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Six benefits you can gain from Epsom salt

Epsom salts (Magnesium sulfate)

by Frank Bates

If you grew up in an athletic household and complained about the aches and pains associated with your sport, you probably heard this response at one time or another: “Just take a bath with Epsom salt.”

Athletes certainly understand the benefits of Epsom salt and love to soak their ailing bodies in it. But it provides many more perks than merely soothing backaches and pain.

Epsom salt is not technically a salt, but rather a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It was named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.

There are numerous ways to use Epsom salt that many people are not aware of. Here are six of them for now and during a state of emergency.

  1. Rashes and irritation. Epsom salt can be used to alleviate any type of skin irritation. That includes sunburns, bug bites and poison ivy. It can be particularly useful if you’re stranded in the wilderness. What to do: Dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salt in a cup of hot water. Chill it for 20 minutes and a paste will form that you can apply to the skin. Keep it in the refrigerator, but if there’s no electricity and the weather is cold, let it sit outside.
  2. Splinter removal. It’s a pain trying to remove splinters with tweezers, but Epsom salt makes it easier. What to do: Dilute water in a bowl with Epsom salt. Then place the splintered area in the water and let it soak for five minutes. The solution will soften the splinter for you.
  3. All-natural laxative. Constipation happens. In the case of emergency, your nearest drugstore will most likely not be open. What to do: Dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salt in water and drink it. It’s proven to loosen things up for you. But check with your doctor before digesting Epsom salt.
  4. Remove bruises. How many times have you bumped your knee or elbow into the sharp end of furniture? If you find yourself bruised, Epsom salt has a remedy for that. What to do: Put two teaspoons of Epsom salt and water into a cold compress. Then apply the compress to the bruised area. Over time, you’ll notice that the compress will help the bruise fade.
  5. Homemade eye wash. If you wear contacts, you know that eye drops from the pharmacy can do wonders for dry or irritated eyes. But here’s a trick that you can do with Epsom salt that will clean out your eyes, regardless of whether you wear contacts. What to do: Dissolve Epsom salt into warm water and use it as an eyewash. This solution is proven to help with sties, cataracts and conjunctivitis.
  6. Detox, detox, detox. People engage in all types of diets to clean out their systems nowadays, some of which are unhealthy. Not to mention that there are many man-made pills used for “cleansing” that are downright dangerous. For a healthier option, Epsom salt removes toxins without breaking the bank. What to do: Add two teaspoons of Epsom salt to eight ounces of water, then drink it.
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