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What are epsom salts good for

Updated on June 19, 2013

What are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salt or Epsom salts are natural and pure salts that has extraordinary and beneficial effects on health and beauty, when used in a bath.

Epsom salt is actually Magnesium sulfate, and has been named after a mineral water spring from Epsom, UK, due to the process of obtaining it, which is on short: natural mineral water from the spring is evaporated and the remaining minerals - salt are pure and natural.

This special salt has a lot of positive beneficial effects on human body: relaxing, calming muscular spasms or tensions, prevents the forming of blood clots, makes the skin, hair, nails look gorgeous.

Radiant and smooth skin and hair: Epsom salts are good for that

Everyone has heard about the Epsom salts and wants to know what are these salts good for?

Well, this salt contains magnesium sulfate mineral which has significant benefits in the area of ​​cosmetics - can be used for skin care, body and even hair.

Clean and smooth skin
You may have a cleaner and brighter skin with a face mask of Epsom salt. This mask can be obtained simply by mixing your regular face cream with Epsom salts. The combination obtained is abrasive and therefore should not be rubbed insistently on skin, but gently massaged. You should work it in particular in the "T" section: forehead, nose and chin. Then rinse your face with plenty of lukewarm water.
Experts say that this treatment should be repeated after at least one week. Otherwise, you will irritate your skin.

If you have an oily skin, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salts, a teaspoon of brandy, a tablespoon of milk and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Using a cotton pad apply the mixture on your face and leave it for fifteen minutes.

If you want to refresh normal skin, mix 100 ml of freshly made ​​carrot juice, one tablespoon of mayonnaise (homemade) and a half-teaspoon of Epsom salts. Apply on face and leave it for five minutes, then rinse.

Gives the hair volume
Epsom salt is a handy help for oily hair. You can remove excess oil if several grams of salt are mixed with the shampoo you normally use. A single wash is enough to clean the hair thoroughly.
If you combine two to three teaspoons of lemon juice with two to three grams of Epsom salts and a little hair conditioner your hair will have an enviable volume. Apply to wet hair and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse with plenty of warm water.

Epsom Salts are good for relaxing baths with therapeutic effect

If you've had a hard day, you're stressed and you feel that your legs are tired, you can eliminate all these problems with Epsom salt.

It is enough to put a handful of salt in the bathing water and sit in the tub no more than 12 minutes. You will feel totally relax and regain your mood as magnesium sulfate works fast (it is used to sedate and relax muscles), and is absorbed through the skin rapidly. In addition, the skin becomes smooth and silky.

Internal use of Epsom Salts

Epsom salt helps to eliminate toxins and heavy metals due to its high sulfur concentration, while reducing electrolyte disturbances. Epsom salt is administered for detoxing the liver and for gall stones removal.

Epsom salt is recommended in cases of constipation and irregular bowel movements. The recipe is simple, dissolve 2-4 tablespoons of Epsom salt in 250 ml of flat water and drink/ for children, the recommended dose is 1-2 teaspoons in 250 ml water.

Epsom salt hastens insulin secretion, thus improves blood circulation and supports the proper functioning of the heart, and lowers blood pressure.

Epsom salt prevents cholesterol buildup in arteries.

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, which acts as a sedative for the nervous system restoring relaxation and also acts as an analgesic, relieving headaches, reducing joint inflammation.

Flat abs

So what I do when I want at all costs a flat abdomen is to drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of Epsom salt after a meal. In this way, in 2-3 hours my colon cleanses and the food has little time to settle.

I have to mention that you can not abuse it. It is an aggressive and harsh solution for our body, so be careful.

Taking regular baths with Epsom Salts is known to help detoxify and eliminate excess fat from the body and make the skin glow, so if you're not sure about using it internal, just go for the bath (once or twice a week).


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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting! I had no idea you could ingest Epsom Salt. All the benefits too, thank you, I will try it on my face today!