What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate, an inorganic salt containing magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. It was named after the spring in Surrey, England where the naturally-occurring mineral was discovered in the water. Despite the name, Epsom salt is not what you put in your fries. It is called salt because of its chemical structure. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of illnesses, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty, household, and gardening-related uses.
- Bath Salts
One of the main reason Epsom salt is known for is for bath salts. In water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. When soaking in an Epsom salt bath, these compounds get into your body through your skin. This is said to help relax muscles, pain, and loosen stiff joints or inflammation in joints.
- Athletes foot & foot odor
Soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath helps relieve the symptoms of athlete’s foot. For removal of foot odor mix half a cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes. It will also sooth achy feet and soften rough skin.
- Treat Toenail Fungus
Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
- Relieves Constipation
Numerous studies have revealed that Epsom salt can be used as a laxative to treat constipation. When taken internally, Epsom salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing. The salt acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and can bring about temporary relief from constipation. Note, this remedy should not be taken more than once a day. If symptoms continue consult a physician.
- Splinter Removal
To remove a stubborn splinter, simply soak the affected body part where the splinter is lodged into in warm water and Epsom salt for a few minutes. Magnesium sulfate will reduce the swelling around the wound and soften up the splinter, making it much easier to remove.
Epsom salt works great to exfoliate. To exfoliate dead skin, when in the shower, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. To exfoliate your face, mix half a teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream and gently massage into skin. Rinse with cold water.
Magnesium sulfate may be used to fertilize your plants, green up your lawn, remove unwanted insect pests, and prevent slugs among other things. You can add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to the soil below tomato plants to boost their growth. Adding a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salt to the water when watering plants helps plants grows. Another great thing is you can soil prep. Before planting, you can add a few bags of Epsom salt to the soil in the garden and water in to help replenish soil magnesium levels. In order to keep your grass healthy and green, add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn. When adding magnesium sulfate crystals to the soil, they provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color in plants.
If you want to clean your tiles or remove grout you can mix equal parts of liquid dish soap and Epsom salt and use as a scrub. Rinse well for a streak free shine. You can also use Epsom salt to remove detergent buildup on washing machines by simply filling your empty washing machine with hot water then add a quart of clear vinegar and one cup of Epsom salt. Let the machine agitate for about an hour.