Epsom salt has been used for years for its therapeutic benefits. Although most of us may think of soaking in the bathtub in Epsom salt, there are many uses for it. During the holiday season you may find this very relaxing!
- Eases stress
- Relieves muscle tension, pain, and inflammation
- Promotes restful sleep
- Detoxifies the body
- Improves circulation
- Exfoliates your skin
- Hair clarifier
Bath Salts – Don’t buy the expensive pre-made salts when you can make your own using your favorite essential oils. You will need 1/2 cup fine sea salt, 1 cup epsom salt, and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus are all great).
Mix all ingredients together, store in mason jar (or other tightly sealed container), and add to bathwater for a relaxing bath.
Foot Soak – Don’t have time for a full bath soak, but been on your feet all day?
Mix equal parts Epsom salt to hot water. Add 15 drops of Arnica oil or Lavender oil (or your favorite essential oil).
Soak feet for 20 minutes.
Dry, use your favorite lotion, and then kick back with your favorite book or music.
Sunburn/Itchy Skin/Bug Bites – Aloe vera works well, but if you don’t have it on hand use Epsom salt.
Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Epsom salt in .5 cup hot water and let cool. Pour liquid into a small spray bottle and use as needed. This mixture will help to reduce redness and inflammation.
Remove Splinters – No tweezers close by?
Mix equal parts Epsom salt and warm water. Soak the “splinter area” for 15 minutes to easily remove it.
Skin Exfoliation – Who doesn’t want to remove dead skin cells?
Mix 1 cup Epsom salt with .5 cup coconut or jojoba oil. Rub a handful of the mixture over damp skin. This can help skin look healthier and feel softer. Not recommended for face exfoliation.
Hair Clarifier – Too much product in your hair? Use Epsom salt to remove hairspray and shampoo buildup.
Mix 1 cup Epsom salt and 1 cup lemon juice into a gallon of water. Cover and let sit for 24 hours before using. Then, simply pour over hair and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Followup with a wash and condition as usual.
“Google” Epsom salt for additional uses….hand washing, cleaning tile and grout, and adding it to your garden are just a few more benefits of using Epsom salt. Who knew something so mild and good for our body could also do such other tough jobs??!!