Tuesday, August 26

The Many Uses Of Epsom Salt

Did you think that Epsom Salt was only good for sprains? My grandparents were huge fans of Epsom salt — they used it for everything! People of their generation knew the many health benefits that Epsom salt provided and I’ve recently
discovered that Epsom salt uses go far beyond relaxing baths! Keep reading for 15 incredible ways to use this undervalued and inexpensive wonder — you may be surprised by more than a few of these clever Epsom salt uses!

Whiten Teeth
Brush your teeth with Epsom salt and peroxide to fight against periodontal disease. While some dentists recommend using baking soda and peroxide, the sodium in baking soda can create a problem for people needing to restrict their sodium intake while Epsom salt will not.

Pampering Healthy Feet
Soak your feet in warm water and Epsom salt to soften and smooth corns and calluses. The Doctors Book of Home Remedies states that soaking your feet in warm water and Epsom salt will bring temporary pain relief by diminishing "the size of the bursa sac" while taking "pressure off the nearby sensory nerves." When your done soaking your feet, give yourself a pedicure! 

Keeping Raccoons and Their Friends Out Of Your Trash
We have a raccoon problem in our neighborhood. We use Epsom Salts to keep raccoons and their friends at bay. It's as simple as sprinkling Epsom Salt on, in and around your garbage cans. The taste will drive them away! 

The Grass is Always Greener
Is your lawn lacking in color? Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt to a gallon of water and spray your lawn for a lusher, greener lawn.

Exfoliate and Rejuvenate Your Skin
Add Epsom salt to olive oil and use it to exfoliate your skin. Scrub and rinse. Add the Epsom salt to your shampoo to rejuvenate your scalp. Let it set on the face or scalp for a few minutes to be absorbed before rinsing.

Whiten and Brighten Your Tile Floor
Use Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent to whiten floor tiles and dissolve dirt. By adding some Epsom salt to your sudsy water you will get a cleaning boost.

Home Remedy For Blackheads
Make a home remedy for blackheads by boiling ½ cup of water, 3 drops of iodine and 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt. Let cool enough to touch. Bottle the mixture and use with a cotton ball to apply to blackheads. If the mixture separates days later just heat in the microwave and wait to cool before applying again.

Fertilize and Feed Your Roses and Tomatoes
Use Epsom salt to fertilize and feed roses, tomatoes, and peppers. In general, magnesium plays a role in strengthening the plant cell walls, allowing the plant to take in the nutrients it needs. It also aids in seed germination, photosynthesis and in the formation of fruits and seeds. Either mix in 1 T. of Epsom salt into the soil at the bottom of the planting hole when setting out transplants or mix the 1 T. in a gallon of water and water the seedling.

Increase Your Magnesium Levels
Increase your magnesium levels in your body by soaking in Epsom salt bath water three times weekly. While it is extremely difficult to get enough magnesium in our systems through our diets, it is readily absorbs into our systems through our skin. Magnesium is needed by our bodies for many functions; however, a doctor should be consulted prior to extensive use, particularly for those with kidney problems. Magnesium works to combat the common cold, relieve migraines, stabilize serotonin levels, and generally soothe aches and pains due to arthritis and soar muscles.

Hair Volumizer
Combine equal parts conditioner and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes. The result? Hair full of va-va-voom and volume!

Beach Hair Texturizing Hair Spray

Do you love the look of beach hair, but don't live close to the ocean? Combine 1 cup of hot water, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel and 1/2 tsp conditioner in a spray bottle. Spray salt mixture into hair and scrunch hair with your hand for pretty beachy-waves.

Relieve Constipation
When my IBS acts up, here's my go to quick relief. Pour 8 oz. of drinking water into a glass, mix with 1 to 2 teaspoon of Epsom salt and drink the mixture for immediate relief of constipation. 

Homemade Insecticide
Say good-bye to aphids! Mix Epsom salt with water, add to a spray bottle and spray on plants to naturally deter insects.

Splinter Removal
If you've ever tried to remove a splinter from a child's hand, then you know how hard it can be. Here's an easy way to keep the emotions down. Soak their finger/toe in an Epsom Salt bath, causing the splinter to lift for easy extraction. Done and done.

Homemade Fabric Softener Crystals
Mix 4 cups of Epsom salt and 20 drops of essential oil to make DIY fabric softener crystals. Use 1/4 cup per load and add at beginning of wash. What a clever way to use Epsom salt, and also a great way to save money!


  1. Thanks for for very useful info, pinnning.

  2. Awesome. I had no idea. I am going to try the green grass tip! I hope it works!

    1. It is a great trick Elizabeth that my grandfather used all of the time! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. How can i buy this Epsom salt? I am residing at coimbtore in India. Send me details. Thanks.

    1. You can find Epsom salt at most pharmacies and even some gardening centers. Hope you can find them where you live.