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Friday, February 9, 2018

Fair Friday Epsom Salts for Your Health

Epsom salts are inexpensive and have a variety of uses for health and personal grooming.  They are a mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate  I got several great ideas for using them from an on-line article by Health and Wellness titled " 17 Amazing Uses for Epsom Salt...Some You Won't Believe".

The article discussed Epsom salts help reduce inflammation, alleviate hardening of the arteries and improve function to muscles and nerves. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium, one of the key components of Epsom salts.

Sulfates in Epsom salts improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.

Here a few option for your health:

  • Sleep Aid- Take an Epsom salt bath as describe in the sore muscles use to promote better sleep.
  • Sore Muscles- Put Epsom salts to sooth sore muscles. Add 1 cup of the salts to a warm bath.  Adding essential oils like peppermint, wintergreen and eucalyptus can help with soreness. If you want to relax, also add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes for best results.
  • Constipation- Mix 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt in a glass of water or juice. Drink the entire glass for best results.
  • Toxins and Swelling- Soak in a warm bath made with 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts to help draw out toxins and reduce swelling. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Treat Sunburn- Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts in cool water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes to soothe irritated skin.
I hope you will give some of these a try. Epsom salts are easy to get at your local grocery store or pharmacy. I order mine in bulk from


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and 2016

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 183 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, England,Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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