What is Epsom Salt?
It is a bitter salt called Epsom or English salt. The name Epsom comes from the location in which it was discovered. It is an inorganic chemical compound called MgSO4 magnesium sulfate. It resembles crystals of coarse salt. It is bitter, white, and odorless. It dissolves well in water. It has a neutral pH for the skin. It is used in laboratories, in industry, and in agriculture. It has been known since the 17th century. Currently, it is a bit forgotten, but we should bring it back to everyday use. It is a remedy used for many ailments, both externally and internally.
Both elements contained in magnesium sulfate are:
- Magnesium – works on the nervous system. It activates about 300 enzymes and is involved in many biological processes. Its lack or deficiency can cause hair loss.
- Sulfur – is part of the amino acids; cysteine and methionine.
Its deficiency leads to skin keratosis, brittleness, and loss of hair and nails. We need it for our joints, hair, scalp, and nails. It prevents the aliments on the skin from spreading.
Sulfur compounds are important because they attach to heavy metals and remove them from the body. They work synergistically with selenium, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc.
How does Epsom Salt work?
Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate:
- detoxifies the body,
- has anti-inflammatory properties,
- has antibacterial properties,
- prevents the aging of the skin and hair, thus eliminating dandruff, seborrhea, and acne.
- removes accumulated and unnecessary toxins and other impurities from the body.
Epson salt works like magnesium. It attracts toxins, impurities and removes them.
It is better absorbed through the skin than when taken orally in the form of pills. Large amounts of magnesium cause diarrhea.
How to use Epsom salt?
- For years, it has been used as an effective laxative.
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and drink it. It works effectively but gently.
- Water baths in a solution of magnesium sulfate are very beneficial.
Prepare 2 cups of salt for a tub full of hot water. You can add essential oils. Soak your body in such a solution for about 30 minutes or longer. It can be used in children. It calms down, relaxes, smooths the skin, accelerates wound healing. It reduces swelling, reduces joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, and general fatigue. It is best to take a bath before sleep at night. It also helps with thyroid problems.
- Soaking feet works antifungal, both on the feet and nails. In addition, it eliminates bad smell and removes fatigue.
Prepare half a cup of magnesium sulfate in a bowl of warm water. Soak the feet up to 20 minutes max.
- In the form of compresses; it soothes insect bites, dislocations, contusions, sunburns. It eliminates swelling, pain, itching, bruising, and heals faster.
Prepare 2 tablespoons of magnesium sulfate for 1 glass of water. Soak the gauze in the prepared solution. Apply for a few minutes on the affected area.
- Face and body scrub.
Mix the salt with olive oil or coconut oil and massage into the skin of the face and body. Then rinse. The skin should be smooth, soft and moisturized.
- You can also use it on hair.
Dissolve magnesium sulfate and add it to the shampoo. Hair is washed better and increases in volume. You can also add dissolved salt to a conditioner or hair mask. Hair is less greasy, shiny, and smooth.
- Removes splinters. Soak the finger in the solution, then remove the splinter.
- An effective body deodorant. Apply it on your armpits mixed with olive- magnesium olive.
- It is an excellent nutrient for plants because magnesium is a part of chlorophyll. Add 1 tbsp of Epsom salt per 2 liters of water.
- Repels snails, just sprinkle the soil around the plants.
- If you want to get rid of insects and worms from the plants, spray them with the solution. It is a natural pesticide.
- Perfectly cleans tiles and joints. Just dilute in equal proportion with dish soap.
- Add ¼ cup solution for 1 laundry load. It softens clothes.
What is the best kind of salt to buy?
The one marked with the sign PAD, i.e. pure for analysis or for food applications.