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					                                                                   * Flush Toxins
The Many Uses of Epsom
                                                                   * Improve absorption of
salts                                                              nutrients

I remember as a kid when my Great Aunt Grace would put             * Help form joint Proteins,
some Epsom Salts in a dish pan, add really warm water and          brain tissue and mucin
soak her feet because they hurt.                                   Proteins

So, to me, that's what Epsom Salts was all about - a remedy        * Help prevent or ease
for painful joints in old folks. Little did I know!                Migraine Headaches

Times have changed - or have they?                                 The Many Uses of Epsom
                                                                   Salts...
All the talk about 'Natural Remedies' and 'getting back to
basics' always floors me because my great aunt and my              1) Wash your face before
grandmothers were all doing this stuff when I was a little girl.   going to bed
So did my mom...and so have I. So, for me, there's been no
'getting back to' anything.                                        According to recent studies
                                                                   in the Journal of the
However, I'm not too old to learn and since learning is one        American Academy of
thing I LOVE to do, I decided to learn more about Epsom            Dermatology, deposits of
Salts after reading a snippet on detoxification. Here's what       nicotine and carbon
I've found.                                                        monoxide (from
                                                                   secondhand smoke and
Studies show these benefits from the major components of           pollution) can wreck havoc
Epsom Salt may:                                                    on the skin..

Magnesium:                                                         To cleanse your face - Mix
                                                                   a half-teaspoon of Epsom
* Ease stress and improves sleep and Concentration                 Salt with your regular
                                                                   cleansing cream. Just
* Help muscles and nerves function properly                        massage into skin and rinse
                                                                   with cold water.
* Regulate activity of 325%2B enzymes
                                                                   2) Troubleshoot with the
* Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots                    right homemade mask

* Make Insulin more effective                                      Apply this mask in the
                                                                   shower, to your damp face,
* Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps            to lock in the moisture. For
                                                                   normal to oily skin, mix 1
* Improve oxygen use                                               tablespoon of cognac, 1
                                                                   egg, 1/4 cup of nonfat dry
Sulfates:                                                          milk, the juice of 1 Lemon,
                                                                   and a half-teaspoon of
Epsom Salt. For normal to dry skin mix 1/4 cup of grated            The salts do wonders for
Carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of        the hair, absorbing oil from
Epsom Salt.                                                         problem hair by adding 8
                                                                    tablespoons of Epsom salts
3) Smoother Softer Skin                                             to a half a cup of shampoo
                                                                    that's formulated for oily
Pour two cups into a bath of warm water. Lean back and              hair. Put a tablespoon of
relax. As you soak, the natural action of Epsom Salt helps          the shampoo mixture on
soften the rough, dry patches of your skin. You can also rub        dry hair and work it in and
Epsom salts all over the body, while wet, then rinse and towel      around the scalp area,
off. Rubbing Epsom salts directly on the body exfoliates skin       rinsing it out with cold
and leaves it smooth and silky. They make a great gift to give      water. To rinse it well, and
someone when you put them in a nice glass jar with lid and tie      further treat oily hair, pour
on a pretty ribbon. You can add scent to them by sprinkling         a cup of apple cider
them with essential oil. Or mix Epsom salts with baby oil and       vinegar over the hair, leave
keep by the sink if you wash your hands a lot.                      on for 5 minutes, and then
                                                                    rinse with cool water.
4) Add Body to Your Hair
                                                                    7) Soak out splinters
Combine 3 tablespoons of deep conditioner with 3
tablespoons of Epsom Salt. Microwave the mixture for 20             Did you know, for
seconds. Work the warm mixture through your hair from               instance, that soaking a
scalp to ends and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm          splinter in Epsom salts can
water. Promotes body and life in your hair and restores curl to     release the splinter and
permed hair.                                                        help the area to heal?

5) Remove Hairspray and Gel Buildup                                 8) Make a poultice pack
                                                                    for strains or sprains
Combine a gallon of distilled water, a cup of Lemon juice
(fresh or bottled), and 1 cup of Epsom Salt. Cap the mixture        If you have any strained
and let it sit for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into    muscles or sprains, you
your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as        can take 1/2 to 1 cup of
normal.                                                             Epsom salts and make a
                                                                    "pack" with it to place on
5) Soak tired, aching feet (this one sounds familiar!)              the affected area, wrap
                                                                    with hot towel and allow it
Soak aching, tired feet in a pan of water with half a cup of        to rest for 20 minutes. TIP:
Epsom salts and not only will your feet feel better, but they'll    This can be a lot less
smell better too. Epsom salts work to neutralize odor and           messy and more relaxing if
soften skin. Soak feet until they feel better then rinse and dry    done in the bath.
well. A full bath should contain 2 cups of Epsom salts for
relief of tired feet, back muscles, legs or just as a way to have   9) Helps prevent hardening
softer skin.                                                        of arteries and blood clots

6) Combat oily hair                                                 Epsom Salt is also believed
                                                                    to help prevent Heart
Disease and strokes by lowering blood pressure, protecting          liters) of water. Spread on
the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing     your lawn and then water it
the risk of sudden Heart Attack deaths.                             with plain water to make
                                                                    sure it soaks into the grass.
10) Makes Insulin more effective
                                                                    16) Clean bathroom tiles
This salt also increases the effectiveness of Insulin, helping to
lower the risk or severity of Diabetes.                             Is the tile in your bathroom
                                                                    getting that grungy look?
11) Essential to plant health                                       Time to bring in the
                                                                    Epsom salt. Mix it in equal
Most plants to survive good health need nutrients like              parts with liquid dish
magnesium and sulfur. Magnesium Sulfate Crystals when               detergent, then dab it onto
added to the soil, provides vital nutrients to help prevent loss    the offending area and start
of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the            scrubbing. The Epsom salt
chlorophyll molecule), yellowing leaves. Epsom Salt makes           works with the detergent to
the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen,                scrub and dissolve the
phosphorus, potassium) more effective.                              grime.

12) Get rid of raccoons                                             17) Regenerate a car
                                                                    battery
Are the masked night marauders poking around your trash
can, creating a mess and raising a din? A few tablespoons of        Is your car battery starting
Epsom salt spread around your garbage cans will deter the           to sound as if it won't turn
raccoons, who don't like the taste of the stuff. Don't forget to    over? Worried that you'll
reapply after it rains.                                             be stuck the next time you
                                                                    try to start your car? Give
13) Deter slugs                                                     your battery a little more
                                                                    life with this potion.
Are you tired of visiting your yard at night only to find the       Dissolve about an ounce of
place crawling with slimy slugs? Sprinkle Epsom salt where          Epsom salt in warm water
they glide and say good-bye to the slugs.                           and add it to each battery
                                                                    cell.
14) Fertilize tomatoes and other plants
                                                                    18) Get rid of blackheads
Want those Big Boys to be big? Add Epsom salt as a
foolproof fertilizer. Every week, for every foot of height of       Here's a surefire way to
your tomato plant, add one tablespoon. Your tomatoes will be        dislodge blackheads: Mix
the envy of the neighbor-hood. Epsom salt is also a good            1 teaspoon Epsom salt and
fertilizer for houseplants, roses and other flowers, and trees.     3 drops iodine in 1/2 cup
                                                                    boiling water. When the
15) Make your grass greener                                         mixture cools enough to
                                                                    stick your finger in it,
How green is your valley? Not green enough, you say?                apply it to the blackhead
Epsom salt, which adds needed magnesium and iron to your            with a cotton ball. Repeat
soil, may be the answer. Add 2 tablespoons to 1 gallon (3.7         this three or four times,
reheating the solution if necessary. Gently remove the
blackhead and then dab the area with an alcohol-based
astringent.

19) Frost your windows for Christmas

If you are dreaming of a white Christmas, but the weather
won't cooperate, at least you can make your windows look
frosty. Mix Epsom salt with stale beer until the salt stops
dissolving. Apply the mixture to your windows with a sponge
-- for a realistic look, sweep the sponge in an arc at the bottom
corners. When the mixture dries, the windows will look
frosted.

20) Relieves Constipation

Numerous studies have revealed that Epsom Salt can also be
used to treat Constipation. The salt acts like a Laxative. It
increases the water in the intestines and can bring about
temporary relief from Constipation. However, it is strictly
warned that Epsom Salts should not be used to relieve
Constipation without the consultation of a physician as it may
prove to be harmful in some cases. For occasional
Constipation or irregularity, adults can mix 2 to 4 teaspoons
into water until dissolved and drink. Kids 6 to 12 take half of
that. This can be used twice a day by taking the first
treatment, waiting 4 hours and taking the second dosage if
necessary.

				
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