Epsom salt has been used for ages to relieve aches and pains. But there are lots of other uses for epsom salt that you most likely aren't aware of. Once you learn what you can do with it, this handy dandy salt is sure to find become a favorite product to have on hand.
What Is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. Made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen, epsom salt gets its name from Epsom, England, the city where it was first discovered.
It's often dissolved in baths, which is why it is often called bath salt.
Our Epsom Salt Experience
When I first started buying epsom salt it was to add to the kids bath because I had heard that it would help calm them down before bed.
I figured hey, it's worth a shot!
When my husband saw what I had purchased he poked fun saying it was just something old people used. Well it wasn't long before he was using it too.
Look who's laughing now.
Epsom Salt is an amazing mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. Magnesium is an essential mineral that scientists estimate that about 2/3 of our population is deficient in.
This is just one of the reasons why I started to use Epsom Salt in our home. As I dug a little deeper, I realized that Epsom Salt has many more uses than for just soaking in the bathtub.
Here is a list of uses for Epsom Salt so you can start using it in your home today.
15 Epsom Salt Uses
1. Relaxing Bath- I'll get the obvious out of the way first. Add 2 c. of Epsom salt to a bath and soak, which is also great for kids to help them relax before bed. Add lavender essential oil for some calming aromatherapy.
2. Sprains and Bruises- Add a handful of salt to a small container of hot water for feet and hands or 2 c. to a bath full of hot water and soak. My husband tried this when is stubbed his big toe. It was purple and green one day and within 48 hours the bruising was completely gone.
3. Splinter Removal- Add 1/2 c. of salt to a small container of water and soak splinter to assist in removal.
4. Hair Volumizer- Mix equal parts non toxic conditioner and Epsom salt and work through hair. Let sit 20 minutes, rinse and style as usual.
5. Facial Cleanser- Mix 1/2 t. salt into your regular cleansing product and wash as usual. Adds exfoliation to your facial cleansing routine.
6. Mosquito Bites- Add 2 T. salt to 1 cup of water and soak a clean cloth. Then press cloth on bite for a few minutes to soothe irritation.
7. Exfoliate- Mix equal parts Epsom salt and organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, or organic almond oil in your hands and use to exfoliate face or any other area of the body with dry skin. Great for wintertime.
8. Pest Control Spray- Mix 2 T. in a spray bottle with warm water and shake to dissolve. Spray on bugs around your yard and on plants in your garden that may be more susceptible to pests.
9. Eliminate Toxins- Soaking in an Epsom salt bath (2 c. added to warm bathwater) will not only relieve muscle tension but also help eliminate toxins from your body. The sulfates in Epsom salt help to flush toxins and heavy metals from your cells.
10. Cleaner- Add Epsom salt to homemade cleaners to increase scrubbing power.
11. Constipation- Mix 1-2 t. salt in 1 c. water and drink to help with constipation.
12. Athlete's Foot/Toenail Fungus- Soak foot in warm water with a handful of Epsom salt.
13. Sunburn- Make a cold compress using a clean wash cloth, 1 c. cold water and 2 T. salt and gently lay on sunburn to relieve irritation.
14. Wavy Hair Spray- Mix 1 c. water, 2 t. salt and 1 t. non toxic conditioner in a spray bottle and spray on wet or dry hair and scrunch with your hands. Let air dry or use a diffuser to dry.
15. Soil Booster- Mix 2 T. salt per gallon of water and water plants once a month to boost soil and increase plant growth.
Do you use epsom salt ?
I'd love to hear your ideas--make sure to comment below!
Hannah is the founder of Whole Simple Life and a former Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, who now stays at home with her 3 young children. Whole Simple Life is a website designed to help women simplify their lives, become more organized and provide information on relevant health topics as well as simple real food recipes.