Magnesium sulfate heptahydrate is commonly known as Epsom salts, from the English city where these salts were discovered for the first time, Epsom, in the Great Britain. It is a natural mineral that is used to purify the body, eliminate toxins, relieve constipation but also, for external use, to reduce bruising and swelling. You can find the Epsom salts in chemist’s shops, health food stores or online stores. Let's see how to use them.
To reduce edema and water retention but also to relax the muscles and relieve stress, put into the water of the bath two cups of Epsom salts.
In case of bruises or sprains you can prepare a compress by dissolving two tablespoons of salt in fresh water and apply on the area to be treated.
The Epsom salts have also an exfoliating action without damaging the hydro-lipid film of the skin. You can use Epsom salts to make facial scrub, simply by mixing half a teaspoon of Epsom salts to 2 tablespoons of rice starch and the cleanser you use regularly or rose water. The footbath and scrub prepared with water and Epsom salts can also be used to treat foot pain and corns.
After the shampoo you can add to a bowl full of water a handful of Epsom salts, rinse your hair with this water and this’ll help to fight the excessive production of sebum and dandruff and will make the hair shiny and cleaner, don’t rinse again with other water.
Against constipation, depuration
To purify the body, in the case of constipation, against liver stones and gallstones, you can use Epsom salts by dissolve no more than 3 grams of them in a glass of water, for this use it is always better to consult your doctor to avoid imbalances and excessive laxative effects.
To remove a thorn you can dip the part in a basins of warm water where you have dissolved a pair of tablespoons of Epsom salts, this will help the removal of the thorn.
To ward off pests from roses you can spray the leaves once a week with a solution obtained by mixing a tablespoon of Epsom salts in a liter of water.