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Benefits of Epsom Salt!

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Epsom Salt has been around for centuries and has fast gained popularity in home treatments. You probably know that it is great for relieving joint pains, but that Epsom salt is a suitable laxative or an excellent stress reliever as well.

What exactly is Epsom Salt?

It is a naturally occurring mineral, first discovered by Nehemiah Grew in 1695 at a bitter saline spring around Epsom in Surry, England.

Epsom Salt is a pure magnesium sulfate heptahydrate mineral compound. Magnesium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body; a deficiency of which can cause dietary, nervous, and heart-related anomalies. Using Epsom salt in baths helps in the absorption of magnesium throughout the body.

 

Here are a few health benefits of this miracle alternative compound.

  1. Reducing pain and inflammation

Epsom salt helps in reducing swelling and pain. Magnesium is proven to help people suffering from arthritis and fibromyalgia. By applying a solution of Epsom salt directly to the affected areas you can reduce pain and tenderness in maladies such as arthritis. Alternatively, you can even soak yourself in an Epsom salt bath to allow for magnesium to be absorbed directly.

Unfortunately, our body finds it difficult to absorb magnesium when taken as a supplement which makes Epsom salt baths a salient way to ingest magnesium and sulfates in the body.

  1. Improving insulin sensitivity

Magnesium has been known to increase insulin sensitivity. People with diabetes can find it very difficult to regulate their glucose levels, especially after a processed and sugary meal. There are many other modern health problems apart from type 2 diabetes, which are directly linked to insulin resistance, such as metabolic resistance. By taking regular Epsom salt baths, you improve magnesium content in your body, which further helps in controlling blood sugar.

  1. Relieving headaches

Even though the cause of headaches and migraines is not clear, many studies strongly point towards magnesium deficiency. An Epsom salt bath enables your body to regulate magnesium levels in your body better. A stellar hot soak goes a long way in relaxing your muscles and quickly eases your headache if you have one.

  1. Laxative and detoxifier

 The best way to take Epsom salt is orally mixed in water. This is a useful laxative as it replaces magnesium in your body, which is necessary to relieve constipation. Drinking a glassful of Epsom salt water can also aid in detoxifying your body. If you have trouble stomaching the taste, you can even soak in Epsom salt baths to replenish magnesium.

  1. Degrease oily hair

If you suffer from oily hair, then simply add a small handful of Epsom salt to your regular shampoo. Wash your hair normally and you should notice the difference. You can even mix equal parts of Epsom salt to equal parts of your hair conditioner. Your hair should shine after this which will only magnify your appearance.

  1. Face scrub

You can get baby soft skin right at home with Epsom salt scrubs. Simply mix a teaspoon to your favorite cream and apply to your face in a circular motion. This will get rid of all dead skin cells and leave you with soft, supple, smooth, and glowing skin. You can also use an Epsom salt mix with petroleum jelly to de-flake your lips and make them smoother.

  1. Pedicure at home

After a tiring day, an at-home pedicure is just what you need. You can soften calluses and remove dead skin with the help of Epsom salt. All you need to do is mix ½ cup of this salt into a tub filled with warm water and soak for about 15 minutes. Not only will this soak rejuvenate you, it will also soften hard skin and calluses. To completely remove the dead skin, you can take about a handful of Epsom salt in damp hands and scrub your foot. However, do not forget to moisturize afterwards.

  1. Sunburns and bug bites

In case you are left with an angry red splotch on your skin after a day of hustle in the sunshine, Epsom salt is the cure you need. In a sprayer, you can dissolve four teaspoons full of Epsom salt in a cup of water. Mix it well and spray it directly onto sunburn to reduce irritation and redness. Apply the same mixture to get relief from itchy bug bites as well.

  1. Handwash

If you suffer from dry skin after washing your hands with regular soap, you might want to switch to Epsom salts. Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and baby oil and keep in little bottles next to every sink in your house. Your hands will feel smooth and healthy after every wash.

  1. Blackheads

Exfoliate your skin first to remove oil and dirt from your pores. Thereafter, mix one teaspoon of Epsom salt and four drops of iodine solution in a cup of hot water. Once the mixture has cooled to a pleasantly warm temperature, apply it directly to the affected skin (usually on the nose bridge and under the lower lip.) Let it dry completely before you wash with warm water. A continuous use at least once a week will give you fantastic results against blackheads.

  1. Gardening

Epsom salt can help your vegetables grow at a faster rate. By sprinkling a tablespoon of this salt around the base of your plant a couple of times in a year will get you a very lush garden. It works especially well with tomatoes and other fruits. However, you need to ensure that your prized treasures are at least 12 inches tall. It is useful for indoor plants as well. Rather than putting it on the soil, mix it with the water you use for watering your plants.

  1. Tile cleaner

Epsom salt works really well in cleaning tiles. You do not have to use harmful and toxic chemicals anymore. Simply mix equal parts of liquid soap to Epsom salt and rub away.

  1. Splinter removal

A 10-minute soak in Epsom salt solution can make the whole process easy and less painful. Epsom salt softens the skin and makes it very easy to remove splinter.

  1. Dishwasher

If you have expensive cookware, then Epsom salt can work wonders for you. Removing stuck food and old cooking stains is very easy to remove with Epsom salt. Sprinkle a handful of these salts on pots and pans and scrub as normal. The abrasive texture of magnesium sulfate will make even the hardest of stains easy to remove.

  1. Clean your washing machine

After a time you would find gunk buildup on the inside surface of your washers. Detergents, cleaners, and other contaminants build up inside the washers and affect the capability of your machines. Cleaning your washing machine is very simple. Just fill it with hot water and pour a cup of Epsom Salt and a quart of clean vinegar. Let it cycle around a bit and then leave for an hour for the solution to soak. Afterwards, remove the water and wipe clean.

 

Epsom salt is natural and free of chemicals. It comes with a variety of benefits and is proven useful in many things. Apart from helping with aches and pains, it helps keep your skin supple and soft. It works well in cleaning your skin as an exfoliation agent and your insides as a laxative. You can add it to your cleaning regimen to avoid keeping toxic chemicals in your household. Epsom salt is indeed your miracle compound.

 

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Household uses of Eggshells

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Fertilize Your Garden

Before using eggshells as fertilizer, be sure to rinse and remove the clear inner membrane of the eggshells and set them out to dry. Place the dry eggshells in a large and secure container. After filling the container with plenty of eggshells, mash them into fine bits with either a steel or wooden spoon. Once spring temperatures have softened the soil in your garden, sprinkle the ground eggshells into the soil; this will add a healthy dose of calcium carbonate.

Create a Non-Toxic Abrasive Cleaner

Say goodbye to chemical-based household cleaners that are tough on your hands and rough on your nose. There is a non-toxic compromise that involves, yeah, you guessed it, eggshells! Gather a dozen or so eggshells and place them on a baking sheet. You can either naturally dry the eggshells outside with sunlight, or put them in the oven for a few minutes on low heat. Using a mortar and pestle, coffee grinder or high-speed blender, blend the eggshells until they turn into a fine powder. In a mason jar, add three cups of baking soda, the cup of eggshell powder and mix them with vinegar or water. This formula works great on various surfaces, from pots and pans to shower doors and toilet bowl rings.

Start a Garden

Grow indoor plants all year round using this simple and effective trick. The next time you decide to make an egg-inspired recipe, cut the top off the shell of each egg and pour the egg out. This will help preserve most of the shell’s length. Carefully rinse the eggshell before storing. Remember not to toss out the egg carton, as it will be used to grow the plants. After the shells have fully dried, use a sharp needle or awl to poke a hole in the bottom of each shell– it will help with water drainage. Place an eggshell in each carton divot, then fill the eggshell halfway with soil and place seeds in the soil. With a spray bottle, mist the soil and keep the carton in the sun. Water regularly and watch for sprouts, as it may be time to transfer the plants into a pot or garden.

Make a Metal Thermos Stain Remover

You might be all too familiar with this problem– the daily hassle of trying to remove the brown streaks left inside of your favorite drink container. While it may be a struggle to keep your thermos spot-free, there is a helpful solution you can use–eggshells! Fill the thermos with eggshells a third of the way and add warm or hot water. Close the thermos and shake well for a few minutes. The mixture should rid your thermos of all stains.

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

What better way to earn points with your kids, nieces, and nephews than by making your own DIY sidewalk chalk! You can use household items like eggshells, flour, and food coloring to make the process fun. Then get ready to watch the little ones paint masterpieces on the sidewalk.

Mix with Coffee Grounds

Trying new coffee brands can be hit or miss at times, but just in case you’ve bought coffee that is too bitter and still have a lot left, try your hand at this easy hack. Once you’ve thoroughly rinsed the eggshell in vinegar, followed by a quick splash of water, set it out to fully dry. After they are completely dried, mix the crumbled eggshell into the coffee grounds the next morning. Rich in alkaline calcium carbonate, the eggshells help neutralize the coffee’s acidity.

Feed Birds

You hear them chirping and see them in the trees, but why not help feed these little creatures using eggshells? Cover a baking tray with eggshells and bake them at 250 degrees until they are dry; they will then be brittle enough to be easily crushed. Spread the mixture of eggshells in a bird feeder or scatter them on the ground for birds to munch on. It not only provides a great source of calcium for the birds, but also helps females during the spring, as this is their prime time for laying eggs.

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