Wondrous Welfares of Epsom Salt
Many households have their share of Epsom Salt under the cabinet, above the laundry machine, or wherever else they keep their magic cleaning and healing tools. The list of benefits of Epsom Salt literally can go on and on. There are some people that don’t understand the difference between Epsom Salt and Table Salt. Epsom Salt is technically known as magnesium sulfate, while Table Salt is sodium chloride. So while they are both considered a salt, they are much different in their structure.
Two of the main benefits of Epsom Salt is its ability to aid in the relief of pain and cramps as well as to stimulate muscle and nerve function. Epsom Salt for such use is absorbed through the skin, most of which during a warm bath. The effects of both put together are amazing, and really do wonders on the body. Also, for the ladies, this is especially helpful during menstrual cramps. It helps ease muscles and calm the cramps. It may not help with everyone, so try it out to see if it works for you; I really hope it does!
Another great benefit is its use to relieve constipation. When dissolved into water and consumed, it turns into a saline laxative that can help move the bowels. Although this can be very helpful during times of need, it should only be used once a day, and if it doesn’t help after a couple days, you should seek a doctor’s opinion. To use this, dissolve 1 tsp. Epsom Salt in 6-8 ounces of warm water and drink.
As we talked about earlier, Epsom Salt can relieve pain, and one of the best uses for it is foot pain. For those that stand for long periods of time, this can be a dream come true. By soaking your feet in an Epsom Salt bath, it can give them the reprieve they need. While also relaxing them, it can also help treat athlete’s foot and foot fungi of different sorts. Other great uses of Epsom Salt are: washing grime build-up on dishes, cleaning tile grout, exfoliating skin, and even as a fertilizer for your garden!
Thanks for reading, and if you have other uses, please let us all know in the Comments section below!
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Kim Shapira MS, RD