The Power of Epsom Salts

You’ve probably heard about them before and wondered “What on Earth is that?!” 

Epsom salt usage is becoming increasingly popular, and there’s good reason why. I myself use Epsom salts once or twice a week in a bath, and as and when I feel I need it in a foot soak, too.

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Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, which therefore, makes it a great source of magnesium. Some thyroid patients will use these salts in a bath or foot soak instead of taking magnesium supplements. The magnesium is absorbed through the skin and in to the body.

Uses?

A  bath with Epsom salts can help you unwind and get ready for bed; relaxing muscles and leaving you feeling de-stressed.  The magnesium in the salts relieve stress by promoting the production of serotonin and reducing the effects of adrenaline. Magnesium is also important in the production of energy and helping us to feel invigorated, but without feelings of restlessness/anxiety.

Many people (including myself) state that Epsom salts help their aching muscles and tired legs/feet, headaches and sprains. With cold and flu season underway, you could try soaking in Epsom salts as it should ease muscle aches and pains and help you get a good night’s rest. You may even recover faster. It’s been stated that it may also speed up healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count, as well as improve circulation and lower blood pressure.

Itchy and burning skin can also be alleviated with an Epsom salt bath or compress.

Both magnesium and sulfate (Epsom salts’ ingredients) help to improve production and use of insulin. Therefore, regular intake of them may help to regulate blood sugar, lowering the risk of diabetes.

Although I’ve never tried this, Epsom salts can also be used as a laxative, apparently! This site suggests dissolving one teaspoon of Epsom salts into a cup of warm water and drinking it.

Epsom salts can also help to remove a splinter when used as a bath or compress against the affected area.

Other interesting uses include mixing it in to your conditioner to created a hair mask rich in magnesium, and using it to take away dry patches on skin and lips. You could also mix some of the salts in to your face wash to create an exfoliating cleanser.

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given, but more reading and references can also be found at:

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/20-epsom-salt-uses/

http://thehealthyapple.com/hypothyroidism/ 

http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/

http://www.curejoy.com/content/health-benefits-epsom-salts/

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-Rachel

About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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