Good Ol’ Epsom Salt



Otherwise known as magnesium sulfate. Studies have shown many of it’s health benefits:*

  • Eases stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Helps muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulates activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Helps to prevent artery hardening and blood clots
  • Makes insulin more effective
  • Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improves oxygen use
  • Flushes toxins
  • Improves absorption of nutrients
  • Helps form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
  • Helps prevent or ease migraine headaches
  • Draws out boils, acne, and splinters


Image: Epsom Salt Council

For therapeutic baths, the rule of thumb is to make the water as hot as you can comfortably stand it, and mix in 2-4 cups of epsom salt. Soak for 15-20 minutes, then shower off.

Epsom salt is also a great conditioner for magnesium deficient soil. Your roses, tomatoes, and peppers will especially love it.

It’s cheap and easy. You’ll find it at most drug stores and supermarkets for under $5.

July, 13 2010

Team Shredder North

Clean little waves. Although they were maybe not awsome, they were worth the drive, the hike down this spectacular cliff, and the paddle out.

Quote of the Day:

As my trusted friend says: “I’m not responsible for my first thought, but I AM responsible for my second thought, and my first action.”

July, 5 2010

Pranayama breathing

Otherwise known as balanced breathing in Ayurveda and yoga.
Here’s one simple way to do it:Sit straight up in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the ground. Don’t lean forward or back. Close your eyes, and allow your mind to rest.

1. Gently close your right nostril with your thumb and slowly exhale through your left nostril. Inhale slowly through your left nostril.
2. Gently close your left nostril with your index finger and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale normally through your right nostril.
3. Continue this pattern for 5 minutes or so. You can switch arms if you’re starting to feel fatigued. At the end, lower your arm and sit back and relax for a few minutes. -PC

July, 2 2010