Epsom salt is not actually a salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. This little gem is not a recent discovery, in fact, the benefits of Epsom salt have been known for hundreds of years. This salt can help to relax the nervous system, soothe back and muscle pain, heal cuts, treat cold and flu symptoms. Plus the salt draws toxins out of the body and helps the body lose weight.
The magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin, and help the body absorb nutrients, and hormones like insulin, which has a significant effect on the overall running of the body. It also helps flush toxins and ease migraines.
Dr Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, claims that once the salt is absorbed through the skin it flushes out any environmental toxins. These toxins can stay in the body for years and the removal of them can automatically bring your weight down. If nothing else, anything that removes toxins is a good thing for your body.
It is great for sore muscles after a weights workout, or hard cardio, as it relaxes muscles. If you’re working out a lot or very stressed, health experts say you should aim for 3 Epsom salt baths a week.
You can buy them at most supermarkets or chemists.
How to prepare yourself an Epsom salt bath:
Light some candles to put around your bathroom. Fill the tub with hot water and add one or two cups of Epsom salt whilst it’s running. Then add two tablespoons of your favourite bath oil (lavender oil is great to help your relax and can relieve headaches, baby oil is a cheaper option). Take a cup of green tea and a cup of water in with you and soak for no longer than 25 minutes.
Other great uses for Epsom salt:
Make your own Epsom salt body scrub.
Find an empty glass jar to mix your scrub in. Fill half of the jar with Epsom salt and fill the rest with oil. Any oil will be good to use but a few skin nutritive oils are almond oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, peanut oil, rosehip oil, sesame oil, macadamia nut oil, sunflower oil and olive oil. Add a few drops of lavender oil or any essential oil that you like and mix with a spoon.
Irritated or Sun Burn Skin.
Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salts into half a cup of water and apply to irritated, itchy skin and minor sunburn.
Natural Hair Volumiser.
Make your own Epsom salt hairspray to create natural waves and volumise your hair. What you will need:
1 cup of boiling water
2 tablespoons of Epsom salt (can use more for extra volume)
½ tablespoon of Himalayan or sea salt
1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
½ teaspoon of conditioner
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake for 1-2 minutes until the salts have dissolved. Spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel for loose waves or spray on dry hair for volumising and texture without the waves.
By BB Intern Lauren Walker
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