Epsom salt has been used for centuries. Its uses range from gardening to body detoxification. However, taking in mind that Epsom salt is not actually salt — it is a compound that occurs naturally as a combination of magnesium and sulfate.

It got its name from the saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Taking into consideration that Epsom salt consists of magnesium and sulfate, it is no wonder why it is so effective.

Magnesium regulates more than 300 enzymes in the body essential for the overall health. Magnesium deficiency results in hypertension, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health contidions.

Sulfates are essential for many biological processes, including flushing toxins out of the body and creating certain proteins.

In this article we give you 20 uses of Epsom salt, and make sure you enjoy its benefits:

1. Regulate blood sugar

Researchers have confirmed that increased magnesium levels promote protect heart by improving circulation and decreasing blood pressure. Magnesium increases body’s ability to use insulin.

Magnesium helps in sustaining calcium levels in blood.Sulfates cannot be easily obtained through the food you choose but these are absorbed through the skin.

Sulfates stimulate the pancreas to produce digestive systems and aid in the detoxification process. Epsom salt flushes toxins and heavy metals out of the cells, relieve muscle pain and stimulates the body to eliminate dangerous substances.

2. Detoxification

Epsom salt assists in the elimination of toxins from the body. Cells require enough magnesium. It also assists in the elimination of environmental contaminants that affect health.

Pamper yourself with a nice detox bath. Stir 1-2 cups of Epsom salt in your bathtub and soak in for 10-15 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a week.

3. Fade bruises

Soak a washcloth in a combination of cold water and Epsom salt to lessen the appearance of bruises. Use 2 tablespoons per cup and apply the compress to the skin.

4. Treat sunburns

Epsom salt soothes sunburned skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help in treating mild sunburn irritation including itching and pain. Epsom salt also maintains an even skin tone.

For sunburned hands and legs, combine 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and a cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray the combination on the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes. Take a shower. Repeat the treatment several times a week for optimal results.

You can also fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and stir in a cup of Epsom salt. Make sure the crystals dissolve completely. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and soak in for 20 minutes.

5. Pest control

Epsom salt is an excellent solution for lawn pests and natural insect control. Spraying solution on the lawn controls the insects without even damaging the grass. It is toxic-free. Dry Epsom salt deters slugs and snails.

6. Fertilizer

Some plants require tons of food, especially those lovely roses. Put some Epsom salt in the soil around the roses during the blooming season for a more beautiful, and long-lasting flowers. Palm trees, tomatoes, and peppers love Epsom salt.

7. Body scrub

After taking shower, rub some Epsom salt on your skin. CIrcular movements work best. In this way you can remove any dead skin cells and make your skin super soft.

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