Health & Beauty Benefits of Epsom Salts

I was turned on to Epson salts by Newby Hands the Health and Beauty Editor of Harpers Bazaar Q&A session she gave at BE: fit London during which she mentioned that it was good to soothe aching muscles celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow  I have not looked back since then.

I now find that I am buying a 3kg bag of Epsom salts  bags on a weekly basis
As I suffer from Lupus I regularly get swollen joints and muscle inflammation and soaking in Epsom salts defiantly helps with the pain and the swelling and relaxes me.
I love the fact that it softens the water and leaves my skin feeling super silky every now and then I will add a pinch to my facial wash or body wash for a bit of exfoliation action. I have also found that if I have any bites rashers or cuts it speeds up the healing process. 
I have recently started to use a  body brush to stimulate the skin and open the pores prior to having a soak which gives me an all over tingly and leaves me feeling super soft
Of course, there will always be people who dispute the health claims of bathing in Epsom salts, but I personally notice real results from using it.

Benefits of Epsom Salts

Relax Your Body
Epsom salts dissolved in warm water are easily absorbed through the skin where they immediately go to work inside our bodies promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline which helps to relieve stress. Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells, which can help us to us to feel invigorated without causing feelings of restlessness or anxiety.

Relieve Pain and Cramping
Epsom salts absorbed through the skin also work to relieve muscle tension, pain, and inflammation in joints. Soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath does wonders to alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps.

Battle Water Retention
Epson salts can help to, helps to regulate fluid retention in cells, and facilitates the body’s use of calcium to transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system.

Relieves Constipation
One of Epsom salts more popular uses is as a saline laxative. Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salts into a cup of warm water and drink. Note, this remedy should not be used more than once per day. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, it is always recommended to consult with a physician.
Remove Splinters
To dislodge a stubborn splinter, simply soak the affected body part in warm water and Epsom salts for a few minutes. Magnesium sulfate will reduce the inflammation around the wound and soften up the splinter, making it much easier to remove.

Soothe Sprains and Bruises
Anti-inflammatory Epsom salts can be used to alleviate the soreness from sprains and bruises. Just add two cups of salts to your warm bath water and soak away the ache.

Keep Feet Healthy
It’s pretty common knowledge that soaking your feet in Epsom salts is good for soothing away aches and pains. But did you know that it can also help to treat athlete’s foot and toenail fungal infections? Simply add a half cup of Epsom salts to warm water and soak your feet for as long as you want (or until the water gets cold) to alleviate the itching and burning and help heal feet faster. You can also use as a scrub to keep your tootsies super soft

Hangover Cure
Epsom salts bath are an excellent pick me up after a night of over-indulgence as hangovers are caused by the toxicity of the alcohol breaking down in the body this + dehydration can trigger a throbbing headache, fatigue and nausea. The sulphates in Epsom salt aregreatt at helping to help flush out toxins and ease muscle pain.

Jet-Lag Remedy
Soaking in an Epsom salts bath after a long-haul flight has a sedative effect on the body.
The minerals help muscles and joints to relax and this leads to a more restful sleep, giving the body a chance to re-energiseBeat the Bloat

Bathing in Epsom salts helps to reduce water retention and tummy bloating drawing out toxins.

Westlab Pure Mineral Bathing Epsom Salt 4.99 for 1 Kg

Holland and Barrett
The Eco Bath Epsom Salt Bath Soak for Muscle & Joint Pain £8.49 for 1kg

You should also be able to purchase Epsom salts from your local pharmacy however they tend to keep it under the counter so you will have to ask for it.

Have you tried Epsom salts?
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