(Health Secrets) Epsom salt is a great way to increase magnesium intake, because it is a pure mineral compound composed of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt is a time tested favorite remedy for many health applications because of its ability to increase magnesium, including relaxing the nervous system and soothing the body, mind, and soul.
The magnesium content in Epsom salt is its prized component, and its ability to increase magnesium levels in the body is its crowning action. This is because magnesium helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and is essential in orchestrating a number of bodily functions. Magnesium aids in calcium absorption and plays a key role in the formation of bones and teeth. In its role of aiding calcium absorption, magnesium also protects against build up of plaque on arterial walls, which is the result of too much calcium in the blood. Additionally, magnesium is important in maintaining cardiovascular health by stabilizing heart rhythm, preventing abnormal blood clotting, and supporting normal blood pressure levels.
Magnesium lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes and helps in recovery from heart attack and stroke. Magnesium also maintains proper muscle function. Sadly, most Americans are deficient in this important mineral. Therefore, it is no wonder that the incidence of serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis, stress-related illnesses, and chronic fatigue is so prevalent. It is easy to see that the ability of Epsom salt to increase magnesium to optimal levels is why people have used it for such a long time.
Sulfates flush toxins, improve the absorption of nutrients, help form joint proteins, mucin proteins and brain tissue, and help prevent and ease migraine headaches.
Epsom salt has valuable beauty benefits in that it softens and exfoliates skin, and gives hair extra body. Epsom salt in the bath is a perfect way to ease stress. It replenishes the body’s levels of magnesium as it is absorbed through the skin.
Studies indicate that the magnesium absorbed during the bathing process may raise serotonin levels (the chemical in the brain that creates a feeling of wellbeing), and may offset excess levels of adrenalin caused by everyday stress. Studies have found that soaking in Epsom salt at least three times a week increases energy and stamina. Overall, an epsom salt bath makes you feel better and look better.
Following are some of the ways you can benefit from the use of Epsom salt:
To relieve stress: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to a bath and soak for at least 12 minutes. For a refreshing scent, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil.
To exfoliate: After showering, massage handfuls of Epsom Salt over wet skin.
To pamper weary feet, add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin of warm water. Soak for 20 minutes. You can then continue with your pedicure as usual, such as rubbing calluses away with a pumice stone. After drying your feet, you can add two drops of peppermint essential oil to a natural moisturizer and massage into the skin until it is thoroughly rubbed in.
In the dry of winter or the sun of summer, we become more susceptible to skin irritants. Epsom salt can help to relieve the discomfort by soothing dryness, itching and swelling. In such cases, the following remedies should bring welcome relief:
*Making a compress: Mix cold water and two tablespoons per cup of Epsom Salt. Soak a cotton washcloth in this mixture and apply to the affected area.
*Making a paste: Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a cup of hot water, making sure it dissolves. Put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Clean the affected area and pat dry. Apply the paste.
Besides its numerous health benefits, Epsom salt has household and gardening related uses, for example as a cleansing agent and a fertilizer for plants..
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