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An oldie but a really goodie
Member Name: kerrypanda
Date: 10/08/09, updated on 10/08/09 (5505 review reads)
Advantages: See review
Disadvantages: I can't think of any.
What are Epsom salts?
Epsom salts are a pure naturally occurring mineral found in water called Magnesium Sulfate. They are called Epsom salts because the compound was first distilled from water in the town of Epsom.
Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body, so it is crucial to good health.
Magnesium also helps to regulate the activity of more than 320 enzymes and performs an important role in many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of toxins. It has a demonstrated calming effect.
Sulfates, the other major component, have been shown to be effective in improving nutrient absorption and toxin elimination.
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Epsom salts are a sedative for the nervous system. They help to reduce swelling and soothe jangled nerves and sore muscles after a long day. A little lavender essential oil can help.
- I discovered Epsom salts as a health treatment for Asperger Syndrome. There is a theory that people with AS are naturally magnesium deficient, and it can be absorbed through the skin during bathing.
Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders are often accompanied by bowel disorders that make it difficult to absorb nutrients and to eliminate the body of waste. Because both magnesium and sulfates can be absorbed through the skin, giving the autistic child a warm bath with 1-2 cups of dissolved Epsom salts just before bedtime helps extend the child's natural sleep cycle and ease digestive function.
It's also a good idea to avoid combining with bubble bath as it contains chemicals and artificial colourings that can irritate a sensitive nervous system and cause sleeplessness and hyperactivity.
My child had bowel problems, sleep problems and hypersensitivity to noise. I believe Epsom salts have helped him a little with each issue. The dark shadows under his eyes have all but disappeared. I am sure it is the salts because I try to implement only one therapy at a time, to get a clear picture of what works.
(Other therapies for ASD include implementing a gluten free/casein free diet, removal of msg and aspartame, allergy testing, candida testing, efa's, probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamin therapy, very large doses of vitamin B6, secretin, homeopathic treatments)
-Soaking in an Epsom salts bath of at least 1% solution can effectively treat or give relief from disorders like eczema, rheumatism, arthritis, insomnia. A recent nutritionists study also published findings that bathing in Epsom salts promotes faster healing of injuries.
- For the relief of occasional constipation Epsom salts act as a gentle laxative. Dilute 1-4 g dissolved in a glass of warm water and drink once a day to stimulate the bowels.
-Doctors use Epsom salts to help try to prevent premature births.
-Soaking a splinter in Epsom salts dissolved in water draws it out.
- Epsom salts are a very good skin softener and help to treat patches of dry rough skin, they're not drying like sea salt.
- They make a great foot soak and softener, and can treat puffy ankles, athlete's foot and toenail fungus at the same time!
-Supercharge your cleanser by adding half a teaspoon of salts to your regular cleanser.
-Also supercharge your oily hair shampoo by adding 7-8 teaspoons to half a cup of the shampoo. The salts help draw the oil out from the hair.
-They make an efficient exfoliator, either on their own or mixed with an oil.
-A poultice of Epsom salts applied to the face removes blackheads and removes inflammation from spots.
-Detox in an Epsom salt bath. The magnesium encourages your body to quickly shed toxins which encourage water retention and cling onto fat, also enabling easier weightloss. The Epsom salts will also boost digestion and potentially even reduce cellulite. Add two cups of salts in your bath water and soak your toxins away for twenty minutes.
Other practical uses
-In the garden they keep slugs away, make a good fertiliser and feed plants, you can even sprinkle it onto your houseplants to nourish them.
-Dissolving an ounce of Epsom salts in warm water and added to each batter cell regenerates car batteries.
-Mix equal amounts of Epsom salts and detergent to clean bathroom tiles.
Epsom salts cost about £5 for 1 kilogram.
They can be bought from any pharmacy or health shop, for large amounts the best deals are online. I use eBay or Amazon.
If you would like any more information look at the Epsom Salt Council website. http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/
Summary: A must-have for every home.