25 Uses for Epsom salt

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My grandma was a huge fan of Epsom salt—she used it for everything! People of her generation knew the many health benefits of Epsom salt and I’ve recently discovered that Epsom salt uses go far beyond relaxing baths!

Keep reading for 25 incredible ways to use Epsom salt—you may be surprised by more than a few of these clever Epsom salt uses!

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25 Epsom salt uses!

1. Lawn and garden — Studies show that the magnesium and sulfur that comprise Epsom salt may help your plants grow greener, produce higher yields and have more blooms!

2. Pedicure — Combine 1/2 cup Epsom salt and warm soapy water, then soak your feet for 5 minutes to soften skin. Remove nail polish, push back cuticles, then cut and file your nails. Soak an additional 5 minutes in a warm Epsom salt bath for super soft feet.

3. 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!

4. Facial scrub — This is one of my favorite Epsom salt uses. Mix 1/2 tsp of Epsom salt with your favorite cleanser; massage into skin using small circles to give your pores a deep-cleaning. Rinse your face with cool water, pat dry. This is one of the most refreshing Epsom salt uses!

5. Relax — Create the perfect detox bath salts! Add two cups of Epsom salt to your very-warm bath water and soak for 15 minutes. You can purchase Epsom salt with lavender or eucalyptus for an extra-soothing bath experience. Be careful when standing up, you’ll find that you are VERY relaxed after your Epsom salt bath.

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6. Sea salt texturizing hair spray — 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.

7. 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 way to save money!

8. Splinter removal — Soak your finger in an Epsom salt bath for easy splinter extraction.

9. Body scrub — After showering, massage handfuls of Epsom salt over wet skin to exfoliate the body. Get a spa treatment at home! Get more facial scrub recipes here.

10. Exfoliation — For exfoliation, mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Gently massage into dry patches for smoother skin.

11. Mosquito bites — Epsom salt can ease the symptoms of mosquito bites. Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup of water), then gently apply to the bite area. This is yet another one of my favorite Epsom salt uses.

12. Sore muscles and arthritis — If your muscles or joints ache, an Epsom salt bath is a great way to find relief. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your very-warm bath water, agitate the water with your hands to dissolve it then soak for 15 minutes.

13. Tile cleaner — Mix equal parts of dish soap and Epsom salt for a super easy and effective tile cleaner. Rinse with clear water. This is one of the most frugal Epsom salt uses, a great way to save on cleaning supplies and to use a natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners!

14. Bedtime bath for kids — Add one cup of Epsom salt to your kids’ evening bath to help them sleep more peacefully.

15. Headache relief — Evidence shows that that soaking in an Epsom salt bath can relieve headache symptoms.

16. Acne — Epsom salt has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties making it a fantastic natural treatment for acne.

17. Remove odor on hands and feet — Add 3 Tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1 quart of warm water and soak your hands or feet for 15 minutes. This will makes your skin soft, your nails shine, and also help remove foul odors.

18. Relieve constipation — Pour 8 oz. of drinking water into a glass, mix with 1 to 2 tsp. of Epsom salt and drink the mixture for immediate relief of constipation. Mixing directions are also found on most Epsom salt packages, consult your physician before trying this.

19. Sunburn relief — Dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt in 1 cups of water and spray on minor sunburns.

20. Draw out infection — For simple infections on hands or feet, soak in a hot Epsom salt bath for 10 minutes to help clear the area. Note, some staph infections are worsened by soaking in hot water, consult your physician.

21. Cure for common cold — Did you know that Epsom salt baths can speed healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count? Try an Epsom salt bath the next time you feel those first symptoms of a cold.

22. Reduce swellingEpsom salt baths can help the appearance of bruises and reduce swelling.

23. Deter slugs — Sprinkle a trail of Epsom salt around the area you want to be free of slugs.

24. Blackhead removal — Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salt, 3 drops iodine and half a cup of boiling water. Dab this solution to your blackheads with a cotton ball to help naturally extract them.

25. Insecticide — Mix Epson salt with water, add to a spray bottle and spray on plants to naturally deter insects.

Wow, that’s quite a list of Epsom salt uses! For even more information on the benefits of wonderful Epsom salt, visit the Epsom Salt Council’s website.

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22 Comments

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom — August 1, 2013 @ 6:01 pm (#)

    Wow! Talk about multi-purpose! This is such a helpful list. Thank you!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  2. kymi (@kymnasium) — August 2, 2013 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    I’m growing a manilla palm and it needed epsom salt, I went to the store they only had the 5llb bag and I just needed a TSP lol, so I have been seeing this bag of epsom salt for the last few months not sure what do with it…Today I do! Thank you for posting and sharing a much needed post. Aloha

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  3. Radmom — August 5, 2013 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    Can you tell me where to find iodine and is it liquid, crystals, powder????? I wanted to have my son try the Epsom salt iodine mixture for blackheads.
    Thanks!

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    • Rebeca — November 13th, 2013 @ 12:18 am

      You can find iodine at your local pharmacy such as a Walgreens, or even Walmart pharmacies might have it. It comes in a small bottle 2-3 oz I think? and I believe its liquid form only, I haven’t heard it being powder or crystals. Its OTC so you don’t need a prescription. Hope it works for your son :)

  4. Barbara English — August 28, 2013 @ 10:52 am (#)

    I tablespoon Epsom Salt makes a quick and effective laxative…

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  5. Patricia B — August 29, 2013 @ 10:58 am (#)

    Thanks a million for the information I have passed it on to all the people on my fb page.
    Patricia

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  6. blondebobbi — August 30, 2013 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    Now, where is that print button…

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  7. Shirley Johns — September 10, 2013 @ 2:29 am (#)

    It also helps in proper functioning of muscles and nerves and Eliminates toxins from the body

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  8. Ash Jester — September 24, 2013 @ 2:54 am (#)

    I use epsom salt for everything! especially hot baths after a long day at work. Cure for achy muscles.

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  9. Tiffany — October 13, 2013 @ 7:57 am (#)

    This is a great list. My mom and grandmother always touted the healing, restorative powers of a good soak in an Epsom Salt bath but so many more amazing uses.

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  10. gina — November 14, 2013 @ 5:26 am (#)

    #12!

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  11. Clair Gregg — December 27, 2013 @ 12:38 am (#)

    RECIPE for spider bites: one tablespoon of Epsom salt and 1 egg yolk (separate yolk from white) and mix to a paste. Cover bite and leave on for 15-30 minutes. This will draw the poison from the bite. You can wash off with warm water.
    I have also done this for wasp stings to prevent swelling.
    I would recommend this to anyone. I have resorted to this and applied SHORTLY after spider bite and it quickly healed without swelling or discolor….tip from my great grandma and it works.

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  12. Karen — January 6, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#)

    Thank you so much for posting this list. I’m not much of a bath taker..but I’m gonna give this a shot.

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  13. sugar — March 13, 2014 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    Soak in a warm epsom salt bath to speed healing of genital herpes

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  14. Arlice White — March 21, 2014 @ 7:24 am (#)

    What is the mixture of Epsom salt for ance?

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  15. Kris Adam — March 23, 2014 @ 1:51 pm (#)

    Crissy what is the recipe for epsom salts for plants your number 1 thanks

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