Epsom Salt – Uses and Benefits

25 Apr

This week I got back in the gym, after almost 6 months. I go for walks, bike rides and hikes, but I had not been with a trainer, in a gym ever since I moved to LA. After one hour of intense workout, which included TRX, squats, lunges, boat rope, and weights, I also took a Vinyasa Yoga. Yes, crazy, I know. But even crazier was the aches I felt the next day. It was hard to walk, sit, get up and move. Then I took two Epsom Salt baths and my aches and soreness improved tremendously. So I decided to share it here.

You see, Epsom Salt and I go a long way back.

I remember how my grandmother would always tell me to drink Epsom Salt with water to relieve constipation and help “detoxify” my body. She believed it would help “clean my blood”. In Brazil we call it Bitter Salt ( Sal Amargo).

There is a famous Spa near my hometown, called  Spa Lapinha where people go for different reasons, from detoxing, losing weight to battling addictions. I remember the first thing you had to do once you were there was to take Epsom Salt as a laxative.

Growing up dancing and training for tap dance competitions, I was always sore and Epsom Salt was my best friend.

I should say it remains my best friend, because I always have it at home ( I buy it in bulk at Costco), but you can also find it at Target, Walmart, SafeWay, CVS, RiteAid and Wallgreens. Just go to the aisle where all the orthopedic and Feet Care products are, or by the Tiger Balms, Salonpas and BenGay pomades. And use it for many things.

There are many different types, with added oils in it. I prefer to buy mine plain (much cheaper) and add the oils I need.

Lavender Epsom Salt

Lavender Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt Uses

Relaxing bath : In a tub filled with warm water add 2 cups of Epsom Salt. Soak in the water for 20 minutes. I like to add drops of Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils to help me relax.

Soak feet : helps relax tired feet, releases aches, removes odors and soften rough skin. I sometimes add 1 drop each of Tea Tree, Rosemary and Peppermint or Spearmint essential oils for extra relief. It feels cold and hot at the same time and helps relaxes the feet. Tea Tree deodorizes the feet, it is an antiseptic, and good for toe nail fungus;Rosemary is an astringent that helps with swelling and inflammation; and Mint helps improve circulation and is refreshing.

Sprains and bruises and body aches : Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak.

Plants : Add a teaspoon of Epsom Salt to plants to boost their growth.

Laxative : Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt to a 8 oz glass of water. Consult with your doctor first.

Splint Remover : Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water and soak.

Beach Waves Natural Hair Spray : Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt to 1 cup of boiled water. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan Salt, 5 drops of Almond Oil, Morrocan Oil, or any hair oil you like. Put the mix in a spray bottle and shake. If using a plastic bottle , make sure the water is not so hot as to melt the bottle. Spray in your hair and enjoy the complements you will get.

Body and face exfoliator and mask : Mix 1 cup of Epsom Salt and 1/2 cup of honey. In the shower, start exfoliating from your feet towards your neck and face. Rinse with warm water.

A quick Google search of “Epsom Salt” will show several different opinion,studies, and articles about Epsom Salt. Some claim it has benefits while others claim it is a myth. I am not a scientist, doctor, or researcher on this topic, but I can tell you about my personal experiences with it and how it has been increasing my quality of life throughout the years. Like everything in life, you are better off if you make your own conclusions, based on your own experiences.

This article claims there is not enough proof of any health benefits. These other one talk about its benefits. You can also go the Epsom Salt Council page to learn a bit more about it.

Let me know what you think of Epsom Salt, your experiences and uses. I will love to hear it!

 

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3 Responses to “Epsom Salt – Uses and Benefits”

  1. rommel April 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    You don’t necessarily need a trainer to keep going. But, whatever works for you. Good luck for your healthy activities.

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    • foodnotherstuff April 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

      Thanks. I know. I actually prefer taking classes such as Yoga, Zumba, or outdoor activities. But ever since my rib injury, I like having a trainer to work out specific areas the right way.

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  2. Whoa! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it
    has pretty much the same page layout and design. Outstanding choice of
    colors!

    Like

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