15 Amazing Uses of Epsom Salt in Your Daily Life

Epsom salt is a pure and natural mineral compound which was first discovered in the bitter saline spring in Surrey, England. Made of magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salt has gained popularity for its numerous health benefits, and the many uses for beauty and household cleaning.

From regulating enzyme activity in your body to a natural face cleanser, here are some amazing ways to incorporate Epsom salt into your everyday life:

For Health

1. A natural way to relax your body

When we are in stress mode, magnesium is drained from our body while our adrenaline levels rise. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate, when dissolved in water, can be easily absorbed through the skin – making it easy for us to enjoy the health benefits of Epsom salt.

Apart from producing serotonin, a “feel-good” hormone within the brain which creates a calm and relaxed feeling, magnesium also gives us a boost in energy and stamina by encouraging the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – also known as the energy currency of life. Health experts believe that incorporating Epsom salt in our bath routine helps us look and feel better, and improves our sleep and concentration.

2. Soothes pain and cramps

When absorbed through the skin, the sulfates in Epsom salt can help to relieve pain and cramps in various parts of your body such as muscle tension, inflammation in the joints, headaches and abdominal cramps. In addition, a sitz bath with Epsom salt has been used widely as a natural remedy to heal the cuts and soreness from childbirth and reduce the risk of infection.

3. Eliminates toxins and improves blood circulation

With your skin being a highly porous membrane, adding beneficial minerals to your bath triggers your body to pull out salt and other harmful toxins through the reverse osmosis process. Thus, it may be beneficial to add a cup or two of Epsom salt to your bath water at least once a week for a soothing, detoxifying bath.

On the other hand, Epsom salt baths may also help to improve blood circulation, which lowers the risk of inflammation, blood clots and damage to arterial walls. The combination of all these leads to better heart health overall and helps to protect you from cardiovascular illnesses.

4. Relieves constipation

Studies have revealed that Epsom salt can be used as a saline laxative to treat constipation. When taken orally, Epsom salt acts as a detoxifying agent that helps to cleanse the colon. With the laxative effect that increases water in the intestines, the salt may also bring temporary relief from constipation. All you need to do is to dissolve a teaspoonful of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water.

This natural remedy for constipation should not be used more than once a day – do check with your doctor for guidelines regarding the use of Epsom salt for constipation relief.

5. Removes splinters

For a less-painful solution to remove a splinter, simply soak the affected area in warm water and Epsom salt for a few minutes. The magnesium sulfate in the salt works by reducing inflammation around the area and softens the splinter, making it easier to remove.

 

Beauty Remedies

6. Natural face cleanser

Mixing a teaspoon of Epsom salt with your face cleanser provides a deeper clean to your facial routine. Alternatively, you can also create your own exfoliating face mask by doing the following:

  • Puree an egg white
  • Chop a ripe tomato
  • Mix in the first 2 ingredients with half a teaspoon of vitamin B5 powder, 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt and 2 drops of Thyme essential oil
  • Apply the mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes
  • Rinse off

7. Remove blackheads

Here’s a natural remedy to prevent oil from clogging up your pores:

Mix a teaspoonful of Epsom salt and three drops of iodine into half a cup of boiling water. Stir until the salt dissolves completely and let the mixture cool down. Using a cotton ball, massage the warm mixture onto the affected areas of your skin with blackheads and let it dry. Wash your face with warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth.

8. Itchy skin and sunburn relief

The minerals in Epsom salt helps to provide soothing relief to itchy and sunburnt skin. To do this, mix in a tablespoonful of Epsom salt to half a cup of water and let it cool. You can spray this solution onto the itchy or sunburnt area. Alternatively, you can also soak a cloth in this solution and apply on itchy skin to provide relief.

9. Remove excess oil and add volume to hair

Epsom salt works wonders to soak up excess oil from your hair and to give it a volumising boost. Try the following natural remedies to put an end to your hair woes:

To remove excess oil

Add nine tablespoons of Epsom salt to half a cup of shampoo for oily hair. Mix thoroughly and apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair and rinse off. Apply lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar and leave in for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off.

To add volume

Mix in conditioner and Epsom salt in equal parts. Warm up the mixture slightly using the double boiling method then apply it through your hair. Leave in for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse off. Blow dry your hair and style as per usual.

10. Remove foot odour

Soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath helps to soothe aches, remove odours and soften the skin. Simply add half a cup of Epsom salt to a large basin of warm water. Soak your feet for as long as you want – or until the water turns cold – then rinse off and dry.

This salt foot bath also helps to provide relief for toenail fungal infection and athlete’s foot. For a rejuvenating foot massage, you can also add marbles at the bottom of the basin.

 

Household Cleaning

11. Cleans the washing machine

Have you looked into the tub of your washing machine recently? With daily use, laundry detergent and dirt may start to accumulate inside the tub. You can remove all these and prolong the lifespan of your washing machine by adding Epsom salt. Simply fill the tub with hot water and add Epsom salt. Let the washing machine run on a normal wash and rinse cycle – do check your machine’s instruction manual for more detailed steps.

 

12. Cleans bathroom tiles

Epsom salt might just be the thing you need to get rid of grime in between the bathroom tiles. Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent, then apply it onto the stained areas. Allow it to sit in for one to two minutes, and start scrubbing. Once done, rinse off. The Epsom salt will work to dissolve the dirt and grime effectively.

13. Natural hand wash

For a moisturising hand cleanser, mix Epsom salt with baby oil in equal parts. Keep this mixture in a pump bottle next to the sinks around your home for a gentle, all-natural hand wash.

14. To wash pots and pans

Struggling to clean a sink full of greasy pots and pans after cooking? Here’s an easy solution to your dishwashing woes: pour some Epsom salt into the pots and pans before giving it a good scrub. The rough texture of the salt crystals will help to get rid of the food residue and grease without scratching your cookware. Rinse off with warm water.

15. Fertilise plants and remove pests

Plants need minerals such as magnesium and sulfur to maintain their health, both of which make up the components of Epsom salt. Sprinkling Epsom salt (or mixing it in a bucket of water) can help to keep your plants, flowers and vegetables growing strong and healthy. On top of that, Epsom salt also works to get rid of pests from your plant pots and flower beds.

 

Check out the MindChamps Medical website for more health-related resources or book an appointment at your preferred clinic.

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