There are many more things you can do with Epsom salts than take a nice long bath. The therapeutic health benefits of Epsom salts range from constipation, relieving arthritis and muscle cramps to nourishing the skin and detoxification of the body.
Epsom salt was named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England. Epsom salts are named after the town and were originally prepared by boiling down mineral waters which sprung at Epsom. It’s not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
- Exfoliate– Mix 2 cups Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of Petroleum Jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Gently scrub away dry skin patches.
- House Plants– Mix 2 Tablespoons per gallon of water, monthly.
- Natural Hair Volumizer– Combine equal parts of warm conditioner and Epsom Salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes then rinse.
- Garden Startup– Enrich your garden soil by sprinkling 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting.
- Facial– Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom Salt into your choice of cleansing cream for a deep pore cleansing. Massage on your skin, then rinse with cool water & pat dry.
- Shrubs– This is good for Evergreens, Azaleas, and Rhododendrons. Apply 1 tablespoon per square foot over the root zone every 2-4 weeks.
- Foot Scrub-Mix 1/2 cup Epsom Salt in a tub of warm soapy water to soften your skin and even calluses.
- Roses– There are several different uses for my favorite flower! (A) Apply 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt in warm water per foot of the plant height every 2 weeks. (B) Scratch 1/2 cup into soil at base of the plant to encourage flowering canes and healthy new cane growth. (C) Before planting, soak the bushes in 1/2 cup Epsom Salt per gallon of water, to help the roots recover. (D) Add 1 tablespoon to each hole at planting time. (E) Spray with 1 tablespoon per gallon solution weekly to keep pests away.
- Bruising & Sore Muscles– Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a warm bath 3 times a week, but soak for at least 12 minutes. You can also add 2 cups Epsom Salt per gallon to make a compress.
- Bites & Stings– Treat your poison ivy, bee stings, mosquito bites with a compress. Using cold water mix with 2 tablespoons Epsom Salt. It will relieve the itching & reduce any swelling.
- Relax– Just like the sore muscles, add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a warm bath 3 times a week, soaking at least 12 minutes. But this time add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
- Lawn Care– Apply 3 pounds for every 1,250 square feet with a spreader. You can also dilute it in water and apply it with a sprayer.
- Aching Foot Bath– Soak your feet by adding a cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water.
- Veggies– For tomatoes apply 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt per foot of plant height every 2 weeks. For peppers, apply 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt with a gallon of water. Spray your pepper plants at the start of blooms then again 10 days later.
- Laxative– Epsom salt is a fast and gentler way to relieve constipation. Consult the package for directions
I hope some of these help you. Grab your Epsom Salt from a local retailer or online. Pricing, sizes, varieties, brands and fragrances all vary.
Want to do a craft with Epson Salt? Try a DIY Kids Suncatcher!