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13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

a Care2 favorite by Annie B. Bond

By Annie B. Bond

Oh, epsom salt—who knew that such an uninspiring ingredient could inspire such devotion? Epsom salts have amazing health benefits - really! Here are 13 ways to use epsom salts, including a relaxing bath, a face scrub and a hair volumizer. It's also a miracle cure, helping to get rid of splinters and reduce swelling of sprains and bruises. One ingredient really does fit all!

I always knew that soaking in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts was good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body, but I could never figure out why. And it wasn't until I spent some time at the Epsom Salt Industry Council web site that I learned that epsom salts—made of the mineral magnesium sulfate—are also a sedative for the nervous system.

When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.

13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of epsom salt.

Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.

Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak.

Splinter remover: Soak in epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.

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1 comment:

Sheila Hughes said...

We've been utilizing Epsom Salts in our son's bath, as a detoxifier, alternating it with baths of Apple Cider Vinegar. It was recommended in the GAPS diet, which helps kids with autism and is a gentle approach to detoxify.

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