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06 April 2020
Calling all Gardeners, whether you’re a professional or just tidying your own green space, we know gardening can take its toll. With a little help from our Epsom salt crystals, we’re confident you can take the ‘sting’ out of the recovery.
Those nasty painful spikes of wood, wedging themselves under the skin, can be a nightmare to remove for gardeners. Next time why not give an Epsom salt soak a try. Add a small amount of Epsom salt to a bowl of warm water. Allow the splinter to soak for around 15 minutes. The skin should soften but you should also notice the splinter swells up making it easier for you to remove. The salt also doubles as a natural cleanser, keeping the open area clean and less likely to become infected.
Rough cracked skin
All that hardwork has a big impact on the condition of the skin, particularly on the fingers and thumbs of gardeners. Try using an Epsom salt scrub on dry hands. Instead of washing this off, soak them in a bowl of warm water, allowing the salt from the scrub to dissolve into the water. Your hands will be soft, smooth and less likely to develop dry fingertips and cuticles.
Aching back, knees, elbows, shoulders…
The list really does go on when you’re intensively gardening, every joint and muscle aches. Epsom salts in the bath are an effective natural way to help soak away the pains. Add at least 250g of Newton Wood crystals to your warm bath water and soak for 20-30 minutes. The magnesium in the crystals will allow your body to more effectively deal with the lactic acid causing the aches, while also reducing inflammation around the joints.
Grass stained hands
Keeping the skin on your hands conditioned helps avoid stains taking hold. A Newton Wood Epsom salt scrub can help rub away any grass stains from your hard work, followed by a rejuvenating hand soak to leave them feeling soft and light.
Bee stings, nettle stings and thorns
A gentle compress can help relieve the pain and itching associated with stings from the garden. Soak a cloth in a solution of Epsom salt and water and hold over the affected skin. The anti-inflammatory action of the Epsom salt helps reduce any swelling, while also keeping the surface clean and soothed. It’s natural and non-invasive, perfect for gardeners of all ages.
Cuts, grazes and wounds
The most important thing is to keep cuts and grazes clean and protected from germs. An Epsom salt water rinse can help flush away debris and dirt, leaving the area clean and soothed. Again the anti-inflammatory action of the magnesium sulphate (Epsom salt) helps to reduce swelling and soreness.
If you’ve got gardening planned any time soon be sure to stock up on Epsom salts from Newton Wood. They make great gifts for keen gardeners too!
NB: We recommend you always seek professional advice from a healthcare professional if you’ve experienced an injury. If you are pregnant, breast feeding, taking medication or have any medical conditions always seek advice from a healthcare professional.
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I was amazed by how velvety smooth the water turned once I sprinkled in some of the salts - it felt so nice on my skin. I used a whole travel sachet and that was just the right amount. I'd recommend these salts to anyone who likes a simple, effective bath as it almost instantly eased my aches and pains, or for anyone that has a busy lifestyle and wants to relax at the end of a long day.