Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Miracle of Epsom Salt

My grandmother was a holistic healer. Everyone came to her for remedy and she always had one. My home is stocked with all the ingredients she had which are simple, easy and most of all low cost. Epsom salt is the staple of my medical stash. You can purchase it anywhere for about $2.00-$3.00. You can avoid any additional scented products as all you need is good old Epsom Salt. After a day of Yoga, I fill the deep bath tub with hot water and about a cup of Epsom Salt. Remain in the bath for at least 15 minutes to achieve optimal benefit. I share with my Yogis about feeling the toxins eliminating right out of my pores-honestly! You can soak your feet if you don't have time to bathe, however the key is 15 minutes for results. I am including the 2011 version of what else you can do with Epsom Salt. So when you go shopping buying 2 packs and let me know how you feel.

13 ways to use Epsom salts, including a relaxing bath, a face scrub and a hair volumizer! Epsom salts help to remove splinters and reduce swelling of sprains and bruises. One ingredient really does fit all! Research from Epsom Salt Industry Council web site tells us that mineral magnesium sulfate—are also a sedative for the nervous system.

When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.

Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 1-2 cups of Epsom salt.

Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.

Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak. To tame tendonitis, try these tips.

Splinter remover: Soak in epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.

Face cleaner: To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Homemade skin mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. This simple honey face mask works wonders as well.

Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face.

Remove excess oil from hair: Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.

Remove hairspray: Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup epsom salt. Combine, cover and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.

Hair volumizer: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.

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