What makes Epsom salt so special compared with other salts?
Lets clear up the name first. Epsom salt is not actually salt, but is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate (Magnesium Sulfate)
The beautifying & therapeutic benefits of Epsom salt is countless. Studies have shown that magnesium sulfate are readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt a very effective beauty ingredient, and very popular for household and therapeutic products.
Find out the uses and benefits of Epsom salt.
1) Epsom Salt Bath
This is a very popular use for the Epsom salt. It’s easy and effective. Simply pour 2 – 4 cup full of Epsom salt into a hot bath and hop in for 20 minutes for instant beautifying and therapeutic results. You will emerge with softer, more hydrated skin, a relaxed nervous system, relieved back pain or aching limbs, relieved muscle strain, and relieved cold and congestion conditions.
Magnesium Sulfate is excellent in drawing toxins from the body. The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.
Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.
To spice up your bath, add a few drops of aromatherapy oil, such as lavender or tea tree, to make it even more relaxing.
For a great Epsom salt bath, try Bella Lucce Ancient Red Sea Salt Soak for the ultimate relaxation and detoxifying experience.
2) Epsom Salt Exfoliator
When in the shower or bath, grab a hand full of Epsom salt and gently rub across your body to help with the exfoliation process. Your skin will feel smooth, and you’ll notice an immediate lifting and constricting of the skin. Epsom Salt has amazing detoxifying properties and melts into the skin with water. The Epsom salt is not as jaggered as normal salt making the exfoliation process comfortable for all skin types.
Unlike sea salt which can linger on your skin, Epsom salt rinses away completely using water.
3) Epsom Salt Foot Spa
Soaking your feet in Epsom salt for 20 minutes can help relax the tired feet muscles and soften the hardened calluses. The Epsom salt will help your feet to retain moisture, eliminate toxins and relieve stress. They’ll feel and smell better after the soak. Great for those with athletes foot, toenail fungus, or foot sprains.
4) Epsom Salt for the Hair
Using Epsom salt as part of your scalp and hair care routine will allow you to exfoliate your scalp, absorb excess oil, remove buildup from hair products and add volume to your hair.
To add volume, combine 3 tablespoons of deep conditioner with 3 tablespoons of Epsom Salt. Heat up the mixture for 20 seconds in a microwave and work it through your hair from scalp to ends and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water. This will help promote body and life in your hair.
Epsom salt is also effective in removing excess oil from the hair. This can be done by adding nine teaspoons of the salt to one-half cup of your shampoo and applying one tablespoon to dry hair. Rinse thoroughly.