What if we told you there's a diamond in the rough that costs a little under your daily cappuccino Starbucks and can help fight a number of beauty and health problems? It might sound too good to be true, but this miracle worker overlooked does exist. It's Epsom Salt. Epsom consists of two minerals–magnesium and sulfate–and normally costs less than 10 dollars. You may have written it off in your grandparents ‘ bathroom, but Epsom salt has a number of practical and effective applications. Stock it up to take advantage of the following:
1. Hair Volumizer
According to Jim Hill, president of the Epsom Salt Council, Epsom salt can also be used as a hair volumizer, since it's great at removing gunk. It will definitely give hair more body.”
2. For sunburn relief
Epsom salt can be added to a soaking bath to provide relief from itching and pain from your sunburn.
3. Mildly exfoliates the skin
According to Andrew C. Krakowski, M.D., a dermatologist in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, ” People use Epsom salt as an exfoliator, a blackhead reduction [method], and a standard facial cleanser.”
4. Improves Your Bone Health
According to Sabrina Sarabella, a certified personal trainer, “Because Epsom salt has magnesium, taking a bath in the product allows users to absorb the element, which can help with bone health.”
5. Relieve itchy skin and bug bites
If there are multiple stings or bites, an Epsom salt bath can provide a wonderful bit of relief.
6. Relaxes the Mind
According to David Jockers, a chiropractor in Kennesaw, Georgia, “regularly turn electronics off, throw on some music, lower the lights, and soak in the tub in an Epsom salt bath. It’s really good for relaxation” A study discovered that Epsom salt helps to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.
7. Acne Treatment
Epsom salt contains magnesium which gives the salt its acne curing powers. Magnesium eases the nervous system which in turn helps fight stress and also soothes the pain and swelling during an acne breakout.
8. Cold and Flu Relief
Epsom salts are high in magnesium and are especially useful during cold and flu season.
9. Temporarily Reduces Bloat
Sabrina Sarabella, a certified personal trainer, said: “soaking in an Epsom salt bath can be a quick fix for temporarily reducing water weight.”
10. Treat Cracked Heels
Epsom salt helps get rid of cracked heels by promoting circulation. Additionally, magnesium found on this compound improves the skin health of your feet. It also helps eliminate toxins on your feet.
11. Poison Ivy Relief
Use Epsom salt to make a paste and eliminate cracked heels.
12. Soothes Sore Muscles
Jockers said: “If you have a sprained ankle or are just in pain, it can help drain out toxins or [reduce] inflammation.”