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What is Epsom Salt and why you should use it

Do you wake up with leg cramps in the middle of the night? Or do you have muscle spasms or low energy? Do you suffer from anxiety and depression? All these symptoms might be a sign of magnesium deficiency. Epsom salt, a mineral compound comprised of magnesium and sulfate, named after a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, can help you to alleviate these symptoms. It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy. Both magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed into the skin, which makes their health benefits readily accessible. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium, which also helps reduce inflammation, alleviates hardening of the arteries and improves muscle and nerve function. Sulfates improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.

How to use Epsom salts:

An Epsom salt bath is a great way to soothe sore muscles, cramps, bruises and joint pain. Add 2 cups of salts to a warm bath. Mix the salt in so it dissolves in the water. Soak for 10-15 minutes. You can also add essential oils such as lavender, for calming effect, or lemon, for invigorating effect. An Epsom salt bath can be safely used also for children.

To exfoliate your skin, massage handfuls of Epsom salt all over the body in the shower or bath. Exfoliation can be also used for face (although if you have sensitive skin this method can be too harsh) and lips (mix with coconut oil to exfoliate lips).

Relieve constipation: mix 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts in a glass of water and drink entire cup.

Soothe skin irritated by sunburn: Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a great way not only to relieve muscle spasm but also to soothe skin after sunbathing. Mix 1 cup of salts in warm bath water. Mix to combine and soak in the bath for 10-15 minutes.

Epsom salt can be used also in your garden as it makes a wonderful fertilizer for your potted plants. Simply sprinkle Epsom salts around the base of the plants once every week. This method of fertilizing also works great for tomatoes and other veggies.

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