Do you have trouble with sleeping, stress, or high blood pressure? This week's Be Better challenge could help you with all three and more!
This week's #bebetter52 challenge is to incorporate magnesium into your life by using epsom salt. You can also focus on eating foods rich in magnesium.
Magnesium helps to calm nerves, prevent migraines, avoid osteoporosis, relieve muscle aches and spasms, aid digestion by relieving constipation, improve mood, alleviate PMS, increase energy, and also treat insomnia. Stress, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar deplete magnesium which means many of us might have a magnesium deficiency and not even know it.
Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate magnesium into your life this week. Adding 2-3 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and soaking for around 20 minutes is an easy way to complete this week's challenge. If you're feeling under the weather, a detox bath might be helpful with 2 cups of epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda in a warm bath. If you're struggling with restless legs or not sleeping well, a topical magnesium oil or lotion might be a good option for you. You can make these yourself by dissolving 1/2 cup of epsom salt into 3/4 cup hot water. Magnesium oil can be added to a thick lotion and used on your feet and calves before bed. There are also magnesium oils and lotions on the market you can purchase. (Be careful not to get the oil on cuts or freshly shaved legs as it might sting a little.)
Another way to complete this week's challenge is to eat foods rich in magnesium. Banana, squash, broccoli, spinach, dark chocolate, kale, pineapple, strawberries, figs, red meat, corn, potatoes, nuts, yogurt or kefir, and seeds are all options rich in magnesium. Post a picture of your completed challenge on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #bebetterchallenge to earn more money for our charity.
Bath: Add at least one cup of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes. For aches and pains, add at least two cups. (If you have time, soak for 30 to 45 minutes). You'll be amazed at how relaxing it is as all your aches and pains are soothed. Have a good book on hand to read while you soak! Combine with lavender essential oil or flowers for extra relaxation.
Foot soak: For a concentrated magnesium boost, add one cup of Epsom salt to hot water, and soak for 20 minutes.
Oil: Make a homemade magnesium oil when you don't have time for a soak. Combine a half cup of Epsom salts with a half cup of boiled, distilled water and stir until dissolved. Put into a spray bottle and spray onto arms, legs, and stomach daily (10 to 30 sprays). It may tingle the first few times, which is normal. If it doesn't go away or is uncomfortable, dilute with more water. This can be left on the skin or washed off in the shower after 20 to 30 minutes. Moisturize about five minutes after application if leaving on.
Splinter removal: Soak in concentrated Epsom salt water before pulling out a splinter.
Magnesium foot or face scrub: Mix with coconut or olive oil for smooth skin.
In the garden: Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to the soil below a tomato plant to boost growth.
Tile or grout cleaner: Mix equal parts dish soap and Epsom salts. Rinse well for streak-free shine.
Homemade sea salt spray will add texture and volume to hair.
Voluminizing hair mask: Combine equal parts conditioner and Epsom salt and leave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry for thicker hair.
Slug deterrent: Sprinkle around plants an
Laxative for occasional constipation: Take one teaspoon of Epsom salt dissolved in water (check with doctor first).
Sunburn relief: Dissolve one tablespoon of Epsom salt into warm water, let it cool, and then spray on burn for relief.
Rose growth: Boost growth by adding a tablespoon each week around the soil of your rose bushes.