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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!

 

A little list of my favorite beauty stuff

1 Apr

I have to confess that I am obsessed with everything beauty: make-up, cosmetics, parfum, lotions, shampoos, hair care, nail polish…the list is endless.

I am always reading, researching and requesting samples of the newest stuff out there, so my friends always come to me for advice on what they should buy. This is why I decided to post a small list of my favorite everyday products. Here it goes:

1. Vichy Pureté Thermale Puryfing Foam

I love this facial cleanser! It is foamy, and leaves my skin so clean and soft. It has mineral spa water, shea plant and vitamin E on its formula, which makes my skin feel very hydrated after washed. I use it in the morning and at night, with my Mia Sonic, to remove all make-up and impurities of the day.

The price is excellent, around $18 dollars, and it can be found in most drugstores.

2. Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleaning System

This is the best new gadget I have acquired in years! I love it so much, I give it as gift and I tell everyone about it, because I think everyone should own one. My life (and face) has changed after this. I kept reading about the Clarisonic Classic on different magazines and websites, and dermatologists raving about its benefits, so I was curious to try it. The price was not friendly at all, so, after some consideration I decided to buy the baby one, which is half the price($150) and came with some extra lotions and creams at Sephora.

So I wet the brush with running water, put some facial cleanser on it, wet it again, and started cleaning my wet face holding the Mia in circular motion. I could not believe my eyes, what came out of my skin, even after I had used Eye Make-up Remover, and Make-up Remover Wipes. The brush, my face and the water were full of make-up residues that would not have been removed. I was immediately converted!

It is so worth it! My skin has never been so soft and free of blemishes!

3. Dr. Brandt Lineless Eye Cream

I like to change and use different eye creams, so my skin does not get used to the same one, however this is my favorite of them all. Its formula has vitamins E and C, and it is packed with antioxidants such as Green Tea, which reduces inflammation, and therefore, puffy eyes! It combines anti-aging ingredients that reduce fine lines and wrinkles and also puffy eyes! For me, this is perfect, since my eyes are so puffy in the morning,I use it after I apply some Clinique All About Eyes Serum Roll On (which is kept on my fridge).

4. Caudalie VinoPerfect Day Perfection Cream SPF 15

Brightened my face, makes my face look so fresh and dewy, quick drying, lightweight and fast absorbing. In the winter I like to put it on my face before my tinted moisturizer.

5. Premier Cru La Creme


Pure Awesomeness! That is all I have to say to define this cream. So I will just copy what is on sephora.com’s website so you understand what I am talking about:
” three signature patents: titrated Resveratrol and Viniferine from Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte grapevines, and grape-seed polyphenols combine to create unparalleled age-fighting power. This exclusive formula’s rich texture leaves skin velvety-soft. It regenerates and redensifies skin, filling wrinkles, firming and lifting, and minimizing dark spots for an evenly luminous look.”
That’s all folks!

6. Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20


Smooth Operator has been around way before this craziness about “BB creams” started! BB stands for beauty balm, which means that is an all-in-one multipurpose cream that is a tinted moisturizer , sunblock, foundation and treatment. So you can skip all the steps and layering stuff in the mornings.
I am in love with this because it is all natural, without any chemicals. It is packed with fruit acid, green tea, chamomile, Amazonian clay, vitamins, all kinds of awesome ingredients that make my skin looks healthy and free of blemishes!
I guess this is my number one favorite! Can’t live the house without it.

7. La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15

According to La Mer’s website, this lightweight powder is infused with gemstones that capture light to reveal a naturally flawless complexion. I just know that I love the way my skin looks when I use my brush to put the powder in strategic spots such as my forehead, tip of nose, and under the eyes. It hides away imperfections and blemishes. I use it on top of my tinted moisturizer, so it doesn’t look chalky or too matte.

8. Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder

Aiaiai…I can almost feel the wind and smell the coconut tan lotion every time I wear this bronzing powder. It makes my face look just like I spent the whole day soaking in the sun at a beautiful beach somewhere bellow the Equator line!

It looks so natural, as if I were not wearing any make up at all. Just make sure you get a shade that is not so different than the color you would look if you spent the day at the beach. I have two different shades that I alternate and use one in the winter and the other in the summer, since I wear sunblock all the time.

9. Channel Joues Contraste Powder Blush


This color is beautiful and it illuminates the skin.

10.C.O.Bigelow No 12 Rose Salve Balm

This balm is always on my purse, in my car and I use it in my lips, cuticles, elbows, anywhere that needs moisture. And I love the smell!

Let me know what YOUR favorites are!

Disclaimer: all pictures posted here were obtained from sephora.com or the product company’s website.

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