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13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

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13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

Oh, Epsom salt—who knew that such an uninspiring ingredient could inspire such devotion? Epsom salts have amazing health benefits–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-all, helping to remove 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.

Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom salt. Read more about the Amazing Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

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. Or try an Epsom Salt Peppermint Foot Scrub.

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. To tame tendonitis, try these tips.

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

Face cleaner: To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Homemade skin mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. This simple honey face mask works wonders as well.

Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse, read 16 foods for Beautiful Skin.

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12:39PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I soak 3 times a week in a epsom salt bath. It helps to restore the nerves that were damaged by the attack I suffered in my home, and it removes toxins that build up in your body. Wonderful stuff!

7:36AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

I love a long soak in a hot epsom salt bath!

1:22PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

I can definitely attest to its help with sprains, swelling, and soreness! This stuff works miracles, and no doctor ever recommends that you use it as a pain-reliever. Thank you, care2!

7:40AM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Salt scrubs in spas cost big bucks and make you feel so soft. All they use is Epsom salt!

9:14AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

friv 2 I have severe psoriasis and I just soak every night in a wonderful epsom salt bath for about 2 weeks...completely clears my skin! My Dr. doesn't even acknowledge it because "he didn't prescribe or monitor it" Totally works every time!

8:52AM PST on Jan 1, 2014

More useful than I thought.

7:01AM PST on Nov 30, 2013

Love them in my bath! Thanks

6:35PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

I have severe psoriasis and I just soak every night in a wonderful epsom salt bath for about 2 weeks...completely clears my skin! My Dr. doesn't even acknowledge it because "he didn't prescribe or monitor it" Totally works every time!

7:02AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thanks for the great ideas

3:58AM PDT on Sep 3, 2013


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