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17 Amazing Uses for Epsom Salt… Some You Won’t Believe

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Today’s blog republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily is going to explain the potential benefits of Epsom salts. Please read on to discover the amazing benefits of this super-mineral…

Epsom salt, which is not really a salt at all but a mineral compound comprised of magnesium and sulfate, gets its named from a saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.

Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, and also has many beauty, gardening and household uses.

Both magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed into the skin, which makes their health benefits readily accessible. Over 325 enzymes in the body are regulated by magnesium, which also helps reduce inflammation, alleviates hardening of the arteries and improves muscle and nerve function. Sulfates improve the rate at which nutrients are absorbed and help to flush out toxins.

Here are 17 of our favorite uses for this versatile compound – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

1. Soothe sore muscles

An Epsom salt bath is a great way to soothe sore muscles, cramps, bruises and joint pain. Because of this, it is a great after-workout soak. In addition, soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a wonderful way to relax and relieve stress. Add 2 cups of salts to a warm bath. Mix the salt in so it dissolves in the water. Soak for 10-15 minutes for best results.

2. Exfoliate skin

As we shed our skin naturally, the buildup of dead skin cells clogs pores and can cause blemishes. Exfoliation is necessary to keep skin healthy, glowing and vibrant. The best way to exfoliate with Epsom salts is to massage handfuls all over the body in the shower or bath. Your skin will feel soft and fresh with this homemade spa treatment.

3. Homemade hand wash

Mix ½ cup of baby oil with ½ cup of water, and add ¼ cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Set this homemade mixture next to your sink for a nice bathroom hand wash.

4. Treat insect bites and poison ivy

A compress made with Epsom salts is a great way to treat mosquito bites, bee stings and poison ivy. Mix 2 tablespoons of salts with 1 cup of warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and hold on affected area to remove pain, burning and itching.

5. Clean your face

Your face need to be cleaned and exfoliated just like the rest of your body. Put a teaspoon of Epsom salts in your hand and mix with a little warm water. Scrub your face with the mixture then rinse clean. This facial cleaner not only exfoliates and rejuvenates but also helps remove blackheads and prevent acne.

6. Remove splinters

Splinters can be tricky and painful to remove. Skip the needles and soak your splintered skin in an Epsom salt bath. The salts will draw the splinter out and leave the area clean.

7. Lip balm

Dry, flakey, cracking lips are not only unsightly but also painful. Heal this uncomfortable condition with a homemade Epsom salt lip balm. Mix equal parts organic coconut oil and Epsom salts. Apply to lips generously to exfoliate and moisturize.

8. Tile cleaner

Bathroom and kitchen tile grime can be difficult to clean. Powerful tile cleaners are not only expensive, but also often contain harmful chemicals. Make your own hard-working natural Epsom salt tile scrub. Mix equal parts liquid dish soap with epsom salts. Scrub onto tiles with a sponge and rinse clean with water.

9. Insect killer

Mix ¼ cup of Epsom salts with 2 cups of water and place in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture around your home and garden to safely deter insects without the use of chemical insecticides.

10. Relieve constipation

Epsom salts are a great way to relieve constipation. Mix 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts in a glass of water. Drink entire cup for best results. If the taste is not appealing to you, try mixing with fresh juice instead.

11. Fertilize your lawn and plants

Epsom salts make a wonderful fertilizer for your lawn and potted plants. For greener grass, mix 1 cup of the salts for every gallon of water and spray over lawn area. To fertilize potted plants, simply sprinkle Epsom salts around the base of the plants once every week. This method of fertilizing also works great for tomatoes and other veggies.

12. Draw out toxins and reduce swelling

An Epsom salt bath is a wonderful way to draw toxins out of your body. Soaking in a bath for 10-15 minutes is also a great way to reduce swelling. Mix 1-2 cups of Epsom salts in a warm bath and mix to dissolve in water.

13. Boost your laundry

Epsom salts combined with a little essential oil makes a perfect fabric softener for your laundry. In addition, the salts will help remove detergent buildup from your washer. Mix 4 cups epsom salts with 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Add ¼ cup to each load of laundry.

14. Kill foot fungus and remove odor

Soaking your feet in Epsom salts not only reduces swelling and draws out toxins, but also zaps odors and foot fungus. Add ¼ cup to a large container of warm water. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes.

15. Sunburn treatment

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a great way to soothe skin irritated by sunburn. Mix 1 cup of salts in warm bath water. Mix to combine and soak in the bath for 10-15 minutes.

16. Hair conditioner

Epsom salts make a great deep conditioner to add volume and remove grease from your hair. Combine equal parts of organic hair conditioner and Epsom salts and apply liberally to hair. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse clean.

17. Soften your hands

You know that soaking your feet in epsom salts is healthy, but what about your hands? Soaking your hands is a great way to soothe rough skin, calm aching finger joints, remove nail polish and remove any dirt from under your nails. Add 1/4 cup of Epsom salts to a large bowl of warm water. Soak hands in mixture for 5-10 minutes.

The Alternative Daily

This article was re-posted with the permission of The Alternative Daily. The original post is found here.

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16 comments

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  2. looks great & informative

  3. Awesome information !!!
    Did not know that Epsom Salt has many more safer and natural benefits.

    Thanks and keep UP the great Job !!!

    • Don’t use harmful chemicals in your bath soaps etc. and empty your bathwater onto your veggie garden. Use a half cup epsom salts in your bath every day.

  4. Maybe an Epsom salts soak will help the arthritis pain in my legs.

  5. Wooow,happy about epsom salt uses.Have a problem with my bowels cos I seldom go to the toilet for number two and when I do the stools are dry .Have been to many doctors but they always give me tablets to loosen up.I tried to add fruits and veges to meal

    • I am 82yrs of age, and I took fall on Icey Driveway this morning, finally after getting up I went down

      to my excersize roon for l hour and then an Epson salt bath and I feel fine. Yea for all my excercize!!

    • I have the same problem and I drink a glass of fresh lemon water every morning on an empty stomach and it helps !!

  6. I was interested until you said it “detoxes” the body.

  7. I really want to get this information. I do not see where to follow it to get it in email. what am i missing? how do i join this party??

  8. I love this article very interesting

  9. Why not any old salt vs. epsom salts?!

  10. MARIANA

    THIS IS A WOW. I WAS NOT AWARE OF ALL THE “HEALTH FACTORS” IN EPSON SALTS. WHEN YOU HEAR EPSON SALTS – ONE THINKS STOMACH. NOT TRUE. THIS IS AMAZING.

  11. What foods will boost your testosterone levels in a man? My husband is developing some prostate problems send it is becoming more and more difficult to urinate. Any suggestions?

  12. You can find some really good books about the uses of Epsom Salts in Barnes and Noble Book Stores, also. I didn’t know about some of these uses before I read them here. Thank you.🙂 There are so many Natural remedies on the market these days and they are all really good ones. Some are easier than others, however. 🙂 Thanks, again for giving us a few uses for Epsom Salt.

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