Epsom salt–this is no ordinary table salt!! Traditionally, Epsom salt has been used as a bath salt. However, what many don’t know is that, there are a number of other uses and benefits of Epsom salt, which make it a fit compound to have handy in your house. Let us take a look at how Epsom salt works and its many everyday uses.
Epsom salt is an inorganic salt, with chemical composition of MgSO4.7H2O. It is crystalline in nature. The magnesium and sulfate ions present in Epsom salt are the real players here. When dissolved in water, Epsom salt breaks down into its basic components, Magnesium and Sulfate. Magnesium is a basic component in human body, acting as a catalyst for over 300 enzymes. It is present in bones and muscles. Deficiency of magnesium leads to several conditions ranging from neuronal problems to heart problems. By making Epsom salt a part of your everyday routine, you can prevent the deficiency and derive the benefits.
#1 – For Skin:
Here are some DIY mixtures you can make using Epsom salt, which will help your skin in different ways:
Sunburn and Swim Tan Relief: Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with equal quantity of coffee grounds. Make a paste using 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil and required quantity of sesame oil. Apply this paste before shower. This helps in exfoliating the dead skin cells which are too tough to handle using normal exfoliating agents.
Bug Bite and Bee Sting Relief: Mix 2 tablespoons Epsom salt with 1 cup water, soak a cotton ball in this and apply to affected area for immediate relief.
Full Body Soaks: Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in warm bath water. Immerse yourself in this for a rejuvenated self. This helps to hydrate the body and exfoliates too! Soak for at least 12 minutes twice weekly for wonderful results.
Facial Exfoliation: Mix a small quantity of face cleansing cream with required amount of Epsom salt. Apply on the face in circular motion and rinse with cold water. This not only cleans the face, but makes it smooth and wrinkle-free.
Pedicure: These truly amazing feet soaks can be prepared very easily by mixing 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with warm soap water. Soak your feet after removing nail polish and cutting and filing the nails. It softens the feet, at the same time keeping them wrinkle-free, giving a fresh, spa-like finish!
#2 – FOR HAIR:
Epsom salt removes excess oil from hair, thereby making the hair voluminous.
Hair volumizer Pack: Take the required amount of your regular conditioner in your palm and mix with equal amount of Epsom salt. Apply on the hair and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Do it twice weekly for super soft, bouncy hair!
#3 – FOR MUSCLES:
20% of magnesium in human body is found in muscles. Epsom salt when mixed with water releases magnesium, which is then absorbed directly through our skin. Therefore, it works wonders in easing muscle pain. Magnesium acts in the neuronal system and alleviates pain sensation. Athletes use Epsom salt in their bath to help reduce inflammation and rejuvenate their body.
Muscle Soother Paste: Make a paste using 1 tablespoon Epsom salt with 1 cup of warm water. Apply this to affected sore muscles. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. This helps to soothe muscles after an intense workout in the gym.
Bath for Sore Muscles: Add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt to the bath water while the water is running, so that the salt dissolves properly. Soak in this bath for 10-15 minutes to get the maximum benefits.
#4 – For Arthritis and Swelling:
Soaking in a hot water tub infused with Epsom salt is known to relieve arthritis pain as well as reduce inflammation.
#5 – For Aid in Sleeping:
Who does not want to enjoy a good night’s sleep and slip into the sweetest of dreams after a tiring day’s work! Epsom salt can do the trick for you. Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in a warm water tub. Infuse this with lavender oil or lavender buds. Immerse your body in this refreshing bath and come out rejuvenated, calm, relaxed in both mind and body.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt in petroleum jelly and apply on lips for beautiful, smooth, full lips.
- For beautiful roses in your garden, mix some Epsom salt with your regular fertilizer and add to the soil. Epsom salt is very useful for improving plant growth.