Epsom salt is a pure mineral, a compound of magnesium and sulfate. Known for centuries as a natural remedy for numerous ailments, Epsom salt has many health benefits as a source of magnesium and sulfate, and has many uses for health and beauty, household and gardening.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths simple and ideal way to relax your body and mind. Magnesium has a number of different functions in the body: it reduces inflammation, helps muscles and nervous system function and helps prevent clogged arteries. Sulfates enhance the absorption of nutrients, remove toxins and help to relieve migraines.

What are the health benefits of Epsom salt?

Many wonders of Epsom salts are well known for hundreds of years, and unlike other salts, Epsom salt has beneficial properties that can calm the body, mind and soul. Some of the numerous health benefits include skin problems treatment, relaxing the nervous system, soothing back and limb pain, muscle pain relief, colds and congestion treatment, cuts treatment and removing toxins from the body.

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Epsom salt bath

It has been proven that Epsom salt baths reliably relieve stress. They can alleviate muscle cramps and reduce pain caused by inflammation. Nutrients are better absorbed in the presence of this important mineral. Do not use Epsom bath if you have hypotension (low blood pressure) or myasthenia gravis. Epsom baths are very relaxing can do wonders for our body. With its alkaline effect it helps with rheumatism and arthritis and flushes toxins. Epsom salts activate the process called reverse osmosis, which pulls harmful toxins out of the body and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter into the body. It also cancels the low levels of electromagnetic and radioactive radiation. This bath should be used without shampoo and soap, so you don’t neutralize the effects of Epsom salts natural components. Use Epsom salts at least one week, they will provide you more energy, make you look fresher, and they will also improve your sleep and concentration, which will result in better functioning of nerves and muscles.

Body detox

Epsom salts are particularly good for flushing toxins out of the body. Deodorants, perfumes, antiperspirants, air fresheners, air- pollution (cigarette smoke, smog, etc.), pesticides and herbicides in food – all this is extremely detrimental to our body. Fill your tub with hot water and add 300 grams of Epsom salt maximum. Do not use shampoo because it will reduces the effect of detoxification. 20 minutes is enough to spend in the bath, if you experience any discomfort (dizziness, nausea), empty the tub and rinse your body with warm water.

Epsom salt for pregnancy

Epsom salt for pregnancy

Leg and joint swelling generally occurs due to the buildup of fluid in the soft tissue, mostly in the second half of pregnancy. Soaking your feet in a bowl of warm water with half a cup of Epsom salt can help to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Magnesium, one of the major components of Epsom salt, is essential for maintaining health, especially during pregnancy, as the need for magnesium increases in that period. Pregnant women who use foot soak with Epsom salts have stable prenatal communication, are more patient, and thus have a lower level of stress and hypertension.

Epsom salt scrub

Make a paste of Epsom salt, little water and a few drops of olive oil. Apply the paste on your palm and gently massage the desired region to remove dead skin cells. Be patient, you may have to repeat the process for a couple of days. This technique is particularly useful for hands, elbows, knees and feet. After this treatment your skin will be rejuvenated, softer and more elastic.

Quick bruises treatment

Dissolve a few teaspoons of Epsom salt in a cup with a little water, and make sure the mixture becomes thick. Warm up the mixture and place a warm compress over the bruised area. Bruise will not disappear immediately, but will it will be less visible and less painful.

Quick bruises treatment

Splinter removal

Splinter injuries are common and sometimes they are so stubborn that a thorn or a piece of glass just won’t come out. Make a thick mixture of Epsom salt and a little water, apply a mixture over a painful spot and Epsom salt will do its job. Be patient, the splinter will be pushed out to the skin surface.

Epsom salt for itchy skin and burns

A solution of Epsom salt and i little water acts as a cold compress for irritated skin. It is good for burns, insect bites, itching and other skin irritations.

Epsom salt for oily Hair

Many women (and men recently) dye their hair and do not check whether the bottle has carcinogenic compounds (resorcinol, phenylenediamine , etc…) that interfere with hormone function. If you have already dyed your hair, then you can at least mitigate the effects. Mix a little Epsom salt and lemon juice with a glass of warm water in a bowl and wait until the mixture dissolves. Apply the mixture to your head and hair, using gentle massage movements. Most of the accumulated impurities will be ejected. Rinse with lukewarm water. If necessary, repeat the process a couple of days to restore the vibrancy of your hair.

Epsom salt for feet

It is generally known that the feet are one of the most problematic parts of our body and they need intensive care after our daily activities, because, ultimately, our responsibilities depend on the condition of our feet. If you do not want to have problems such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, athlete’s foot, gout, inflammation of the Achilles tendon, etc., soak your feet in the water with Epsom salt added and relax.

Epsom salt for skin

Epsom salt bath for hemorrhoids

With the help of Epsom salt you can prepare yourself pretty simple and successful treatment for hemorrhoids. The soothing effect of this bath also helps alleviate uncomfortable feelings caused by hemorrhoids. Sit in a bath with Epsom salts. It may seem too simple, but it really works. Keep in mind that the water should be warm, but not too hot. Warm water helps to improve blood flow in that area and thus speeds up the process of rehabilitation. 20 minutes of this treatment a day should be enough, and it can significantly accelerate the healing process. Repeat this process every other day and the results will be visible in three weeks.

Nicotine, blackheads and Epsom salt

Epsom salt can help you get rid of yellow stains of nicotine from your fingers and face. Dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salt with a little lemon juice in half a cup of water. Use cotton pads to apply the mixture and the effect will be visible in no time. The same method can be used for removing blackheads, just add a few drops of povidone-iodine to the solution. This mixture will help you easily remove blackheads using mild pressure.

Epsom salt for skin

Chemicals and toxic substances may remain present in the tissue. The body is brilliant in its efforts to protect itself from the consequences, but this capacity is limited. The body retains everything that cannot be processed or eliminated. The result is an accumulation of materials such as old drugs, inflammatory agents, cell waste, etc. Everyone’s body is different and has different reactions, and therefore we can see examples of degeneration in the younger population, more than ever before. Normal, healthy people become tired and slow due to the cumulative effects of their lifestyle and finally they move into hospital files.
Fast food, meat, alcohol, coffee, soft drinks… these things are usually the most responsible for the poor condition of our body. The skin loses elasticity and becomes wrinkled, dry and irritated therefore, many rely on the alkaline bath salts to cleanse the body from the outside, through the skin. Baby’s skin is an example of a perfectly smooth and soft skin, because the baby was floating for 9 months in the basic amniotic fluid that resembles the Epsom salt solution. Alkaline salt baths stimulate the skin to restore the missing minerals. Epsom salts are incredibly powerful, they can prevent the formation of cellulite and keep the skin lubricated, which reduces the need for other care products, which most often contain synthetic compounds.

Epsom salt for teeth

Use your index finger to take some Epsom salt and then gently massage your gums and teeth. When finished rinse thoroughly and this will reduce the risk of cavities. Mix a pinch of salt with a little water and rinse your mouth, this will control bacteria in your mouth. A pinch of Epsom salt in a glass of water is great homemade denture cleaner.

Epsom salt for sinuses

Epsom salt for sinuses

Use a pinch of Epsom salt dissolved in a glass of warm water to clean your nose, sinuses and throat. This treatment will strengthen your mouth, throat, nose and even the whole head.

Epsom salt for face

Carcinogenic substances and substances that interfere with natural hormone functions can often be found in mascaras, shadows, lipsticks, eyeliner, etc… If you want to detoxify your face, take a woolen glove and soak it in a solution of Epsom salt and warm water, then put it on your face and hold for as long as you can. Use gentle circular movements that will accelerate lymphatic circulation.

Epsom salt radiation treatment

Fill the tub with warm water, add half a cup of Epsom salt and one cup of baking soda. This bath prevents the effects of radiation from: X-ray machines, cancer treatment by radiation, computer radiation, mobile phone radiation, electromagnetic atmospheric fog (antennas, repeaters, etc…)

3 Incredible Epsom salt health benefits

Relieves pain and muscle spasms

An Epsom salt bath is excellent for pain relief and it alleviates inflammation, which makes it useful in treating sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine. In addition, it is known to accelerate wound healing and reduces the pain from childbirth. Make a paste of Epsom salt and water and apply to sore spot.

Helps muscles and nerves to function properly

Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in the body. It also ensures the proper functioning of muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is crucial for proper utilization of calcium, which serves as the main conductor of electrical impulses in the body.

Prevents clogging of the arteries and blood clots

Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and helps to prevent heart diseases and stroke by improving blood circulation, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing the formation of blood clots and reducing the risk of a sudden heart attack.

Other uses for Epsom salt

Epsom salt inhalation therapy is great for asthma (in severe attacks Epsom salt should be provided intravenously, because it reduces the inflammation of the air passages and facilitates the normal flow of air).
Warm water solution of Epsom salt can be applied to arthritic joints, with methods of bandage application, thus reducing their swelling and the stiffness of the surrounding muscles.  This treatment will provide significant relief.
Epsom salt is administered intravenously or intramuscularly to pregnant women to prevent premature birth. It is also very successful in preventing cramps during childbirth.
Many people will say “I don’t have time for baths, they take too much time” or “I’m used to take a shower”. Let us remind you, it is better to take the time for a proper bath than to wait in line at the hospital. But, there is one, maybe more suitable option for you: Epsom salt foot soak, this will allow minerals to enter your body in a short time.

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WARNING:

Despite the advantages of external use, Epsom salt baths are not for everyone. It is not recommended for people with heart problems, high pressure and diabetes.

If you are not sure whether Epsom salt baths are safe for you, be sure to consult with your doctor first.

Keep out of reach of children!

Individuals with diabetes should not use Epsom salt baths (hot or cold), except with medical advice.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before using Epsom salt.

If skin irritation occurs or there is evidence of infection, discontinue use and consult a physician.

If swallowed, immediately turn for advice and medical assistance.

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is a health advocate, journalist and theologian. He is an outspoken internet activist who has contributed to many magazines and web sites. After years spent in digital marketing and online journalism he became one of the founders and editors at HealthyFitNatural.com. Combining knowledge and research with facts of modern science, Alexander continues to writes about alternative medicine and health benefits of nature. Unlike most writers he strongly believes that there's no magic pill that will lead you to long term health and beauty and that without effort, there can be no gain.

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