I recently discovered epsom salt and I’ve been finding more and more ways to incorporate it into my life.
Not familiar with Epsom Salt? It’s a naturally occurring salt that contains high levels of magnesium. Magnesium is crucial is supporting healthy liver, kidney and digestive functions. I’ve also discovered some incredible skincare perks to using the salt.
How to use:
– Salt Soak: fill a warm bath and pour 2-3 cups of epsom salt under the running water. Rest in the water for anywhere between 15 and 20 minutes. This is actually one of the best ways to use the high-magnesium property of the salt as magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin. Epsom salt baths can also reduce stress and tension in the body. Here’s an unexpected perk, after an epsom salt bath my skin is left softer and more youthful feeling than ever.
Salt Scrub: Mixing a bit of the salt into your face wash in the morning once or twice a week can softly exfoliate your face without being overly harsh as the salt will desolve quickly with the warmth from your skin. It can also be used as a daily lip scrub. Put a bit of it onto a warm damp washcloth or even just use your finger to rub it into your lips.
Cleansing Detox: I personally haven’t done this, so I’m hesitant to go into detail about it as I haven’t experienced the results first hand. However, a primary use for epsom salt can be in a deep-body detox by drinking it for a few hours after a 12 hour fast. If you’re interested in this detoxing property of the salt, I would do your own research and when needed, consult your doctor.
Where can you get epsom salt? Almost anywhere, most supermarkets and health food / organic stores will sell it. Don’t be fooled by glamorous packaging and added ingredients that can cost $15-$40 for a small-ish container. Epsom salt is best used in it’s pure form without added ingredients, and it’s dirt cheap. A very large bag of it costs around $5.00. Enjoy!