Epsom salt is an inorganic salt which has been used for centuries due to its healing properties.
Its name is derived from the saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom salt is highly effective because it contains two essential components – magnesium and sulfate.

• Magnesium regulates about 300 enzymes in the human body which are essential for the overall health. The lack of this mineral may trigger hyperactivity, hypertension, cardiovascular issues and other health problems.

• Sulfates are necessary for numerous biological processes such as detoxification and formation of some important proteins.

Here is a list of 21 uses of Epsom salt you have probably never heard of:

1. Regulates the levels of blood sugar

According to the researchers, high magnesium levels promote the cardiovascular health. This mineral decreases the elevated blood pressure and improves the circulation in the body. Magnesium also increases the ability of the body to use insulin, thus regulating the levels of blood sugar.

2. Eliminates toxins from the body

The cells in the human body require magnesium to get rid of the toxin buildup. In order to encourage body detoxification, soak yourself in a detox bath. Put 1-2 cups of Epsom salt in your bathtub and soak for 15 minutes. Do this two or three times a week.

3. Treats bruises

Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in cold water and soak a washcloth in the solution. Then, apply it to your bruises.

4. Treats sunburns

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Epsom salt can treat sunburned skin. It soothes the irritation and alleviates the pain and itching. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a cup of water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Shake it well and spray it onto the affected area. Let it act for about ten minutes and then take a shower. For optimal results, repeat this treatment several times a week.

5. Acts as pest repellent

Spray Epsom salt on your plants to keep the insects and pests at bay. It won’t cause any damage to your plants because it is toxic-free.

6. Acts as a fertilizer

Put Epsom salt in the soil around your plants such as roses, peppers, tomatoes and palm trees.

7. Body scrub

After taking a shower, rub your skin with Epsom salt. This will remove the dead skin cells and make your skin softer.

8. Soothes bug bites

Add ¼ cup of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water and let it cool in a fridge. Soak a cotton pad into the solution and apply it to the bite. This will soothe the itching and pain.

9. Removes splinters

Epsom salt can increase the osmotic pressure on your skin which helps drawing the foreign bodies towards the skin surface. Prepare a solution of water and Epsom salt and soak the affected area.

10. Relieves muscle pain

Epsom salt bath promotes detoxification through the skin which in turn relieves the stiffness and muscle pain.

11. Stimulates digestion

Epsom salt encourages the toxin removal from the body and it is a perfect remedy for constipation due to its laxative properties. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach.

Note that you should consult your doctor first, since it may have some side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting.

12. Treats flu and cold

Prepare a hot bath and add some Epsom salt. This will help you to recover from colds and respiratory infections.

13. Improves the sleep quality

Epsom salt relaxes the body and improves the sleep quality. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add some Epsom salt before going to bed. This will elevate the levels of magnesium in your body which is important for alleviating stress, fatigue, joint pain and heart issues. You can add a cup of baking soda to the bath as well.

14. Removes the foot odor

Add some Epsom salt to warm water and soak your feet for 15 minutes. This will remove the pain and the unpleasant odor. Epsom salt can also reduce the inflammation, improve the blood circulation and soften your skin.

15. Removes burnt food from pans and pots

Remove the burnt food with Epsom salt. Add some soap and 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to hot water and scrub your pans and pots.

16. It helps your plants to grow better

To maximize the yield and keep your flowers, vegetables and plants healthy, sprinkle several tablespoons of Epsom salt at the base of your plants.

17. Improves the function of your nervous system

Owing to magnesium in its content, Epsom salt can regulate electrolytes in the body. Magnesium maintains the optimal level of calcium in the organism which in turn promotes the health of the nervous system.

18. Epsom salt delivers sulfates

According to some studies, Epsom salt plays an important role in the formation of joint protein, brain tissue and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. Sulfates stimulate the production of digestive enzymes and encourage the elimination of the environmental contaminants and medicine residues.

19. Alleviates headaches

Tension headaches usually come from tense muscles. The Epsom salt bath will relax the muscles in your shoulders, back and neck which in turn will alleviate your headache.

20. Reduces the stress

Epsom salt is a great stress-reliever. Prepare a soothing bath and add some Epsom salt. This will lift your mood, reduce the stress and strengthen your immune system.

21. Gets the grease out of your hair

Nobody wants greasy hair. Epsom salt pulls the excess oil out of your hair. All you have to do is to add a handful of this salt to your shampoo and rinse your hair on a regular basis.

Epsom salt side effects

Before you opt for Epsom salt make sure you consult your doctor first, especially if you suffer from upset stomach and diarrhea. Also, beware of the following side effects:

• Allergic reactions
• Dizziness and faintness
• Severe drowsiness
• Irregular heartbeat
• Muscle weakness or muscle paralysis
• Sweating

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