glass of water. It will taste extremely bitter, but it works.
-Inflammation– Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
-High Blood Pressure
-Athletes foot- Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
-Toenail fungus- Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
– Gout inflammation-Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
-Draws out splinters and fiberglass particles– Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter/ fiberglass
– Sunburn, Diaper rash, yeast infections, Eczema – A cool bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt reduces pain and has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
-Autism Symptoms (WOW!)- The relaxing effect of the Epsom salt is said to calm autistic children and adults down, children with autism may have decreased levels of phenol sulfotransferase, or PST. Magnesium sulfate may help to increase sulfate in the bloodstream and to moderate PST levels.
-Draws Toxins out of bites/ rashes
-Chicken pox itching
-Circulation- Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak
-Effectiveness of Insulin (Can help lower risk of diabetes)- Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak
-Mood– Helps detoxify and relax body
-Hair volumizer-Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
-Exfoliates dead skin-In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
-Dislodges Blackheads– Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.
-Softens rough skin-Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak
-Face cleanser– To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
-Oily Hair Cleanser- Add nine tablespoons of Epsom salt to a half cup of shampoo to help soak up excess oil and leave your locks clean.
-Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.
-Prevent slugs – Sprinkle Epsom salt on or near interior entry points to prevent slugs.
-As a hand wash – Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.
Gardening: (why not use your bath water? and get double the use!! I’m sure the plants don’t mind)
-Fertilize your houseplants and trees- Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur 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.
-Keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn to keep the grass healthy and green.
-Insecticide spray – Use Epson salts on your lawn and in your garden to safely and naturally get rid of plant pests.
-Deter Raccoons– They hate the taste!! Sprinkle it around your trash bins
-Decoration- Use Epsom salt in vases to hold flowers
– DIY Spa Gifts- you can use food color to create a pretty looking supply of Epsom salts. use a bit of essential oil also for a heavenly aroma. toss the epsom salts with the color and scent, place on a cookie sheet to dry, then package up for a gift. you can place in a pretty jar and tie instructions for soaking on a card with a ribbon, or just wrap up the Epsom salts in a couple layers of tulle that you’ve cut into a circle, gather up and tie with that ribbon. again, you can make this yourself on the cheap or pay much more to buy it already scented and colored at the spa.
-Animal skin problems- works the same for humans for animals fur and skin
I’m sure there are countless other uses and it’s certainly more than ANY prescription anything your doctor could prescribe, it’s completely natural, our bodies need it, our plants love it, and it might just be the best product you will purchase this year! TRY IT and leave me a comment on your experiences!!!