Many athletes understand the benefits of soaking in warm water with Epsom salt, but this gem possesses many more advantages than merely soothing backaches and pain.
Epsom salt is not technically a salt, but rather a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. It was named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.
There are numerous ways to use Epsom salt that many people are not aware of. Here are six ways you can use Epsom salt now and even in a state of emergency.
- Say Goodbye to Rashes and Irritation. Epsom salt can be used to alleviate any type of skin irritation. That includes sunburns, bug bites, even poison ivy. It’s a helpful everyday life hack. But it can be particularly useful in a crisis should you find yourself stranded in the wilderness. What to Do: Take a hot cup of water and dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salt in it. Chill it for 20 minutes and a paste will form that you can apply to the skin. If you’re in the house, put it in the refrigerator. If you have no electricity and the weather is cold, just let it sit outside.
- Splinter Removal. It’s a pain trying to remove splinters with tweezers. Epsom salt makes it easier to get those annoying splinters out. What to Do: Whether you’re in the comfort of your home or pulled over on the side of the road, dilute water in a bowl with Epsom salt. Then place the splintered area in the water and let it soak for five minutes. The solution will soften the splinter for you.
- All-Natural Laxative. Constipation happens. There’s no need to be embarrassed. In the case of emergency, your nearest drugstore will most likely not be open. What to Do: Simply dissolve a teaspoon of Epsom salt in water and drink it. It’s proven to loosen things up for you. Since everyone’s health states are different, please check with your doctor before digesting Epsom salt.
- Remove Those Bruises. How many times have you bumped your knee or elbow into the sharp end of furniture? It’s common. If you find yourself bruised, Epsom salt has a remedy for that, too. What to Do: Put two teaspoons of Epsom salt and water into a cold compress. Then apply the compress to the bruised area. Over time, you’ll notice that the compress will help the bruise fade.
- Your Homemade Eye Wash. If you wear contacts, you know that eye drops from the pharmacy can do wonders for dry or irritated eyes. But here’s a trick that you can do with Epsom salt that will clean out your eyes. And it’s not just for those who wear contacts. What to Do: Dissolve Epsom salt into warm water and use it as an eyewash. This solution is proven to help with sties, cataracts and conjunctivitis.
- Detox, Detox, Detox. People engage in all types of silly diets to clean out their systems nowadays, some or which are unhealthy. Not to mention that there are many man-made pills used for “cleansing” that are downright dangerous. For a healthier option, there’s colon cleansing, but that’s expensive. Epsom salt removes the toxins without breaking the bank. What to Do: Add two teaspoons of Epsom salt to eight ounces of water.
Everyone can have different reactions to digesting Epsom salt. So please check with your doctor before doing so. Also if you have pains that continue, contact your doctor.