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15 Common Health Problems That Can Be Treated Using Epsom Salt

Written By Admin on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 4:11:00 AM

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household, and gardening-related uses.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.


The two main uses of Epsom Salt as beauty treatments are for enhancing skin health, and improving the quality of your hair.


Our bodies are constantly producing new cells. Old cells die and new cells replace them at a rate of about 1 million per day. Although it’s something of a revolting thought, the majority of the dust you find in your house is made up of your dead skin cells. Over the period of one year, we each shed approximately 8 pounds of dead skin, and this is what the dust mites in our houses live on – us – or rather bits of what once was us!
The outer layer of your skin in constantly covered in dead skin cells. If these don’t get fully removed they can remain behind and clog up your new skin cells. That’s why we exfoliate. Exfoliation is the way that we slough off all of that dead skin, leaving behind healthy new skin cells that can breathe freely. That’s why exfoliated skin looks so clean and healthy – it’s because it is!


In order to exfoliate successfully you need to apply something slightly abrasive. Not too abrasive or you’ll make your too skin sore. The best way is to apply handfuls of Epsom Salt to wet or damp skin. and rub it well. Afterwards you can shower down, or for even more health benefits (which you can read later on in this article), relax in a nice warm Epsom Salt bath. Another great tip for skin health – add some olive oil to your bath water – it acts like a skin moisturizer. You can add up to say ½ a cup into a tub-full of water, but less if you prefer. Find the level you feel comfortable with depending on our skin’s natural oil content.


Oh yes, one other thing. It’s great for acne too. The exfoliation aspect is important because it helps to clean your skin’s pores, and the antimicrobial content of the sulfate means that Epsom helps to fight off any acne bacteria.


You can also use Epsom Salt as a hair care treatment to remove toxins, clean your scalp, and to add volume to your hair. Simply add to hair conditioner in equal amounts; apply, working well into your scalp, and leave it for 20 minutes before washing out with warm water.


The benefits of Epsom salt is also great for your general health and well being. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the most effective way of getting the maximum general health benefit from Epsom Salt is to add it to your bath water – approximately 2 cups per bathtub will do fine.


Magnesium is an essential element that has multiple roles in helping to keep your body systems working to their optimum. It’s an important element in the regulation and activity of over 325 enzymes, some of which are responsible for reducing inflammation, for enhancing muscle and nerve function, and for reducing the hardening of your arteries. In addition to the many benefits of magnesium, the sulfate element in Epsom salt helps to increase your body’s absorption of nutrients, as well as being able to promote detoxification. Acting in harmony, these two important compounds of Epsom Salt provide many health benefits, including:
  • Prevents hardening of the arteries
  • Helps to prevent blood clots from forming
  • Helps to relieve joint pain
  • Soothes and relaxes sore muscles
  • Soothes sprain pain
  • Helps to lessen bruise inflammation
  • Relaxes tension and stress
  • Helps the body to detox
  • Improves bone integrity
  • Helps to prepare your body for a good night’s sleep
  • Reduces the risk of diabetes through enhanced insulin management
All of the above listed health benefits of Epsom Salt are accessible just by taking an bath 2 to 3 times per week. There are certain other health benefits that Epsom Salt can offer too; when administered differently.
  • Foot health: add half a cup of Epsom salt to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet in it too soothe foot pain; nullify any odor, and soft than any hard and rough skin.
  • To treat constipation: Epsom Salt can be used as an effective laxative to help treat constipation, by adding 1 teaspoon to a glass of water. The magnesium sulfate that Epsom Salt contains has the ability to draw water into the bowel, which then softens any stools, making them easier to pass. It is recommended that you check with your doctor before using.
  • Bug bites and skin inflammation: Dissolve one tablespoon of Epsom salt into half a glass of warm water and allowed to cool before applying to be affected area.
  • Mild sunburn: the same solution as described above can also be used to soothe mild sunburn.
Make room for Epsom Salt in your holistic health medicine cabinet
Finding natural ways of treating certain conditions and improving your overall health and well-being are key in helping you to achieve a holistic health, and Epsom Salt, whether administered in a soothing, relaxing bath, or prepared in one of the other ways described above can be a great help. So always make sure you’ve got some in your medicine cabinet.