Epsom salt is cheap, easy to use and minimally invasive, boosting physical and mental health benefits, as well as home and garden care.
Epsom salts are not technically salt, but crystals of magnesium sulfate. They can be obtained quite cheaply from drug stores and supermarkets and have incredible health benefits and are good for other uses around the home and garden.
After reading this article, you may find it worthwhile to keep a bag of them around.
Here are some common uses and health benefits of Epsom salts.
A common home remedy you may have already heard of is Epsom salt baths.
To make an Epsom salt bath, just add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a bathtub of water and soak for 20 minutes. There are a number of benefits to doing so.
Epsom salt baths can help to replenish magnesium levels in the body, which in turn helps your body to produce serotonin and reduces adrenaline levels.
Taking an aromatic Epsom bath before bed can help you relax and get a better night’s sleep.
These baths are also good for relieving muscle cramps and pain, and can even help with migraine headaches.
Essential oils can be added to the bath to enhance these effects. You can often find bath salt blends at stores that contain Epsom salts and essential oils for specific purposes, such as to relax and go to sleep, to ease muscle pain, or to help with breathing issues.
It is also possible to make your own bath salts if you have some knowledge of aromatherapy and there are plenty of aromatherapy books that can help with wonderful recipes.
If you don’t have the time or the bathtub, or you’re just one of those people who don’t “do” baths, you can also just do a foot soak.
To make a great, soothing foot soak, dissolve a cup or two of Epsom salts in a tub and soak your feet. This can be used both for foot problems and for the same sort of things you would use a full bath for.
If you want to use a foot soak for a headache or a migraine, try soaking your feet in hot water with Epsom salts and putting an ice pack on the back of your neck.
Epsom salt has beauty benefits too.
There are also several cosmetic uses for Epsom salts. One thing you can do is use them to exfoliate your skin. Simply make a paste with a handful of Epsom salt and some olive oil or coconut oil, or even honey, and rub it all over your skin.
You can also dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in a tub of water and use it as a soak to help pull out splinters. It will soften the skin and bring the splinter closer to the surface, making it easier to remove.
If your hair is extra oily, adding a handful of Epsom salts to your shampoo will help cleanse your hair of excess grease.
A mixture of Epsom salts and conditioner can be used as a volumizing hair mask.
Epsom Salts are for the home and garden, as well.
Epsom salts are also useful in the garden. Plants need magnesium, so using a bit of Epsom salt as a fertilizer will help plants grow greener and produce more flowers and fruit. It also helps seeds to germinate and allows plants to improve their uptake of nitrogen and phosphorous. This treatment is especially good for tomatoes and peppers, which are prone to magnesium deficiency. It might even help your veggies taste better!
Not only are Epsom salts useful as a fertilizer, but they can also solve your slug problems. Sprinkling Epsom salts around the base of plants will kill any slugs that show up. The sharp crystals will cut up the slugs’ bodies and cause them to dehydrate. However, rain will dissolve the Epsom salts, so the treatment will likely need to be repeated after it rains.
You can use Epsom salts for house cleaning as well. Epsom salt crystals can scrub cooked-on food off pots and pans without being abrasive enough to actually damage the pans. A mixture of Epsom salts and dish detergent, in equal parts, can be a very effective cleaner for tile. After applying this mixture to any stains, it should be allowed to soak in for a couple of minutes before rinsing off.
There are more home uses for Epsom salts.
Sprinkling some around the base of garbage cans outside will deter raccoons because the stuff tastes awful.
You can make a paste of an ounce of Epsom salt and a bit of water, and add it to the cell of your car battery to give that battery a bit more life. Additionally, there are craft projects you can do with Epsom salts, such as making fake frost for windows to decorate for winter.
Because Epsom is abrasive with pressure, it can work wonders scrubbing surfaces in your home.
A popular use is a tile and grout cleaner. Add Epsom to liquid soap or dish-washing liquid, and scrub away at the surface.
There are a myriad of ways Epsom salts can be used for health and around the house. As they are inexpensive, it might be a great idea to start using them, as a home remedy and around the house.
Lynette Garet is a bilingual freelance writer. A U.S. ex-pat living in Costa Rica with her partner Sil, when not busy with writing projects, she can be found hanging with her favorite “stinky boys” (the Grand-Littles), tending her garden, cooking, reading, enjoying good wine, and dancing in the kitchen to music from a limitless list of genres.