Epsom salts have long been used for health and beauty The salt derives its name from the spring in Surrey, England, where the bitter, salty water bubbled to the the surface from a geology of porous chalk and clay. Epsom salts consist of forms of magnesium sulfate (magnesium, sulfur and oxygen), attached to seven molecules of water.
The salts are generally safe, and the magnesium in its crystals is easily absorbed through the skin. However, if you are pregnant or have a medical condition, talk to your medical professional prior to using them.
Epsom salts are a natural exfoliants, and they are also used in anti-inflammatory remedies for sore muscles, dry skin, and small wounds. Here are some other Epsom salt hacks for health and beauty:
1. Hair Volumizer
Conditioner can leave your hair feeling oily and heavy. Instead, try an Epsom salt volumizer. Mix together one part conditioner and one part Epsom salt in a small bowl. Apply like conditioner and leave in for twenty minutes. Repeat weekly.
2. Sunburn Relief
The anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salts can soothe the excruciating pain of sunburn. Just put two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a cup of water and apply with a spray bottle.
3. Dry Lips
Epsom salt can remove dead, dry skin and make lips look fuller and healthier. Combine one teaspoon Epsom salt with two Tablespoons coconut oil and/or cacao butter, and rub it on lips.
4. Bug Bite Treatment
Epsom salt can take the sting out of the irritation and infection of bug bites. Mix 2 Tablespoons Epsom salt with one cup water in a medium sized bowl. Dip a washcloth into the solution and apply to the affected area.
5. Sore Muscle Relief
The anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salt ease the pain of sore muscles. Pour a cup of hot water into a small bowl and dissolve one teaspoon Epsom salt in the water. Put the mixture into the freezer to cool for twenty minutes.Clean and dry the affected area, then apply the cold mixture.
Epsom salt is an exfoliant that can soften tough callused skin on your feet. It leaves them feeling fresh, at a fraction of the cost of a professional pedicure. Mix half a cup of Epsom salt into warm soapy water. Dr. Bronner’s soap is recommended. Use a container big enough to hold your feet. Soak your feet for ten minutes, then take them out and dry them. Remove any nail polish and file or cut your toenails. Put your feet back in to soak for five more minutes. You’ll be pleased with the results.
7. Bee Sting Remedy
If you are stung by a bee, be aware of a possible allergic reaction. If you have severe swelling or trouble breathing, seek emergency medical help. Otherwise, mix two Tablespoons Epsom salt into a cup of cold water, soak a cotton washcloth in the mixture and apply to the affected area.