Epsom-Salt Health, Beauty and Gardening Uses

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Magnesium Sulphate, also known as Epsom-Salt, is an inorganic salt comprising of oxygen, sulphur and magnesium. Epsom salt, takes its name from an acidic salty spring in Epsom, England. The salt is produced from the springs that rise up to the surface. This is where the non-porous London clay comes in contact with the porous chalk of the North Downs.

The salt was discovered in 1618 by a farmer: he was curious why his cows would not drink the water from a particular mineral spring. He tasted the water and discovered that it tasted extremely acidic. He also noted that it helped to heal rashes and scratches on his skin.

Many people think of Epsom Salt as one of the world’s unknown marvels. It can help to enhance health in various ways.

Having a shortage of magnesium in the body — magnesium aids to control the activity of some 300 enzymes in the human body — can add to hyperactivity, heart problems, high blood pressure and other health problems.

Doctors advise that sulphate is important for various biological activities, aiding to form proteins in brain tissue, joints and mucin proteins, as well as aiding to flush toxins out of the body.

It has many uses, not just for in-grown toe nail and bath salts.  Epsom Salt has long been known to be a natural remedy for numerous health disorders as well as many beauty, gardening and household related uses.

You can buy Epsom Salt from your local pharmacy, grocery or garden supply store. And basically a two and a half pound carton will only cost a few dollars at the most.

Table of Contents

Uses for Epsom-Salt, Beauty and Health
Uses for Epsom Salt, for the Home
Uses for Epsom-Salt Gardening

Uses for Epsom-Salt, Beauty and Health

Epsom Salt is a pure mineral composite that is frequently used by an increasing number of actresses and models, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Elle Macpherson. It’s a fashionable, natural choice for beauty enhancement.

Life coach Janey Holliday, of Making Things Easy, says that bathing in Epsom-Salt aids to decrease tummy bloating and water retention. She suggests bathing three times weekly; adding 2 mugs of the salt to the bath water per bath.

‘When you have an Epsom salts bath, magnesium and sulphate and are absorbed through the skin,’ she says.

‘Because our skin is porous, reverse osmosis takes place, which means toxins and excess fluids are drawn out of the skin as the goodness goes in.’

Well it sounds like an easy way to get a flat tummy.

Victoria Beckham reportedly takes such baths to streamline her figure.

‘I love Epsom salts baths to detox, revive muscles and de-puff my skin,’ says Gwyneth Paltrow.

The following are 25 health and beauty tips using Epsom Salt:

  1 To Ease the Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot:

Bathe your feet in an Epsom-Salt bath: fill a basin with enough warm water to cover your feet dissolve a handful of the salt in the water and then soak your feet in the solution.

2 A Remedy for Toenail Fungus:

Bathe your toes in warm water combined with a handful of Epsom salt at least three times a daily.

3 To Get Rid of splinters:

Soak the affected area in warm water combined with a handful of Epsom salt to draw out the splinter.

4 To Relieve the Pain of Gout and Ease Inflammation:

Add a handful of the salt to a basin of hot water the water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Then soak the affected joint/foot for around 30 minutes.

5 To Alleviate Bruises and Sprains:

Just mix 2 cups of Epsom salt to your warm bath water and soak; this will help in reducing the pain of any bruises or sprains you may have.

6 To Ease a Headache:

Apparently soaking in a soothing Epsom Salt bath is supposed to help ease the pain of a headache: mix 2 cups of the salt to your warm bath water.

7 An Occasional Laxative for constipation:

One teaspoon of Epsom Salt mixed in a cup of warm water and drunk can help with constipation. The salt works like a purifying agent for purging the colon. It increases water in the intestines which can bring about short-term relief from constipation. Nevertheless, it must not be used to eradicate constipation without a consultation with your doctor/physician first.

Do NOT Drink Epsom Salt if You are Pregnant.

 8 To Relive Minor Sunburn:

Mix a tablespoon of the salt to ½ a cup of warm water then leave to cool. Dab the solution onto the affected area. It will help to sooth minor sunburn.

9 To Relive Bug Bites or Itchy Skin:

Mix a tablespoon of Epsom Salt in to ½ a cup of warm water and then let cool. Then dab it on the affected area to help ease the itching.

10 Eases stress and relaxes the body

Stress depletes magnesium and also builds-up the level of adrenaline in the body. When Epsom Salt is melted in warm water, it is then easily soaked up by the skin which in turn replaces the depleted level of magnesium in the body.

Magnesium aids in the production of serotonin, which is an elevating chemical that is within the brain and produces a feeling of relaxation and calm. Evidently adding Epsom-salt to your bath water at least three times weekly is supposed to help you to feel and look better as well as giving you more energy.

The magnesium ions also help to decrease irritability and produce a feeling of relaxation by reducing the effects of adrenaline which in turn improves concentration and sleep as well as helping the nerves and muscles to function appropriately.

A good recipe is 1 cup of Epsom salt and 15 – 30 drops of lavender essential oil in your bath water for a stress reliving bath.

11 Face cleaner:

To clean your face at the end of the day, combine a half teaspoon of Epsom-salt with your usual cleansing lotion and just massage the mixture into your skin and then wash off with cold water.

12 To exfoliate the skin:

Just massage a few handfuls of Epsom-Salt over your wet skin, start with your feet and continue up towards your face then have a warm bath to rinse off.

13 For Eye Health:

Put two tea spoons of Epsom-Salt in a basin of warm water and then rinse your face with the mixture. It is supposed to be good for helping to heal conjunctivitis, cataracts and sties.

14 For Thicker Hair:

Mix equal parts of Epsom-Salt and hair conditioner and heat in a pan: then massage it into your hair and leave for 20 minutes. Then rinse your hair with warm water to get all the solution out and then let your hair dry for a thicker head of hair. The minerals will also help to restore and strengthen heat-damaged ends. It’s exceptionally good for smoothing frizz out of curls.

15 To Soak up Excess Oil from your Hair:

Just add a handful of the salt to your shampoo and wash as normal.

16 For Even-Toned, Summer Legs:

Reduce the appearance of unsightly bruises on your legs by applying an Epsom-Salt compress.

Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt in a cup of cold water then soak a face cloth in the mixture and then apply the face cloth directly to the skin.

 17 For Smooth Skin:

Mix ¼ cup of olive oil to ½ cup Epsom-Salt and massage into the skin when in the shower for a smooth and healthy skin.

18 To Eradicate Blackheads:

Add 3 drops of Lugol’s iodine (also known as Lugol’s solution) and a teaspoon of Epsom-salt into a 1/2 a cup of boiling water. When the mixture has cooled enough so you can put your fingers in it, dab some of the mixture on to the blackhead with a cotton wool ball. Repeat this three to four times. Then carefully remove the blackhead and then dab the area with an astringent that is alcohol based.

 19 To Remove Foot Odour:

Put ½ a cup of Epsom Salt into enough warm water to cover your feet. Then soak your feet for about 10 minutes. This will help to get rid of bad odour, soften rough skin and sooth aching feet.

20 For an Effective hand wash:

Mix some baby oil with Epsom-salt and keep by the wash basin or sink for an excellent hand wash.

21 To Remove Hairspray:

Mix 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of Epsom Salt and 1 gallon of water together then Cover the mixture and leave it to set for at least 24 hours. The following day, pour the mixture onto your dry hair massage it in and leave it to set for at least 20 minutes then shampoo the whole mixture out.

22 To Get Rid of Toxins from the Body:

The sulphates in Epsom-salt can help to cleanse toxins from the body, thus assisting the body to eradicate damaging substances and also alleviating muscle pain.

Human skin is an extremely absorbent membrane and by adding the correct kinds of minerals to your bathing-water activates a process that is called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls out harmful toxins out of the body.

For a nice relaxing detoxifying bath, add two cups of Epsom-Salt to the bath water and soak for at least 10 minutes do this at least once a week.

23 A Skin Mask to Help with Acne Problems:

Mix ½ teaspoon of Pantothenic acid powder (referred to as Vitamin B5, is a water-soluble vitamin. For many animals, pantothenic acid is an essential nutrient.) And 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera gel, 2 drops of Thyme oil, 1 teaspoon of Epsom-salt and 1 chopped ripe tomato. Spread the mixture over your face and leave for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water. This mixture is supposed to be particularly good for acne.

24 To Whiten Teeth:

As well as whitening your teeth it can also help to fight against periodontal disease, which can lead to loss of teeth and other health problems. Mix equal part water and Epsom-Salt together. Be sure to mix well so that the salt is fully integrated with the water. Dip your toothbrush into the mixture and then gently brush. Then rinse out your mouth with some clean, cool water

25 To Ease Jet-Lag:

After a long-haul flight the best way to ease the effect of jet-lag is to have a nice long Epsom-salt bath.

The minerals in the salt help joints and muscles to relax, thus leading to a much more peaceful sleep which in turn gives the body a chance to re-energize.

The body’s healing mechanisms is also triggered by magnesium sulphate and that is why a lot of athletes take a bath the night before a race.

23 To Help Your Kids to Sleep Better

Just add a cup of the salt to your kids’ bath water before they go to bed this will help them sleep peacefully.

Uses for Epsom Salt, for the Home

1 To Clean Bathroom Tiles:

Mix equal parts Epsom Salt with dish-washing soap, then just smear it onto the grimy areas. Then scrub in a circular motion. The detergent and salt will work together to dissolve the dirt and grime. Rinse the tiles and dry with a clean cloth for a nice shiny, smooth finish.

2 To Remove Burnt Food from Pans and Pots:

Just scour the offending pan with about ½ a tablespoon of Epsom-salt and some warm water and then rinse.

3 To Water House Plants:

You can help your house plants to grow by mixing 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt to their water for when you water them.

4 As a Deterrent against Raccoons:

Do you ever get angry with raccoons devouring your garbage and causing a mess in your backyard? Well, if you do, then as an alternative to laying down some hazardous poison, you can use a natural way instead to keep the creatures away.

Every day just sprinkle the area where you keep your garbage cans with Epsom Salt. Make sure to encircle all the cans; also sprinkle some on top of the garbage can lid as well. Raccoons hate the taste of the salt. They will soon get the message that your backyard is not the place to go for dinner.

Uses for Epsom-Salt Gardening

Making use of Epsom Salt in gardening is not a modern idea. This well-kept secret has been about for several generations.

Epsom-Salt is harmless and simple to apply. It acts quickly to rectify a range of gardening problems. Basically, it can increase the general health of your garden.

It is virtually impossible to use too much Epsom-salt in your garden. Magnesium sulphate is pH neutral, so it won’t damage your soil. The salt crystals break down into magnesium, sulphur and water – three elements which are valuable in some way to most florae.

It helps to enhance flower blossoming and also assist plants to grow bushier and greener.

And the great thing is Epsom-salt is also not expensive to buy, making it one of the best gardening ingredient that a conscientious gardener could wish for.

 1 To Get Rid of Slugs:

If you want to deter slugs from coming into your garden or patio, then just sprinkle the area with some Epsom-Salt.

2 Better Tomatoes:

Just sprinkle a tablespoon of Epsom Salt weekly to the soil below the tomato plant this will help to boost growth.

3 For Faster growth/ Roses:

Just sprinkle a tablespoon of Epsom-Salt weekly to the soil around the rose bushes. For faster growth.

4 To make your grass greener:

Epsom salt, will add much needed iron and magnesium to your soil, which in turn will make your lawn greener.

Just add 2 tablespoons of the salt to 1 gallon to water and sprinkle it on your lawn with a garden sprayer; make sure it absorbs into the grass.

5 To Enhance Seed Germination:

The magnesium in Epsom-Salt helps in seed germination and also aids to toughen cell walls which in turn will give you more and sturdier seedlings. For the best outcome mix 2 tablespoons into the soil at the bottom of every hole before putting the seeds in. Or use 1cup of the salt per 100 square feet of tiled soil.

6 To Green up Your Foliage:

Plants without sufficient magnesium can be recognized by their yellowing leaves. This is because magnesium is an important element in the production of chlorophyll – Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in cyanobacteria and the chloroplasts of algae and plants.

Sprinkling some of the salt around your plants to attain healthier looking foliage, use 1 tablespoon per 12 inches of height about once a month that should benefit your plants in your vegetable garden, not to mention any shrubs, trees, grasses and flowers you want to look greener.

7 To Stop Plant Leafs Curling:

Leave curling might also be due to a lack of magnesium in plants. To stop leaf curling, just mix some Epsom Salt with the soil around the base of the curling plant or if you want quicker absorption take a gallon of water and add 2 tablespoons of the salt to the water and mix. Then sprinkle directly on to the leaves.

8 To Boost Nutrient Absorption

A lot of commercial fertilizers combine magnesium to aid plant roots to take up essential nutrients, like sulphur, phosphorous, and nitrogen. If you are using all natural materials to feed your garden, mixing some Epsom-Salt to the soil will increase absorption naturally, thus removing the need for treated chemical fertilizers.

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