If you have never used epsom salt before then you should definitely read the rest of this post because you have stumbled upon a golden nugget here. I hadn’t started using it until a few years ago. I really wish that I had known about it when I was in high school playing basketball, volleyball, and running track. It would have really helped me recover a lot faster…. even though looking back I recovered way faster back then than now!
So, what is epsom salt in the first place? It is NOT table salt, so don’t start seasoning your steak with it because you will be in for a surprise trip to the bathroom! You’ll see why later. Just DON’t do it!
Epsom salt is also magnesium sulfate it was found in Epsom, England, a small borough in Surrey, where the salt was produced from the springs that bubble up and meet non-porous London clay.
Why should you, and every person be using epsom salt on a regular basis? Well as you may know, most americans diets are not rounded what-so-ever, so there are holes to fill. A lack of magnesium— “which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.” Epsom Salt Council
For more reasons on why you should take epsom salt baths, check out Care2 to show you all the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis.
There are many uses for epsom salt, but I’m just going to highlight the ones that my family has found to be very beneficial.
#1 Detox Baths –
1 C epsom salt 1/2 C baking soda + 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil/ or whatever oil you need. One of my favorite oil combinations is 2 drops lavender and 2 drops peppermint.
My whole family does a detox bath on a pretty regular basis. More the kids and I than my husband. You know, when he is sick when, he asks me to make him up a flu bomb, and for me to make him up a detox bath with essential oils too.
#2 Pain and Cramp Relief-
From menstrual cramps, to cramping from exercise, to cramping from over-stretching epsom salt can replenish the magnesium that aids in enzymes that helps the food that we eat be able to do it’s job and repair the effects that we have on our muscles through exercise, throughout the day, and through bodily function.
#3 Improves Circulation-
If you have trouble with circulation, you’re cold, or have conditions that harden the arteries. Epsom salt may be a great way to alleviate these conditions.
#4 Regulates Blood Sugar-
Livestrong.com has a great explanation on how epsom salt can help with blood sugar levels.
“When Epsom salt is absorbed into the body through a foot soak or bath, it may help increase the effectiveness of insulin production. This could help your body regulate blood sugar levels. Blood sugar regulation is essential to reduce the risk of further health issues associated with diabetes. An Epsom salt foot bath may also help relieve tension, pain and swelling in the feet as well, which is often a symptom of diabetes.”
#5 Exfoliates Skin (Face/Body)-
From your face to your whole body, you can add epsom salt to your face wash or body wash, or just use it by itself and scrub, scrub, scrub… but not too hard.
I’m pretty sure that this is explains itself… and if that does not most of the time the bag of epsom salt with have directions on how this works, and it’s effective!
#7 Plant Booster-
I am excited to try this out this year, since last years garden was a complete failure (a lot of it had to do with the soil). That is not just me saying that either. I had my plants growing wonderfully inside the house, but once they were put in the clay-for-soil that we have in our backyard, my plants literally curled over onto themselves. It was sad and defeating watching them try to grow throughout the summer. Best Plants has 21 different ways that you can use epsom salt for your garden! I’m going to try at least 10 of them this year!
#8 Detox from Sickness- a.k.a the detox bath again. I cannot tell you how much they have helped my family with sickness.
Disclaimer: Please remember these are my opinions, thoughts and advice that I think is best. All I have done looked information up on the internet and used my own personal experiences. I am not a doctor or a nurse, always talk to your doctor/health care professional before trying anything new. It’s crazy what can react with medications these days! Best wishes