Epsom salt provides a wealth of health and
beauty benefits. Its secret ingredient is the chemical compound magnesium sulfate.
The body uses magnesium to regulate hundreds of enzymes and also plays a vital role in
many bodily functions. A magnesium deficiency can result in high blood pressure, osteoporosis
and migraines. Sulfate plays a role in the formation of brain tissue and improves the
body’s absorption of essential nutrients. Since magnesium sulfate can be absorbed through
the skin, regularly submerging in an Epsom salt bath can be extremely therapeutic. In today’s video we’ll highlight the top
health benefits of Epsom salt. 1. Eases Aches & Pains The next time your body has aches and pains,
reach for Epsom salt. Its magnesium can alleviate swelling and inflammation. It also has been
shown to help lower high blood pressure, and prevent osteoporosis and migraines. Magnesium
reduces stiffness, inflammation and most pain associated with arthritis, including gout.
This miracle worker assists in bone mineralization, promotes nerve functionality and soothes nerve
pain. Three times a week, add 2 tablespoons of Epsom
salt to a hot water. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes. 2. Aids Detoxification The magnesium in Epsom salt assists in eliminating
harmful toxins from the body and detoxifies cells to flush out environmental contaminants.
To enjoy a relaxing detox bath, add 1 to 2 cups of Epsom to a warm bath 2 to 3 three
times a week. Soak for about 20 minutes 3. Stress reliever Epsom salt can relieve stress, which can drain
the body of magnesium and increases adrenaline levels. It also can trigger the release and
uptake of serotonin, a mood-enhancing chemical in the brain. The proper levels of serotonin
regulate anxiety, and creates feelings of well-being and relaxation. Three times a week, add 1 cup of Epsom salt
to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. 4. Relieves Muscle Cramps Epsom salt is a great remedy for treating
muscle cramps or relieving sore muscles after workouts. The magnesium reduces inflammation
which eases pain. This in turn promotes muscle relaxation and healing. Make a thick paste
of Epsom salt and hot water. Apply it on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes for soothing
comfort. 5. Improves Digestion Epsom salt assists in the elimination of harmful
toxins and waste products from the body and the digestive system. It also works as a laxative
in treating constipation. Dissolve 1 or 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt in
1 cup of warm water. Drink on an empty stomach once a day. 6. Adds Volume to Hair Epsom salt can add body to your hair, remove
excess oil from your scalp and keep both healthy. Over time, chemicals in shampoos and conditioners
can accumulate on the scalp and can result in oily hair, thinning hair and hair loss.
The minerals in Epsom salt can repair and strengthen damaged hair. To make a voluminous hair mask, mix equal
parts of a warm deep conditioner and Epsom salt. Apply to slightly damp hair. Leave on
for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Note: Only use this treatment
once a week. If you have oily hair, add a little bit of Epsom salt to your shampoo and
wash your hair as usual. Do this no more than twice a week. 7. Exfoliates Skin To maintain a healthy, glowing complexion,
it’s essential to exfoliate once or twice a week to eliminate dead skin cells. Exfoliation
also removes excess oil from skin pores so your skin doesn’t become fertile ground
for itchiness, pimples, blackheads and other common problems. Gently rub a handful of Epsom
salt over damp skin to remove dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. 8. Improves Heart Health Epsom salt is also heart friendly. The magnesium
improves blood circulation, which decreases the chances of heart disease and strokes.
Magnesium helps maintain a normal heart rhythm and healthy arteries. Healthy arteries will
mean there is less risk of developing blood clots, plaque buildup and damage to arterial
walls. Enjoy an Epsom salt bath 3 times a week to improve your cardiovascular health
and reduce the risk of heart attack. 9. Alleviates Foot Problems Rough and callused feet also need tender care.
Epsom salt can soften dry, rough heels. Its natural properties work wonders in diminishing
foot odor, and also improve athlete’s foot and other foot problems. Add ½ cup of Epsom
salt to a foot tub filled with warm water and soak for 10 minutes daily. Symptoms should
improve soon. When taken internally, Epsom salt can cause
adverse side effects, including gastrointestinal irritation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Consult your doctor before taking Epsom salt. Do not take it longer than 1 week.