The One Ingredient You Will Always Find In My Home
Magnesium Sulfate, more commonly known as Epsom Salt to some has to be an all-time favourite of mine. It is so incredibly beneficial and versatile that I recommend you make sure you too always have stock in the house.
For hundreds of years, Epsom Salts have been used by many different cultures. They have many different beneficial properties and can be used in gardening, detoxifying and healing the body as well as household cleaning products. They really are not too expensive and a sneaky tip is that they can actually be purchased in bulk at a discount in nurseries or garden centers. I love it for its health benefits!
My mum who has incredibly green fingers uses it in her garden often and it definitely shows. Whether it’s in her fruit and veg garden, which I often frequent, or on the lawn, the magnesium sulfate definitely makes a difference.
In my home, however, you’ll find it in my bathroom used in many different ways to create my very own home spa!
Epsom salt to create an at-home spa:
Epsom salt as a hair volumizer
Combine equal parts conditioner of your choice and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse
As a facial wash
Mix 1/2 tsp of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage the skin gently, rinse with cool water and pat dry. ( I don’t recommend doing this one often )
As an exfoliator
Ever heard of microdermabrasion, well now you can do it in the comfort of your own home and not pay a small fortune for it! It’s the same treatment many fancy spas use, without the oh so fancy price!
In a small bowl mix 1 part bicarbonate of soda with 2 parts Epsom Salts. I like to add in a little body wash or grapeseed oil to create a wet and smoothing exfoliating scrub.
Stand in the shower (you can wet your skin before hand) and scrub yourself down in the shower from top to toe and then rinse off and continue with your shower. Your skin will be left feeling baby soft!
Relax, reduce stress and ease your aches and pains.
Add two cups of Epsom salt to your bath water, Soak for at least 20 minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil, lavender oil or any other favourites for a refreshing scent. Magnesium sulfate is great to detoxify.
These are some of the benefits listed by the Epsom Salt Industry Council
- Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
- Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
- Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
- Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
- Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
- Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
- Improved oxygen use.
- Improved absorption of nutrients.
- Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
All this from a bath? Yes Please!! There are many different brands of Epsom salt, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most pharmacies or nurseries or even your local shop (in the baking section).
Other ways of improving your magnesium intake:
Improving your diet by drinking water rich in magnesium, drinking less alcohol, which depletes magnesium, and eating foods that contain a lot of minerals. Foods such as kelp, dark chocolate, almonds and other nuts, molasses, seafood and brown rice.
So treat yourselves and your little ones with a weekly home spa bath and reap the benefits! If you have any questions or want to get in touch please do. I love hearing from you! Or simply share your thoughts below.
If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
Love and health,
“Mama Wolf” x
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