The qualities of Epsom salts were recognised by our grandparents and great-grand parents but somewhere along the way, among the expensive potions, lotions and creams, we lost sight of just how effective these little grains of magnesium sulphate really are. From greasy hair, lack lustre skin and bloated bellies, Epsom salts can provide a miracle cure at a fraction of the cost of designer products.
First choice for celebrities
The fact that some of the world’s best-known faces are now espousing the qualities of epsom salts, means that once again the mineral is back in fashion. Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Elle MacPherson and numerous other ‘celebs’ all swear by the power of Epsom salts for maintaining their figures and helping to keep their skin and hair in tip-top condition.
Epsom salts were first discovered in the early 17th century when a farmer discovered a spring rich in magnesium sulphate.
Here are just some of the ways Epsom salts can lead to a healthier you:
- Beat the bloat – bathing three times a week in Epsom salts can help reduce water retention and tummy bloating. Life Coach Janey Holliday explains: “Because the skin is porous, the magnesium and sulphate is absorbed into the skin while toxins and excess fluid are drawn out.” The effect can be enhanced, says celebrity trainer James Duigan, by using a body brush to stimulate the skin before bathing in the salts.
- A hangover cure – a bath in Epsom salts after a big night out will draw the toxins out of the body, reducing the nauseous effects of alcohol. Drink plenty of water to complete the detoxification process and avoid dehydration.
- A cure for jet-lag – soaking in an Epsom salts bath after a long-haul flight has a sedative effect upon the body, the minerals help muscles and joints to relax.
- Skin exfoliator – By rubbing Epsom salts directly on the skin, you will be able to remove dead skin cells, which promotes rejuvenation of cells. Take this a step further by mixing the Epsom salts with eucalyptus oil and sesame oil and then pasting the mixture onto the skin. Rinse off after a few minutes with warm water.
- Hair repair – Epsom salts soak up excess oil from your hair. For a quick fix, just add a handful of Epsom salts to your hair as you shampoo it. For a deeper treatment, The Epsom Salt Council recommends mixing one part conditioner to one part Epsom salts. Warm the mixture in a pan and then work it into the hair. Leave for 20 minutes and then rinse out.
Little did that 17th century farmer know that three hundred years later, his discovery would be a key to the 21st century health and beauty market.