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First Aid with Epsom Salts

As you are discovering, Epsom Salt have a myriad of uses and here are some ideas and recipes that will help you cope with minor first aid issues.


Bruising
Mix a couple of tablespoons of Epsom Salts with a bit of water and soak it up into a small cloth. Apply to the bruised area to lessen it’s appearance.

Eyes
To relieve conjunctivitis or styes, completely dissolve a little Epsom Salt into warm water and use as an eyewash or soak into a washcloth and apply as a warm compress.

Stings and Bites
From mosquitos to bees, use 2 tablespoons dissolved in cold water and apply as a compress to relieve itching and burning.

Splinters
To help draw out a splinter you can either make a compresses by soaking a cotton ball in water mixed with Epsom salt (2 table spoons per cup) or make a paste from 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt mixed with water and apply to the skin or just soak the area in a small Epsom salt bath.

Wounds
For quicker healing and infection prevention apply either as a paste made with water or soak in a bath. The sulfur in Epsom Salts is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties and can be used not only on cuts and wounds but also for warts, athletes foot, herpes, acne or for soothing itching chickenpox.

Sunburn
Because of its anti-inflammatory compounds, Epsom Salt and water can be just as beneficial as aloe vera. Try this if you find you’ve inadvertently had too much sun: pour one cup of water into a spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts. Shake to dissolve the salts and spray as often as needed onto your sunburnt
skin. Read more about uses of epsom salt to remedy sunburns here.

Muscle Cramps and Aches
Either a good soak in a bath with one/two cups of Epsoms Salts well dissolved or for a smaller area dissolve one teaspoon of Epsom Salts in a cup of hot water and cool it in your freezer. Then apply to the area on a clean washcloth as often as needed.



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