It’s the wonder salt that isn’t even a salt!
Magnesium sulfate is the true name for epsom salt: it’s a mineral compound containing magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. Well, that doesn’t tell us much unless you’re into chemistry, so let’s move on to some fabulous things you can do with epsom salt. We’ve all heard that it’s great to pour some into a bath, to relax tired, aching muscles (but in case you haven’t, add 2 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and enjoy!) What else?
“Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which can help improve health in numerous ways. A lack of magnesium—which helps regulate the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body—can contribute to high blood pressure, hyperactivity, heart problems and other health issues, doctors warn. Sulfate is essential for many biological processes, helping to flush toxins and helping form proteins in joints, brain tissue and mucin proteins.” Epsom Salt Council
Yes, there is an Epsom Salt Council (I didn’t know that either, before today). That aside, they and others have some great advice, which I have curated here for you:
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Use epsom salt in your garden
- Slugs and racoons hate it – sprinkle some where they tend to wander and they’ll stay away. Don’t forget to reapply after a rainy day!
- It will help fertilize your plants and green up your lawn – check out the list from Epsom Salt Council of the many ways you can use it, with directions for each! It’s good for houseplants, lawns, shrubbery, trees, fruit trees, roses and more.
Use epsom salt and give yourself an at-home spa
- Use it as an exfoliant for your skin in the shower. Scrub from top to bottom and rinse thoroughly. If you want to get fancy with it, make your own lavender coconut body scrub!
- Get your feet flip flop ready with this magnesium foot scrub recipe: mix a cup of epsom salt with ¼ cup of olive or almond oil, a teaspoon of liquid castille / oil based liquid soap (optional) and 10-15 drops of essential oils (also optional). Scrub your feet with about a teaspoon worth of your mixture at a time and rinse.
- Volumize fine hair by combining equal parts warm conditioner and epsom salt. Work it into your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
Use epsom salt for your health
- Help draw out splinters – soak the hand or foot with the splinter in an epsom salt solution. The salt will reduce the inflammation around the splinter and soften it up, making it easier to remove. You can also use it to make a paste to apply directly to the area affected by a splinter: one teaspoon of epsom salt, dissolved in a cup of hot water. Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before applying.
- Ease the itch of bug bites by combining a tablespoon of epsom salt to ½ a cup of hot water, to dissolve. Then you can spritz on the mixture or dab with a wet compress to take away the itch and sting of summer biters.
Use epsom salt in your home
- Use ¼ tablespoon and warm water to scrub pots and pans that have been burnt.
- Clean bathroom and kitchen tiles with it – mix equal parts epsom salt and liquid dish soap, dab onto offending areas and let is soak for a few minutes, then scrub away the grime!
You can even give it away as a gift
Okay, perhaps not the bag of it you bought at the store, but you can make gorgeous Salt and Olive Oil scrub or a beautifully hued lavender bath salt, which will beat out the overpriced bath salts you can buy any day of the week!
These are so versatile and useful, throughout your house and home. Stock up on some and let me know how you use epsom salt!