If you follow me on Instagram, you will find a made some poor choices last week….like, silly, stupid ones, like ignoring a kind of deep friction burn/injury. Sigh….
I preach self care often but I didn’t set aside the time to take care of the wound properly and was rewarded with a nice infection. Ouch. Lesson learned, don’t do the short cuts.
While I am working on blogging about how I healed up the infection (I even have some gross before and after pictures if you aren’t faint of heart!) but today I want to share one of the first things I did when I realized that I had to get the wound cleaned up and healed, an Epsom salt compress.
I love my eppies for my baths but they are also awesome at helping to draw out infection, which is exactly what I needed.
Epsom salts are great because you can find them at many grocery stores and pharmacies. It is the perfect remedy for those that are new to healing and don’t have a big arsenal of supplies yet.
This is also great if you have kids or husbands that don’t like soaking the tub or if you happen to have an injury that is in a difficult spot to soak effectively.
We have used Epsom salt poultices for wounds, sore muscles, bruises and sprains and we love the results.
How to make an Epsom salt compress
What you will need:
- Epsom salt
- cotton cloth cut into strips
- hot water
- lavender essential oil (optional)
- plastic wrap
- Put 1/4 cup of Epsom salts in a cup
- Pour hot water on top and stir until the salt is dissolved
- Add optional essential oil
- Soak cloth in water for a few minutes
- Wrap cloth around wound or injured area (or if if it a big area, like the back, just lay cloth over it)
- Cover with plastic wrap to keep wet
- Keep on 30 minutes and remove
And that is it, folks!
It is really amazing how such simple things can bring relief. For me, it helped soften the wound and brought down much of the inflammation.
It is also versatile, while I used lavender because of it being antiseptic, you could easily use a different oil, especially if you are doing a compress for a sore or injured body part.
Epsoms salts are economical as well, I like to always have a bag around in case we need it.
If you are looking for more DIY ideas and are addicted to Pinterest like me, check out this board.
Have you used an Epsom salt compress before….did you find it helpful?
This post was shared at Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday.