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24 Uses for Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is high in magnesium, and it has amazing healing properties when it’s dissolved into water and you give yourself a good soak.  Here are a few restorative ways you can use Epsom salt to start feeling better!  Please note that a few of these are internal uses.  They are safe for most people, but some people do experience side effects, so check with a doctor before you swallow Epsom salts dissolved in water. Keep reading for 24 incredible ways to use Epsom salt—you may be surprised by more than a few of these clever Epsom salt uses! 


1. Pedicure — Combine 1/2 cup Epsom salt and warm soapy water, then soak your feet for 5 minutes to soften skin. Remove nail polish, push back cuticles, then cut and file your nails. Soak an additional 5 minutes in a warm Epsom salt bath for super soft feet.

2. Hair volumizer — Combine equal parts conditioner and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes. The result? Hair full of va-va-voom and volume!

3. Facial scrub — This is one of my favorite Epsom salt uses. Mix 1/2 tsp of Epsom salt with your favorite cleanser; massage into skin using small circles to give your pores a deep-cleaning. Rinse your face with cool water, pat dry. This is one of the most refreshing Epsom salt uses!

4. Relax — Create the perfect detox bath salts! Add two cups of Epsom salt to your very-warm bath water and soak for 15 minutes. You can purchase Epsom salt with lavender or eucalyptus for an extra-soothing bath experience. Be careful when standing up, you’ll find that you are VERY relaxed after your Epsom salt bath.

5. Sea salt texturizing hair spray — Combine 1 cup of hot water, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel and 1/2 tsp conditioner in a spray bottle. Spray salt mixture into hair and scrunch hair with your hand for pretty beachy-waves.

6. Fabric softener crystals — Mix 4 cups of Epsom salt and 20 drops of essential oil to make DIY fabric softener crystals. Use 1/4 cup per load and add at beginning of wash. What a clever way to use Epsom salt, and also a way to save money!

7. Splinter removal — Soak your finger in an Epsom salt bath for easy splinter extraction.

8. Body scrub — After showering, massage handfuls of Epsom salt over wet skin to exfoliate the body. Get a spa treatment at home!

9. Exfoliation — For exfoliation, mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Gently massage into dry patches for smoother skin.

10. Mosquito bites — Epsom salt can ease the symptoms of mosquito bites. Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup of water), then gently apply to the bite area. This is yet another one of my favorite Epsom salt uses.

11. Sore muscles and arthritis — If your muscles or joints ache, an Epsom salt bath is a great way to find relief. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your very-warm bath water, agitate the water with your hands to dissolve it then soak for 15 minutes.

12. Tile cleaner — Mix equal parts of dish soap and Epsom salt for a super easy and effective tile cleaner. Rinse with clear water. This is one of the most frugal Epsom salt uses, a great way to save on cleaning supplies and to use a natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners!

13. Bedtime bath for kids — Add one cup of Epsom salt to your kids’ evening bath to help them sleep more peacefully.

14. Headache relief — Evidence shows that that soaking in an Epsom salt bath can relieve headache symptoms.

15. Acne — Epsom salt has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties making it a fantastic natural treatment for acne.

16. Remove odor on hands and feet — Add 3 Tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1 quart of warm water and soak your hands or feet for 15 minutes. This will makes your skin soft, your nails shine, and also help remove foul odors.

17. Relieve constipation — Pour 8 oz. of drinking water into a glass, mix with 1 to 2 tsp. of Epsom salt and drink the mixture for immediate relief of constipation. Mixing directions are also found on most Epsom salt packages, consult your physician before trying this.

18. Sunburn relief — Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt in 1 cups of water and spray on minor sunburns.

19. Draw out infection — For simple infections on hands or feet, soak in a hot Epsom salt bath for 10 minutes to help clear the area. Note, some staph infections are worsened by soaking in hot water, consult your physician.

20. Cure for common cold — Did you know that Epsom salt baths can speed healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count? Try an Epsom salt bath the next time you feel those first symptoms of a cold.

21. Reduce swelling — Epsom salt baths can help the appearance of bruises and reduce swelling.

22. Deter slugs — Sprinkle a trail of Epsom salt around the area you want to be free of slugs.

23. Blackhead removal — Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salt, 3 drops iodine and half a cup of boiling water. Dab this solution to your blackheads with a cotton ball to help naturally extract them.

24. Insecticide — Mix Epson salt with water, add to a spray bottle and spray on plants to naturally deter insects.



How To Reduce Oily Skin on Face Naturally

Anyone struggling with greasy, shiny, oily skin might argue that the mere existence of sebum (the medical term for skin oils) is a curse. Yet Mother Nature intended for it to serve a beneficial purpose.

The source of all the trouble is the microscopic sebaceous gland, safely hidden beneath the surface of the skin. Sebaceous glands are part of the pilosebaceous unit (hair + oil gland duo). These glands (envision partially inflated balloons) lie deep within the dermis. They connect with the hair shaft and empty their contents onto the surface of the skin through the pores. All skin surfaces, with the exception of the palms and soles, possess sebaceous glands. The area with the most oil-producing ability is the one most crowded with sebaceous glands – it’s the notorious T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).

Sebaceous glands produce sebum, a complex blend of varied lipids (an assortment of fats), and dead sebaceous gland cells, (the cells that manufacture the sebum). Fats found in sebum include triglycerides, wax monoesters, squalane and free fatty acids. 

Here are some essential tips girls with oily skin can do to control excess sebum

  • Cleansing your skin with Salicylic acid

If you have oily skin, you should lean toward an over the counter acne cleansing gel that helps keeping your face clean, fresh and and oil free. The best option is a cleansing gel with about 2% salicylic acid. This way you control excess sebum, unclog pores and skin does not dry out so much. If you already have acne, salicylic acid will reduces inflammation.

  • Do not skip the sunscreen

Sunscreen can help to control sebum and the shine on your face. To not use too much on face though and skip moisturizer in the morning. Apply a mineral sunscreen, based on zinc or titanium dioxide to absorb oils. Buy a quality sunscreen product. If you don’t carefully choose your sunscreen, you may do more harm than good.

  • Use less makeup

The foundation not only makes your face feel stuffed when temperatures go crazy, but it also melts and clogs pores. The result – they produce even more sebum. Change your foundation with a loose tinted BB cream based on a mineral powder that absorbs oil. As for the rest, keep your makeup as simple as possible.


  • Exfoliate weekly

If you exfoliate your skin too often, sebaceous glands are stimulated to secrete even more oil. Therefore, it is advisable to exfoliate your skin weekly to clean it and to help him breathe. You can exfoliate using a homemade scrub, those are less harhs than the store bought ones as you prepare them yourself, following your skin texture and sensitivity level, using natural products.

  • Excess sebum and food

Pay attention to what you eat! While food won’t give you acne, spicy foods can dilate blood vessels, making the skin sweat and produce more sebum. Give up these foods at summer time and includes carrots, spinach and cantaloupe in your diet. Vitamin A in those veggies will slow down the oil production, helping you control excess sebum better.

Do you have any tips on how to control excess sebum and look fresh and acne free? I would love to hear them.


5 Moves To Target The Troublesome Inner Thigh

​If you’re working to lose that last bit of weight, specifically around the thigh area that you can never seem to get rid of, check out these 5 best exercises for thighs that will have you toned and shapely, and help you lose the weight there for good. Yes, it is possible to actually be happy with the way your legs look!

​If you combine the following workouts and do them three times a week, you will see definite results. Keep that in mind once you are feeling the burn!

Move #1 – Wide Plie Squat: Start out with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart and point your toes outward. Hold your dumbbell or kettlebell out in front of you and squat. Making sure you keep your back slightly bent. Your butt should stick out like you are sitting in a chair.

Move #2 – Table Top Side Kicks: Get down on all fours, making sure your back is straight and your hands are under your shoulders, knees under your hips. Lift your right leg and cross it behind your left leg, tapping your right toe to the floor. From there, lift your leg back up and kick it to your right side. Try to lift it as high as your hip and kick it as far forward as you can. Cross it back behind your left leg and tap the floor. That’s one rep. Do as many sidekicks as you can in 30 seconds then switch legs for another 30 seconds.

Move #3 – Medicine Ball Thigh Press: Lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground, put the medicine ball between your knees. Lift your butt off the ground and focus on keeping your core tight while remaining as straight as you can–don’t let your butt droop towards the floor. Slowly squeeze your knees together for 30 seconds then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times. (To intensify this exercise, lift your hips up while still squeezing the medicine ball!)

Move #4 – Standing Leg Extension: Take your exercise band and tie it around your legs. Aim to have it resting above your ankle. Stand hip-width apart. Shift your weight to your left foot and pick up your right foot, keeping your right leg straight. Raise your right leg up and to the side until you really feel the band pulling against your leg. Slowly lower your leg back to your left foot, but do NOT set it down. That is one rep. Do as many as you can for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat for another 30 seconds.

Move #5- Stability Ball Twists: Lie down on your back, legs fully extended and hands comfortably at your sides. Place the exercise ball between your feet. Lift your legs, keeping them straight and really squeeze the exercise ball. Turn the ball to the left with your legs so that your right foot is above your left. Do not rotate your upper body. Only twist your legs. Rotate the ball through the middle and to your right, so now your left foot is above your right. For extra core work, lift your shoulders off the mat, hovering your upper body above the floor as you twist side to side. Turn the ball to the left and right as many times as you can in 60 seconds.


11 Things You Should NEVER Put on Your Face


If you put these products on your face, you will regret it! There’s something to be said for DIY and quick-fix skin care, but with the Internet as our main resource for tips, tricks and recipes, what we can make do with at home isn’t always what’s actually going to help our skin in the long run. These 11 various products and ingredients have gotten a rap for being safe for your skin, but they’re actually among the worst for causing dryness and irritation that can lead to serious skin issues.

  1. Hair Spray.You may have heard somewhere that it will help set your makeup, but it should NEVER be applied to your face because it contains lacquers and alcohol that will dry our your skin, causing your skin to become dehydrated and you to look older. Plus, hair spray has repellents in it that could irritate your skin, leaving it red and bumpy.
  2. Deodorant.Just because it keeps your underarms from sweating through your shirt does not mean it should be swiped over any area of your face that might perspire in hopes of keeping your makeup from melting down your face. You want your skin to be able to breathe. It’s doing what it needs to for a reason, and you don’t need to stop it. If you want to learn how to keep your makeup in place when temperatures rise, read this.
  3. Hair Color.If you color your hair regularly and want your brows to match, use a vegetable-based colorant or tinted brow mascara on your arches instead of your at-home hair color, since the formulas are less harsh. Box dye can be too irritating for the skin around your eye area and can even make your eyes burn and tear up.
  4. Vegetable Shortening.Even though this can be applied to your body skin to help treat psoriasis, it’s far too heavy for your face and may even clog your pores, leading to breakouts.
  5. Shampoo.The same surfactants that clean your hair, stripping it of excess oil and dirt, are not the same ones that you should be cleansing your skin with. Shampoos are manufactured to clean and do things to your hair shaft, they’re not designed to deal with the delicate molecules of your skin. If you washed your face with shampoo, it would end up being really dry and flaky.
  6. Hair Serum.Just because a formula has the word “serum” on the label doesn’t mean it’s the same kind of serum that your skin can handle. You’re trying to coat the hair shaft with different types of ingredients that you wouldn’t normally use to treat fine lines or any other skin woes. Plus, a lot of them contain fragrances that can heavily irritate your facial skin.
  7. Body Lotion.It would be nice to just slather on one lotion and be done with it, but body lotions should NEVER be applied to your face because they’re usually a lot thicker and typically contain fragrances that might irritate your facial skin. On your face, you should always use something more gentle and delicate. Think of body lotions and creams like spackle — they’re there to fill in lost moisture, not to target your facial needs like anti-aging.
  8. Foot Creams.This is basically a no-brainer, but if you’re desperate and only have a foot cream laying around, DO NOT put it anywhere near your face — even if you just have a tiny dry patch. They’re just too rich, thick, and sticky to be applied to your facial skin. They’re formulated to break down thick calluses on your feet and often contain chemical exfoliants at percentages that you would never want to use on your face.
  9. Nail Polish.Trying to paint your face for a Halloween or costume party? This only belongs on your nails. It has acrylic molecules that will actually dry the skin out. So, if you’re thinking about doing up your face for a theme party, only use paint designed for your face.
  10. Acetic Acids aka Vinegar.Yes, you can apply vinegar onto your face as a toner, but it’s better to get a toner that contains the ingredient instead of whipping a bottle out of your kitchen cabinet. Vinegar can lose water over time and become stronger, so if you use it on your skin, it can actually burn it if you don’t know exactly how long it’s been in your possession.
  11. Mayonnaise.This ingredient is in a lot of DIY hair masks because it’s hydrating TO YOUR HAIR. But it’s not a good idea to put it on your skin because it’s too acidic and too occlusive, meaning it doesn’t allow your skin to breathe and can clog your pores. If you want to try any at-home facial masks, here are a few that are safe to whip up.



How Do You Get Healthier Skin?

First, customize your diet plan, no matter what it is:
Nutrients and vitamins for healthy skin can be found in a ton of foods, so you’re still able to follow a specific eating plan, like the Paleo diet or going vegan, without worrying about how it’ll show up on your complexion. “At the end of the day, that’s why you have to eat a variety of foods, so that you make sure you don’t miss out on any of these nutrients,” explains nutritionist, dietitian, and the author of The Small Change Diet. “And I think many times when we go on these limiting diets, we just think that it’s not possible. It’s totally possible, but we need to be aware of what we need to be choosing.” 

To Improve Skin’s Texture:
Eat Flavonols: Foods that have this antioxidant could play a part in helping to reduce roughness in the skin, explains Gans. Get your helping of this nutrient by eating things like blueberries, eggplants, tomatoes, and beans.

To Improve the Appearance of Sun Damage:
For protection, eat Lycopene: The sun can really accelerate aging, and we’ll take all the protection we can get. Gans says that eating foods with this nutrient in it could possibly help eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by the sun’s rays. While it’s big in cooked tomatoes, you can get it from eating watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, and red cabbage. Since it appears in so many fruits, those following a low-carb diet should be sure they’re getting it in with their fruit portion.

And, eat Vitamin E: You see this ingredient pop up in many skin care bottles, and for good reason. Gans explains it “could protect the skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors.” Get your dose of it from olive oil (ideal for anyone following a Mediterranean diet), kiwi, papaya, and kale.

To reverse any damage, eat Catechins: “By neutralizing changes that may appear in your sun exposed skin, it may reverse the effects of sun damage, notes Gans. You can find it in cherries, blackberries, raspberries, plums, apples, pears, and even dark chocolate.

Reduce Inflammation and Blotchiness:
Battle Wrinkles with Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Believed to attract water to your skin, Gans says these anti-inflammatory fats could possibly even reduce wrinkles. It’s found in foods like fish, tofu, and flaxseed.

Help with acne by adding Zinc: Another anti-inflammatory with an added plus, this substance plays a part in your sebum production. A deficiency in sebum, explains Gans, could contribute to acne. Look to oysters, chickpeas, cashews, yogurt, and milk.

Soothe skin with Niacin: Gans explains that the anti-inflammatory niacin, also known as vitamin b3, could soothe irritated or blotchy skin. It’s found in foods like barley, bulgur, tuna, salmon, chicken, and whole grains.

Calm blemishes with Riboflavin: This is another B vitamin that Gans says could possibly reduce the skin blemishes that pop up due to rosacea. Eat mackerel, trout, almonds, sesame seeds, and roasted edamame.

Preserving Elastin:
Battle aging with Selenium: This vitamin may help with your anti-aging efforts. Gans says it could help preserve elastin, which is the protein that keeps your skin tight and can be found in tuna, turkey, low-fat cottage cheese, Brazil nuts, and oysters. However, those following a vegan diet need to be weary. “You’ve got to be careful though because many of these foods, like Brazil nuts—you eat too many of them and you ate too many calories,” says Gans.

Collagen production.
Boost collagen production with Vitamin C: Gans notes this is a biggie for producing collagen and repairing skin cells. Find it in dark leafy greens, broccoli, strawberries, peppers, and oranges.

Repair skin cells.
Maintain and repair cells with Vitamin A: This ingredient is essential for helping to repair and maintain our skin cells, Gans notes. Head to the produce aisle—it can be found in foods like cantaloupe, sweet potato, mango, and carrots.




How to Make This Slimming Drink for Weight Loss

Losing weight is not the easiest thing in the world.

You need strong determination to achieve it. But you already know that. I don’t need to tell you this all the time.

Your path to weight loss is full with obstacles and drinks that will speed up your fat burning process.

Today I will give you a recipe for one of those drinks.

It’s refreshing and it has all the ingredients needed to speed up the process of weight loss.

I’m thinking about using this drink during the summer.

Looking at the ingredients, there is one thing on my mind: cocktail!

Burning calories while you are on the beach sunbathing.

I miss summer. 

Here is the recipe:

– Ingredients

  •      1 tsp. ginger root, grated
  •      1 cucumber
  •      1 lemon
  •      1 lime
  •      12 mint leaves
  •      1-liter water


  •   Peel and shred the cucumber
  •   Shred the lemon, lime and ginger
  •   Take a glass bottle and put all of the ingredients in there
  •   Keep the drink overnight in your fridge
  •   Drink 3 glasses of this mixture daily (In the morning and 30 minutes before meals)

This healthy combo is what you need. I’m not sure how much it will help you going into the holiday season, but you can start it now.

The whole purpose of it is to keep you full for a longer period of time. Don’t think this or any other drinks are magical.

You need to maintain your healthy diet and exercise on a daily basis.

These drinks are here to boost the weight loss process.

Keep your friends updated with this refreshing weight loss drink. They will be thankful for it.



Eliminate Toxins and Lose Weight in a very Short Time!


Everything that we do nowadays is toxic, from the aliments that we consume to the air that we breathe in and the cosmetic products that we use. Simply, our lives have been grasped of chemicals so that we, humans, would not be able to live a healthy life anymore. 

All of the exterior contaminations bring to our body significant damage, and we end up with an organism full of fats and toxins and low immunity.

All of these things practically happen just for controlling the population of the globe that is undergoing a continuous increase. So, from today this article will try to stop this discreet “genocide” by exposing to all of its readers a highly effective regimen, by which the body can be helped to eliminate toxins and fats accumulated over time, because of consuming aliments rich in chemicals and not only.

The following recipe is very simple, it is something that you can prepare in your home, it is accessible to everyone and it will definitely be followed by a lot of us, starting with the next morning. Here is what you will have to do:

Immediately after you have woken up and washed your teeth, you need to drink two glasses of slightly warm water (meaning 200 ml) on your empty stomach. After 30 minutes, you can serve breakfast (you can consume your favorite breakfast, anything you like but make sure to eat a small portion).

Before eating lunch, you need to consume something that is very easy to prepare. Here is what you will need:

  • 200 ml of water;
  • the juice of 2 lemons;
  • 2 teaspoons of apple vinegar;
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • and ½ teaspoon of ginger powder.

Mix all of the mentioned ingredients well, until you obtain a homogeneous mixture. Consume the whole amount of mixture before eating your lunch.


This mixture will stimulate your digestion that will lead to burning fats and losing weight, by helping the liver to eliminate toxins from the body in an alert rhythm. This mixture will also regulate your blood sugar level.

This drink will make the difference and you will surely encounter the effects in maximum 7 days! In 7 days you should lose about 2 kg in weight, by ending up losing approximately 7-8 kg in one whole month.

After consuming this mixture, you can eat lunch and then dinner, depending on your tastes, by serving not too large portions of food, with considering that dinner should not be eaten later than 6 pm.

It is possible to undergo this regimen for 4 months every year. For example, if you start this month, take a break for the next 2 months and then repeat the procedure in the third month (for example, follow this regimen in March, June, September and December).

Hopes are high that with the help of this article, we will stop the harmful effects of consuming chemical aliments that have harmed our lives and health, and by which we wish to control the human species.


Get A Flat Stomach In 7 Days With This Powerful Drink

Everybody knows that if you want to have the body of your dreams it takes a lot of effort. Getting a lot of fat the the stomach area can be caused by poor nutrition, lack of exercise and by a short period of time you get a beer stomach. Obviously diet combined with exercise is the right solution, but no one can blame you because you want fast results that require less effort. Made from ingredients that can be easily found, this natural drink can reduce your stomach fat in just seven days. 

The magic ingredient is the banana. Bananas not only help in detoxification – when combined with flax seed they can reduce your stomach.


-1 banana
-1 orange
-1/2 cup yogurt with low-fat
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
– a little ginger
-2 tablespoons flax seed
-2 tablespoons whey powder

Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Drink it once a day, it’s good to take it before bedtime.


5 Most Effective Herbal Remedies For Common Skin Problems

Herbal remedies have been proved as more effective way against a broad range of dermatological problems and here are a few of them. 

Tea tree oil for acne

The  acne, as a common skin infection that usually occurs as you hit puberty, can be dealt naturally with tea tree oil. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association Practical Guide to Natural Medicines, tea tree oil showed significant improvement in the number of acne lesions at the end of three months of using it. It also showed a lower incidence of adverse effects like irritation, burning sensation, dryness and itching. The anti-inflammatory property of plant terpenes and their corresponding alcohols is responsible for the action. It should be applied topically and not taken internally as it might lead to poisoning. Here are some home remedies for acne scars that really work.

Garlic for bacterial and fungal infections

The antibacterial and antiviral compounds of garlic play a crucial role in treating a broad range of bacterial and fungal skin infections like fungal nail infection, ringworm infection and athlete’s foot. Garlic contains ajoene, a chemical that exhibits antifungal activity. Also, you should look for this chemical when buying ointments to deal with a fungal infection. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid including garlic in your diet as it is considered unsafe.

Fenugreek for dermatitis

The fenugreek contains mucilage, a substance that, when applied topically, acts as an emollient (exhibits soothing and softening property) on the skin. The mucilage quickly swells into a gooey mass on adding water and relieves dry and inflamed skin due to dermatitis. That’s why you need to apply a paste of methimixed with water on the skin to deal with dermatitis in a natural way.

Aloe vera for burns and wounds

For many years, aloevera has been used to treat wounds and burns. It decreases itching and burning sensation and also aids in treating chronic leg ulcers and frostbite. Salicylic acid present in aloe vera acts as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis . However, in some cases it might cause allergic contact dermatitis when applied topically, so beware.

Cabbage leaves for psoriasis

When used to compress inflamed skin, cabbage leaves relieve symptoms of psoriasis . It contains a high amount of sulphur that reduces irritation and inflammation of the skin in psoriatic patients. Make a poultice by washing few cabbage leaves, crushing them with a rolling pin and warm it. Apply this paste on the skin to deal with skin irritation and itching.




Lose weight like crazy with this easy magical drink!

Losing weight is never easy. It always has to be supported with healthy food, exercises and a lot of liquids. However, it’s always helpful if you use some tricks that will make losing weigh easier and not a bad experience.

If you have the feeling of hunger all the time during your diet, then our magical drink will help you feel full of energy and, what’s most important, you will lose weight like crazy.

Here’s what you need:


– One cup of organic fresh grapefruit juice
– 2 tbs. of apple cider vinegar(you can use your homemade if you have)
– 1 tbs. of organic honey

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix it until you get an even liquid. You should consume this juice every day before lunch or dinner.
Drink this magical drink every day for a week and then take a break for one week. After one week you can repeat this process again.
Good luck!