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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 August 20, 2018

                                35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                                But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                                The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                                While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                                While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                                If You’re Staying In

                                1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                                2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                                3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                                4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                                  • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                                  • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                                  • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                                  • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                                    • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                                    • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                                    • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                                      • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                                      If You Want to Get Away

                                      1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                                      2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                                      3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                                        • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                                        • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                                        • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                                        • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                                        • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                                        • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                                          • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                                          • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                                          New & Exciting Experiences

                                          1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                                          2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                            experience.
                                            • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                            • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                            • Experience white water rafting.
                                            • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                            • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                              • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                              • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                                • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                                • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                                • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                                Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                                                Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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