Epsom Salts and our Top Ten Tips For Even More Benefits
We recently shared some of the many benefits to be gained from having an Epsom salts bath. But because there are so many other uses for Epsom salts, we felt another post was warranted. Check out our top ten tips for using Epsom Salts...
For foot health
1. Epsom salts for a foot scrub. Add 1/3 cup of Epsom salts to a bucket or large bowl (wide enough to fit both feet). Fill with warm water and let feet soak for twenty to thirty minutes. The Epsom salts help to gently exfoliate the feet. Rub feet with a light essential oil such as jojoba oil to keep feet moisturized.
2. Epsom salts for cracked dry feet. Mix Epsom salts, olive oil, Castile soap and a few drops of essential oil. Rub on to remove dead cells while moisturizing. Rinse and pat dry.
3. Epsom salts for a foot bath. Use half a cup of Epsom salts in a bowl of warm water for an effective foot bath, giving your feet a good soaking for at least twenty minutes. Such a treatment will soften the skin of the feet; neutralize any foot odor; help to relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s foot; draw out any splinters in the feet; help to treat mild toenail fungus; and soothe aching feet. Use a pumice stone afterwards to rub away any calluses before moisturizing the feet.
4. Epsom salts to ease the discomfort of gout. This is achieved by helping to reduce inflammation. Make sure the water is comfortably hot for a longer than normal thirty minutes soak. Rinse away any salt left on the skin after your foot bath.
To care for your face
5. Epsom salts for an instant facial. Exfoliate and deep cleanse the skin by mixing half a teaspoon Epsom salts with your usual natural cleanser, to rejuvenate and rehydrate the skin as well as removing toxins. Massage on to the skin, then rinse with cool water and dry.
6. Epsom salts for dry lips. Mix Epsom salts with natural “petroleum jelly” – we share our recipe here from our earlier post. Massage mixture into lips to exfoliate, moisturize and smooth the lips.
And there is more
7. An Epsom salts bath to relieve the discomfort of tension headaches. Here is all you need to know about running your bath.
8. Epsom salts for bruising. To use Epsom salt to treat a bruise, add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm water bath. Soak the injured area until the water cools. After soaking, you should rinse yourself well with clean water, as the dissolved magnesium sulfate may leave dried crystals on your skin after the water evaporates. These crystals are harmless but may cause irritation.
9. Epsom salts for beating bloating. If tummy bloating is a problem for you, have a soothing warm bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts added - three times a week.
10. The ultimate jet lag cure. Soaking in an Epsom salts bath after a long-haul flight has a sedative effect on the body because the minerals help muscles and joints to relax, leading to a more restful sleep and giving the body a chance to re-energise. Magnesium sulphate activates the body’s healing mechanisms and many athletes find that taking such a soak the night before a race to be very beneficial. A long soak will also help with any aches, stiffness, tightness and soreness that occurs after exercise. Rub any aching areas with a wash cloth before getting in the bath and don’t rinse off afterwards. Epsom salts is the more usual name for the ionic compound magnesium sulfate. This compound is a solid, transparent crystal that collects in a white powder. Epsom salts is odorless and very safe, causing few problems during topical use.
The salt is extremely soluble in water and should disappear quickly when added.