Natural Skin Care Recipes with Epsom Salt

Epsom salt has many uses. It is used as an all-over body exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, promotes circulation ,and is used for a number of ailments such as relieving itching, muscle strains and back pain. 
It can heal cuts, reduce soreness and relieves cough and congestion.

Epsom salts in the bath provide stress relief.  The magnesium in Epsom salts helps to produce adequate amounts of serotonin, the mood elevating chemical in our brain, that creates a feeling of calm relaxation.   Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. Magnesium helps the body regulate enzymes and plays a part in organizing many bodily functions such as muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.

Following are a few simple,yet effective, natural skin care recipes using Epsom salts.

Do a facial
Mix a few teaspoons of Epsom salts into your favorite deep cleansing cream. Massage mixture into your skin and rinse off with cool water. Pat dry.

Do Exfoliate
After your shower,  massage handfuls of Epsom salt over your wet skin and exfoliate the body and rinse off.
You can also make a mixture of 1 cup Epsom salt and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix together and put in a container with a lid. After shower,  massage into wet skin, concentrating the scrub on rough areas such as elbows, hands, or any itchy dry skin areas. Rinse off.

Do a foot soak
Soften and relax your feet by soaking them in a plastic basin or bathtub with Epsom salt for 10-15 minutes. Feel how smooth your feet will be,  and how relaxed you will feel.

Do a detox bath
1 cup Epsom salt
Handful of sea salt
2 tablespoons bath oil
Mix all ingredients together and pour into the tub while the tub is filling.

Dislodge Blackheads
1 teaspoon Epsom salt
3 drops iodine
½ cup boiling water
Addthe epsom salt and iodine to the boiling water. Stir.  Appy mixture to the blackheads using a cotton ball.

Epsom salt and Oatmeal bath
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup sea salt
1-1/2 cup finely pulverized oatmeal
½ oz. lavender essential oil
Measure you your Epsom salts and sea salt into large bowl. Grind the oatmeal  finely using a food processor or spice grinder. Add to the Epsom salt /sea salt mixture and blend well. Add the essential oil. Mix completely and put in an air-tight container or jar with a lid.  Add the oatmeal salts to your briskly running bath water .

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