7. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is not technically salt, it’s a mineral that can be found in a natural spring in the town of Epsom, Surrey, of which it’s also named after. Epsom salt is a compound of magnesium and sulfate, and is derived by boiling down the mineral water found in the spring. Epsom salt can be taken internally or used topically, for many different things.
Epsom salt can be used to remove splinters, exfoliate the skin, clean grout and tiles, get rid of slugs, relieves constipation, relieve headaches, treat congestion, boost growth of vegetables and roses, treat bug bites and itchy skin, promote wound healing and even encourage peaceful sleep. Epsom salt is also commonly used in baths to relieve muscle aches and pains. This is due to the large amounts of magnesium and sulfate that is easily and effectively drawn in through the skin as we soak.
Magnesium deficiency can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis, and Epsom salt can replenish this lack of minerals. Magnesium is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and promotes better absorption of calcium, which can help prevent damage to the bones. Sulfate is equally beneficial in treating arthritis as it helps flush toxins and heavy metal from the body, further easing bone and joint pain.
Take an Epsom salt bath two or three times a week, adding one to two cups of Epsom salt to warm water and soaking for at least 10 minutes. You can also make an Epsom salt topical treatment by mixing a tablespoon of salt with warm water until it becomes a thick paste. Apply to the affected areas and allow it to soak into the skin for as long as possible before rinsing off with warm water.