Uses and Benefits of Epsom Salt
Epsom salt has a range of uses and benefits – whether you’re a supermodel, a top athlete, a gardener or someone who wants to de-stress and improve your health.
There are many different at-home remedies and natural recipes that call for using Epsom salt to treat cold and flu symptoms, soothe sore muscles that ache or create a DIY spa.
With cold and flu season underway, doctors say you should try soaking in Epsom salt before you reach for an expensive over-the-counter drug. This naturally-occurring mineral will ease muscle aches and help you get a good night’s rest, so you can recover faster. Some doctors say it will even speed healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count.
Whether you suffer from muscle aches, stress or a lack of energy, top trainers and wellness gurus recommend soaking in Epsom salt baths to help improve sleep, relieve muscle pain and help you feel better.
Recipe for soaking in an Epsom salt bath
- Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom salt for an oversized garden tub).
- The Epsom salt will dissolve quicker if you put it under the running water.
- Soak for at least 12 minutes.
Epsom salt also helps plants grow greener with higher yields and more bloom and can be used for anti-itch remedies for sunburn relief, poison ivy, poison oak and mosquito bites.
You can also make bath salts or a range of crafts, such as holiday decorations and luminaries.
The fact that Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate also has many health benefits, according to doctors and researchers, because when you soak in Epsom salt, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through your skin.