The Epsom salts consist of forms of magnesium sulfate (magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen together) with up to seven bound water molecules. The name of Epsom salts derives from a bitter and salty spring located in Surrey, England, where the salt was dried by spring water that arises from a geology of porous chalk and clay. There is a long list of uses for Epsom salt and a large number of these include health and beauty tips, such as as natural exfoliants and in anti-inflammatory remedies used to treat sore muscles, small wounds, dry skin, and even diseases.

Epsom salts are generally safe to use and the magnesium contained in the crystals can be absorbed into the body through the skin. Of course, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or are pregnant.

Use of Epsom salts for beauty and health

Here are some amazing Epsom salt health and beauty hacks you can try:

Use Epsom salts to give hair volume

Does your hair feel oily and heavy every time you use the conditioner? You can use Epsom salt to make a homemade volumizer that will fix that problem.

What do you need:

  • A part of Conditioner (buy organic products)
  • One part Epsom salts
  • A small bowl

Process:

  1. Mix the conditioner and salts in the small bowl.
  2. Apply the conditioner as you normally would.
  3. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.
  4. Repeat this treatment weekly.

Sunburn Relief

Everyone gets a sunburn at least once in a while. The pain can be excruciating. However, you can use Epsom salts to reduce irritation from sunburn due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

What do you need:

  • An empty spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of water

Process:

  1. Mix the water and Epsom salts and pour it into the spray bottle.
  2. Spray the mixture on the affected area as needed.

Dry lips treatment with Epsom salts

Are you constantly struggling with dry lips? Epsom salt can be used to make your lips healthy and look better by removing dead and dry skin.

What do you need:

  • 1 teaspoon Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil and / or cocoa butter (look for organic and raw butters / oils)
  • A small bowl

Process:

  1. Combine the Epsom salt and oil / butter in a small bowl.
  2. Apply the combination on your lips.
  3. Fleet smoothly.

Relief from insect bites

Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salt, it helps treat irritation from an insect bite and infection.

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • A towel
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Mix the water and Epsom salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Dip the towel in the solution.
  3. Apply to the affected area as needed.

Muscle pain relief

Epsom salt can relieve muscle pain due to exercise thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

What do you need:

  • 1 teaspoon Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Pour the hot water into a small container and dissolve the Epsom salts in it.
  2. Chill the solution in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Clean and dry the area you want to treat.
  4. Apply the cold mixture where you feel pain.

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Pedicures treated with Epsom salts

The exfoliating properties of Epsom salts soothe rough, calloused skin on feet and leave a fresh, hydromassage feeling. It is also a cheaper alternative.

What do you need:

  • ½ cup Epsom salt
  • Warm soapy water
  • A container in which to put the solution

Process:

  1. Mix Epsom salt and soapy water in a bowl large enough to submerge your feet.
  2. Soak your feet for 10 minutes.
  3. Dry your feet. Remove any nail polish and cut or file your nails.
  4. Soak your feet again for 5 more minutes.
  5. Remove them from the water, pat them dry, and feel the results.

Bee sting remedy with Epsom salts

You can use Epsom salt to combat bee stings and have less inflammation thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. However, if you have severe swelling or trouble breathing after a bee sting, it is important to seek emergency medical attention. All minor problems can be treated with the following.

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • A cotton wipe
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Mix the water and Epsom salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Soak the cotton cloth in the mixture.
  3. Apply to the affected area.

A healthy bath

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can help you feel rejuvenated. It will also keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

What do you need:

  • Full bathroom with hot water
  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • Relaxing environment

Process:

  1. Fill your bathtub with hot water.
  2. Pour in 2 cups of Epsom salts and let it dissolve.
  3. Soak for at least 12 minutes.
  4. Repeat the process three times a week for best results.

Epsom salts for facial treatment

The natural exfoliating properties of Epsom salt give any face cleanser a boost.

What do you need:

  • ½ teaspoon Epsom salt
  • Face Cleansing Cream (Use a normal amount. Make sure to select organic products)
  • A small bowl

Process:

  1. Mix the face cream and Epsom salt in a small bowl.
  2. Apply to the skin and rub gently.
  3. Rinse off with cold water.
  4. Dry yourself off and feel the results.

Bath salts

You can make your own Epsom salts bath salts yourself. These are only a fraction of the original cost and are better for you, too.

What do you need:

  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of pink Himalayan salt
  • 30-40 drops of essential oils (frankincense, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, etc.)
  • A small jar
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Mix the salts and essential oils in a medium bowl.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small jar.
  3. Pour these bath salts down the toilet whenever you want.

Splinter treatment

Epsom salt can be used after the removal of a small splinter to reduce swelling and irritation.

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • A cotton wipe
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Combine the Epsom salt and cold water in the medium-size bowl.
  2. Soak the cotton towel in the mixture.
  3. Apply the washcloth to the affected area.

Spa Treatment, Post-shower

You can gently exfoliate the skin after a shower with Epsom salts. The process is very simple and the results are the same as going to a spa. Salt’s texture and secondary nutrients help cleanse the skin and remove dead skin cells. This leaves the skin silky smooth.

Process:

  1. After a shower, take a handful of Epsom salt.
  2. Gently massage wet skin with Epsom salt.
  3. Repeat until you feel exfoliated.
  4. Rinse off and enjoy the results.

Deep exfoliation

Epsom salt can also be used for a deep exfoliation . The following solution works well in tough times for extra-dry skin, but should not be used on broken or irritated skin.

What do you need:

  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil and / or cocoa butter (Raw, Organic)
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. In a medium bowl mix Epsom salt, oil / butter and the essential oil
  2. Gently rub the solution into rough or dry spots on your skin.

Poison ivy relief

If you enjoy the outdoors very often, you will most likely come across some poison ivy. You can use Epsom salt to soothe any irritation or inflammation that may come from exposure to poison ivy.

What do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • A cotton wipe
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Mix Epsom salt and cold water in a medium bowl.
  2. Soak the cotton towel in the solution.
  3. Apply to the affected area as needed.

Ice bath

Athletes use ice baths to fight inflammation. Epsom salts also have anti-inflammatory properties and can be added to an ice bath to help promote healing.

Process:

  • Add 3-4 cups of Epsom salts to your ice bath.
  • Immerse yourself, endure very well, and enjoy the benefits.

Use Epsom salts as a sleep aid

Epsom salt soothes the skin and relaxes the muscles. Therefore, it can help you get a good night’s rest.

Process:

  • Add a couple of handfuls of Epsom salt to a hot bath before going to sleep.
  • Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Foot problems

There are many foot problems that can be treated with Epsom salts . Joint pain, swelling, toe fungus, and foot odor can be relieved with a warm Epsom salt foot soak.

What do you need:

  • A large container of warm-hot water (big enough for your feet)
  • 1 cup Epsom salt

Process:

  1. Pour the Epsom salt into the bowl of warm-hot water and let it dissolve.
  2. Soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Repeat this daily until the foot problem is under control.

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Skin care

When you sunbathe or burn, the buildup of dead skin can make it difficult to apply sunscreen effectively. You can use this Epsom salt scrub to help remove dead skin so your sunscreen works smoothly.

What do you need:

  • 50 grams of Epsom salt
  • 50 grams of sea salt
  • 100 grams of coffee beans
  • 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil
  • Sesame oil
  • A medium bowl

Process:

  1. Mix the Epsom salt, sea salt, coffee grounds, and eucalyptus oil in a bowl.
  2. Add the sesame oil until you can form a paste with the mixture.
  3. Rub into the areas of your body where you are tanned.
  4. Rinse off in the shower.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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