Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Spa Girl likes Epsom Salt

For as long as I can remember I have used Epsom salt in my bath. It was a favorite “cure all” of my mothers and now one of my own.  I use salts in my bath, and we all know how much I love a good bath!

Some will be surprised to know that Epsom salt have a wide variety of uses, not only in the spa, but this time-tested mineral compound has hundreds of uses from the kitchen to organic gardening.

The two major components of Epsom salt are magnesium and sulfate which helps improve sleep, relieves tired sore muscles, reduces swelling, eases stress, reduces inflammation, helps to flush toxins and soften the skin, and raises energy levels. It’s also a natural emollient and great skin exfoliator. You can also mix Epsom salt with your hair conditioner to add body to your hair. Not bad for a little salt you add to your bath. In fact the Epsom salt Council (yes there is such an organization) indicates you should soak with Epsom salt at least three times a week to look better and have more energy.

Epsom salt is not expensive and you can buy it in most health food stores, pharmacies or the grocery store. It doesn’t matter which brand you buy, as Epsom salt is Epsom salt.

Here are some other tips from the Epsom salt Council to create an at-home spa:
• Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with ¼ cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.

• Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix ½ TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.

• Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or ½ TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.

1 comment:

  1. Epsom salt is one of the dead sea salt that is very useful and can be use in food , garden and bathing.:)