25 Amazing Epsom Salt Uses

We’ve created the ultimate list of Epsom Salt uses for health, wellness, and home. You’re going to be amazed by the many applications and uses for Epsom salt in your daily life!

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 Epsom salt uses—you may be surprised by more than a few of these clever tricks!

Epsom Salt uses for the garden and home

25 Epsom salt uses!

1. Epsom salt uses in the 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! Using Epsom salt for plants is one of my favorite uses of this powerful ingredient.

2. Soaking feet in Epsom salt — 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. Epsom salt for hair — 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. Epsom salt for hemorrhoids — Warm Epsom salt baths can help soothe the irritation from hemorrhoids. You can use a sitz bath, which is a small plastic tub that fits over a toilet seat. Take a warm bath for 20 minutes after every bowel movement for maximum results.

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.

Detox Bath Salts - This simple bath salts recipe will relax and soothe your body.

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. This is one of the best Epsom Salt uses for parents to keep on file.

9. Epsom salt 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. Epsom salt for 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 from 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 make 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. Epsom salt for sunburn — 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. The 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. Epsom salt to 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! For even more information on the benefits of wonderful Epsom salt, visit the Epsom Salt Council’s website.

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  1. i never knew there were so many ways to use epsom salts. i have used them for soaking, plants, and no horses. nice because it is an inexpensive product.

  2. I’ve only used epsom for soaking and my plants to help the ph balance, but Wow I didn’t know there was all these uses for Epsom salt I have to try alot I seen thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Hello, Crissy , Thank you for your helpful letter on the uses of Epsom salt (Magnesium sulphate). I use Epsom salt as a body scrub, as a facial scrub and for exfoliation. Another use of Epsom salt include : Treatment of Poisoning : If a person eats or drinks a poisonous substance Epson salt can be used alone or in combination with activated charcoal , to induce purgation and cause the poison to be speedily passed out in faeces , so that less of the poison is absorbed from the gut into the blood and the body. Have a pleasant day and GOD Bless, Dr Caroline Itohan Okojie (Carol for short).

  4. someone told me that if u use epsom salt in your pool it helps balance the chemicals

  5. Epsom salt in a tea bag works wonders for a toothache!

  6. Love your recipes and advise   very helpful, 
    Thank you so much, Bartje

  7. Adding a cup of baking soda to your Epsom salt soaking tub helps neutralize the chlorine present in most city water systems.  Baking soda has even more uses than Epsom salts.  I buy it at Sam’s Club in a six pound bag and none of it goes to waste.

  8. epsom salt also clears up eczema super quick!

  9. can you use a scented Epsom salt for most of these? I wanna try for my face but only have scented salt!

  10. I like Epsom salts too, but you gave me more reasons to use it. I use it on my Bird of Paradise Plants, they we’re blooming and my neighbor told me to use it and wow, it is beautiful and full of blooms now.
    Thanks, Pat
    Will you add me to your list of emails? Thank You……..

  11. Can I uses Epsom salts and lavender essential oils in my 2 year olds nightly bath?

  12. I put this in my girls bath and they submerged their hair in it and it made their hair look beautiful! My youngest has thick, coarse hair that isn’t really curly or straight but when it dried she had the prettiest curls and her hair looked shiny! My oldest daughter said her hair felt awesome and less oily the next day and it straightened very nicely!

    • My six yo has had very course hair until I started giving him epson salt baths. Now it is super soft. So manageable! Now he doesn’t have perpetual bed head.

      Epson salt baths are used and helps children with autism — the magnesium helps to calm them.

  13. When my husband broke his hand, his Dr. recommended soaking his hand in 1/2 cup Epsom salt dissolved in enough very warm water to submerge his hand. It promotes healthy new bone growth and speeds healing time! It worked wonders for him!!!

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

  15. What is the mixture of Epsom salt for ance?

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

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

  22. Now, where is that print button…

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

  24. I tablespoon Epsom Salt makes a quick and effective laxative…

  25. 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!

    • 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 :)

  26. 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

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

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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