Epsom Salts

What is Epsom Salt?

  • Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, a pure, time-tested mineral compound with dozens of uses
  • Epsom salts come from a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England
  • It actually is not a salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
  • Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits.
  • Magnesium is beneficial in regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening.
  • Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

General Uses & Benefits

Skin Care

  • used to treat a number of skin problems
  • healing cuts
  • decreases foot odour

Muscle Relaxation

  • soothing back pain and aching limbs
  • easing muscle strain

Other Conditions

  • relaxing the nervous system
  • treating cold and congestion
  • helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
  • relieves constipation
  • eliminates toxins from the body
    • The best way to experience the benefits of Epsom salts is to soak in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts for at least 1/2 an hour.

Epsom Salt Scrub for Increased Blood Circulation and Lymph Cleaning

Procedure:

  • Oil a large soup bowl.
  • Fill with Epsom salts.
  • Wet it down with water. Salt should have the texture of wet sand (granular, not soupy)
  • Undress and stand or sit in bathtub. Make sure you are secure so you do not slip.
  • Take a handful of salt and rub vigorously in circular motion towards the heart (same routine as skin-brushing).
  • Do not skimp on salt.
  • After doing the whole body, repeat rubbing in circular motion, rubbing off the salt from the first application.
  • Now, shower with lukewarm water, going to cold. When water is cold, always make sure the heart and head are the last parts to be done so as not to shock the system.

 Regular Salt Glows will help ease cases of constipation, swelling, skin conditions, poor circulation, fatigue, stiffness, headaches and arthritis.

 General

  • Epsom salt, which is actually magnesium sulfate, as a home remedy.
    • Adding 1 to 2 cups in a bath (2 or 3 depending on the size of the tub and the amount of water) and soaking daily for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • You can also add lavender to increase the calming, relaxing benefits.
    • The magnesium and sulfate is easily absorbed through the skin, Comparable with the baths to hot springs in Europe.
  • Soaking in Epsom salt offers several health benefits, including:
    • Easing pain and aches in muscles and joints – That includes discomfort caused by strains, sprains and arthritis. 
  • For arthritic patients - soaking in Epsom salt improves circulation. This should become a daily part of the health regimen.
  • Fighting colds and the flu
    • The soaks increase your body’s temperature, causing you to sweat and helping your body’s immune system fight germs
  • The sulphur from Epsom salt also helps kills bacteria and fungus, 
  • Improving sleep 
    • Muscle tension is a big reason people can’t sleep, and it’s often because the blood pressure is too high.
    • The magnesium in Epsom salt helps improve blood flow and relax your muscles and extremities
    • It helps people relax not only their bodies,but also their minds.
  • Relieving an itchy or oily scalp
    • Take half a handful of Epsom salt and scrubbing your scalp in the shower for 10 minutes, before washing it off and shampooing.
    • The magnesium reduces itching, and the sulfur is a natural anti-bacterial agent.
    • It acts as an exfoliant,
  • Relaxing and lowering blood pressure
    • If a bath is not possible, soak your feet in Epsom salt for 15 to 20 minutes and breathing deeply while meditating.
    • The combination of the soak and stress release meditation has immediate benefits.
  • Relieving either headaches and neck pain or discomfort in the eyes from issues such as staring at computer screens for too long
    • Fill a cheesecloth with Epsom salt, and dip it in hot water for 20 seconds. Then let it drip and cool off slightly before using it as a compress on your eyes or the back of your neck. After the compress cools further, place it back in the hot water, and keep doing this for seven to 10 minutes,
  • Epsom salt can also be ingested to help with constipation. We don’t recommend consuming it on a regular basis, but for a temporary laxative,
    • Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt to a tall glass of water.
    • Depending on the results, people can either add or subtract Epsom salt.
  • What to do for sore muscles, aches, pains, bruises and splinter removal
    • In each case, experts say taking an Epsom salt is a natural, at-home remedy. Here’s what you do:
    • Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom salt for an oversized garden tub).
    • Soak for at least 12 minutes
    • The Epsom salt will dissolve quicker if you put it under the running water

 Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.

Article Source: Epsom Salt Council

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