For instance, magnesium helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. However, The National Academy of Sciences reported that most Americans are magnesium deficient, which can be a factor of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and many more ailments.
In order to help Americans and everyone live a healthier lifestyle, Natural Cosmetic News has compiled a list of 10 Ways to Use Epsom Salts and Improve your Health & Beauty. And here are just some of the benefits you may start to experience: softer skin, ease stress, lower blood pressure, raise energy levels, help prevent blood clots, relieve pain, flush out toxins and help prevent migraine headaches.
You may ask yourself how all those benefits are possible from one mineral compound. Well, when magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, exfoliates the skin, and much more.
Here are some easy ways you can begin using Epsom salts in your health and beauty routine:
Relaxing & stress relieving bath: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to warm water in a bathtub.
Foot soak: Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Relax and soak feet for 20 minutes. Soothes achy feet, removes odor and softens rough skin.
Soak sprains and bruises: Add 2 cups Epsom salt per gallon of water to a warm bath, and soak. Bath 3 times per week soaking for at least 12 minutes. The bath will help reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
Splinter remover: Soak affected area in Epsom salt and it will draw out the splinter. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt per 1 Gallon of water.
Face cleaner: Use for nightly face cleanser. Mix ½ teaspoon with your normal cleansing cream. Massage the cream into your skin and rinse with cold water.
Homemade skin mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt.
Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of Epsom salt over your wet skin in the shower or bath to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
Remove excess oil from hair: Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.
Remove hairspray: Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Combine, cover and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.
Hair volumizer: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.
For more information visit the Espom Salt Council.