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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 July 10, 2020

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                Boundaries are limits

                                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                • When do you feel disrespected?
                                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                • When do you want to be alone?
                                • How much space do you need?

                                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                Sample language:

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                                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                Final Thoughts

                                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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