Magnesium Sulfate and Your Health: The Answers to Your Epsom Salt FAQs
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is a mineral compound that has been tried and tested for a number of different uses. From gardening to fitness and well-being, the benefits of Epsom salt can provide a natural remedy for a whole host of things. In fact, Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years in baths to help relieve aches and pains!
Below you’ll find just some of the common uses for Epsom salts and you can find even more great tips through the 17 amazing uses Epsom salt that you won’t believe blog.
How Can Epsom Salt Improve Your Health?
There are a number of health benefits that Epsom salt can provide you with including boosting your body’s natural levels of sulfate and magnesium, decreasing swelling, removing splinters, providing relief from poison ivy and sunburn and soothing muscle aches and pains. These benefits can be felt by taking a bath in the salts or putting the infected area in a salt soak.
For example, if you’re suffering from muscle aches and pains, you could take a salt bath by adding 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath. Once dissolved, enjoy this bath for 12 minutes and watch as your aches and pains start to disappear! You can also relieve your sore muscles by creating a paste. To do this, you’ll need to dissolve a teaspoon of the salt in a cup of hot water before chilling it in the fridge for 20 minutes. Then apply the paste to the sore area – this is also great for getting rid of splinters! Don’t forget to clean the skin before you apply the paste and always make sure the area’s dry too.
A compress can also be formed using a cotton washcloth that’s been soaked in an Epsom salt solution. Allow 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt per cup of water and treat as above.
How Can Epsom Salt Add to My Beauty Regime?
In its crystal form, Epsom salt can naturally exfoliate your skin, smoothing any rough patches that you might have. It can even help to heal dry, chapped lips that you might experience during the colder winter months.
And, if you’re looking to add more volume to your hair, Epsom salts can come to the rescue here too. Simply add equal parts of Epsom salt to your conditioner (warmed) and work this through your hair before leaving it for 20 minutes. Then rinse and voila!
How Can Epsom Salt Be Used in the Garden?
Epsom salt contains two natural minerals – sulfur and magnesium and these help flowers to bloom, create higher yields of crops and help plants to grow greener. The magnesium in Epsom salt helps to create an encouraging environment for plants to grow in because it encourages seed germination and increases the production of chlorophyll, which improves a plant’s nitrogen and phosphorous uptake. Studies conducted by the National Gardening Association demonstrated that Epsom salt makes peppers grow larger and plants produce more flowers. Some experts also say that fertilizers are made more effective and the amount of fertilizer required is reduced when using Epsom salt.
So, to improve the health of the plants in your home, you can add 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt (to every gallon of water) to feed your plants monthly. And to grow bigger peppers you should create a spray using a teaspoon of Epsom salt per gallon of water, spraying your peppers when they are in bloom. You should repeat this ten days later.
Finally, to make your roses bloom more than ever this year, why not use Epsom salt? All you need to do is help the roots to recover by placing your unplanted bushes in an Epsom salt and water solution. Allow half a cup of Epsom salt per gallon of water before adding another teaspoon of the salt into each hole before you plant the rose bush.
To encourage these to keep growing, you can then add more salt to the base of the plant, using half a cup of Epsom salt that you scratch into the soil. Then, every two weeks, use a gallon of water with one teaspoon of salt per foot of plant. And, to keep the pets off your beautiful roses, create a salt spray using a teaspoon of Epsom salt per gallon of water and spray this on the roses once a week.
As you can see, Epsom salt has a wide range of purposes and all of them natural and beneficial to you and the plants around your home.
Isabel Humphreys takes a great interest in living as natural and healthy a life as possible. Slowly she is removing as many toxins from her homelife as possible, she is also pondering a 2017 resolution to not buy any foods that are packaged in plastic.