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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 amazing 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.
Here are a few amazing uses for Epsom salt.
Pump up the volume of your hair
Add equal parts Epsom salt, to equal parts of your favorite conditioner, work the mixture into your hair, and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. The treatment will get rid of excessive oils, which can leave hair looking flat and greasy. Repeating the treatment once a week is suggested.
Ease discomfort of gout
Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
Cold weather and even just repeatedly licking your lips year-round can leave you with a parched, flakey pucker. For smoother, healthier-looking lips, mix a few tablespoons of Epsom salt with a teaspoon of petroleum jelly, gently massage the mixture onto your lips, and then wipe off.
Epsom salt has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties making it a fantastic home remedy for acne. Make a mixture of Epsom salt and water, and allow it to seep into your skin.
This is one of the favorite uses for Epsom salt. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt with your favorite cleanser; massage into skin using small circles to give your pores a deep-cleaning. Rinse your face with cool water, pat dry. This is one of the most refreshing Epsom salt uses.
General stress relief
Nothing draws out stress like bath salts. As the magnesium soaks into your body it reverses the effects of stress on your body, replenishing magnesium levels, decreasing adrenaline, and producing serotonin.
Ease mosquito bites
Epsom salt can ease the symptoms of mosquito bites. Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup of water), then gently apply to the bite area. This is yet another one of the favorite Epsom salt uses.
Homemade skin mask
Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix one tablespoon of cognac, one egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of one lemon, and 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt.
Amazing or what?
Stay tooned for part II… 🙂