A few days ago I was shopping at a local supermarket and there was a sale for Epsom Salt. I thought this would be a good time to stock up. Why? Well, Epsom Salt has powerful benefits. The first time I juice fasted (10 yrs ago), epsom salt added to warm water was a beverage I drank once a day. It was a great way to start each morning during my juice fasting detox phase. Now, I often take epsom salt baths for a number of reasons: relaxation, illness, aches and pains, immune system boost, stress etc. Here’s a little more information about this amazing inexpensive healer.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses.
How do Epsom Salts help?
~helps in regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes
~help prevent artery hardening
~improves the absorption of nutrients
~soothe the body, mind, and soul
~relaxes the nervous system
~increases the effectiveness of insulin in the body~helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes
~treats constipation~ acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing (internally)
~flushes out toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances
~cure skin problems
~treats colds and congestion
Athlete’s Foot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
Remove splinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.
Treat toenail fungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
Exfoliate 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.
Exfoliating 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.
Dislodge 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.
Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.
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.
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.
Fertilize your houseplants – 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.