Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) is a quick and easy self help approach to dealing with minor aches and pains. They are easily accessible from a local chemist and many of the discount shops sell them too. They can be used where there is any calcification in joints, or where there is mild stiffness or soreness after physical activity, such as sport or gardening.
The salts work by reducing the acid build up in the body and by achieving a normal acid/alkaline balance. This makes it a useful tool in reducing the aches associated with colds/flu and fever and in calming skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. To use, simply put 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts in approximately 2 litres of warm water and soak hands or feet for 15 to 20 minutes. To use in a bath, measure a large mug full and add to a normal size bath. Then simply lay back and relax.
Be careful not to have the water too hot, otherwise the salts could raise the body temperature to uncomfortable levels. Care should be exercised by people with high blood pressure or heart problems and Epsom Salts are not recommended for children under the age of 5yrs.