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The benefits of Epsom Salt have been know for hundreds of years. But, did you know that Epsom Salt is not really salt at all. It is a naturally occurring magnesium and sulfate compound, and it is named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom, in Surrey, England.

Epsom Salt has numerous health benefits, as well as beauty benefits. The magnesium it contains help reduce inflammation by helping to regulate the activity of the body’s enzymes. This increases muscle and nerve function. The sulfate in Epsom Salt improve the absorption of nutrients, flushes toxins, and even helps ease migraine headaches.

Bathing in Epsom Salt helps sooth the body. It is believed that bathing in Epsom Salt at least 3 times a week helps you look better, feel better, and gain more energy.  The magnesium will help relax the muscles, improving sleep and concentration. The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add two cups of Epsom Salt to water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bath water triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it.

To exfoliate dead skin cells, in the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.

To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Try these out and let me know what other ways you use Epsom Salt.