Do you enjoy a nice long soak in your bathtub? What about finding relief from a painful headache?
What if I told you there is one item that could bring you both relaxation and relief from a headache? Plus the same item can be used for cleaning and to boost your garden.
This frequently overlooked item is tucked away on most store shelves – and you might have guessed it – it is Epsom salts. It is inexpensive and extremely handy. I’m going to share with you many unique uses for Epsom salts.
Hopefully, you’ll find them as useful as I do. Here’s what you can do with Epsom salts:
1. Add Oomph to Your Hair
I enjoy a little extra volume to my hair. If you struggle with flat or fine hair, you’ll have an appreciation for Epsom salts.
Mix ½ Epsom salt and ½ conditioner in a bottle. This mixture will remove any excess oil from your hair which could potentially weigh it down. You should notice a nice boost of volume to your hair after use.
2. Relieves Pain from Sunburns
Sunburns can be extremely painful. They’re no fun, and you’d probably like the pain to leave you as quickly as possible.
Well, you’re in luck. Epsom salts have an anti-inflammatory property. If you mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with one cup of water and spray it on your sunburn, it should provide relief.
3. Moisturizes Lips
Are your lips continually feeling dry? Are you tired of purchasing lip moisturizers which cost a great deal of money but don’t work in the long run?
Give Epsom salts a try. Mix three tablespoons of Epsom salts with one teaspoon of Vaseline. It should remove the dead and dry skin from your lips.
4. Itchy Bug Bites
When summertime rolls around, the bugs come with it. Bug bites leave us feeling itchy and uncomfortable.
Don’t live with it. Instead, mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with one cup of water. Dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to your bug bites.
5. Soothes Sore Muscles
Achy muscles occur when you do labor-intensive work, have a good workout at the gym, or if you do something you haven’t done in a while and your body isn’t used to it.
The next time you have sore muscles, soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts. You can also make a paste of one cup of warm water and one teaspoon of Epsom salts. Apply the paste to the sore muscles.
6. Foot Soak
I enjoy soaking my feet when I’ve been on them all day. I also enjoy having dry skin exfoliated from my feet while they soak.
All you need to do is soak your feet in soapy, warm water with ½ cup of Epsom salt. It soothes achy feet and exfoliates dry skin simultaneously.
7. Soothes Bee Stings
Bee stings hurt. There’s no way around it. They also swell and itch after the initial sting. The next time you have a bee sting, turn to Epsom salts.
Mix one tablespoon of Epsom salt with one cup of cold water. Place a cloth in the mixture and apply it to the sting as a cold compress. It should help soothe the pain and reduce swelling because of Epsom salt’s anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Add to Your Bath Water
Soaking in a nice bath is a great way to relax. Add Epsom salt to your bath to keep your skin healthy and exfoliated.
Two cups of Epsom salts to the bath water should be enough, and you need to soak for 15 minutes or more. Do this three times per week for best results. Candles help too.
9. Clean Pores
Do you struggle with blackheads? Who knew they could be cleared up by applying Epsom salts? If you have a favorite facial cream, add Epsom salts to it.
From there, rub the facial cream on your face. Rinse your face with cold water and pat dry. Your face will stay clean and help you get rid of any embarrassing blackheads.
10. DIY Bath Salts
Bath salts are a great addition to a nice bath. They can be expensive when you go to purchase them, though. Therefore, you should make your own.
They can be made by adding two cups of Epsom salts to a container. From there, add food coloring and a splash of vanilla for added scent.
11. Splinter Relief
Splinters are a part of life but can be painful. The next time you get one, reach for Epsom salts for relief.
Remove the splinter, create a compress with cold water and Epsom salts, and finally apply it to the sore area to reduce pain and swelling.
12. Exfoliation Post-Shower
I’m all about having healthy skin, but it takes work. The next time you feel like your skin needs some extra attention, use this method.
When you step out of the shower, don’t reach for the towel. Instead, reach for the Epsom salts. Rub your skin with handfuls of Epsom salts until you feel you’re thoroughly exfoliated, ridding your body of any dry skin.
13. Soothes Stubborn Skin
We all have areas with dry skin which seems it won’t go away. I used to struggle with this on my elbows and heels.
However, I learned if you place two cups of Epsom salts in Vaseline and rub it on those tough areas, it exfoliates the skin. Be sure not to use this on skin which is irritated or opened.
14. Soothes Poison Ivy Rash
Poison ivy rash is painful, but you don’t have to live with the discomfort. Instead, make a compress with Epsom salts.
Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salts with a cup of water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture to create a compress and apply it to the poison ivy rash to reduce itching and swelling.
15. Cold Water Plunge
It makes me shriek thinking how athletes soak in an ice bath after they’ve worked out. They do this to help with sore muscles.
If you also do this, try adding Epsom salt to your ice bath. It adds additional anti-inflammatory properties to aid in healing sore muscles.
16. Doctor Your Feet
Do you struggle with foot odor or foot fungus? Do you work in a job where you’re on your feet all of the time and come home with sore feet?
Well, you need to soak them in Epsom salt and warm water for 20 minutes. It will help soothe sore feet, kill foot or toe fungus, and eliminate foot odors too.
17. Use in the Garden
Everyone who gardens want to have a beautiful lush garden which produces like crazy. Epsom salts can help you with this.
If you apply one tablespoon of Epsom salt to the base of each plant, it gives the plant a boost of magnesium. The plants will grow better and produce more. Tomatoes do especially well with this. Epsom salt also helps them to produce sweeter tomatoes as well.
18. Cleans Tiles and Grout
Do you struggle to get your tiles and grout clean? You won’t have to struggle anymore. Mix equal parts dish soap and Epsom salt together.
Apply the mixture to your tiles and grout. Use some elbow grease to scrub them with a brush to remove any dirt and stains.
19. Constipation Relief
If you’ve ever been constipated, you know how uncomfortable it can be. You don’t have to reach for expensive medications to soothe your ailment.
Instead, reach for Epsom salt. Because they’re high in magnesium, it helps get your bowels moving. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package.
20. Give Houseplants a Boost
As much as you’d like to grow a lush garden, we all want our houseplants to be gorgeous too. If your houseplants look droopy, or you want them to look better, give Epsom salts a try.
Apply a small amount of Epsom salts to the soil around your houseplant. You can also add Epsom salts to your water. Giving your houseplants approximately one tablespoon per month should be adequate. You should notice the plants growing fuller after application.
21. Sprinkle in the Garden
Part of growing a garden is dealing with the pests which want to dine in your garden as well. Epsom salts can help with deterring garden pests.
Sprinkle Epsom salt throughout your garden and around your plants. Slugs will dry up when crawling over them and other garden pests will be sliced by crawling over the salts.
22. Give Your Roses a Boost
Roses love magnesium. It helps them to bloom and grow extraordinarily. If you have rose bushes, you need Epsom salts.
Apply the Epsom salts around the base of the plants. You should use approximately one tablespoon per month. The number of blooms will increase and it will help the overall growth of the plant.
23. Great Cure for a Hangover (And Other Headaches)
Whether you have a headache because of the way you slept, the weather, or because you drank too much, Epsom salts can help.
You can consume the Epsom salts or soak in them in a warm bath. The increase in magnesium to your system should help soothe and reduce a headache.
24. Mix in the Soil
Before planting a garden, it’s essential to adequately prepare the soil. The soil will feed your plants. It’s important that the soil has the nutrients they need.
By adding Epsom salt to your soil, it gives it a magnesium boost. Magnesium is great for increasing the quality of your soil and ultimately your plants.
25. Great for Your Heart Health
Epsom salt is suitable for many different things, but did you know it can help the health of your heart as well?
Because of Epsom salt’s anti-inflammatory properties, it improves circulation and helps your arteries to stay flexible. Soak in a bath with Epsom salt three to four times per week to enjoy these benefits.
26. Regulates Blood Sugar
Regulating your blood sugar can be tricky. Anything you can add to your diet or routine which will help could be a great idea.
Epsom salts can help with regulating healthy blood sugar levels. You can soak in it or consume it, but the magnesium helps the body to both make and use insulin. This lowers your risk of diabetes and increases your energy too.
27. Cleans Dishes
We all have specific recipes we love, we continue to make, but we know the dishes are going to be a nightmare when it’s over.
Well, the next time you have caked-on grease, put Epsom salts in the dish. Their abrasiveness helps to remove the dirt from the dishes with less effort required.
28. Hand Wash
Are you looking for a DIY option for hand soap? Look no further than Epsom salts for this solution. It’s easy to make and practical too.
Place equal parts Epsom salts and baby oil in a handpump container. This mixture will clean your hands while exfoliating them as well.
29. Rids Raccoons
Raccoons can wreak havoc on your home. Whether they try to eat your small poultry, or they dig through your trash. It can be frustrating.
The next time a raccoon hangs around your property, place Epsom salts around the area they’re targeting. Raccoons don’t like the smell of Epsom salts, and this deters them from returning. Be sure to reapply after a heavy rain.
30. Perks Up Your Lawn
Does your lawn need a boost? Add two tablespoons of Epsom salts to one gallon of water. This will add both magnesium and iron to your soil.
The added ingredients will give your lawn the minerals it desires, leading to a fuller and lusher looking lawn.
31. Reduces Bruising
I hate when I get a big nasty looking bruise. No matter how cute of an outfit you wear, people don’t notice the outfit for the bruise.
Well, you can diminish the appearance of bruising by creating a cold compress containing water and Epsom salts. Apply it to the bruise, and it should help the discoloration to fade.
32. Ditch Frizzy Hair
The same conditioner idea I had mentioned above (1/2 conditioner, ½ Epsom salt) will help to reduce frizz to your hair.
If you live in a humid area, your hair will quickly turn into a giant ball of poof. This conditioner mixture can help contain some of the frizz caused by humidity.
33. Say Bye-Bye to Fertilizer
Fertilizing your garden and other plants is necessary. It can also become expensive if you purchase store-bought fertilizers.
One popular ingredient in fertilizers is magnesium. You can sprinkle Epsom salts on your garden in the place of fertilizers as a way to boost magnesium when needed.
34. Stop Plant Shock
When you transplant a plant, it’s common to be concerned if the plant will make it initially. The reason being, the plant will go into shock in some instances.
Epsom salts can help plants avoid going into shock. Add a sprinkle of Epsom salts into the hole where it’s being transplanted or into the soil. It can help the plant make it through the transition with ease.
Well, you now have over 30 different uses for Epsom salts. They can be helpful in the garden, in your home, for your health, and for your beauty regiment as well.
Hopefully, this will be an inexpensive way for you to care for many areas of your life and to feel better all the way around.