Many Americans are magnesium deficient, although they probably are unaware of this fact. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition reports that up to 68% of adults consume less than the daily recommended amount. Much of this deficiency can be traced to the consumption of processed foods rather than whole foods.
A lack of magnesium can impact your health in many dangerous ways. It can promote high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems, among other health issues. Good sources of naturally occurring magnesium include pumpkin seeds, sunflower kernels, tofu, unpeeled potatoes, steamed shrimp, wheat germ and even whole bran cereals. Sulfate is vital for many bodily processes such as flushing toxins and helping form proteins in joints and brain tissue.
A simple, and pleasurable, way to increase the body’s levels of magnesium and sulfates safely is to take an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts relieve stress, take the ache out of sore muscles, reduce swelling, and even sedate the nervous system. Putting a few drops of a fragrant essential oil in the water makes your soak even nicer!
There are many more ways Epsom salts can be used:
- Mix 1/2tablespoon if Epsom salts into your cleansing cream for a microdermabrasion. Massage on skin, rinse with cool water, and pat face dry.
- Dissolve 1/2 cup of Epsom salts in two quarts of warm water. Soak your feet for 15 minutes or so, then massage your feet with a small handful of additional salts. Concentrate on the heels and toes to remove dry skin. Rinse your feet with clean water and dry them thoroughly. Yum!
- Next time you get a splinter, soak your skin in Epsom salts. It will draw it out.
- If you have oily hair, add 9 tablespoons of Epsom salts to ½ cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply 1 tablespoon of this mixture to dry hair, then rinse with cool water. Pour a bit of organic cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.
- Mix 2 cups of Epsom salts with a 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly, and add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use this to gently scrub away dry skin.
Let us know how you have used Epsom salts in your daily routine!