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Saturday, July 9, 2011
About: Epsom Salt Without exaggeration, it's safe to say that those of us here at the Epsom Salt Council are wild about Epsom Salt. And why not? This pure, time tested mineral compound has hundreds of uses, from health and beauty to household cleaning and organic gardening.
The benefits of Epsom Salt aren't just folk lore. Numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of magnesium and sulfate, the two major components of Epsom Salt. Even celebrities, from model Stephanie Seymour to domestic guru Martha Stewart, have extolled its virtues.
Eager to let everyone know the benefits of our product, the Epsom Salt Council was formed in 1993 to help spread the word. So roam around the site to learn more about the wonder that is Epsom Salt, from why it
works to how to use it. We predict you'll be as amazed as we continue to be, even after all these years.
Make insulin more effective
Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
Improve oxygen use
Improve absorption of nutrients
Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
Lower blood pressure
Create a happy, relaxed feeling
Raise energy levels
Health Usage Tips
Laxative: Consult the package directions for instructions.
Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it's little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well being. Magnesium, a major component of Epsom Salt, also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
The National Academy of Sciences, however, reports that most Americans are magnesium deficient, helping to account for our society's high rate of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies and stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a host of other ailments. The Academy estimates the average American male gets just 80% of the magnesium required for good health, while females get only 70% of their recommended levels. Nutritionists say Americans' magnesium levels have dropped more than 50% in the past century.
Studies show that magnesium and sulfur, two components of Epson Salt may:
Help seeds germinate
Make plants grow bushier
Produce more flowers
Increase chlorophyll production
Improve phosphorus and nitrogen uptake
- Houseplants: 2 tablespoons per gallon of water; feed plants monthly.
- Tomatoes: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks.
- Roses: 1 tablespoon per foot of plant height per plant; apply every two weeks. Also scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Soak unplanted bushes in 1 cup of Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to each hole at planting time. Spray with Epsom Salt solution weekly to discourage pests.
- Shrubs (evergreens, azaleas, rhododendron): 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks.
- Lawns: Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader, or dilute in water and apply with a sprayer.
- Trees: Apply 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply over the root zone 3 times annually.
- Garden Startup: Sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.
DOCTORS’ ADVICE: TREAT COLD, FLU WITH EPSOM SALT
Soaking in Epsom Salt can help body rest, recover, detoxify and increase white-blood cell count
(December 2009) –- With cold and flu season underway, doctors say you should try soaking in Epsom salt before you reach for an expensive over-the-counter drug. This naturally-occurring mineral will ease muscle aches and help you get a good night’s rest, so you can recover faster. Some doctors say it will even speed healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count.
“You want to get in front of an illness,” says Dr. Theresa Ramsey, cofounder of the Center for Natural Healing in Arizona and author of Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness. “As soon as you know you’re coming down with an illness and can soak in Epsom salt, the better it will work.”
Ramsey says soaking in Epsom salt helps spur a process called vasodilation, which increases white blood cell production and helps the body fight illnesses quicker.
You can get Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – for just a few bucks at your local pharmacy or supermarket, and doctors say soaking in it can help ease aches, calming the body as it fights the symptoms of a cold or flu.
“It has an alkalizing effect, which gives your immune system a boost,” says Lisa Tsakos-Trepanier, a registered nutritionist, who writes a monthly column for Tribune Media and is a regular contributor to NaturallySavvy.com.
Soaking in Epsom salt could be especially useful for people fighting H1N1, which often causes severe body aches, says Dr. Margaret Philhower, a naturopathic doctor who has a private practice in Oregon and writes for www.naturopathicexperts.com.
“Magnesium is a fantastic way to help relax the muscles and flush the lactic acid out of them,” Philhower says.
Philhower recommends adding at least 4 cups of Epsom salt per bath to helps improve circulation and reduce the length of the symptoms. “Getting a virus is the body’s way to force us to detoxify, and an Epsom salt bath is one of our favorite recommendations for a gentle detoxing.”
People should consult their doctors for serious or persisting conditions. If your temperature tops 104 degrees, or if you have a history of febrile seizure, you may also want to check with your doctor before soaking in a warm bath.
Epsom Salt is used for SO many things!!! I like to soak my feet in it to relieve stress every once in a while, but I never knew there were so many other ailments that it can treat! I am definitely going to start using it for other things such as itchy skin from poison ivy and bug bites. I think the most surprising thing that Epsom salt is used for is a laxative. The Epsom Salt Council web site is very informative on ways to use the salt.Not only is this product great to have in your house for health related issues, it is also used for gardening! go to the website to read more!
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