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You May Not Know Epsom Salt Can Ease Your Life In So Many Ways

You May Not Know Epsom Salt Can Ease Your Life In So Many Ways

Epsom Salts have been a staple part of our society since their discovery 1680. It was first discovered in well near Epsom, Britain, and since then it has penetrated to the very heart of our civilization. Epsom salt has long been hailed for both it’s health and gardening applications. In fact, Epsom has been discovered to help in so many different ways!

1. Cleaner Hair

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    If your hair feels greasy and gross, add a bit of Epsom Salt to your shampoo. It’ll help strip some of the oils from your hair, just be sure to wash your hair out afterwards.

    2. Foot Scrub

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      Mix a bit of the Salt, Olive Oil, Castile Soap and some essential oils. Scrubbing your feet with this once or twice a week will help eradicate dry skin. This scrub leaves you with nice, smooth feet.

      3. Washing Your Face

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        This one is really easy. Add Epsom Salt to your face cream or liquid soap. This adds a nice extra rub to your mixture which gives you a gentle, yet prominent scrub. That scrub helps open and cut through any grime. Just remember to wash afterwards like normal.

        4. Headaches

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          Hop in a bath with Salt added into it. An Epsom bath has long been touted to help alleviate headaches. Something about the heat and salt just add a pleasant mixture to help calm down aggravated nerves.

          5. Hangovers

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            Mixing a teaspoon of Epsom Salt with water helps tremendously with a Hangover. The mixture has been hailed as being quite effective at removing unwanted toxins from the body. Remember to keep drinking water to stay hydrated though while it does its work.

            6. Bruises

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              You can quickly and easily makes bruises fade faster by combining two teaspoons with water. Use this mixture each day until you feel the effects. Continue to use it to fade bruises quickly and effectively.

              7. Sleeping Problems

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                Epsom baths are quite effective for relaxing the body. If you calmly relax in the bath tub for 20 minutes until you’re sleepy you’ll notice a huge difference. There are some people who use this ritual every night!

                8. Muscle Pains

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                  Alongside headaches and sleeping problems, Epsom Salt Baths are good at loosening muscles. When you sit in a bath, you’ll completely feel your muscles loosen in the water. This relaxing feeling allows you to think straighter as well, as you don’t have so much tension built up any longer.

                  9. Splinters

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                    If you are sick of digging through your fingers with a pair of tweezers rejoice! Soaking the appendage in warm water mixed with salt helps move the tissues and force the splinter to the surface. It may take a few soakings but don’t give up, it’ll free itself soon enough.

                    10. Cleaning the Bathroom

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                      Epsom has been proven to cut through grease quite effectively. Mixing the salt with liquid soap into equal parts does wonders. Scrub grout and tiles with vigor to see startling results! It’s also quite good at hitting and cutting through frustrating spots in your flooring.

                      11. Fertilize Fruits

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                        One little known secret of Epsom Salt is its gardening ability. If you add a teaspoon of salt to soil, you’ll often get a much higher yield from your fruits. Also, they’ll often be brighter and more vibrant as well.

                        12. Fortify Plants

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                          Now for this little technique, you take the knowledge from above and get creative with it. Magnesium deficiency is an issue that can be disastrous to gardens. Epsom salt can prevent that by simply adding two teaspoons of the salt to the soil each month, you’ve completely removed the issue.

                          13. Garden Pests

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                            It can also help prevent slugs and other pests. It works similar to diatomaceous earth. If you surround your garden and porch with the salt you’ll notice that suddenly all the pests are gone!

                            14. Weed Control

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                              Mix a gallon of vinegar, a few cups of Epsom salt and dish soap into a spray bottle. If you spray this concoction on any plant it kills it almost immediately. Be careful not get it on your plants however. This ia almost too effective for it’s own good.

                              15. Greener Grass

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                                The last gardening tip is to add two teaspoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water. Spray your yard down with it, you’ll see amazing results. It brightens up the grass if done in repetition a few times a month!

                                Epsom Salt is secretly one heck of a substance. If you’re looking for ways to help aid in both medical and gardening you’ve hit the jackpot. The substance is a cheap alternative to many harsh products, and costs much less! The best part is the fact that these aren’t even all the ways it can help! You may know a few ways to use Epsom that others don’t! Feel free to comment or share these other ways below!

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                                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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