Five Great Uses for Epsom Salt

Commonly it's known as "Epsom Salt", but its scientific name is "magnesium sulfate heptahydrate." It's made up of about ten percent magnesium and thirteen percent sulfur. This mineral, which resembles clear crystals, was originally discovered in Epsom, England- hence its common name- centuries ago. Since that time, Epsom Salt has been used on humans, animals, and even on plants. Here are five ways to use Epsom Salts to improve your health:

1. Soak
If you suffer from tired, aching feet; rough, dry skin on your feet; or smelly feet, then Epsom Salt can come to your rescue! Dissolve a half cup of this mineral into two quarts of very warm water. Pour the water into a foot-soaking pan and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes, once or twice a day.
Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.

2. Exfoliate Your Skin
Have you ever used store-bought exfoliators to help remove dead skin cells? Soften rough patches of skin? Or help tone up and stimulate the blood flow to your skin? Many products you buy contain oatmeal or grains of salt or sand, and these ingredients are the roughness you feel when you apply the product.

Have you ever tried using good old fashioned Epsom Salt instead? The best way to use Epsom Salt as a skin exfoliator is to hop in the shower and wet your body down. Then, pour some of this mineral into your hands and gently massage it across your skin. Keep it away from your eyes, nose and mouth, but massage your neck to your feet. Then, rinse the Epsom Salt off thoroughly.

3. Exfoliate Your Face
Just because you should skip your face when you're exfoliating your body doesn't mean you can't use Epsom Salt on your face too. It's just easier to clean your face with this mineral outside of the shower. Improve the face cleaner you currently use by adding a little Epsom Salt to a dollop of it. Gently massage the mixture across your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck. Then, thoroughly rinse your face with cool tap water and pat dry with a towel.

4. Sprain and Bruise Reliever
If you or a family member needs relief from a sprained ankle or wrist, reach for the Epsom Salt and help relieve their pain and inflammation. Dissolve a couple cups of this mineral into a foot-soaking pan half full of very warm water. Then, soak the affected joint in the mixture for twenty to thirty minutes a couple times a day until the ankle or wrist feels better.

5. Hair Cleanser
Use a lot of hair spray, mousse and gel on your hair, or wash it every day, and pretty soon your hair can suffer from a buildup of products. But, don't worry, you can use Epsom Salt to improve the health of your hair too!

You'll need a fourth of a cup of pure lemon juice, a fourth of a cup of Epsom Salt, and one quart of non-chlorinated water- rain water works the best. Mix the ingredients together and use it the next time before you wash your hair. Pour some (or all, if you have long hair) of the Epsom Salt solution onto your hair. Make sure to get all your hair wet, all the way from the roots to the ends. Leave the solution on your hair for fifteen minutes. Then, wash your hair as you normally do.

An added bonus to using this cleanser/clarifier is that it will remove excess oil from your hair too!

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