What Are Epsom Salts?
So you’ve seen Epsom salts on the store shelves at your neighborhood pharmacy, and you’ve seen them listed as an ingredient in some of your favorite bath products, but you still don’t know: what are Epsom salts?
Named after Epsom, a small English town, Epsom salts have been used both on their own and in skincare and healing products. Epsom salts primarily consist of magnesium sulfate. Magnesium sulfate is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, and is known for its health benefits. Epsom salts are incredibly versatile and they’re affordable, too.
The most popular application of Epsom salts is in the bath – since they dissolve easily, Epsom salts are often used as bath salts, and mixed with fragrances and essential oils. Epsom salts cleanse your skin thoroughly, and can even be used to cleanse your hair (particularly oily hair)– just mix it with your favorite shampoo.
Epsom salts are a great addition to your hair care routine. Epsom salts can be used to add thickness and volume to your hair; the easiest way to use it for volume is to mix the Epsom salts with a deep conditioner (equal parts of each). Warm the mixture in a pan for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the mixture has warmed sufficiently, put it on your hair and let it absorb for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and you’ll notice your hair will have a bit more volume and life to it. Epsom salts can also strip your hair of unwanted product buildup. Simply mix 1 cup of Epsom salts with 1 cup of lemon juice in a gallon of water. Let this mixture sit for 24 hours. The next day, work the mixture into dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then, shampoo and rinse. Your hair will feel squeaky clean – no more gunky buildup!
Epsom salts are wonderful for the skin. They can be used in a paste form for exfoliation – just grab a handful of Epsom salts and add a tiny bit of water until the mixture becomes creamy. Rub the mixture in your skin as you bathe and you’ll notice softer, smoother skin.
If you have oily skin, you can make an effective facial mask out of Epsom salts. Mix Epsom salts with an egg, a bit of lemon juice, and nonfat powdered milk, and once you’ve stirred all the ingredients together, spread it evenly on your skin. This mixture will draw out dirt and oil without over-drying. And you can add Epsom salts to your facial cleanser for an effective skincare ritual.
Epsom salts do wonders for sprains, muscle soreness, and joint pain. If you are sore, mix a liberal amount of Epsom salts into a warm bath. Soak for 20-30 minutes, and you’ll notice a real difference. For a more decadent experience, purchase some Epsom salts that have been infused with herbs, fragrances, and essential oils.
Epsom salts are a must-have for any household. Add Epsom salts to your daily routine and you’ll notice the benefits immediately – without breaking the bank!