Whether you are an avid athlete or a novice, caring for your aching body can be done in one simple way- a warm bath with Epson salts. When put in contact with warm water, Epson salts break down into their natural elements of sulfate, which help with nutrient absorption, and magnesium, which reduces inflammation. So soaking in it can help ease aching muscles, inflammation, and stiff joints giving them soothing relief naturally. Relaxing in an Epsom salt bath also improves blood circulation and helps alleviate tension headaches.
A few other ways to utilize Epsom salt:
- Soaking your feet in hot water with Epsom salt can reduce swelling, help ease athlete’s foot, and can even help heal toenail fungus when used three times a day.
- Mixed with olive oil or coconut oil, Epson salt is a natural and effective exfoliator for your body. Just combine equal parts in a container, rub on while in the shower, and rinse well.
- Detox your body from a buildup of heavy metals that get stored in our cells by soaking in a hot bath with two cups of Epsom salt 1-2 times a week.
- Add a palm full to your face cleanser and gently exfoliate your face.
- Warm ¼ cup of Epsom salt with ¼ cup of deep conditioner on a pan. Massage the mixture into your wet hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse in cool water to add volume to your hair!
- Adding Magnesium and Sulfate to your garden can also make your plants greener and help keep pesky insects away. Just add two tablespoons to one gallon of water once a week.
If you are unfamiliar with the name ‘Epsom salts’, they are the main ingredients you find in ‘bath salts,’ which are quite easy to make yourself!
In a large bowl, blend:
- 2 cups of Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of sea salt (optional)
- 30 drops of lavender essential oils
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 2-8 drops of food coloring (optional)
Store it in a stoppered and labeled container to keep out moisture. These also make great gifts!