Uses for Epsom Salts
Epsom salt, or Magnesium Sulphate, is an amazing substance!
Epsom Salts are not actually salt but a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium & sulphate, which is very easily absorbed through the skin. As the majority of people in the West are deficient in magnesium is a very good source of this nutrient and very easily absorbed in this form.
Magnesium is essential for many processes including: liver function, aiding calcium metabolism in the bones and cells, for cellular energy production, muscle function/relaxation, reducing inflammation, helps regulate blood pressure, reduce acidity in the body, regulates blood sugar responses, and many more functions.
Therefore, it is essential to make sure you have enough magnesium in your body to perform all these tasks. Sulphates are also important for many bodily functions, including being an important component of the brain. They also have the ability to detoxify the body.
De-stressing and calming nerves, promoting sleep: Have an Epsom salts bath (see instructions below) as the magnesium helps calm down and support the adrenal glands (which are responsible for our stress response), and increases production of serotonin, which has a calming effect on the mind and body. Serotonin is also a key hormone for promotion of a good night’s sleep.
Relieving aches and pains: As magnesium sulphate helps regulate calcium metabolism, reduces inflammation and helps prevent acidity, it is great at supporting the muscles when they go into spasm, have been damaged or over worked. The skin has fantastic absorption abilities, so having a hot bath, which opens up the skin’s pores, is a speedy way to get the Epsom salts to the muscles that need it. Epsom salts baths may also help reduce bloating, water retention and stomach cramps associated with PMS or IBS. Magnesium has been shown to have a soporific effect, so may help promote a good night’s sleep.
Epsom Salts bath:
- Add 200-300g into a hot bath, last thing at night.
- Lie back and soak for 20 mins
- Go straight to bed and rest/sleep
- Repeat up to 3 times a week, as necessary
If you don’t feel like a bath, have a foot soak, just decrease the volume of salts you add to the water.
Relief from insect bites and stings: Mix up a thick paste of Epsom salts and water. Put it on the affected area and leave it for 20-30mins or until the pain/itchiness subsides.
Splinter removal: Mix up a thick paste of Epsom salts and water. Put it over the splinter, cover with a plaster and leave until the splinter works its way up to the surface of the skin.
Hair mask: Epsom salts help rid the hair of any residual build up of hair care products. They can reduce frizz and help add moisture to dry, heat damaged hair.
- Mix one part hair conditioner with one part Epsom salts.
- Warm this mixture in a pan and work it through the hair.
- Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse.
Skin Exfoliator: Rubbing your skin with Epsom salts removes dead skin cells, promotes healing and rejuvenation of the skin. Massage handfuls of Epsom salts over wet skin, starting with the feet and working upwards towards the heart. Then have a bath or shower to rinse. The magnesium can also help reduce cellulite as it draws toxins and fluids out from the skin.