I'm thinking about supplementing with magnesium for headaches and because I eat a lot of foods that interfere with magnesium like cocoa, spinach, and some days, legumes and grains. I take this is one of those minerals you are supposed to get in small amounts throughout the day like potassium as my multi only has 200mgs and it's taken in 2 capsules which I take at breakfast and dinner.
I'm thinking about a calcium, magnesium and zinc supplement since I've also been considering taking more zinc again. Which I would take at lunch. And/Or having some epsom salts at bedtime. Or what about mineral absorbates?
And some info I found that might of interest to some of you wanting to use epsom salts, but not wanting to take baths. Hmm, I wonder if using epsom salts on my face as in the masks or cleanser below would help with headaches. Damn. I just went to the supermarket, I wish I'd remembered to get some there.
SIMPLE SOLUTION: I always knew that soaking in a tub full of hot water with a few cups of Epsom Salts was good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body, but I could never figure out why. And it wasn't until I spent some time at the Epsom Salt Industry Council
web site that I learned that epsom saltsā€”made of the mineral magnesium sulfateā€”are also a sedative for the nervous system.
When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.
Adapted from the Epsom Salt Industry Council
Note: Check with a doctor before using if you have any health concerns.
Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of epsom salt.
Face cleaner: To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon of epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
Homemade skin mask: Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon, and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of epsom salt.
Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.
Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse.
Remove excess oil from hair: Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair. Add 9 tablespoons of epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse.
Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak.
Splinter remover: Soak in epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.
There was more but I skipped the hair stuff. left in the stuff about soaking feet and bruises which we all know, just in case the amounts are helpful.
Homemade lotion – This is my favorite at the moment. Cheap and easy.
Recipe 1 from Karen D: Heat some Epsom salts with a little water to dissolve them. I put about one teaspoon of water in three tablespoons of salts and microwave for a minute or so. Add more water if necessary. Then mix this into around four ounces of any lotion or cream you like. I have used suntan lotion, handcream, cocoa butter, body lotion, aloe vera cream, whatever I find that is on sale or inexpensive without the chemicals I am trying to avoid. This seems to work better if the cream or lotion is water-based rather than oil-based.