Epsom salt is right up there with coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, and diatomaceous earth as far as a simple, inexpensive health aid that has multiple benefits, can be used internally and externally, ….used in the kitchen, as well as the bathroom and garden. This is another one of those things no home should be with out! This first article from Living In The Green does a good job of introducing you to the uses and benefits of Epsom salts, aka magnesium sulfate ….
Epsom Salt: A Must-Have for Home and Garden
Epsom “salt”…not really a salt at all but two minerals that our body actually uses and needs.
“Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which can help improve health in numerous ways. A lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.” – Epson Salt Council
Wow. Pretty amazing for such a humble crystalline substance. But this drugstore wonder is full of surprises. It’s great as a hair conditioner, soak for sore achy muscles, and even as a garden fertilizer! Yes, it’s true…and there’s even more…
When I was growing up, we had wood floors in our house. The upstairs floorboards had a few rough spots in them but we being kids, didn’t seem to notice. Wood floors made a nice skating rink which we would skate on with socks. One time though, I skated on some rough “ice” and promptly got a LARGE wood splinter in my foot. Yuck. I was horrified and did NOT want my parents to touch it. The splinter itself was not willing to come out either, so in came the Epsom Salt. Now, when you’re a kid faced with a probing knife to extract a splinter, soaking your foot in some nice warm water was a perfect way to make me relax. My parents loved me, but a spa experience was not what they had in mind, but rather a way to draw the splinter out of my skin and Epsom came through! By the time my foot was done soaking, the splinter came out lickity-split (much to my surprise) and relatively pain-free. So, Epsom salt saved the day and was my hero.
As soon as I got married, I purchased my own carton (they sell it in bags now…way better idea!) and kept it for emergencies. We seem to use it for any foot problems, probably because of my previous memory of it, but it does SO much more! Even the carton I have only lists a few of its many uses. Here’s just a few: eliminates toxins by exfoliating and taking a bath in it – 2 cups in the tub, helps with athlete’s feet and toe fungus (see, it likes feet), cleans bathroom tiles – use equal parts of Epsom with dish detergent to clean, is a fertilizer for houseplants and vegetables/flowers*, relieves constipation (!) and much more!! I will admit my experience with it is limited to the sliver incident (which by the way, is another thing on the list it does) and foot complaints…but it did a great job in these areas. However, after writing this post, I am going to be sprinkling my Epsom salt on all my houseplants!
Here’s another great bonus for Epsom Salt…you can buy it at the drugstore. No health stores, no fancy catalogs, no shipping charges; perfect. I love the simplicity of these types of home remedies and garden helps. After all, isn’t that part of living simply?
So, if you don’t have some Epsom Salt at home; run to the nearest Walgreen’s, pick up a bag and “skate” on your wood floors with a smile on your face…ahhhh.
*For houseplants: sprinkle epsom salt weekly to nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.
And here’s a second article on epsom salt….it’s from Healthy and Natural World…
Epsom salts, my granny’s secret is being rediscovered…
Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, is a natural occurring mineral first discovered in a bitter saline spring in Epsom, England. Traditionally used as a bath salt, these days we can find them in many of our beauty and household products. Even gardeners use them to improve their crops.
Magnesium and sulfate both play an essential role for your body’s optimal health. Magnesium plays a major role in over 300 enzyme reactions, reduces inflammation and improves muscle and nerve function. Sulfate is important for the formation of brain tissue and joint proteins, and it helps to improve nutrient absorption and flushes toxins.
Did you know that almost half of the Americans have a magnesium and/or sulfate deficiency? And guess what, Epsom salts can help you restore magnesium and sulfate levels in your body. They can easily be absorbed through your skin and that’s why Epsom salt baths became so popular over the years.
But that’s not all, keep reading and discover how Epsom salts can aid you in your daily life.
EPSOM SALT BATHS
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is one of the easiest external ways to boost your magnesium and sulfate levels and detox your body. Research studies have shown that magnesium is more easily absorbed through your skin then via your digestive tract.
Just add 2 cups to your bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes, 3 times a week, to reap the benefits. Do not use soap as it will negatively interfere with the salts.To enhance relaxation, add lavender essential oil as well.
Benefits of adding Epsom salts to your bath tub:
• Boost magnesium and sulfate levels
• Improved circulation and heart health.
• Improved ability for the body to use insulin
• Eliminates harmful toxins
• Relieves body aches
• Improved nerve function
• Natural stress-reliever, binds serotonin which creates a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
• Reduced pain and muscle cramps
• Improved absorption of nutrients
• Reduce swelling of sprains and bruises
• Prevent or ease headaches
• Soften your skin
• Soothe itchy and sunburned skin
• Helps you and your children to sleep better
More on epsom salt bath: http://wisemindhealthybody.com/power-humble-epsom-salt-bath/?c=gmi
Add ½ cup of Epsom salt to a large bowl and soak your feet or hands for about 20 minutes to:
• Soothe aches
• Remove odors
• Soften rough skin
• Draw out splinters
• Relieve tired feet
• Relieve Athlete’s foot
• Treat toenail fungus
• Ease gout
Epsom Salt For White Teeth
Combine 1 part Epsom salt with one part water, mix well and brush your teeth and gargle with the mixture to:
• Whiten your teeth
• Fight periodontal diseases
To get more ideas on how to whiten your teeth, have a look at the article 13 natural methods for teeth whitening.
Exfoliator For Rough Skin
Combine 2 parts of oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil are all good options) with 1 part Epsom salt. Use the scrub on your face, hands and/or body while making circular movements and rinse with warm water. Repeat regularly and be patient. This process will take some time before any visible effects are obtained:
• Soften your skin
• Remove death cells
• Remove blackheads
• Break down callus
• Improve absorption of your skin care products
Epsom Salt And Hair Care
Mix equal parts of natural conditioner and Epsom salt. Apply on your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry.
• Thicker hair with more volume
• Softer hair
• Treats dry or greasy hair
Laxative, Internal Use
Dissolve 1 teaspoon in water and drink.
Epsom salts can, occasionally, help you with constipation. But before you start using Epsom salts internally, make sure to check with your doctor first. You can find here more natural remedies for constipation.
Epsom Salts Around Your House
Epsom salts are not only great for your health… but they are wonderful for many application in your house and garden as well.
Make a paste like scrub, and soap scum on your tile will be history in no time. To whiten your floor tiles mix ½ cup Epsom salt to a gallon of warm sudsy water and scrub with a brush. Rinse with clear water and be amazed by the result. You can also create effective cleaning products using essential oils. You can find all the information in my book Magical Arometherapy.
Keep Raccoons Out of Your Garbage
Instead of laying down dangerous poison that can be ingested by your kids or pets, try Epsom salts to keep raccoons naturally out of your garden.
Just sprinkle salt on the garbage lid and encircle the environment as well and those raccoons will search another place to feast.
Especially roses, palm trees and tomatoes are a huge fan of Epsom salts. Just work some Epsom salts into the soil during blooming and your plant will produce beautiful and long lasting flowers or fruits. Or add Epsom salts regularly to your watering routine to boost flavor, color and size.
Mix 1 tablespoon to a gallon water and sprinkle and soak each plant. For a greener, lush lawn, mix 2 tablespoons to every gallon used to water your lawn. This will also keep slugs and other insects and weeds under control.
As you can see, adding Epsom salts on a regular basis to your life provides many health benefits, but if you are pregnant or have any severe health concern, please check with your doctor before using them.
(Guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogini and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website http://www.body-in-balance.org)
More on using epsom salt in the garden…..
Natural Living Ideas lists at least 10 ways it can help in that department, including:
- Improve seed germination
- Increase nutrient absorption
- Counter transplant shock
- Green up foliage
- Prevent leaf curling
- Deter garden pests
- Grow sweeter fruit
- Tastier tomatoes
- More plentiful peppers
- Beautiful, bountiful roses
Read all the details here:
As mentioned, you can get epsom salt at your local drug store or supermarket, however, I always buy mine on-line because it’s less expensive that way. One of my favorite discount places to shop is iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can choose something from their free samples and take advantage of their wonderful trial offer section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60.
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.