8 things you may not know about epsom salt
Epsom salt is one of the cheapest and simplest remedies for relaxation – here are eight things about epsom salt that you might not know.
Epsom salt get its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England, where a magnesium-rich spring was first discovered hundreds of years ago, drawing people to the town to try the therapeutic (but very bitter!) water. Most people use epsom salt for its magnesium content, as they actually contain magnesium sulfate.
The most popular way to use epsom salt is in the bath for relaxation and to soothe muscles– try adding 1 to 2 cups under running water and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Want to take your epsom salt bath to the next level? Essential oils are a simple way to get the spa experience at home. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oils straight to the bath. Alternatively, reward yourself with a DIY jar of bath salts, by adding both epsom salt and essential oils to an upcycled glass jar.
Cracked and dry feet a problem? Epsom salt can help to soften the skin and may reduce foot odour. Add one cup of epsom salt to a foot bath and soak for about 20 minutes.
The salt-like texture of epsom salt make them the perfect ingredient for home-made face and body scrubs. Simply combine epsom salt, a carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil) and a few drops of your favourite essential oil and use as a gentle exfoliant.
Even your garden can benefit from epsom salt. Gardeners claim that epsom salt can improve flowering and boost the green colour of leaves. A very diluted solution can be sprayed directly onto the leaves or used to water the plant directly.
Looking for a cheap and natural cleaner? Epsom salt is used by many people as a cleaner for grout and tiles. It is usually combined with dishwashing liquid to create an effective cleaner. Importantly, be sure to wipe the tiles clean with water afterwards, as they may be slippery.
While epsom salt is approved by the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration in the USA) for use as a laxative when taken orally, they can be quite harsh. Speak to our in-store naturopaths and nutritionists who can recommend other options, including dietary advice. And remember, laxatives should only ever be used short-term.
And last but not least, epsom salt is available at your local Flannerys. Find them in our bulk bins, or in a variety of pre-packaged options.
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