Epsom salt is something that every household should have on hand and use regularly. It is an amazing substance that can benefit your health and your home.
You may be surprised to learn how incredibly versatile epsom salt can be. Epsom is a hard worker. Let’s explore all the things epsom salt can do for you.
18 Incredible Ways To Use Epsom Salt
1. Body Soak for Sore Muscles
Probably the most popular use for epsom is as a body soak. Sore muscles and achy bodies find relief by sprinkling a generous serving of epsom salt into warm bath water and soaking in the tub.
2. Foot Bath
If you stand on your feet all day, perhaps the only thing that hurts are the feet. Pouring a cup of epsom into a basin with very warm water and placing your feet in the water will instantly relax and de-stress the feet.
3. Tummy Trouble
When you are unable to move your bowels, it can be uncomfortable or downright painful! Epsom salt is a natural stool softener. Get quick relief by adding a teaspoon of epsom to an 8 ounce cup of water. Once dissolved, drink it down. Quick and simple, without the nasty side effects of traditional constipation preparations on the market.
Epsom salt can be added into a cold compress and then placed on itchy spots to alleviate it. It can be used on bug bites, rashes, or other minor irritations to soothe the skin topically.
5. Eye Care
You can use epsom salt you dissolve completely in warm water to care for the eyes. Temporary relief of irritation can be achieved either by using the solution as an eye rinse, or by adding it to a cloth and placing it over the eyes for 15-20 minutes.
…And even more uses…
6. Reduce the Appearance of Bruising
Epsom salt is great at taming the ugly tell-tale discoloration of fresh bruises. If you take a spill and want to quickly be rid of the effects, add epsom to a very cold, or even frozen, compress and place over the affected area for 20 minutes.
Epsom salt is magnesium–magnesium sulfate to be specific (magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen). Soaking in epsom and/or ingesting it gives your body its much needed magnesium.
8. Sleep Aid
Taking a nice warm epsom salt bath in the evening is relaxing. The magnesium that your body gets from the bath can aid with sleep.
9. Sunburn Soother
Mix 2 Tablespoons of epsom salt into 1 cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle and apply to sunburned skin. You can also pour the mixture onto a compress and apply it that way.
10. Bug Bites and Bee Stings
Mix 2 tablespoons of epsom salt to 1 cup of water and apply the mixture to bug bites and bee stings for relief.
Beauty and Hair Uses
11. Hair Volumizer
According to David Wolfe, you can make a great hair volumizer at home, with epsom salt. This is especially great for people with oily hair and for people with hair that becomes oily and/or heavy from using conditioner.
Here is what he instructs:
- One Part Conditioner (please shop for Organic products)
- One Part Epsom Salt
- Small Bowl
Process: Mix the conditioner and epsom together in a small bowl. Apply the conditioner like you usually do. Leave it in for 20 minutes before rinsing. Repeat the treatment weekly.
By mixing a bit of epsom salt into your preferred body wash product, you can make a great exfoliator for the body, smoothing elbows, knees, and feet, in particular. It can also be used to soften chapped skin on the lips, as well as added to hand soap to leave hands feeling smooth and looking youthful.
13. Facial and Body Scrub
Mix a teaspoon of epsom salt into your facial cleanser for an exfoliating facial scrub. You can also mix it with your favorite body wash for an all-over body scrub.
14. Various Hair Uses
Epsom salt can be added to shampoo to assist in the removal of excessive oil on the scalp. It can be added to conditioner to assist in the mending of split ends. Adding it to conditioner can also calm frizz.
Household and Outdoor Uses
15. Better Tasting and Larger Produce
Adding epsom salt to your garden soil can greatly increase nutrients being delivered to your fruits and veggies. This is especially true for tomatoes and all varieties of peppers.
16. Imitation Holiday Cheer
Epsom salt sprinkled around window panes can create a festive holiday feel, particularly in warmer locales that do not experience ice or snow in winter.
17. A Multitude of Garden Uses
There are too many ways to count in which epsom salt can assist in the upkeep of a beautiful flower garden. It helps boost fertilizer, keeps pests away, smooths leaves out, and helps flowers bloom to their biggest, boldest, best.
Epsom salt can add some muscle to tough cleaning tasks. It helps clean corrosion from vehicle batteries, removes burnt on debris from cookware, and helps remove mildew and rust in bathroom showers.
Epsom salt is one of the most versatile household items available. Keep some on hand for whenever you need a little assist around the house or in your beauty and skin care routines!