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Why every home needs Epsom Salt!

Posted on July 31 2016

Do you have Epsom Salt in your home? If not, you should!  Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate which is a pure, time-tested mineral compound with dozens of uses. 

Doctors cite many health benefits from either soaking your feet or taking a bath in Epsom salt, including: soothing muscle pain and aches, providing itch relief from sunburn and poison ivy, removing splinters, decreasing swelling and boosting your body’s levels of magnesium and sulfate. Here are some natural recipes for different at-home remedies and uses of Epsom salt:

Relax by dissolving 2 cups of epsom salt in a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. The epsom salt is easily absorbed through our skin where to wonderful benefits of the salt begins. The epsom salt will help your body both inside and outside. The magnesium in epsom salt plays a vital role in helping us relax and helps eliminate the feeling of anxiety. It also helps ease restless leg syndrome. For extra relaxation, add 10 - 20 drops of your favorite essential. Lavender essential oil is perfect for this. This is also a good way to help relax restless children before bedtime. Epsom salt will dissolve more quickly if you add it in running water.

Relieve muscle pain and cramping by soaking in an epsom salt bath as mentioned above. Since the epsom salt is absorbed through your skin, it works to help relieve sore muscles, tension and joint inflammation. Your epsom salt bath also helps to regulate fluid retention in cells and helps your body use the calcium throughout your nervous system. You should also soak in a warm epsom salt bath when you feel a cold or the flu coming on. It will add vital minerals to your body to ease pain and fight off the germs of the cold or flu.

Relieve headaches by soaking a  washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup). Apply the cold compress on your forehead and/or neck for about 20 minutes. Another way to use epsom salt as a cold remedy is to dissolve 1 teaspoon epsom salt in 1 cup of hot water. Chill this in your refrigerator for 20 or more minutes to make a paste. Apply the past on your temples for about 30 minutes and then wash off of your skin completely.

Sooth sore feet by adding 1/2 cup of epsom salt to a tub of hot water. Caution: make sure that the water is not to hot to burn yourself, but you want the water to be as hot as you can comfortable tolerate. Soak your feet for at least 20 minutes and then towel dry. This soak will also treat athlete's foot and toe nail fungal infections. This also will alleviate itching or burning that you may have with some foot disorders.

Relieve constipation by dissolving 1 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 cup of cold water. Do not drink this more than 1 time per day. If the constipation persists for more than 4 days, consult your doctor.

Ease gout by adding a few tablespoon of epsom salt to hot water and soak the affected area for at least 20 minutes.

Sooth sprains by using the warm epsom salt bath described earlier. Epsom salt is an anti-inflammatory salt.

Remove blackheads by using the epsom salt to exfoliate the dead skin and oil from your pores. Then mix 1 teaspoon epsom salt with 4 drops of iodine and then add that mixture in 1/2 cup of hot water. Mix until the salt is completely dissolved and the mixture is cool enough to touch. Massage this mixture into the skin where you have the blackheads. Let it dry and then wash your face with our Baby Face Soap, it has activated charcoal and 5 clarifying essential oils. 

Remove splinters by soaking the splinter in warm water with epsom salt. Let it soak for 15 minutes and then remove the splinter.

Clean your pots and pans by pouring epsom salt in your pot before scrubbing.

Clean tile and grout, mix equal parts of epsom salt and liquid dish detergent (like Dawn). Apply this mixture to your stained tile or grout and allow it to soak in for about 5 minutes. You should now be able to scrub away the grime. You can use this in your kitchen, bathrooms or anywhere that you have tile and grout.

Clean your washing machine by adding 1 cup of epsom salt and 1 quart of white distilled vinegar to a hot cycle. Let the mixture agitate for 2 minutes then stop your washing machine. Allow the mixture to sit in the washer for an hour or more, then finish the cycle.

Show off your green thumb in the garden:

Studies show that magnesium and sulfur, two naturally occurring minerals that are major components of Epsom salt, may help plants grow greener with higher yields and more blooms. Magnesium creates an environment conducive to growth by helping seeds to germinate, increasing chlorophyll production and improving phosphorus and nitrogen uptake. Sulfur is also a key element in plant growth, helping produce vitamins.

House Plants: Add 2 tablespoons of epsom salt for every 1 gallon of water.

Peppers: Add 1 tablespoon of epsom salt to every 1 gallon of water and spray your pepper when they are in bloom. Repeat this every 10 - 12 days.

Tomatoes love it when you dilute 1 tablespoon in water and let them have a drink of this mixture every 2 weeks.

Roses: Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt to the soil at the base of the plant every 2 weeks.

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