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It’s no secret that salt can be bad for us. Eat too much, and the resulting fluid retention can cause blood pressure to spike – which in turn may lead to an increased risk of stroke, kidney problems and weakened bones. But if you’ve sworn off all types of the stuff, you should think again. You see, while Epsom salt may not be suitable for seasoning at the dinner table, it still has a myriad of uses that may make your life easier – including healing a bruise more quickly. And there’s a good reason why it’s worth putting Epsom salt in the corner of a room, too.

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20. It helps to remove splinters

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Splinters can be a pain. Yes, while they may be tiny little things – sometimes barely visible to the naked eye – they’ll certainly let you know once they’ve got under your skin. And, sometimes, a splinter can be so far embedded into the flesh that tweezers can’t quite reach it. On such an occasion, though, Epsom salt can come to the rescue.

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