15 Surprising Uses for Epsom Salt

 

Epsom salt, normally found in drug stores, grocery stores, and some sporting good places, has many beneficial uses. It is normally labeled as a laxative, soothing minor aches and pains and as a gardening tool. While doing some research, I found some other uses that I had no idea this wonder tool could do! Hopefully some of solutions can help you.

Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.


Some health benefits of Epsom salt include constipation relief, pain relief, relaxation, eliminating toxins from the body and increases the effectiveness of insulin in the body.

Health

  • Sooth sprains and bruises with an Epsom salt bath soak.
  • Remove splinters by soaking the affected area to draw out the debris.
  • Clean teeth with Epsom salt, combine one part Epsom salt and one part water, dip toothbrush into the mixture and brush well, gargle the salty mixture and then rinse with clean water.
  • Sooth bug bites by mixing Epsom salt in warm water and applying to affected area
  • Relieve mild sunburn- soak in a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salt to relieve pain. Apply aloe and coconut oil afterwards.
  • Poison ivy relief, soak a wash cloth in an Epsom salt and water and apply to the affected area to help relieve irritation and swelling

Gardening

  • Fertilize houseplants by sprinkling once a week.
  • Keep the lawn green by adding 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and watering the lawn

House

  • Clean tiles and grout, mixing equal parts of Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and scrubbing.
  • Prevent slugs by sprinkling over surfaces.
  • Clean build up in washing machines, fill the tub with hot water, add Epsom salt and run an agitate/soak/agitate cycle to dissolve the build-up ( consult your machine’s instruction manual for specific instructions).

Beauty

  • Exfoliate dead skin mixing Epsom salt in bath wash or oil and exfoliating skin
  • Clear blackheads with Epsom salt and a few drops of iodine in boiling water, apply to face with a cotton ball.
  • Remove foot odor with Epsom salt foot soak.
  • Hair volumizer- combine Epsom salt and conditioner in equal parts and warm in a pan. Comb in hair and leave on for about 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.

Do you have any other uses of Epsom salt that are not listed here? Have you tried any of these? Comment below!

References:

http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp

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