October 28, 2010

A Little Soak of Epsom

And now... another moment for taking care of yourself!

Like most of you out there - I'm pretty busy. Working. Cleaning. Exercising. Cooking. Walking here. Walking there. Seeing friends and business partners.  Marketing Mending Hands Massage Therapy. Budgeting time and money and well...just trying to get a balance in life. 

Today, I'm having a take care day. (Yes, I know it's Thursday - but when you work on both weekend days, its better to take the time when you can!)

I slept in. I've eaten oatmeal for breakfast. I'm sipping some seltzer water. I'm going to book myself a massage in the next week. We have plans for a walk in the park and a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for some fall photo taking. Best of all I took an Epsom salt bath! Epsom salt is a combination of magnesium and sulfates. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts can relax your muscles, reduce inflammation, minimize pain, fade bruising, aid digestion, relieve stress and tension, and detoxify your body.

Below are some simple (yet awesome) ways you can use Epsom salts to get yourself back to good! 

1. Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of epsom salt. (I like to add some aromatherapy too - just to make it extra yummy!)

2. 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. 
3. 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.
4. Splinter remover: Soak in epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.

5. 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.
6. 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. 
7. Skin exfoliator: Massage handfuls of epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. 
8. 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. 
9. Remove hairspray: Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup epsom salt. Combine, cover and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.
10. Hair volumizer: Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.
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