12 Best Benefits Of Epsom Salt For Skin, Hair And Health March 16, 2015

First question, what is Epsom salt? Epsom salt is a saline spring located at Epsom in Surrey, England. It is nothing but pure magnesium sulphate. Since ancient times, this is known as the natural remedy to cure number of ailments. It also has a wide array of health and beauty benefits, household and gardening uses.

Let us see the top 12 uses of Epsom salt.

Benefits of Epsom salt:

1. Eases stress and relaxes the body:

This helps in distressing the body and boosting levels of adrenaline. Epsom salts are absorbed in the skin when dissolved in warm water. The magnesium in the salt helps release serotonin, which is a mood-boosting chemical in the brain that gives a calm and relaxing feel. This also increases energy and stamina by producing adenosine triphosphate in the cells. Taking bath with Epsom salt three times a week can make you look better and energize you. Magnesium ions also help to relax and thus, lower irritability. They give a relaxing feel that improves sleep, concentration and helps muscles and nerves to function properly.

2. Relieves pain:

An Epsom salt bath is a natural remedy to ease pain, treat sore muscles and bronchial asthma, and relieve inflammation, migraine, headaches etc. This is also used to heal cuts and lower soreness from childbirth. Mix Epsom salt with hot water and apply this paste to sooth pain.

3. Helps muscles and nerves function properly:

Epsom salt helps to regulate the electrolyte balance in the body, maintain muscle functioning, and also the working of nerves.

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4. Prevent hardening of arteries:

Epsom salt is used to maintain heart health, prevent heart diseases and hear attacks. This improves blood circulation, protects elasticity of arteries, prevents blood clots and reduces the risk of heart attack.

5. Diabetes:

Maintained magnesium and sulphate levels in the body help in increasing the insulin that can lower diabetes.

6. Constipation:

Epsom salt is beneficial to treat constipation. It can be taken internally to detoxify colon. The salt is a laxative that increases water in the intestines and gives relief from constipation.

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7. Eliminates toxins:

Epsom salt contains sulphates which flush away the toxins and other heavy metals from the body cells. This helps to ease muscle pain and eliminate harmful toxins.  Add Epsom Salt to water in a bathtub; soak for 10 minutes to detoxify your body.

8. Hair Volumizer:

Mix equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom salt.  Warm this in a pan and apply to your hair, leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly to give volume to your beautiful hair.

9. Hairspray:

Mix water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover this mixture and leave it aside for 24 hours. Next day, pour this on your dry hair and leave for 25 minutes. Shampoo your hair and rinse off.

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10. Foot odour:

Mix half cup of Epsom salt with warm water. Soak your feet in this for 15-20 minutes. This will remove bad odour, sooth pain, and soften skin.

11. Blackheads:

Mix a teaspoon of epsom salt with 3 drops iodine in half a cup of boiling water. Apply on the blackheads with cotton to remove blackhead.

Mix a cup of epsom salt with a tablespoon olive oil, and rub on your wet skin to exfoliate and soften.

To make Exfoliating face cleanser, mix half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with some cleansing cream. Gently massage this on your face with cold water.

12. Face mask:

This is the best face pack for normal to oily skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of milk, 1 lemon juice, and half-teaspoon of Epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, you can make the mask by mixing 1/4 cup of carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. Apply the mask to damp skin as this will immediately cleanse your skin and give you a radiant glow.

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