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A Little Epsom Salt Goes a Long Way // By Bethany Replogle

Many of you have probably heard of Epsom salt. Many use it in their baths after a hard workout or to relieve soreness in muscles. That is what I have most often used it for, especially in the season of being pregnant when your body is feeling all sorts of things. But did you know that Epsom salt can be used for so much more?

One thing I really like about it, is that it is all natural! I usually try to stick to the plain unscented ones, because then they usually have other additives, even some may have trace amount of lead. If you want a nice scent for a bath, I suggest adding some essential oils. So, like I said about it being great for sore muscles, it also can also reduce joint inflammation, regulate fluid retention, alleviate cramps around that time of the month, promotes blood circulation, exfoliates your skin, clean out pours and help detox the body. Are you totally wanting an Epsom salt bath now?

Epsom salt can also be taken orally to help with your digestive system if it’s not working the way you would like it. One teaspoon of Epsom salt in an 8-ounce cup of warm water can really do the trick. It doesn’t taste great, but it is definitely a little easier on the system than some of those over-the-counter medicines. Another benefit of taking it orally is it can help regulate your blood sugar and improve your body’s ability to produce its own insulin.

One last great thing, is it can be used around the house! I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a more natural and effective cleaning product. Those harsh chemicals can be dangerous, especially around pets and kids. Epsom salt can be used to clean your hard to clean pots and pans and clean on the grooves in your kitchen or bathroom tiles. It is also great to keep bugs away in your garden. Your grass greener and fertilizing your plants without any pesticides.

So next time you are really needing to relax, add a cup or two of some Epsom salt to your bath and relax the night away. And remember all of the other benefits you are getting out of it!

 

Feature photo courtesy of: @omo.wali

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