Everyday Cheapskate: The Wonders of Epsom Salt
I can recall vividly -- and count on one hand -- the migraine headaches I've had in my life, all of which were before age 10. Once I turned double digits, I outgrew them ... until a couple of months ago.
With no warning at all, there I was back to my 8-year-old self, flat on my back with a raging migraine. Why now, after all these years?
In reading up on the latest findings, I discovered how important magnesium is to our overall health. Turns out that 80% of the U.S. population suffers from magnesium deficiency causing all kinds of health issues, one of them being migraine headaches. And here's the problem with that: Magnesium supplements are not necessarily the answer because it is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract.
You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read how Epsom salt is rich in magnesium, which just happens to be easily absorbed through the skin -- as in soaking in it in a nice warm bath. You can be sure Epsom salt soaks are now part of my routine to get regular boosts of magnesium and hopefully avoid migraines in the future.
Epsom salt, also known as hydrated magnesium sulfate (not to be confused with table salt, also known as sodium chloride) is plentiful, inexpensive and available at drugstores and supermarkets everywhere, and it has dozens of other practical uses and health benefits.
SEDATIVE BATH. Soak in a warm bath to soothe muscle pain and aches, and keep you feeling rejuvenated and your skin hydrated and healthy. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a bathtub of very warm water (double that if you have a deep soaking tub) and soak for at least 12 minutes. Treat yourself to a soak three times weekly for optimal results.
SLEEP AID. Because of its ability to soothe skin and relax muscles, Epsom salt can contribute to a good night's rest. Take a nice, warm Epsom salt bath right before bed and say goodbye to insomnia.
SPRAINS AND BRUISES. Soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises.
FOOT SOAK. To combat swelling and soothe sore feet, add 1/2 cup Epsom salt to a gallon of lukewarm water and soak your feet for 15 minutes at the end of the day.
SPLINTER REMOVER. Soak in Epsom salt to draw out the splinter. It really works.
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