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Friday, February 2, 2018

Fair Friday- Epsom Salts for Your Home

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 use around your home:

  • Remove Splinters- Soak the splintered skin in an Epsom salt bath. The mixture will help to draw out the splinter and leave the skin clean.
  • Tile Cleaner- Mix equal parts of liquid dish soap with Epsom salts. Scrub tiles using a sponge and rinse with clean water. You get cleaning without harsh chemicals.
  • Fertilize Plants- Sprinkle Epsom salts around the base of plants once every week. Works great for tomatoes and vegetables.  This is also suitable for potted plants.
  • Insecticide- Mix 1/4 cup of Epsom salts with 2 cups of water. Put the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture around the home to deter insects.
  • Improve Laundry- Use Epsom salts and essential oils as a fabric softener. Mix 4 cups of Epsom salts with 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add 1/4 cup to each load of laundry. Add this helps to prevent detergent build-up.
Give them a try and let me know how you like them, Epsom salts are stocked in the beauty section of grocery stores and pharmacies. I order them 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 and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.  

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian. In 2017 she placed 2nd in her age group at the Winter Triathlon National Championship, earning a spot on Team USA for the World Championship.

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 213 members in 39 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. 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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