Saffron - exotic spice with medicinal properties

Since ancient times, saffron was regarded as one of the highly praised spices, known for its orange color, taste and medicinal properties. Rich in vitamins and minerals, but also because of its therapeutic effect, is still used in Eastern medicine today.

 This exotic spice originates from southern Europe and is now being cultivated all over the world in many countries, especially in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, Iran, and in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir. Crocus sativus plant grows to about 15-20 cm high. Saffron requires cold and dry climate with well-drained and rich soil. The flowers are usually picked in the early morning hours.

Saffron

Saffron has a special taste that comes from chemical compounds in it, such as picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains the natural carotenoid chemical compound crocin, which gives the saffron its golden-yellow color. These properties together with other medicinal properties make it a valuable ingredient in many kitchens around the world.

Nutritive content of Saffron

Saffron contains several chemical compounds derived from plants that are known to have anti-oxidant properties. Saffron is rich in oils, of which the most efficient is safranal that gives the saffron a characteristic flavor. Other volatile oils are cineol, phenethenol, pinen, borneol, geraniol, limonene, p-cinnamon, linalol, terpinen oil.

This vivid spice has many non-volatile active ingredients. The most important of them is crocin. It also contains other carotenoids, including Zea-kanthin, lycopene, A and SS carotene. These are important antioxidants that help protect the human body from cancer, infections and act as an immunomodulatory agent. Active ingredients of saffron have many therapeutic uses in traditional drugs as an antiseptic, antidepressant, antioxidant.

Saffron is a good source of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cells and body fluids that help control heart and blood pressure. Manganese and copper are used by the human body as co-factors for the antioxidant enzyme. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells.

In addition, it is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, which are essential for optimal health.

Health benefits of saffron

Saffron is mainly known for its inclusion in other foods. But it has very important nutrients and chemical compounds that are useful in providing medicinal properties.

Therapeutic applications In many religions, saffron is not just a spice. It is used in various types of therapy such as body healing, detoxification, as well as in spa for different aroma therapies.
 
Antidepressant Active ingredients of saffron can act as antidepressants that soothe the body and heal the spirit.

It promotes digestion Saffron is one of the favorite spices for a reason. In addition to improving the taste of foods, it has ingredients that regulate the digestion process.

Heart diseases, blood pressure Potassium that is in high can be found in high amounts in this spice helps maintain blood pressure and protects against various cardiovascular diseases.

Production of blood cells Iron is a very useful component in the body that blood requires to form hemoglobin and red blood cells. Since saffron has a large amount of iron, this makes it an ideal anti-anemia medicine.

Skin Care Saffron is used in the cosmetics industry in a number of preparations. We will highlight some recipes for face mask that will make your skin shine.

Mix 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 2 to 3 spoons of saffron and 2 teaspoons of milk. Wash your face and wipe with a towel before applying the face mask. Apply the mixture on the face and massage the skin thoroughly in circular motion. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes and then rinse. This mask is applied once a week for maximum results.

If you have dry skin, you can prepare a mask with lemon and saffron. The lemon cleanses the skin and the saffron gives it shine. Mix a few drops of lemon juice with a spoon of powdered saffron. If you have very dry skin, you can add several drops of milk. Apply a mask on the whole face. Leave it to stand for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Treatment of acne and pimples Antifungal content of saffron makes it effective for the treatment of acne, stains and blackheads. Apply saffron soaked on your face twice a day and this can help you to clean stains and pimples.

Add honey to saffron and massage your face with this mixture. This will stimulate blood circulation by providing oxygen to your skin. Regularly use this face mask and it will give you a glittering skin.

Against hair loss Saffron can be mixed with licorice and milk and applied to the bald spots on the skin of the head. This will speed up the fight against hair loss and promote its growth.

How to choose it in the store?

Saffron is the most expensive of all spices, and the right choice is vital in order to gain quality for money spent. Saffron is available all year round in supermarkets and specialized stores. It is available in three shapes: stigma, powder or dried.

When shopping, pay attention to color. There should be no traces of yellow, the redder the color, the better the quality of the saffron. The next step is a flavor test. It should have a strong and fresh smell. Saffron is an expensive spice so, if it's available at lower prices, it's probably of poor quality or maybe even fake.

The saffron should be stored in a hermetically sealed container, preferably in a jar in a cool, dark and dry place. Like other herbs and spices, the saffron is sensitive to light so it should be wrapped in a foil or in an opaque container. It is advisable to use it within 2 years as it will gradually lose taste. Saffron is a versatile spice that can give a new dimension to salty and sweet dishes. You can also prepare tea with the addition of 5 to 10 strands of saffron in boiling water. This tea will have a clear aromatic aroma of saffron.

WARNING: High doses of saffron can act as a stimulant to the uterus and in severe cases can cause an abortion. It is therefore advised that pregnant women avoid consuming it.

The benefits of baby oil

The oldest and the easiest way to care for the skin is to use various oils. However, first and foremost we need to learn the difference between all kinds of oils that exist in order to find an adequate application. Two basic types of oils are: herbal oils and mineral oils. Herbal oils, as their name implies, originate from plants and they get, most often, the name of the plant from which they originate. Herbal oils contain fine molecules that easily penetrate into the skin, and because of this, they are more suitable for skin care. Mineral oils (petroleum jelly, paraffin) are synthetic oils obtained by chemically treating oils. They are famous because they consist of large molecules that that clog the pores and poorly transmit the active ingredients that are necessary for the skin. Therefore, we should be careful when choosing oil and for what purpose we want to use it for.

baby oil

Synthetic oil: known to everyone as a baby oil

For babies

As the name itself says, it is intended for babies. We can now wonder how a synthetic oil can be good especially for babies, but the answer exists. Since skin has a difficult time to absorb it, it is almost as if it was created just for small children wearing nappies. You have certainly heard about a baby's nappy rash, which is why a baby's oil is placed in order to create a protective layer between children's skin and diaper. In the same way we can alleviate the pain in older people who are forced to wear adult diaper for health reasons. If you have any other baby oil at home you did not use, there is no reason to throw it away since it can be useful to you in many ways you probably have not heard before.
Removes soap stains

If you have stubborn soap stains in your bathroom, you can simply remove them with the help of a small amount of baby oil. Put a little oil on the stain and let it work for a few seconds, and then just wipe it.

Do you have problems with zipper slider?

It must have happened sometimes that your zipper slider is stuck. To fix this, lubricate it with baby oil. Wait a few minutes, then drag it up and down. You will see that it will work like a new one.

You can use it for cleaning

Baby’s oil is suitable for cleaning wooden and chrome surfaces. Apply oil on cloth and rub the furniture or tables with circular movements, which will make them shine.

Wet wipes with baby oil

If you run out of wet wipes, you can make them using kitchen cloths and baby oil. Cut a few pieces of kitchen cloths, fold them in half and put in a plastic box in which you have half a cup of water, one teaspoon of baby shampoo and one teaspoon of baby oil. Let the cloths get soaked.

Removes bubble gum from surfaces 

When you find glued bubble gum bellow table, on the floor or even in the hair, do not despair. Beat it with baby-oil, apply it and wait a few minutes, then lightly remove it.

Baby oil and shaving 

Baby oil for shaving legs is a much better choice than shaving foam. It nourishes the skin, makes it smooth, and the greasy layer allows the razor to slip over the skin and better remove unwanted hair. You will not irritate the skin and it will improve the removal of hair from any part of the body.

Remove excess wax from ears 

It often happens that more wax is accumulated in the ear canal than is needed to protect our ear. We most often use cotton swabs to clean our ears. However using a dry cotton swab we can make our problem even worse since instead of cleaning it we compact it further down the ear canal and then doctor’s help is needed. To prevent this, it is enough for you to put very little oil on the cotton swab. You will be pretty surprised by the effect. Hydrogen can help you in the same way.

Removing all kinds of makeup

You must have had a problem with removing a waterproof mascara. Women know best that a high-quality mascara always needs a high quality make up removal. If you happen to have no adequate means to remove waterproof mascara, please use baby oil. Apply it on a swab and lightly remove the mascara. In return, you will also have a protective layer on them, which will give them a shine. You can also remove the rest of the makeup in the same way, but after that, wash the face and remove the rest of the oil from the face so that it does not clog up the pores on your face.

After depilation

If you use wax for depilation is known that the skin in certain places remains sticky. To remove this surplus, feel free to soak a tissue paper with baby oil and solve the problem.

Baby oil and stretch marks

During pregnancy, the skin is forced to grow at high speed, which leads to cracking. Bodybuilders also face the same problem. By using baby oil, you will increase the elasticity of the skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks to a minimum.

Dry and split hair ends

All the ladies struggle with this problem. For this phenomenon, in addition to genetics, atmospheric conditions are also responsible. Especially when we are on vacation, we expose the hair to the sun more than usual. To protect hair lines, it is enough that you apply very little oil to the tips of still moist hair. This will create a protective layer that will protect the ends of your hair from damage.

Painless Band-Aid removal from the skin

Removing the Band-Aid from the skin can be very unpleasant, especially in small children. In order to make the entire procedure completely painless, it is enough to soak the ends of the Band-Aid with baby oil and when they are soaked, simply remove it.

Remove the most resistant stickers

How long have you been trying to remove the stickers from the jar or bottle? Probably a long time. You used everything most commonly the dishwasher. This is the end of it. Now, take the baby's oil, lubricate that resistant sticker, wait for the stick to absorb the oil and just take it off. Easy, is not it?

Remove marker stains from the skin 

It happens that all of us had marker stains on the skin as children who often use them to show their creativity. Now that we have baby oil we can will solve this problem easily. Soak a cloth with baby oil and remove all marker stains from your skin.

Polish items made from leather 

All leather bags, shoes or some other leather items will get a new glow if you treat them with baby oil and then a dry cloth. The baby's oil will nourish the leather and make it more durable and better.

Your doors or windows make a squeaking sound?  

You can guess that baby oil can help you with this problem. Lubricate the hinges with a few drops of oil, and open and close door couple of times in order for the oil to lubricate the mechanism completely nicely and then the persistent sound will disappear.

The benefits of rose hip tea

Preparation and healthy recipes for rose hip tea

Did you know that rose hip tea has more vitamin C than orange? Interestingly, when cooking this tea, the amount of vitamin C does not decrease. On the contrary, it increases!

You must have often walked past this plant, and you did not know that you could make such a powerful drink from it. The beneficial rose hip tea is rich in organic acids, vitamins, pro-vitamins and minerals. It offers us a lot of health benefits and certainly you need to drink it.

Do you know how to make homemade tea from this plant? In this text we will give you more excellent recipes. Learn more about its medicinal properties and numerous uses for health.

How does rose hip look like? 

The root of the rose hip is wide, it extends far into depth. The tree is low and rich in branches. The branches grow up to 3 meters in height, and there are strong thorns which gently bends downwards. It has fragrant flowers that are gently white-pink or yellow. There are most commonly five flower petals. In the middle they have a large stump.
The leaves are specific and have sharp jagged edges. The fruit has an oblong form, about 2 cm in length, the shell is smooth and hard. Rose hip contains a large number of seeds that taste like blueberries. Their color varies from bright red to slightly orange.

rose hip

Interesting and useful facts

Rose hip tea has a large amount of bioflavonoids that accelerate the suppression of allergy and asthma. It helps with circulatory disorders. Used in cosmetics to removes wrinkles, tightens the skin and provides unique shine and care.

You can find rose hip on pastures, forests, among the bushes and along the roads. As a weed plant, it is very widespread throughout the Europe.

Experts say it has been used in the diet during Stone Age. The ancient Egyptians and the Romans used this plant as a cure for various problems. They also made delicious wine and other treats.

Rose hip or Latin Rosa Canina is a bushy plant. It belongs to the family of wild roses that are classified in the most valuable cultures.

The medicinal properties are numerous

Flower petals are certainly a medicinal part of the plant, rich in vitamin C. Beverage made from petals is effective in stopping bleeding from the stomach and intestines.

It is used to relieve menstrual problems and bleeding outside of regular cycles. You can also use flower petals for making jams, homemade juices, but also as a good seasoning in cooking.

Leaves are also rich in vitamins. They are used to make beverages against colds and viruses. Most often in combination with the fruit, they promote the lack of vitamin C in the body.

The fruit is rich in omega 3 and 6 healthy fats, beta carotene, organic acids, pectins, phytons, essential oils, flavonoids and vitamins B1, B2, E, K, P and A. Regular tea drinking  is advised by doctors and experts as a prevention of renal calculus, inflammation of the kidneys and urinary tract.

The seeds are rich in vitamins E, A and vanilla, which is why they have a distinctive odor. Medicinal benefits of seeds are used to make oil in cosmetics. Rose hip proved to be successful as an anti-wrinkle ointment and as a preparation for skin care.

The difference between wild and cultivated rose hip 

The very appearance of the wild rose hip is beautiful, some even sow it as an ornamental plant in their garden. There is little difference in the quality and chemical composition of the bred and wild rose hip.

Cultivated rose hip is somewhat less healing than wild one, but it is much bigger. It also gives twice as much fruits in comparison to the wild one. The taste is pleasant and sweet, while in the wild one it is slightly acidic.

When are the fruits of wild rose hip harvested?

The fruit is harvested in late autumn on a dry and sunny day. For a healthy drink, it is not necessary for the fruits to completely mature and soften. Right then they have the most vitamin C.

Wild rose leaves are harvested while the leaf is still young. The flowers appear from May to June, then petals are harvested and dried.

When harvesting this golden bush requires a little more effort and will. Prepare yourself well, you need old clothes and unavoidable gloves. You need them because of the thorns that definitely make it difficult to harvest this plant.

What you need to know about drying rose hip

The fruits of this plant can be dried in a home-based variant, in the oven or in the sun. Dried rose hip is best kept in a dark and dry place. It should also be placed in hermetically sealed containers.

Cut the fruits in length, clean them and wash. Put them in the oven at 50 degrees. Dry until they become fragile, then blend them in the blender.

Now that you know how to dry rose hip learn how to storage it properly.

Keep the dried plant in a cotton or linen bag. Keep it in the dark and cool room.
  • Note: Use the dried plant in one year, or more precisely until the next season.

How to make rose hip tea at home 

Rose hip tea is very simple to make. The basis of the recipe is easy to do.
Put 2 teaspoons of to stand. Strain through a double cotton gauze.
Always drink warm because at that time it has the strongest effect, if possible, do not sweeten it with anything. If you must then use honey.

The prepared beverage is suitable for diarrhea, stomach and other digestive disorders. Do not overdo it with consumption, otherwise the effect will reverse.

Advice

After cooking tea, do not throw away the fruits, but use them for another cooking. It will surprise you how much of healthy ingredients is left for second preparation.

What are the benefits of rose hip tea?

Apart from sweets, this medicinal plant also helps us with many diseases. It has a very beneficial effect on the entire human body.

It also helps with stomach diseases

The health effect of this plant is multiple. It will relax you and will alleviate the pain in the stomach. Flower petals are great for nervous and painful stomach.

It is easy to prepare:
  • 1 teaspoon of dry petals,
  • 1 teaspoon of dry mint
  • 2.5 dl of water.

Tea preparation:

Pour boiled water into a cup with rose hip and mint petals, cover and let it stand. When it cools down it is ready to be used.

It is effective for colds and various seasonal flu 

Due to vitamin C and many other medicinal properties, a wild rose hip drink is advised for: colds, various viral infections and influenza. By consuming this tea, it boosts and strengthens immunity. It facilitates the ejection of mucus during coughing.

Use for dry cough

Rose hip tea with chamomile, honey and white mallow. Perfect herbal mixture for dry cough problems.

You need:
  • 2.5 dl of water,
  • 30 g of dried rose hip
  • 15 g of elder plant flowers
  • 15 g of white marshmallow root 
  • half a lemon,
  • spoon of honey.

Preparation:

Place the herbal mixture in a bowl of water and boil. After it boils leave it for another 5 minutes to cook. Cover and leave the beverage to cool. Apply it through a double gauze, then add the sprinkled lemon juice and a spoon of honey.

It is a great natural remedy against stomach problems and diarrhea

Other health benefits of rose hip

  • It cures gastritis and relieves gastric disorders.
  • It calms and restores the mucous membrane.
  • Recovers lost fluid.
  • Regulates digestion and bowel movement.
  • Removes the infections of the digestive tract that cause diarrhea.

Prepare rose hip tea for stomach if you experience stomach problems.

Recipe:
  • 2.5 dl of water,
  • 30 gr of dried rose hip
  • 15 gr of mint leaves
  • 15 gr of dried blueberry
  • 15 g of the lemon balm.

Preparation

Put the vegetable mixture in a bowl of water, leave it all together on the heat to cook. When it boils let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Cover and leave a little more so that plants leave all of their medicinal ingredients. Pour it through a clean gauze, drink preferably unsweetened and warm.

The main benefits of medicinal tea

In addition to influenza and diarrhea, rose hip tea has a rich list where it proved to be a successful drug. It is great for.
  • The treatment of anemia.
  • Successful in cleaning blood.
  • Removes infections and inflammation.
  • Detoxification of the organism.
  • In the case of inflammation of the urinary tract.
  • Cleans liver during inflammation.
  • It lowers blood cholesterol.
  • Cleans the kidneys from the formed sand and stone.
  • Strengthens immunity in adults and children.
  • It is suitable for diabetics due to low sugar content.
  • Rejuvenates the organism.
  • Cleans and nourishes the skin.
  • Suitable for easing the rheumatism.
  • Perfect for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers because of high vitamin C amount.

How to use rose hip for babies and kids

Rose hip tea for babies is a great thing. From childbirth you can freely give it to babies, as well as mint tea. We mentioned how useful it is because of the large amount of vitamin C that babies need.

It has a soothing effect in babies. It is suitable for stomach, stomach cramps and colds. It is often used to remove high temperature.

His beverage for babies is easily prepared:

You will need:
  • 1 teaspoon of dry plant or one tea bag. 
  • 2 dl of water.

The baby recipe is simple:

In boiling water put a tea bag or one spoon of dried plant in it and cover it.  When it cools down strain it. Do this if you used dried plants.

It is best to give this natural drink while it's still lukewarm to babies. It will have the best effect and it will help their little stomach.

For tea in filter bags the principle and procedure of making is the same.

Note: Tea should not be given on your own accord but always consult with your pediatrician.

Can you drink rose hip tea during pregnancy? 

In addition to honey, nuts, nettle and ginger, all things that are recommended to pregnant women can be found in our magic rose hip tea. It is even recommended because of its rich vitamin properties, which protects you against colds and improves immunity. It also helps with the ejection of excess water from the body.

It is desirable to drink a cup of this natural and medicinal drink every morning. It has a soothing effect and of course what is important it will protect your body from various influenza and viruses.

Note: in the case of babies and a pregnant women, it is preferable to consume tea from a dried bulk plant. In this way you will make sure that there are no other blends and ingredients included there.

Nursing mothers need to also drink rose hip tea. Namely, they have to put in a lot of fluids during the day to produce a lot of milk. Prepared home beverage with rose hip will compensate will provide necessary vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, like other precious ingredients, is passed through breastfeeding.

It accelerates faster weight loss

When it comes to diet tea, wild rose hip is one of the first foods to be consumed more often. It is known for its rich antioxidants and vitamins that have little calories and lots of fiber.

Due to the high content of flavonoids, it eliminates free radicals and accelerates the process of burning calories. More precisely, it is advised to drink rose hip tea every day. It regulates the hormones and reduces appetite because it creates a sense of satiety.

What is important is that it accelerates metabolism, accelerates digestion, and keeps blood sugar levels under control.

Other recipes with rose hip tea

Rose hip and hibiscus tea

This powerful drink regulates blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels and purifies the liver. It is excellent for extracting excess fluid, regulating the stool and accelerates the metabolism.

Preparation:
Mix a spoon of dried wild rose with the same amount of hibiscus. Mix the mixture with 2.5 dl of water and let it boul. As soon as it boils remove from the heat and cover. When it cools feel free to drink and enjoy the magic of this drink.

Rose hip and ginger root tea

The combination of ginger and rose hip proved to be perfect against pain in the joints. It even increases the mobility of joints that are affected by arthritis.

Preparation:
Grate ginger root add a spoon of dried rose hip and pour with 3 dl of water. Cook it and when it boils leave it for 2 to 3 minutes covered. Strain it and drink. 
Combination of rose hip and linden 

This herbal mixture helps to prevent anxiety, fatigue and muscle spasms. This has been proven in practice.

It will help you in relaxing your tense body and will improve your sleep. Beverage with linden will boost your immunity because it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.

It's easy to prepare:

Pour 1 teaspoon of teaspoon tea or linden and rose hip and pour with boiling water. Cover and leave for a while to stand. Strain through the gauze and enjoy this homemade tea.

rose hip tea


Where can we get it and what is the price? 

Rose hip tea can be bought in all pharmacies. Also in healthy foods stores, markets, over the internet where the ordering process is simple. You will find it at very reasonable prices. For 50g you will pay about 1 dollar.

Package of 20 filter bags is about 2 dollars.

Who should not drink it?

Rose hip tea is recommended to everyone but with caution. One to two cups a day is a maximum. Especially this is important for people with low-pressure problems, thrombosis and heart disease.

Contraindications and serious side effects are not known to date. Unless you are allergic to the plant.

Note: If you have not properly strained the tea do it again. Namely, if by any chance you swallow small hairs of rose hip it can irritate the mouth cavity and digestive tract.

Finally, we want to share with you a recipe that has been used since ancient times for making wine from this medicinal plant.  All precious ingredients will be preserved in it, and the wine will be drinkable and delicious! It is desirable to drink it in the morning in small glasses of brandy.

How to make wine from rose hip fruit

You need:
  • 1 kg of dried rose hip
  • 1 kg of sugar,
  • 6 l of water.

Preparation:

Mash the fruit, add sugar and stir. Then, add water and mix until the sugar melts. You need glass bottles that you washed well and corks.

Pour the wine into the bottles and close it well. It needs to stand for 6 days. Every day you should shake the bottles. After the sixth day, strain it through the double gauze and that's it. Your home-made wine from rose hip is ready for consumption.

Drink this aromatic beverage during one month since that is its shelf life.

Epsom salt use for digestion, weight loss and health

Epsom salt is used for beauty treatments and as a pain reliever

How hard is it really to believe that something we all have at home can help our body? With the help of salt you can alleviate muscle inflammation, headache, and resolve constipation. At the same time, you will purify your body from toxins that damage your health? Of course, we are not talking about your ordinary kitchen salt that we use every day, but about a bathing salt that is better known as Epsom salt.

Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate is a compound that has been discovered more than 300 years ago. Although there are officially no medical evidence about the effect this has on our body, many people's experiences have confirmed that this substance is more suitable for health on several fronts.

About its powerful effects in warm baths, in a beverage, a hair mask and even as an agent used in plant care, has been testified for a very long time. In addition, you will also read how to safely and most adequately use Epson salt to combat various diseases and conditions

What is the composition of magnesium sulphate?

Do not be confused, it is not a real salt, although it looks very similar to it. It is a compound called magnesium sulphate whose crystalline structure is actually the reason why it resembles salt.

The bitter substance is therefore rich in both magnesium and sulphate. But why is it good for our organism?

For years, with the change of nutrition and gradual reduction of magnesium from the soil, we reached a point where this mineral has to be compensated for in various ways. Magnesium sulfate is one of these ways because:
  • It is easily absorbed through the skin.
  • It is also beneficial for our stomach.
  • It stimulates the pancreas that creates an enzyme responsible for cleansing the body from toxins and other accumulated substances that are harmful to the body.

Why do we need magnesium?

Another factor that reduces the level of magnesium is our focus on bringing in more calcium. But Ca consumes Mg, and this precious mineral works best when it has enough magnesium.

Studies show that magnesium is not absorbed easily through the digestive tract, but actually it can be obtained through the skin. Hence the popularity of crystals of bitter salt for baths. Find out more about them in the text below.

Epsom salt

What are the medicinal properties of Epsom salt?

A list of benefits and medicinal effects is very long, but what you need to know is that there is no medical evidence that magnesium sulphate is actually a cure in any sense. Be sure not to take some serious treatments on your own, and always consult your doctor first.

In addition, here is what this substance can do:

Epsom salt against inflammation of the muscles

This substance is, however, most popular when used for bathing, so it's no wonder that it has the strongest effect when used in this way. A warm bath with magnesium sulfate helps to:
  • Calms Arthritis and Rheumatic Pain.
  • Reduce stiffness, pain and muscle tension (spasm).
  • Reduces unpleasantness from pain and sensitivity.
  • Calms painful bruises on the body, and various sprains.
  • Relieves pain from excessive exhaustion after intense training.

You can get the greatest effect by immersing several cups of magnesium sulphate in warm water and laying 20 minutes in the bathtub. This will help to eliminate toxins and at the same time relax the muscles.

Try this recipe for a relaxing bath:

In a suitable bowl, mix well two glasses of Epsom salt and half a glass of baking soda. Add essential oil of lavender for relaxation and green tea. Stir and pour the mixture in the bath and leave the water to dissolve the salts. Let the water temperature be pleasant, we recommend around 35 degrees.

These baths are not recommended for those who suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease. When it comes to Epsom salt, it is not advised either to kidney patients or to those with diabetes.

Can pregnant women use Epsom salt?

For now, there is still no medical proof that pregnant women cannot use Epsom salt. Namely, the swelling of the feet during pregnancy is quite a common thing. Then there is accumulation of fluid in the lower extremities, especially during the last trimester.
Future moms are advised to dip their feet into a hot water bowl. In the bath you need to put half a cup of Epsom salt and almost instantly relief will come. The pain will alleviate and the swelling will be reduced in the short term.
This kind of relaxation will allow mom and baby to have stable prenatal communication, which is very important. On the other hand, pregnant women will become calmer and more patient. This is a great way to eliminate stress, and at the same time reduce the risk of hypertension.

Because of all of this, Epsom salt during pregnancy is completely acceptable, however, prior to use, consult your doctor.

A bath with Epsom salt against tension

Epsom salt increases the level of magnesium in the body, and the result is the increase in serotonin produced by the brain. When their values ​​are increased in the body, a better mood occurs and even more, a sense of happiness. It is therefore not surprising that magnesium sulphate is recommended for:
  • Rest and improvement of sleep.
  • Raising body energy to a higher level.
  • Improve the rate of natural healing of the body.
  • Reduction of stress, irritability and nervous tension.

In addition, only an increase in energy stimulates the body to secretion of adenosine triphostane at the cellular level. This compound is responsible for reducing pressure and provide better sleep and relaxation.

Epsom salt for digestion and complete detoxification of the organism

Detoxification is the second item according to which Epsom salt is known for, and a better digestion is the third one. If you suffer from frequent constipation, in consultation with a doctor, try solving the problem with the help of Epsom salts solution.

Not only that, by using this compound in an oral manner, you will bring in all the necessary magnesium. If you drink a solution of 4 teaspoons of Epsom salts in a liter of warm water, you will help your organism get rid of all the harmful substances we accumulated over the years.

In an era of fast and unhealthy lifestyle, it's good to have something like this at hand. An affordable and practical solution for every occasion.

Application of bitter salt in preparation for colonoscopy?

The sheer mention of colonoscopy is something that many dread. However, what many do not know is the fact that this procedure does not have to be painful at all. Certainly it is not very pleasant, but it should not be an insurmountable problem. Therefore, if your gastroenterologist suggests this procedure, you should respond to it, because there is no better diagnosis than it.

Preparation for colonoscopy with Epsom salt is often recommended.

Epsom salt ingredients act as a laxative that pass the water through the colon. In this way it cleans it from harmful substances completely but it is necessary to carefully dose this salt solution. It depends on the person’s tolerance what kind of additional effect we want this substance to have.

For proper dosing of magnesium sulphate before your colonoscopy, consult your doctor.

How to make an Epsom salt solution at home?

The Epsom salt is prepared simply in 3 easy steps:
  1. In the cup, pour the water which is lukewarm and add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt and stir until it completely dissolves.
  2. It would be best to take a few sips first, tilt your head back and gently gargle it on top of the throat.
  3. After that, inhale the fumes and let some air pass through the throat. Do this for 5 seconds. Then close your mouth and lean forward. Repeat the whole process several times. After that rinse your mouth.

Important note:
Do not swallow too much of the solution, because it will actually act as a laxative.
Use of Epsom salt for faster weight loss

No substance is actually magical when it comes to weight loss, but it can help or encourage easier weight loss. Epsom helps to detoxify the organism, and hence the stomach works better and faster, and kilograms will melt.

However, for long-term results and slim weight, you need a complete lifestyle change. Increased movement, day-to-day exercise and the right choice of food is a full-fledged goal.

The saline solution is good for mouth rinsing

As a mouthwash, Epsom salt is good in fighting inflamed throat and toothache. Gargling the solution also cleans the mouth in general and combats the bacteria.

If you are troubled by small mouth sores in the tongue and mouth area of ​​the cavity, consult a dentist before using Epsom salt.

Application of Epsom salt for more beautiful and healthy hair

If you are looking for something that is practical and affordable and that can really make your hair healthier, then magnesium sulphate is a possible solution.

The biggest advantage of this salt is that it works perfectly on the whole body and therefore on the root of the hair. Combined with balm and natural regenerators, Epsom salt helps in regulating the greasy scalp and reviving dry hair.

Here is how Epsom salt helps greasy hair
Add two teaspoons of salt to the shampoo and shake until it complete dissolves in it. Wet your hair well and apply the shampoo. Take your time and massage your scalp. Rinse and repeat the process again.
What is the effect of the preparation and how often should it be applied to the hair?

First application removes dead cells and oil, and the other actually allows the magnesium sulphate to penetrate into the root of the hair. Use this combination once a week, and your regular normal shampoo twice a week, so as your hair does not dry out.

Read our earlier article about greasy hair.

How is Epsom salt helpful for dry hair?
Mix 3 tablespoons of regenerator and 3 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a bowl. Place the mixture in the microwave and warm it up for 30 seconds. Mix all again and carefully check how warm it is.
It should be lukewarm in order not to burn the skin. If it gets too hot, wait until it cools down a little.

How to apply it:

Fill your hair with a normal shampoo and rinse, then put the mixture and massage the root of the hair. Hold this mask on the head for a good 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and dry your hair.

It is an ideal natural peeling for the skin

Magnesium sulphate has found its place in addition to body peeling and facial care. It does not dry out the skin and gently cleanses the face of toxins and accumulated dirt in the pores.

Besides:
  • It deep cleanses the skin and pores.
  • It relieves pain from insect bites.
  • It facilitates the extraction of debris.
  • Removes fungi with nails and relieves the pain of the grown nails.
  • Eliminates the unpleasant symptoms of athletic feet and other fungal infections.

How to make a natural peeling agent with Epsom salt and olive oil?

Mix half a cup of olive oil and the same amount of Epsom salt. Add some water, but it should not be too rare. Heat this mixture until the water evaporates, so it is lukewarm when applied. 
Use clean hands, apply oil peeling on face and rub with circular movements. Later rinse with warm water and mild homemade soap. Dry the skin with a clean towel.
How To Remove blackheads using Epsom salt, Iodine and boiling water?

Small black dots known as blackheads that can ruin the the complete visual appearance of someone's face. Fortunately, Epsom salt is great for this problem.

Here is how to prepare a super-efficient solution:
Into a half glass of boiling water add 3 drops of iodine and 2 large spoons of Epsom salt. Mix and leave the mixture to cool. Let the mixture be warm enough so that you can loosen the blackheads. Wet the wool in the mixture and apply it lightly on them. Slightly dab the blackhead and leave it overnight. In the morning you need to wash your face thoroughly with water.

What are the experiences with the use of Epsom salt?

Most people use Epsom salt as a laxative agent in the preparation for colonoscopy. This salt, however, does not have the most pleasant taste and longer oral use creates an unpleasant feeling of disgust. However, it is always a better option in comparison to fluid Fortrans, which is also prescribed for the preparation of colonoscopy.

Such and similar experiences will be confirmed by gastroenterologists who perform the procedure with the colonoscopy. Namely Epsom salt for digestion, it is very good. It is excellent for cleaning of intestines from the sediment, and it is completely harmless.


What are the side effects of Epsom salt?

Bathing in the Epsom salt has no side effects for health, but drinking this saline solution poses various risks and can cause even poisoning. Therefore, a doctor should be consulted about the exact dose when used for constipation or for detoxification.

In addition, higher amounts of solutions used to clean the bowels can cause diarrhea, nausea and cramps. Excessive amounts of magnesium induced by the body causes low blood pressure, weakness, difficulty in breathing and arrhythmia.

You should also be cautious if you are allergic to sulphate substance.

What is the price of Epsom salt and where to buy it?

Epsom salt is available as magnesium sulphate in all pharmacies and health food stores. The price for 600 grams is about 5.50 dollars. On average, you need up to 300 grams for one bath.

On the other hand, you can come across different combinations where the kilogram of salt is below 4 dollars. It is therefore important that you buy only in checked places and preferably in pharmacies.

Taking into account many other expensive products that guarantee the same effect, Epsom salt can be obtained for less money but in larger quantities and it even provides the same benefits. From beneficial baths to detoxification solutions, magnesium sulphate can improve our quality of life.

Did you know - you can use Epsom salt in your garden as well.

Epsom salt also improves fertilization and enriches the soil. Accelerates germination, strengthens the stem of the plant, so it can absorb nutrients better. Consequently, plants are more vital, whether it comes to grass, or home-grown flowers. It is especially good to use bitter salt for grass, roses and healthy vegetables.

Therefore, if you are interested in gardening, you know what to do.

What are the advantages of using sea salt.

Why it is not healthy to hold in the gas?

There are those delicate situations in which most of us are very uncomfortable, when our stomach is acting up and the only relief is to remove gasses from the colon. Of course, this is not a problem, when we are alone, or absolutely sure that we are far enough away from someone who can hear us. We all know that the sounds that are released by our colon are very diverse and sometimes have a very unpleasant smells. We hope you are absolutely aware that all people in this world are emitting gases, without exception. Small children, adults, old ladies, gentlemen, actors, models, presidents, music stars and any of our idols.

The good news is that the release of colon gases, as well as burping is a reflection of our health.

Accordingly, you should not be shy. It is a natural product of our digestive tract. So holding back is not a good thing!

This text intends to introduce you to the reasons of this natural phenomenon, which has been placed in a non-cultural manner by the etiquette and many have taken it for granted, so they do so to the extent that they harm themselves.

There are two main sources of intestinal gases: ingested gases (mainly swallowed air) and gases that produce bacteria in the colon. The average adult produces about half a liter to a liter of gas every day, which is transmitted through the anus 14 to 23 times a day. Occasionally burping before or after a meal is also normal.

The amount of gas that the body produces depends on the diet and other individual factors. However, most people who complain about too much gas do not produce more gas than the average person. They are just more aware of this.

On the other hand, some foods and medical conditions can cause an excessive amount of gas.

Hereinafter, we will help you understand the sources of intestinal gases, conditions that increase sensitivity to gases and the extent to which its production can be reduced.

But let's go in order. Everything starts with food intake.
Namely, while we chew, besides food, we also bring in air. The amount of air depends on the way we eat it. If we have gobble, too much while eating we will bring in a larger amount of air. That air first, just like food, comes to our stomach. The greatest amount of swallowed air is ejected by burping, and that small remnant goes into a small intestine. How much air will pass from the stomach into the small intestine depends on the position we are in. If we sit upright, most of the air will come out with burping. If we are in a lying position, more air will reach our small intestine and, consequently, to the colon that will be manifested by gases.

There are harmless bacteria in the colon, some of which are responsible for the health of our colon. A particular type of food is not digestible in the small intestine, which means that it is indigested when it reaches colon, where it is further degraded by bacteria. By-products of this process are gases such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane. Small number of gases have an unpleasant odor, such as the sulfur which we find in traces.

Raffinose, carbohydrate does not mix well and will lead to higher gas production. Some vegetables also contains Raffinose, such as cabbage, curd, asparagus, broccoli, whole grains of some cereals.

Upon their consumption, we often experience bloating and excessive amounts of gases.

Some people have low resistance to lactose, which we find in dairy products. Lactose is the main sugar in dairy products. Sugar belongs to the type of carbohydrates and for these reasons there is more frequent gas and bloating, but also cramps and diarrhea.

Some diseases can also cause excessive bloating and gases. For example, in people with diabetes and scleroderma, a small intestine function may become slower over time. This causes bacterial overload in the intestine, with poor digestion of carbohydrates and other nutrients.

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Symptoms of gas and bloating 

When it comes to gases and bloating some people can experience pain. The pain is experienced in the part of the stomach where the air is trapped, such as parts of colon that are normally located in one part under the liver (upper to middle-right part of the stomach), as well as in the part below the spleen (upper to middle left part of the stomach).

Causes of increased amount of gases

Most people who feel uncomfortable do not produce excessive amounts of gases. However, there are several situations that can lead to overproduction.

Swallowed air

Chronic, and an excessive burping can occur if you swallow large amounts of air (aerophagia). Aerophagia is usually involuntary act. The treatment focuses on reducing the amount of swallowed air by slowly chewing and avoiding carbonated drinks, chewing and smoking.

Foods that cause gases

A few foods contain carbohydrate raffinose that is poorly digested and can lead to increased production of gases. Foods that contain raffinose include peas, cabbage, cauliflower, pepper, broccoli and asparagus. Avoiding these foods or reducing their intake can reduce the amount of gases.

Starch and soluble fibers can also increase gases. Potato, corn, pasta and wheat produce gases while rice does not. Soluble fibers (found in oat bran, beans and other legumes, beans and most fruits) also cause gases. Some laxatives contain soluble fibers and can cause gases, especially during the first few weeks after the usage.

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance occurs when the organism is aggravated by lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. Symptoms of lactose intolerance are diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating after consumption of milk or dairy products.

Lactose intolerance can be diagnosed by a lactose test. During this test, the patient drinks a lactose drink, and then the breath is analyzed to measure the amount of hydrogen in it. Treatment of lactose intolerance involves avoiding dairy products containing lactose. If you do not drink milk, you should take a supplement containing 1000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D every day because dairy products are the main sources of these very important substances. This is especially important for children and women.

Intolerance to sugar in foods

Some people cannot tolerate sugar in certain types of foods. Two main examples are fructose (which is found in dry fruit, honey, sucrose, port, artichokes, and many other foods and beverages containing “fructose-rich corn syrup”) and sorbitol (sugar substitute in sugar-free sweets and sugar).

Diseases associated with increased gas production

Certain diseases can lead to difficulty in absorption of carbohydrates, leading to increased production of gases. This problem can occur in people with celiac disease (a disease caused by intolerance to protein in cereals), short bowel syndrome and some rare disorders.

Conclusion

Now that you've learned what gases can do in the colon, you should also know that the retention of gases can cause negative effects. If you hold it in too much, you will feel the pain. So every gas release will bring you relief.

If you have a problem with hemorrhoids, it is not advisable for you to hold in the gases, you will only exacerbate the condition. Do not control the mode of gas ejection but simply let it go naturally.

In case you feel bloating and instinct to pass gas and despite the efforts you cannot do it, try with a light massage of stomach. Likewise, some mild physical activity will help you get rid of accumulated gases more easily and thus you will avoid the intestinal distension.

If you did not know it, now is the time to find out that in some cultures, passing of gas is considered a reflection of health and is welcomed.

So if you feel the need to pass gas, but you are in a company of someone, simply excuse yourself, go to the toilet or some other convenient place and relieve yourself from the accumulated gases, while also keeping your dignity.