Week 36 blog- Epsom Salt

History:

Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom, England by a farmer in 1618. He noticed his cows were not drinking the water from a certain mineral well. He tasted the water and it was bitter, he also noticed it helped the scratches and rashes on his skin. As the water evaporated Mr. Wicker noticed a white residue. Then, he realized that the water had a laxative effect. A cure for constipation had just been discovered and was utilized as such for hundreds of years. New uses were discovered as time went on and its popularity has grown. Epsom salts are made from a rock called Dolomite which is found mainly in the South Tyrollean Alps. These mountains are located in the northernmost region in Italy bordering Austria and Switzerland. The Dolomite rock belongs to a large group of substances known as "salts" creating the name Epsom salts. https://epsomsaltsmorganw.weebly.com/history.html††† It has been used for centuries as a natural remedy.

Epsom salt is a completely different compound than table salt.It is termed a salt due to its chemical structure. It is a pure mineral compound made of magnesium and sulfate. It has an appearance similar to table salt and is often dissolved in baths. While it looks similar to table salt, its taste is distinctly different. Epsom salt is quite bitter and unpalatable. It is not to be used in cooking or baking.

HOW DOES IT WORK:

When Epsom salt is dissolved in water, it releases magnesium and sulfate ions. The idea is that these particles can be absorbed through your skin, providing you with magnesium and sulfates ó which serve important bodily functions. Despite claims there is no good evidence that magnesium or sulfates are absorbed into your body through the skin.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28788060/†††† The most common uses for Epsom salt are in a bath or footbath, where it is simply dissolved in water. Like me, if you have included Epsom salt in your health routine, you can attest to the pulling, soreness relief and overall relief you feel from a soak. How it works I do not care- I just want the safe and soothing relief!

HEALTH BENEFITS OF USING EPSOM SALT AND HOW TO USE:

1.††††††††††† Epsom salt is used to treat wounds and infections, drawing out the infection and softening the skin which helps boost healing.How to use: For foot or toenail fungal infections soak twice a day for about twenty minutes.

2.††††††††††† Soothes sore muscles, cramps, bruises, joint pain, sprains and swelling. You can use Epsom salts to relax in everyday life, when you are tired after work. When body feels pain, you can minimize it by using Epsom salt.Health Benefits of Epsom Salt which very popular and help relieve muscle cramps and relieve inflammation. Many people swear by Epsom salt who suffer from fibromyalgia and arthritis.†† USE: Pour a cup of Epsom salts per quart of water and let it dissolve. Soak in the tub and let magnesium contained in Epsom salt work to eliminate minor aches and pains, sprains and cramps.

3.††††††††††† Relieve Stress and helps improve sleep- Stress deplete magnesium in the body and increase levels of adrenaline. Magnesium in the Epsom salt helps produce serotonin, a chemical that elevates mood in the brain that cause a sense of calm and relaxation. Magnesium ions will help to make the body feel more relaxed and decrease irritation by reducing the effects of adrenaline, creating a relaxed feeling, improve the quality of sleep and concentration, and helps muscles and nerves function better.

4.††††††††††† Relieve Constipation- Numerous studies have revealed that Epsom salts can be used to treat constipation. The salt acts as a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and temporary relief from constipation.How?Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salts in the tub and soak in for 12 minutes. Do it at least 3 times a week to keep your bodily functions working regularly. You can use it orally, but I have never tied and will refer you to your health care provider for directions.

5.††††††††††† Treating a bee sting- Epsom salt can be used in the treatment of bee stings, because the content is a strong anti-inflammatory. How? Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and a cup of cold water. Soak a washcloth / cotton in the solution and apply it on the affected area.

6.††††††††††† Reduce headache- Tension headaches come from muscle tension. A bath with Epsom salt will help the muscles in the neck and back and shoulders to relax, and this in turn will reduce the pain you feel in your head.

7.††††††††††† Hair Smoother and volumizer- British beauty doctor said that Epsom salt can help to smooth your hair so it is become soft and strong. Epsom salt is said to be very good for the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. How?Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a bottle of hair conditioner. Mix it both until smooth and use as conditioner after shampooing. When applying, leave at least 20 minutes then rinse with water as usual. Do this two or once a week and you can get the hair soft and smooth. For volume-the nutrients in Epsom salt is able to absorb hair oil, add hair volume, making soft and strong. How? add 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt into bottled shampoo. When shampooing, leave on for about 15 or 20 minutes and then rinse with water as usual. Do this so that Epsom salt absorbs perfectly into the hair. Perform this technique at least twice a week in order to get satisfactory results.

8.††††††††††† Foot Calluses- Physical activity and being on your feet can cause calluses. To have your feet feel smooth, take advantage of Epsom salt as a natural treatment. How? Prepare Epsom salts and warm water in a soak bucket. Take at least a half to 1 cup of Epsom salt and mix it into warm water that has been put in the bucket. Stir to dissolve the salt and soak your foot calluses for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Do this every day for 2 to 3 weeks and youíll get your feet soft, smooth and free of calluses. This has been my go-to for my feet and the athletes in my family for years. After I soak, I use pedicure tools to get the dead skin removed. It does work!!

9.††††††††††† Exfoliate your skin- get rid of dry patches to reveal healthier skin glow. How? In a handful of your favorite body wash, add a handful of Epsom salt. Gently massage mixture into skin and rinse.

10.†††††††† Epsom salts are known to treat insect bites and poison ivy. In order to remove the pain, burning, and itching of mosquito bites and poison ivy, mix two tablespoons of salts with one cup of warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and hold on the affected area.

11.†††††††† Rather than digging at a splinter with a needle, soak the spot in Epsom salt and water. This will not only draw the splinter out but leave the area clean.

12.†††††††† Skin health- Mix equal parts of organic coconut oil and Epsom salts and apply generously to dry, flaky, cracked lips and hands to exfoliate and moisturize them.

13.†††††††† Fertilize your garden, potted plants as well as your lawn with these salts. For potted plants sprinkle Epsom salts around the base of the plants once per week.You can pour the water from your foot bath on the plants. This is what I do. It is amazing the beautiful blooms. Garden veggies also flourish with this treatment. For greener grass use one cup of the salts for every gallon of water (liquid recipe).

Here is Craigís dry recipe for spring lawn care. Spring- fertilizer (whatever you use) plus epsom salt. Ratio- large bag fertilizer to 5 lbs epsom salt. Put in walk behind dry spreader and spread. Helps the lawn deepen roots and green the grass.

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How to choose (and use) the best Epsom bath salts

- Check the label: To get the muscle-calming benefits of the salt, itís important that the Epsom salt comes from a reputable source and lists magnesium as the first ingredient. There are many different types of magnesium, but two of the most common are magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt)- what I use and recommend- and magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride is another type of salt that is similar to the mineral compound found in seawater, which is also known to have healing properties. Itís also important to beware of online retailers that offer great deals but cannot guarantee the quality or purity of magnesium. Purchase bath salts from trusted places like supermarkets and certified online retailers and check the ingredients label for the type of magnesium listed. Today there is an Epsom salt variety for you.

-Store Epsom salts in an air-tight container and keep dry.

- Give it time: Itíll take about 15 minutes of soaking and about 1-2 cups of salt for you to feel the mental and physical benefits of Epsom salts, per the Cleveland Clinic.

- Donít overdo it: While Epsom salts are totally safe for sensitive skin, thereís no need to soak in them daily. If youíre just doing regular exercise, stick to adding Epsom salt to your bath or footbath about three times a week. If youíre active on a higher level- such as collegiate athlete or daily exerciser, take a warm Epsom salt baths or foot baths daily followed by an ice bath. This will help ease pain and inflammation.

Now you understand why I mentioned the popularity of this product. There are a few negative effects if used or taken incorrectly by mouth. Since it has a laxative effect, too high of dose may cause diarrhea, bloating, or upset stomach. Dizziness/lightheaded, confusion, Low blood pressure, muscle weakness, Sleepiness, Skin infection. These are rare if you are using topically.

Woman who are pregnant, those with high blood pressure or cardiovascular conditions or serious open sores should not use Epsom Salt. As I mentioned earlier, you should check with your health care provider if you have a major health concern or for instruction for oral intake.

In summary:

Epsom salts are a natural compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. They are commonly dissolved in the bath or applied topically. People use it to ease health problems, such as muscle soreness and stress. It is also great for lawn, garden and plants.

Itís affordable, easy to use, and harmless when used appropriately.I bet you have a bag in your cabinet so dig it out and have a nice long soak!