Epsom Salt & how to use it

Epsom Salt is a mineral compound of magnesium sulphate – MgSO (Magnesium, Sulphur & Oxygen).  Magnesium regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduce inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, prevent artery hardening. Sulphates help to improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and ease migraines.  Some said it helps to improve the condition of depression too.

Sounds great?  That’s not all.  Let me list down what you can do with it from head to toe. 

Remove hairspray – Combine 3L of water, 1 cup of lemon juice and Epsom salt.  Keep the solution for 24 hours.  Pour over the dry hair and leave it for 20 minutes before shampooing as per normal.

Hair volumizer – dissolve equal part of Epsom salt and in warm water, mix well with conditioner and leave in hair for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Scrub – 0.5 tsp Epsom salt, 1 tbsp sweet almond or jojoba oil and 0.5 tbsp baking soda. Mix them into a paste and massage around the face, rinse thorough

Epsom Salt is known to protect the elasticity of the arteries, prevent blood clot and improve blood circulation.

How? Soak 1 cup of salt into a bathtub of warm water. Stay in the tub for at least 20 minutes to get the maximum benefit.  If you can’t soak in a tub since not everyone owns one in Singapore, at least soak your feet 3 times a week.

(Just to clarify here when I refer to 1 cup is meant for adult with with such issues. If you are using for muscle relaxant or on children, please reduce to 0.5 cup or even just 2 tbsp.  It really depend on the size of the person)

Another question is to rinse or not to rinse?  Of course we do rinse! The salt has draw out the toxin from your skin and you need to rinse them off. For me, it should be the last thing I am doing before I turn in for the night.  This ensure that I do get a good night sleep as well.

I personally think that this will help with my high blood pressure and heart issue that I have.  Epsom salt is the most inexpensive way to improve my health in this instance.

In Chinese it is called 泻盐 aka diarrhea salt.  The salt can be used to treat constipation, detoxifying agent for colon cleansing.  However, I must warn you that you cannot consume Epsom salt without the guidance of a physician.

Soothe sprain and ache especially after sports.  Soak the leg in warm water salt solution for at least 20 minutes to relive the pain.

Gout - This is to ease the discomfort by reducing inflammation.  Soak the leg in warm water with 2-3 tbsp of salt.  I personally think that a few drops of lemongrass essential oil will accelerate the recovery.

Do you know of any more ways of using Epsom Salt?  Please comment.

Let me share a fun video on making bath bomb with epsom salt here