Epsom salt, named after a bitter saline spring in Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a natural pure mineral compound of magnesium and heptahydrate (more commonly known as sulfate.) Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household and gardening-related uses and of course is a lot more inexpensive than other products out there on the market that cost a TON of cash. Psssst…if you look at their labels you will see that most of those products have the same main ingredients of magnesium and sulfate. So why pay more for the same effects? A pound box of Epsom salts is less than a few dollars and a little can go a long way!
A few things Epsom salts are contributed in assisting in health are:
- Eases stress and relaxes the body
- Relieves pain and muscle cramps
- Helps muscles and nerves function properly
- Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
- Makes insulin more effective
- Relieves constipation
- Eliminates toxins from the body
Athlete’s Foot – Soak your tootsies in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
Remove splinters – Have a stubborn splinter? Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.
Treat toenail fungus – It is said that if you soak your affected toesies in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day most fungus’ will run away scared.
Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
Ease discomfort of Gout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
Exfoliate dead skin – In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
Exfoliating face cleanser – To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
Dislodge blackheads – Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.
Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.
Remove hairspray build up – Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.
Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Soothe itchy and sunburned skin –Dissolve Epsom salt in water to make a cool compress or spritzer for irritated skin. You can keep a bottle of Epsom salt and water solution around the house for bug bites, sunburn, and other irritations, so you’ll always be ready!
Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.
Prevent slugs – Sprinkle Epsom salt on or near interior entry points to prevent slugs.
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Fertilize your houseplants – Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.
Keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn to keep the grass healthy and green.
Insecticide spray – Use Epson salts on your lawn and in your garden to safely and naturally get rid of plant pests.