However, many don’t know this but epsom salt is not the same as your common table salt. Coming from a saline spring in Epsom, England, it is composed of the minerals magnesium and sulfate.
There are many surprising uses for epsom salt that can help you around the home—from health and beauty to gardening so be sure to stock up on this low cost, eco-friendly natural exfoliant!
21 Brilliant Uses for Epsom Salt
Not a bath person? Use Epsom salt in the shower as a scrub to reveal soft, glowing skin. Combine olive oil, Epsom salt, and a couple drops of essential oil then gently scrub and rinse.
2.) Deter Slugs
Keep slugs away by sprinkling Epsom salt along entryways.
3.) Facial Cleanser
Epsom salt is gentle enough to be used on the face. Blend a small amount with your cleanser and use as directed to brighten and smooth the skin.
4.) Get Rid of Pests
Sprinkle Epsom salt in plants to deter insects.
5.) Relieve Foot Pain
Combine hot water and epsom salt in a dish tub and feel the pain melt away. To make your foot soak spa-like, add a few drops of 100 percent essential oil. Peppermint is a good choice.
6.) Remove Splinters
Mix equal parts Epsom salt and warm water. Soak the affected area for fifteen minutes and then easily remove that nasty splinter.
7.) Clean Tile & Grout
Combine equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish soap. Scrub tile and grout to remove stains.
8.) Make Grass Greener
Combine two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a gallon of water and spray on your lawn to keep the grass greenest on your side of the fence.
9.) Insect Bites & Stings
Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt into 1/2 cup of water and apply as a compress to relieve itchiness and stinging.
10.) Dislodge Blackheads
Mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt and 3 drops of iodine in 1/2 cup of boiling water. Let it cool enough so it doesn’t burn you, then add it to a cotton ball so you can apply to a blackhead.
Repeat this 3-4 times and reheat the solution if necessary. You should now be able to easily dislodge any stubborn blackhead!
11.) Relieve Constipation
Epsom salt can be used as a laxative. Dissolve one teaspoon of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water and drink no more often than once per day. This should provide relief.
12.) Fertilize Houseplants
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt around the base of the plant during growing season and then water it to use as a natural fertilizer.
When planting a new plant or transplanting an older one simply add 1 tablespoon at the bottom of the hole then finish planting to prevent shock and give a boost.
13.) Regulate Blood Sugar
Taking Epsom salt orally or using transdermally can help regulate levels of sugar in the blood, keeping energy levels even throughout the day and lowering the risk of diabetes.
14.) Heal Bruises & Sprains
Two cups of Epsom salt in a warm tub of water can help heal sprains and bruises and prevent them as well. Soak for at least fifteen minutes for the best results.
15.) Clean Washing Machine
Fill the tub with hot water, add Epsom salt, and run through one cycle to remove detergent build-up.
16.) Head Ache & Relaxation
Why let your feet have all the fun? Enjoy total relaxation by adding some Epsom salt to your bath. This will believe tension and relieve a headache. Chamomile and lavender oil can be added for a good night’s sleep.
17.) Create Beachy Hair Waves
In a spray bottle, shake up some water, 1/2 tablespoon Espom salt, 1/2 tablespoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and a couple of drops of lime essential oil.
Spray into wet hair and scrunch for a great-smelling, casual summer style.
18.) Itchy Skin or Sunburn Relief
Dissolve Epsom salt in water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray over affected areas for instant relief.
19.) Remove Burnt Food From Pots & Pans
Pour a little Epsom and warm water into the pan, scrub, and rinse.
20.) Remove Frizz & Add Volume to Your Hair
Mix equal parts Epsom salt and hair conditioner and apply to hair. Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse for extra body, volume and removing frizz.
21.) Remove Styling Product & Greasy Build-Up
Squeeze one cup of lemon juice into a gallon of water, add one cup Epsom salt, cover, and let stand for 24 hours. Apply the mixture to hair, wait 20 minutes, then shampoo as normal.
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