44 Epsom Salt Uses
Epsom salt uses are varied and plentiful. Named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, its not actually a salt. It is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating activity of over 325 enzymes, reduces inflammation, helps muscle and nerve functions and aid in the prevention of hardening of the arteries.
Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and have been known to help minimize migraine headaches.
Long known as a natural remedy for many different types of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits. And don't discount it's benefits in the cleaning, gardening and beauty related categories as well.
I know how I like to use them, but I wanted to see what others were doing as well. So I scoured (pun intended) the internet seeking out as many possible Epsom salt uses as I could find. I have broken them up into the groupings you see below.
Epsom Salt Uses: Wellness
- Sprains and Bruises: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes or longer.
- Removes Splinters: Soak in concentrated Espom salt water and then pull out the splinter with ease.
- Foot Scrub: Make your own salt scrub for super soft skin. Mix 1 cup Epsom salt with 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon castille soap (optional). Essential oils can be added as well. Use to exfoliate the dead skin on your feet.
- Athlete's Foot: Add 1 cup Epsom salts to a bucket of hot water and soak for 20 minutes.
- Sunburns: Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of water. Put in a spray bottle and spritz on the burn.
- Bug Bites: Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of water and let cool. Apply the cool Epsom salt water to a compress and hold on the bite to relieve the itch.
- Sleep Aid for Kids: Add a cup to the bath water before bed to help the little ones sleep peacefully.
- Toenail Fungus and Athlete's Foot: Soak your affected feet in 1 cup Epsom salts and hot water three times a day.
- Ease Discomfort of Gout: Plus reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salt into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for 30 minutes.
- Eliminate toxins from the body through your skin: This recipe will help clear your system of impurities. In a large non-aluminum bowl mix together 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup Epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda and 7.5 tablespoons of ground ginger. Keep this mixture, covered, in a glass container until you are ready to take a bath. TO USE: Shake the container to mix the ingredients and measure out one cup of dry materials into a hot bath. ADD 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 40 minutes. Makes 3 baths.
- Relieve stress: Soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt. For further relaxation add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil.
- Soothe achy muscles: Soaking in a hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts will reduce any swelling from sprains and bruises.
- Relieve constipation: Adult dosage (12 years old and over): Mix 2 – 6 teaspoons of Epsom salt with 1 cup of water. Drink once or divide into dosages. Lemon juice or one drop of lemon essential oil may be added to improve the taste.
- Child dosage (6 – 12 years old): Use 1 – 2 teaspoons Epsom salt with 1 cup of water.
Epsom Salt Uses: Beauty
- Hair Volumiezer: Combine equal parts of conditioner and Epsom salt and warm up in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and eave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and air dry for thicker hair.
- Exfoliate Dead Skin: Mix 1/2 cup Epsom salt with 1/4 cup olive oil and scrub your skin in the shower.
- Sea Salt Spray for Hair: This adds texture and volume without the harsh chemicals. Combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, and a 1/2 teaspoon hair conditioner. Put the lid on and shake until the salts dissolve.
- Massage: Apply a layer of coconut oil onto the back being massaged. Sprinkle Epsom salt down the spine. Gently massage and exfoliate the back at the same time. Rise well afterwards.
- Dislodge Blackheads: Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.
- Foot Odor: Mix half a cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, soothe achy feet and soften rough skin.
- Remove Hair Product Build Up: Combine 1 gallon water, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup Epsom salt. cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.
- Skin Mask: For dry to normal skin, mix 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of grated carrot, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise. Apply this mixture to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salt with 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, and juice from 1 lemon.
- Face Cleanser: Finely chop a small ripe tomato and mix in one pureed egg white, half a teaspoon of vitamin B5 powder, one teaspoon each of aloe vera gel and Epsom salts, and a couple of drops of thyme essential oil. Apply mixture to face for 15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water for an excellent clarifying skin treatment.
- Lip Treatment: Combine Epsom salt with coconut oil and rub the mixture into the lips. Then wipe it away with a warm, damp washcloth. Follow with a good lip balm.
Epsom Salt Uses: Cleaning
- Tile and Grout Cleaner: Mix equal parts of liquid soap and Epsom salts for a great scrub. Rinse well for a streak free shine.
- Hand Wash: Mix Epsom salt with coconut oil and leave by the kitchen sink for an effective hand wash.
- Detergent Build Up: Fill the wash machine tub with hot water, add Epsom salt and run on agitate/soak/agitate to dissolve detergent build up.
- Pots and Pans: Pour a small amount of Epsom salts into those really-dirty dishes before you scrub them. The abrasive texture of the salt crystals will help to remove stuck-on food more easily without hurting your cookware.
Epsom Salt Uses: Garden (According to Natural Living Ideas)
- Improve Seed Germination: Using Epsom salt as a soil amendment before seeding will give your garden a powerful boost right from the start. Magnesium aids in seed germination and helps to strengthen cell walls, leading to more and stronger seedlings. For best results, incorporate 1 cup of salt per 100 square feet of tilled soil or mix 1 – 2 tablespoons into the soil at the bottom of each hole before dropping in seeds.
- Increase Nutrient Absorption: Many commercial fertilizers add magnesium to help plant roots take up vital nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur.) For those using all organic materials to feed their gardens, adding Epsom salt to soil will improve absorption naturally, eliminating the need for processed chemical fertilizers.
- Counter Transplant Shock: We've all seen how our plants and seedlings wilt when we move them from a small pot to a larger one, from indoors to outside, or from greenhouse to ground. Try feeding transplants with Epsom salt once they’re in their new environment to help injured roots overcome transplant shock. Remember to add a layer of soil on top of salt sprinkled in holes so roots don’t come into direct contact with these concentrated minerals right away.
- Green Up Foliage: Plants that aren't getting enough magnesium can be identified by their yellowing leaves. This is because magnesium is an essential component in the production of chlorophyll. Try sprinkling Epsom salt around your plants to achieve healthier foliage. About 1 tablespoon per 12 inches of height once a month will benefit the plants in your vegetable garden, as well as any trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses you want to green up.
- Prevent Leaf Curling: Leaf curling may also be caused by magnesium-deficiency in plants. Again, add Epsom salt to the soil around the base of the sick plant. Alternately, for faster absorption you can mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and apply directly to the leaves.
- Deter Garden Pests: While Epsom salt won’t dehydrate slugs and snails like table salt (sodium chloride), it can still be used to deter pests. Hydrated magnesium sulfate crystals are sharp and when sprinkled around plants, they can scratch and irritate the bodies and feet of unwanted critters in much the same way as diatomaceous earth. (Keep in mind that Epsom salt dissolves very easily in water, thus any amount of rain will likely wash them away.)
- Grow Sweeter Fruit: The production of fruiting bodies is the most taxing process in the life cycle of a plant. Apply Epsom salt to fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines using the same methods and quantities stated above to boost chlorophyll levels inside the plant cells. Increased energy means more sugar, allowing the plant to produce higher yields of sweeter, healthier fruit.
- Tastier Tomatoes: Tomato vines are one of a handful of common garden residents whose fruit to plant size ratio is heavier than average, leading to an even higher likelihood of magnesium-deficiency. For this reason, tomatoes should be fed Epsom salt twice as often as other plants. Also, because tomato vines are prone to calcium-deficiency (blossom end rot), the majority of tomato fertilizers contain calcium which will compete with magnesium for root absorption. Therefore, foliar feeding is the more efficient method for delivering magnesium to these plants. Water tomato vines with dissolved Epsom salt – 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, every 2 weeks.
- More Plentiful Peppers: Peppers are another popular garden plant with a higher-than average fruit to plant size ratio. As such, they should also be fed magnesium every two weeks to achieve higher yields of larger fruits. For hot peppers, over-watering can lead to fruit with less heat, thus the soil amendment method may be preferable in this case. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt for every foot of height around the drip line of your pepper plants once per week.
- Beautiful Roses: Ever wonder why your neighbors’ rose bushes are fuller than yours and sport so many more blossoms? It is highly likely that the answer is Epsom salt. Not only does it help roses to produce larger blossoms in greater numbers, many successful rosarians will agree that magnesium also aids in the growth of new canes from the base of the plant. And of course, Epsom salt increases chlorophyll production meaning darker leaves. For maximum benefit, roses should at the least be fed with Epsom salt at time of planting, then again at the first sign of new growth, and once more when the flowers are in full bloom. Bare root roses may also be soaked in water containing dissolved Epsom salt before planting.
- Tree Stump Removal: Drill a few holes into the tree stump, fill each hole with Epsom salt, and then add water to each hole. The stump should begin to decay by itself within a few weeks.
Epsom Salt Uses: Miscellaneous
- Fake Frost: Mix Epsom salt with stale beer. Apply mixture to the windows with a wet sponge. Makes a great effect.
- Keep Raccoon's at Bay: Take a few tablespoons (or cups if you have a large problem) of Epsom salt and spread it around the area most visited by the masked marauders. It will deter those pesky raccoon's. They don't like the small of the Epsom salts. Remember to spread more around after a rainy day.
- Regenerate a Car Battery: Give your battery a little more life with this mixture. Dissolve an ounce of Epsom salt in warm water to make a paste and add it to each battery cell.
- Grow More Epsom Salts: Add 1/4 cup Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to 1/2 cup of boiling water and stir until it dissolves. Pour over a sponge in a shallow dish and place in a warm sunny spot. As the water evoprates, your crystals will grow. Just be sure to check crystals against the original amount before you harvest.
Epsom Salt Uses: Crafts
- Go to the Epsom Salt Council website for six craft ideas using, you guessed it, Epsom salt.