I remember my grandmother always having Epsom salts around but I never paid any attention to it's purpose. I thought it was probably because it was one of those old wives' tales that had been popular years ago but forgotten about. I was totally surprised when I read the below article (unfortunately I don't remember where I copied this from) about this ancient product. I realized that there might be a reason why it has been around for hundreds of years .
Why Epsom Salt?
Though it contains “salt” in the name, Epsom salts has little in common with the salt we add to our food. Epsom salts are a compound called magnesium sulfate, and its different uses are pure genius. It's called a salt because of its chemical structure. The "Epsom" part is a place in England where it's found in natural springs. You can find it in most drugstores, grocery and natural food stores. A large box costs just a few dollars.
While we may not realize this at the time, stress does drain the body of magnesium while also increasing the levels of adrenaline. Fortunately, when Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water it is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the levels of magnesium in your body. Magnesium is essential because it produces serotonin, which is a mood-elevating chemical within the brain to create feelings of calmness and relaxation. Experts believe that using Epsom salt at least three times a week will make you look and feel better.
Relieves Pain And Muscle Cramps
If you’re suffering from sore muscles, bronchial asthma or migraine headaches, having an Epsom salt bath is known to be beneficial in the treatment of helping ease the pain and relieving inflammation. Moreover, Epsom salt can also heal cuts and help reduce the soreness from childbirth. This process only requires a thick paste of Epsom salt to be mixed with hot water in a bath and, once applied by simply putting your feet in the tub, it will start to create a soothing comfort.
Eliminates Toxins From The Body
Just as Epsom salt helps ease muscle pain, it also works in flushing toxins and heavy metals from the cells. Therefore, Epsom salt is beneficial in eliminating harmful substances because of reverse osmosis. Since your skin is a highly porous membrane, adding the right minerals to your bathwater will pull the salts out of your body and take the harmful toxins with it. The appropriate amount for this form of detox is to add two cups of Epsom salt to bathtub water and soak for 10 minutes.
Helps Prevent Hardening Of Arteries And Blood Clots
Through several studies and research, it is believed that Epsom salt can improve heart health by preventing heart disease and strokes. It is considered that Epsom salt improves blood circulation in the body which will, therefore, protect the elasticity of arteries. By improving the blood circulation, the salt will also help prevent blood clots, which as a result, will reduce the risk of sudden heart attack deaths. Therefore, the salt can be beneficial in ways you do not necessarily feel.
Just as Epsom salt works with health benefits, it also has its benefits when it comes to beauty. In fact, Epsom salt can be used to exfoliate dead skin, as an exfoliating face cleanser, to dislodge blackheads, remove foot odor, remove hairspray, and as a hair volumizer. Other than for removing foot odor, the Epsom salt has to be mixed with another ingredient to be effective, and must always be used with water, or have water to take it off.
Meanwhile, Epsom salt can also be used around the house and has benefits for all parts of the household from cleaning the bathroom tiles to preventing slugs. Moreover, it can be used as a hand wash, and to clean detergent build-up on washing machines. Once again, the salt should be mixed with other ingredients but will prove significant once combined together and still serves as a multi-purpose addition to the household.
Benefits For The Garden
Epsom salt is perfect for gardening, helping fertilize your houseplants, keeping your lawn green, and as an insecticide spray. In fact, for the latter, you just need to sprinkle Epsom salts on your lawn in your garden and this will safely and naturally get rid of pests on your plants. As for working as a fertilizer in your houseplants, since most plants need magnesium and sulfur for food health, Epsom salts make the primary nutrients in most plant foods more effective.
Treats Bruises And Insect Stings
Epsom salt is known to help ailments and sores felt in the body, but it can also treat smaller affected areas. Thanks to its magnesium content, Epsom salt works as a way to treat bruises and insect stings with a localized solution. By soaking a washcloth in a solution of water and Epsom salt, you can help heal the wound. Therefore, Epsom salt is a catch-all method to help ease all sorts of physical ailments, both internally and externally on the body.
Remove Stubborn Pot Stains
We all know that nightmare of trying to scrub our pots and pans after leaving our food burning for a little too long. While this has previously destroyed your wrists and your sanity from trying to scrub away for so long, Epsom salt is your new answer to help fix this. In fact, just a small amount of Epsom salt does wonders to your pan after pouring it on the stubborn stains. Scrubbing the stain will become far easier after doing so.
Instant Sunburn Relief
Once again, Epsom salt is proving it is the perfect solution in times of need, especially when it comes to a severe case of sunburn. Anyone who has experienced sunburn will understand the pain and inconvenience it can cause. While you may have previously used aloe vera, or worn a t-shirt for the rest of your holiday, you can now turn to Epsom salt for help. Simply mix the salt with water and spray it onto your burn, allowing your skin to go back to normal in no time.
Ease Discomfort Of Gout
Anyone who has experienced gout will be able to tell you the extreme pain they suffer. While they have been advised to avoid meat and red wine as a result, it should also be noted that the use of Epsom salt could be highly beneficial. Magnesium sulfate soaks through the skin that is swollen or the joints which are aching and quickly helps alleviate pain and inflammation. This requires a couple of teaspoons of the salt and hot water to be placed on the body parts affected by gout.
Epsom salts can have a considerable impact during pregnancy, and that is why many ladies bathe in the salts during their pregnancy. The salts help sooth the skin, sooth any tired or achy muscles, reduce swelling as it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent, reduce stress, and aid digestion. Bloating is known to be a major cause of discomfort for women during pregnancy and Epsom salt is used as a way to help soothe this. By also calming the body and mind, it is a perfect choice for pregnant women.
Helps Cure Acne
The properties of Epsom salt are also known to be a great remedy for sufferers of acne. The salts exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, dirt, and other impurities causing acne. Due to the sulfur properties in the salt, it works as an antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic which fight against the germs causing acne to the skin. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory properties reduce the pain, redness, and swelling caused by acne, and helps prevent stress-induced acne to help cure the problem quickly.
For sufferers of severe headaches or migraines, Epsom salt can be a perfect solution. Since there is evidence that magnesium can help these head pains when used regularly, and that magnesium deficiency may increase the chance of headaches, the magnesium from the salts has proven to help. People have found that using magnesium has helped cure their pain. Just as taking a swim in the ocean can help on many levels, because of the salts in the water.
Roses love a bit of magnesium themselves. By adding a tablespoon of Epsom salt and water around a rose bush, the beautiful plant will have a faster growth and bloom. This will be effective if done just once a month and, before you know it, you will have a rose bush full of the sweetest of roses.
Treat Oily Hair
Just as Epsom salt works for volumizing your hair, or giving soft, beach curl waves, it is also the solution for oily hair. Once again, the home remedy is the perfect substitute for expensive store-bought solutions, and Epsom salt is a crucial ingredient for this thanks to its properties. It is as simple as mixing the salt with your shampoo and massaging it into your scalp. The magnesium sulfate in the salt combats the roots of any oily hair.
Relaxes Tired, Aching Feet
We use our feet day in and day out, and sometimes they need some R&R. In which case, soaking your feet in warm water and Epsom salt works wonders for your aching and tired feet. It will also be beneficial if you have issues with foot or nail fungus, and athletes foot. Meanwhile, Epsom salt also works for taking care of your shoes. By using an old, clean sock and filling it with Epsom salt, it can help absorb odor when tucked into your sneakers or boots.
In fact every time my dad needed a medical procedure done, the doctor gave him an iv of magnesium. That's why I copied this article to show him, and unfortunately, like I said earlier, I didn't keep the source since it was for him, however, when I really read through it thoroughly, I realized that it could help us too. His Doctor said that magnesium affects every muscle in the body and was a very crucial mineral and many people don't know that they are deficient in it.
There are even suggestions for taking it internally in certain situations, however, I don't recommend those without checking with your doctor first.
In a day when it seems that you can find a specific product for everything, it can be a relief to discover that there’s an unassuming, age-old product on most store shelves that can help you with everything from giving your hair a boost to cleaning your house.
Do you use Epsom salts for any of the above purposes, or for that matter any different ones? Or maybe you are lucky and still have a grandmother around who can tell you how she uses this product. If so can you please share them with us. We love the natural way of doing a lot of things and if this product is only half as good as they say it is, we're all in!
Source: excerpts from various internet sources