Many people hear Epsom salt and immediately think of the salt shaker that sits on their table.
The truth is, Epsom salt is much different from the ordinary table salt we all know and season our food with. Epsom salt is actually a mineral mixture of magnesium and sulfate that can prove very useful to have around the house in many ways.
Epsom salt has long been used for medicinal purposes, so much so that it's on the World Health Organization's Model List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.
Beyond its medical applications, Epsom salt can also be used in a wide variety of health and beauty applications, agricultural applications, even for crafting. Join us as we explore some of the many uses for this marvelous mineral.
1. Soak The Soreness Away
The next time you're feeling sore from working too hard in the yard or when that arthritis is flaring up, try adding 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath. The magnesium helps alleviate muscle soreness.
2. Bruise Fade Out
Next time you have a bruise, skip the raw meat or frozen pack of peas and make a paste by adding a little water to some Epsom salt. Spread the paste over the bruise to help the swelling go down and reduce the soreness.
3. Splinter Removal
Instead of digging for that splinter with the tweezers, apply Epsom salt to the site to help draw it up to the surface. No more pain!
4. Hair Treatment
If you have trouble with oily hair, add a teaspoon of Epsom salt to a moisturizing shampoo once a week for a treatment that will help draw excess oils out of your hair.
5. Luscious Lips
Make your own lip scrub by mixing equal parts cocoa butter and Epsom salt together. The cocoa butter will moisturize while the Epsom salt will exfoliate dead skin cells.
6. No Tummy Troubles
Help ease constipation symptoms by drinking a teaspoon of Epsom salt in a glass of water. The magnesium should get things, shall we say, moving again.
7. Baby Face
Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to a quarter cup of your favorite facial cleanser. Epsom salt's texture will exfoliate dead skin cells and will help draw excess oils out of the skin.
8. Pampered Feet
If you have trouble with dry, cracked feet try mixing one cup of Epsom salt with a tablespoon each of liquid castile soap and olive oil. Rub onto feet twice a week to moisturize, cleanse, and exfoliate.
9. Turn Up The Volume
Tame the frizz and add volume to your hair by combining equal parts warm conditioner and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes before washing out.
Get a better night's sleep by relaxing in an Epsom salt bath for 20-30 minutes before going to bed. The magnesium has been shown to help promote relaxation and better sleep.
11. Grow Bigger Veggies
Adding a tablespoon of Epsom salt to each plant a couple times during the growing season helps promote robust growth, especially in tomatoes and potatoes.
12. A Rose By Any Other Name
Sprinkling a tablespoon of Epsom salt around the base of your rose bushes every month will help increase growth and encourage more of those beautiful blooms.
13. Bye Bye Slugs
If you have trouble with slugs, sprinkle Epsom salt in and around gardens and any other areas you wish to keep the slimy critters away from.
14. Relieve Itchy Bug Bites
Make your own anti-itch spray by dissolving a tablespoon of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water and let it cool. Spritz on bug bites or itchy skin to help calm the itch.
15. Sunburn Relief
If you've got a bit too much sun, try dissolving two tablespoons of Epsom salt into a cup of warm water and adding 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Place in the refrigerator until chilled then spray on skin to help calm the pain of a sunburn.
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