What's the big whoop you ask? Pour some in the tub and boom, you're done with whatever that stuff does – right? Wrong! Epsom salt is so much more than just a spa-like perk you feel you need to decorate your bathroom. There are tons of ways epsom salt can help you with health issues that you can face every day, from the daily to the embarrassing. So let's break it down – here are some  mind-blowing epsom salt uses.

What are epsom salts good for

What are Epsom salts?

Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It's been long known as a natural remedy for a number of health issues thanks to tons of health and beauty benefits.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin, making epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the perks. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including 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.

Epsom salt uses and benefits

You don't need a tub. The wonders of epsom salt have been well known for hundreds of years and, unlike other salts, has beneficial properties that can soothe the body, mind, and soul. Some of the countless health benefits include relaxing the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain and aching limbs, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins from the body. Soaking feet in epsom salt for swelling is one of the simplest ways to ease stress and stress-related problems. Some of the notable benefits of epsom salts include:

1. Reduces stress

Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells.

Experts believe that bathing with epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also help you relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly.

2. Relieves pain and muscle cramps

An epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Mix a thick paste of epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort.

3. Improves circulation

Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots, and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths. Studies show that epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.

4. Relieves constipation

Numerous studies have revealed that Epsom salt can be used to treat constipation. Taken internally, epsom salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing. The salt acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and can bring about temporary relief from constipation. However, it is strictly warned that epsom salts should not be used to relieve constipation without the consultation of a physician.

5. Eliminates toxins from the body

The sulfates in epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it. For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add two cups of epsom salts to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes. It also makes insulin more effective by giving roper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, and can help to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.

Surprising home remedies with epsom salt

Whether you like a relaxing soak or wish to enhance your beauty effortlessly, making epsom salt a part of your daily routine can add a whole lot of goodness to your way of life. To experience it to its full potential, take relaxing baths to a new level. 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 afterward. If you have arthritic joints, move them as much as possible after an Epsom salt bath to prevent congestion in the joints.

For an epsom salt foot bath, pamper weary feet by adding 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. If you like, rub away any calluses using a pumice stone. Dry your feet, then add two drops of peppermint essential oil to your favorite natural moisturizer, like shea or coconut butter, and rub in thoroughly to lock in the moisture. If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, check with your doctor before using epsom salts. Here are some other amazing and surprising ways epsom salt can help you with your health and beauty concerns:

epsom salt for itchy dry skin

1. Cracked and itchy 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. Then rinse thoroughly.

epsom salt for foot odour and smelly feet

2. Foot odour

Mix a half cup of epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odour, soothe feet, and soften rough skin. Epsom salt softens skin and will neutralize foot odor.

epsom salt to remove blackheads

3. Blackheads

Add a teaspoon of epsom salt and 3 drops of iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.

epsom salt for athlete's foot

4. Athlete’s foot

Soak your feet in epsom salt to create a detox foot bath. This helps to relieve the symptoms of athlete’s foot and get rid of any toe infections fast.

epsom salt removes splinters

5. Splinters

Soak the affected skin area in an epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.

toenail fungus and epsom salt

6. Toenail fungus

Submerge your feet in hot water mixed with a handful of epsom salt three times a day to ease an infected ingrown toenail. 

get rid of dry skin with epsom salt

7. Dry skin

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.

epsom salt for sprains and bruises

8. Sprains and bruises 

Add 2 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.

epsom salt for gout

9. Gout

Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of epsom salt into a basin. Soak for about 30 minutes.

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