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


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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  1. I’m unable to find “9 Common chemicals harming your hormones (particularly Testosterone”. Can you help?

  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.

    • Barbara- An Epsom Salt bath for 10-15 mins 3-4 times a wk should do wonders for you! Between my arthritis and a bulging disc, I have been dealing with some degree of pain day in & day out for many yrs now. One evening while soaking in the tub, just a warm soak in straight water, I remembered how Mom used to have me soak the sprained ankles I suffered when I played baseball as a kid in a bucket of warm Epsom Salt water. After that, I started using Epsom Salt in my bath water at least 3 nights a wk. after my exercises to stretch my sciatic nerve. Made a HUGE difference in the frequency and degree of pain. Since then I have started using a combination of granular salt & Epsom Salt Bubble Bath which makes the soaks even more effective, relaxing and flat out enjoyable. The bubbling action on the pores of the skin is incredible! Curious as to what results you have experienced as far as relieving some of the pain. If by chance you have not tried the bubble bath, I highly suggest it.

    • It will. Soak or make a spray with hot water to melt the salts and add a little more water when filling up a spray bottle.

  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 !!

    • Beetroot is the answer to your constipation problem. One small cooked beetroot a day will do the job!

    • another remedy i use is warm water with a teaspoon of epsom salts and a tablespoon of molasses, i only use this one however when i am really blocked up. dont make plans for going out anywhere for at least a day after taking this as it will clean your intestines out

    • And are you drinking enough water? Not liquids – water. Because your body pulls water to service your brain and other parts of your body and that can leave your stool very dry and hard as a result.

    • Organic coconut oil is great for constipation. You can eat it off the spoon, add it to your coffee instead of sugar (although don’t let anyone excess coconut oil go down your drain cuz it’ll clog your plumbing). And start out with one tablespoon and work up to 2 tablespoons (too much will give you diarrhea)

    • Ann McGillicuddy

      Epsom salts are also a laxative – with so many not moving their bowels daily (or more) … this is a simple solution. It does help to detox toxins from the body.

  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?!

    • tootsie walter

      Because epsom salt is not a salt – – – it’s a mineral.

    • also Deb any old salt that you buy at the supermarket is not good for you. have a good read of what Sally Fallon has to say about the processing of the salt you buy at the supermarket.



  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?

    • 1 Brazil nut a day will help!

      • I don’t see Brazil Nuts the way I used to in the Store. Kroger used to have great big packages they had in the store. I miss them.

    • Check his vitamin D level, or just have him take a quality vitamin D supplement.

    • Just to be sure, suggest your husband goes to see an oncologist to have his prostate checked out.
      My mother tells me of how much difficulty my father had in passing water – the time it took – when he was a young man already. This turned out to be a precursor of prostate cancer.

    • Google Nascent Iodine, Dr Gabriel Cousens. 96% of the country is iodine deficient. Iodine is good for 92 different illness & conditions. Great article. If I recall, it is also good for hormone balance too

  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.

  13. Patricia Wiseley

    I have used epsom salts for years & it does work on everything bath, hand & foot soak !

  14. Thank you for giving us this much about the use of Epson salt. I hope I will found it helpful to use.

  15. I was in deep contact with poison ivy. Pulled them out thinking they were weeds. Oh man, lucky was I that I had washed my hands real well before supper, but that was not the case with my arms. They got to be full of blisters. Not only that, I later learned I was allergic to it. My arms were bloated. I tried everything I heard of. Benadryl, calomine lotion, melaleuca, apple cider vinegar and the list goes on. It was unbearable. Constant torture. Nothing was a success in treating poison Ivy until I heard about Epson salts. Well, I took a bath and poured 3 cups of it in the water. With what was at the bottom of the bathtub, I would rub it directly on the blisters. It was an instant relief. It was Paradise!!!!! I would get out of the morning bathtub and feel relief for 12 hours. Then again before going to bed, I would take that miracle bath of Epson salts. The blisters started drying out with my first bath. My arms were covered with scabs. But the blisters do take 21 days to fully come out but after that, they were all dried out and disappeared. After having Popeye’s arm because of the swelling (I could not even see my elbows), I today do not have any markings of it. The only markings I have are in my head. Believe me, I see and keep away from the plant. The doctor told me not to get in contact with the plant for the next 5 years or my reaction will be worse. So Epson salts really do work with poison Ivy.

    • Every Feb. I get Rhus Tox from Whole Foods! I take these tabs for about 3 or 4 months! I can sleep / not that I do/ in poison ivy and will not have a reaction!

  16. Epson salt by definition is a salt, from basic chemistry acid plus base results in the formation of salt and water so just to correct the article at the very beginning it is a salt.

  17. A little FYI that you might not of considered. BABY OIL is made from mineral oil (#3). Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are byproducts of petroleum refinement. Manufacturers use mineral oil in skin care products because it is cheap and easy to obtain. It has several hazards associated with it. It clogs our pores and prevents the skin from “breathing.” It also hinders the natural release of toxins, and it blocks the absorption of any beneficial ingredients applied to the skin, even when applied separately. If you are planning to use it on your baby remember ~ babies put their fingers in their mouths all the time, leading to the hazard of ingestion of the oil. Mineral oil may possibly cause vitamin deficiencies because it is absorbed into the skin, gets processed by the liver, then nutrients get bound by the oil and their absorption becomes blocked.

    • here here! Been trying to pass on this message for years…

    • Excellent comment, and quite in accordance with what I know. Author should not have recommended baby oil. Organic unrefined. cold pressed coconut oil would be much better. And this is perfectly safe for baby to eat. Coconut oil, or the MCT portion, is routinely given to premie and young babies. I’ll bet you won’t find a pediatrician who recommends giving Johnson and Johnson baby oil (mineral oil main ingredient) to babies.

  18. it works wonders

  19. Thank you for a good information I hope that everyone will make sure that she has Epsom salt because its work wonders and l can also witness that because l have tried it when I’m coming from work my legs swollen and my feet so painful l soak them in hot water with Epsom salt it makes a big difference.

  20. Having an arsenal of healthy alternatives is so important these days! Thanks for the post!

  21. Wow Epsom Salts really has many benefits. Would I be able to use it as a nasal spray? I had a sinus operation in April and since then I have had excessive clear watery nasal fluid simply pour out of my nose at very frequent intervals. Apart from being embarrassing, it is uncomfortable as I constantly have to have a tissue handy. Every time I happen to bend my head or just bend down, out pours this clear water-like fluid. Looks like I have dried my hands on my tissue. This is leaving me mentally and physically drained. Please help if you are able to.

    • Be very careful with that, contact your doctor because my internal medicine doctor had me use Epsom salts to help shrink my sinuses when I had a sinus infection. The rinse helped reduce the swelling so the yucky stuff could drain out. Everything has its benefits only when used properly.

    • Please see a good doctor. Your brain tissue could have been nicked during surgery. I have read about similar problems. Do so ASAP.

  22. Epsom Salts #18 – enema – warm water and Epsom Salts can infuse your body with extra magnesium – always a deficiency given modern farming. Also helps with inflammation of the joints.

  23. Thanks I try to use salt on my body for now one.

  24. Rita. I do not want to alarm you but have the runny nose problem checked ASAP. I read about a similar case in which the brain tissue had been nicked and that caused the excessive drainage. Please act quickly.

  25. Sandra Beacock

    My vet told me to soak my dog’s foot and ankle in an epsom salt bath to help draw out porcupine quills that had broken off just below the skin level and couldn’t be grasped with tweezers. Worked like a dream. After 20 minutes I was able to grab the quills and pull them out, no surgery, no anesthetic, no vet visit and bill.

  26. Is it a digital products or printed books
    I preper printed book.

    Thank you.

  27. please make print friendly function

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