Within the last couple of years I started becoming interested in more natural ways of living and healing. I became a “natural” newbie haha. I’ve got my family eating more “real” foods, we stopped guzzling medicine every time we became sick and we started seeing a holistic doctor who is in favor of natural healing.
Throughout these last two years, I have learned a little about Epsom Salt regarding the healing process and many other health and beauty benefits. I have visited the Epsom Salt Council and read about Epsom Salt and Magnesium.
It regulates the activity of more than 325 enzymes. Magnesium Sulfate forms essential joint proteins to help keep your joints healthy and it also helps to reduce pain and inflammation.
Another benefit – it flushes toxins and improves the absorption of nutrients!
The benefits of Epsom Salt are truly amazing.
Besides the amazing health benefits, you can use Epsom Salt for so many other things like beauty and gardening.
I’ve posted below a list of ‘recipes’ that you can make at home with Epsom Salt.
One of the first budget cuts for many families is spa trips and expensive bath beads, but Epsom Salt can be used to create the ultimate at-home spa, and it’s something several celebrities use to look and feel better (http://www.goop.com/ newsletter/33/en). A relaxing bath or exfoliating treatment will leave Mom’s skin radiant and glowing.
- Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.
- Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
- Bathtime Bliss: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
- Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
- Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.
Epsom Salt helps seeds germinate, makes plants grow bushier, produces more flowers, increases chlorophyll production and deters pests, such as slugs and voles. It provides vital micronutrients to supplement your regular fertilizer.
Epsom Salt is recommended by Master Gardeners and used regularly by commercial growers around the world. Tests by the National Gardening Association confirm that roses fertilized with Epsom Salt grow bushier and produce more flowers, and it also makes pepper plants grow larger than those treated only with commercial fertilizer.
- Houseplants: 2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.
- Tomatoes: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks.
- Roses: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Soak unplanted bushes in 1 cup of Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to each hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom Salt solution weekly to discourage pests.
- Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron): 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.
- Lawns: Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
- Trees: Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply over the root zone 3 times annually.
- Garden Startup: Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.
Epsom Salt– actually magnesium sulfate – can help people maintain optimum levels of both magnesium and sulfate.
Sulfate helps form joint proteins and helps keep joints healthy, flushes toxins and improves absorption of nutrients. Magnesium regulates more than 325 enzymes in the body, performing more functions than almost any other mineral.
Among all of these benefits: magnesium helps reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps, helps muscles and nerves function properly and helps prevents artery hardening and blood clots.
- To ease muscle pain and fading bruises Add two cups of Epsom Salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom Salt for an oversized garden tub) and bathe three times weekly, soaking for at least 12 minutes. Also can be used to make compresses.
- To soothe feet aching from a tough workout or a long day Add a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak them.
- Itching Caused By Bug Bites & Poison Ivy Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with 2tbsp/cup Epsom Salt.
- Athlete’s Foot Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
I have never used Epsom Salt for any of the gardening tips – we are past that season, so I will try that all in the spring. I do use it to soak in the tub for muscle pain and I also regularly use exfoliating my body and face and I love it. My skin is so smooth after the treatment! I would recommend the use of Epsom Salt to everyone!
Who wants to try some of these fantastic ideas?
Epsom Salt Council has offered one lucky reader a sample of Epsom Salt!