Try some of the health and beauty hacks using Epsom salt

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Epsom salt got the name from a bitter and salty spring in Surrey and it arising from porous chalk and clay. It is composed of forms of magnesium sulfate (magnesium, sulfur and oxygen), where up to 7 molecules are attached.

It has been use for a many years as anti-inflammatory remedy used for dry skin, sore muscles or some small wound, and it`s an excellent natural exfoliator.

It`s safe to put it in your warm bath because the magnesium will be absorbed through the skin to your body. But even though it is generally safe to use it, if you are pregnant or have some serious medical condition, consult your physician before using the salt.

Some of the incredible health and beauty hacks of Epsom salt are:

  1. Bug bites:

The anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt can be used in relieving irritation from bug bites

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt
  • A cup of water
  • Washcloth

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the Epsom salt in a medium bowl filled with water
  • Dip the cloth in it
  • Apply on affected area.
  1. Problems with feet

Swollen feet, fungus, joint pain, foot odor, these can all be treated and relieved with Epsom salt.

Use:

  • Container of warm-hot water big enough for the feet
  • One cup of Epsom salt

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the salt in the warm-hot water container
  • Soak the feet in the water for 15-20 min
  • Repeat once a day until problem is gone.
  1. Exposure to poison ivy

Epsom salt can help relieve irritation or swelling of the skin caused by poison ivy exposure.

Use:

  • 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt
  • One cup of cold water
  • Washcloth

Preparation and use:

  • Dissolve the salt in a medium bowl of cold water
  • Soak the cotton washcloth in it
  • Apply on affected area, when needed
  1. Sleeping help

The Epsom salt will help you sleep better because it relaxes the muscles and sooth the skin.

Instructions: put a handful of the salt in your hot bath before going to sleep, enjoy the atmosphere and relax.

  1. Ice baths

Ice baths are used by athletes because they help reduce inflammation. Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory features as well so you can add it to the ice bath to increase the effects.

What to do: Add 3-4 cups of the salt in the ice bath, get in and enjoy the healing!

  1. Facial

Improves any face cleanser with its exfoliating properties.

You will need:

  • Half a teaspoon of Epsom salt
  • Any face cleaning cream you are using, preferably organic

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, mix the face cream with the salt
  • Rub your skin gently with the mixture
  • Rinse your face with cold water
  • Dry and fell how smooth and clean your face is.
  1. Deep exfoliation

Use the Epsom salt for deep exfoliation of very dry or rough patches, but avoid areas with irritated or broken skin.

You`ll need:

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup of cacao and coconut butter (preferably raw and organic)
  • 3 drops of essential lavender oil

Preparation and use:

  • Mix the ingredients in a medium bowl
  • Gently rub the dry or rough patches of skin
  1. Spa treatment

The results from the shower with Epsom salts can be the same as if you were in a spa. The salt`s nutrients and texture will remove the dead skin cells and clean the skin, making it smooth and rejuvenated.

  • First shower and then take a handful of the salt
  • Massage the wet skin with the salt, gently
  • If needed, repeat until you feel the skin exfoliated
  • Rinse off.
  1. Relieves sunburn

The anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt can reduce the excruciating pain and irritation from sunburn:

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt
  • A cup of water
  • Empty spray bottle

Preparation and use:

  • Dissolve the salt in the water and pout in in the spraying bottle.
  • Spray the mixture on affected area, when needed.
  1. Pedicure

Apart from being used as an exfoliating scrub, Epsom salt can soften the skin on your feet, making them feel like they`ve just left the spa, without the cost.

Use:

  • Half a cup of Epsom salt
  • Warm water with soap in it

Instructions:

  • Mix the salt in the soapy water in a container big enough for the feet
  • Soak for 10 minutes
  • Pull them out and dry them, then cut the toenails before removing any nail polish
  • Soak them again, this time for 5 minutes
  • Pull out and dry them
  1. Treating splinters

The irritation and swelling of the area where a small splinter was removed can be treated with Epsom salt. Use:

  • 2 tbsp. of the salt
  • One cup of cold water
  • Washcloth

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the Epsom salt in a medium bowl with the cold water
  • Soak the cloth in it
  • Apply the wet washcloth on the affected area.
  1. Protection of the skin

Dead skin cells that appear after tanning makes it difficult to apply sunscreen, so why don`t you try exfoliating with this Epsom salt scrub. Use:

  • 2 oz. of Epsom salt
  • 2 oz. of Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. of eucalyptus oil
  • Sesame oil
  • 4 oz. of coffee grounds

Instruction: Mix the salts, coffee grounds and eucalyptus oil in a medium bowl; add the sesame oil until paste is formed; rub the paste on the tanned areas; rinse it off.

  1. Remedy for bee sting

For a swelling cause by bee sting, you can use the anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt. This applies only for minor swelling, if the sting causes problems with breathing or severe swelling, immediately look for medical help.

For the minor swelling you will need:

  • 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt
  • One cup of cold water
  • Washcloth

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the salt in a medium bowl of cold water
  • Soak the cloth in it
  • Apply on swollen area.
  1. Bigger hair volume

Epsom salt can be used as hair volumizer, leaving no oily and heavy sensation you get from the conditioner.

Use:

  • 1 part Epsom salt
  • 1 part conditioner (preferably organic)

Instruction:

  • Mix the two ingredients in a small bowl
  • Apply the mixture like you usually do with the conditioner
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes, then rinse
  • Repeat treatment once every week
  1. Dry lips

If your lips are constantly dry, use Epsom salt to remove the dead and dry skin and make them healthy and fuller looking.

What you`ll need:

  • 1 tsp. Epsom salt
  • 2 tbsp. of coconut and cacao butter (raw and organic)

Preparation and use:

  • Mix the salt with butters in a small bowl
  • Gently rub the balsam on the lips.
  1. Epsom salts as bath crystals

Make bath crystals from Epson salt- it will cost you less and it`s more effective. You will need:

  • 2 cups of Epsom salts
  • One cup of Himalayan salt
  • 30-40 drops of some essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, eucalyptus…
  • Small jar

Instructions:

  • Put the salts and the oils in a medium bowl and mix them well
  • Put the mixture in the jar
  • Use these bath crystals in your warm bath.
  1. Health bath

Soaking in bath with Epsom salt will hydrate your skin, making it healthier and rejuvenated.

Instructions:

  • Fill the bath tub with hot water
  • Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salt in it
  • Soak for 10 minutes or more
  • For best results, repeat the process 3 times a week.
  1. Relieving sore muscles

The anti-inflammatory properties of the Epsom salt can help with sore muscles caused by exercise.

Use:

  • 1 tsp. of Epsom salt
  • One cup of hot water

Instructions:

  • Dissolve the salt in a medium bowl of hot water
  • Put the bowl in the freezer to cool for 20 minutes
  • Apply the cold mixture on clean and dry sore area.

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