Epsom salt! Just what the heck is it? Should I put it on my french fries? Should I use it to melt the ice on my driveway? Well, I guess you could do those things but you may not necessarily get the results you want (hint: Epsom salt is a laxative) because Epsom salt is very much different than the typical salts that you probably know. You see, Epsom salt is not even a salt. Named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, Epsom salt is actually a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. And what’s really interesting about it is how it’s readily absorbed through the skin which is why people are most familiar with Epsom salt baths. Indeed, people will take Epsom salt baths to help reduce inflammation, help muscle and nerve functions, prevent artery hardening, improve the absorption of nutrients, and flush out toxins. The nice relaxing warm bath is a bonus!
But did you know that you can use Epsom salt for more than just super soothing baths? From health to beauty to cleaning, you’ll be surprised by this mineral’s versatility and effectiveness. Check out these amazing Epsom salt hacks to make your life easier…
1. Hair cleanser
Greasy hair? Add some Epsom salt to your shampoo to help draw the oils out and then rinse as usual.
2. Eliminate hair frizz and add volume
Mix equal parts of Epsom salt with hair conditioner in a pan and heat up the mixture. Massage this mixture into your hair, starting at the roots and working your way down. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and rinse.
3. Face wash and scrub
Mix Epsom salt with a face cream or liquid soap, and gently rub the mixture on your face before rinsing.
4. Soften your lips
Mix Epsom salt with petroleum jelly and massage it into your lips.
5. Foot scrub
If you have cracked, dry feet, make a scrub by combining Epsom salt with olive oil, castile soap, and your favourite essential oils.
6. Headache relief
Have a headache? Take an Epsom salt bath! Relieving the tension in your muscles and do wonders for your headache.
7. Hangover relief
Drink a teaspoon of Epsom salt with some water and then follow it up with a lot of water! The Epsom salt should help with flushing out the toxins but make sure you drink a lot of water to rehydrate!
8. Help with constipation
Epsom salt is a laxative so drinking a teaspoon of it with some water will help get things moving again.
9. Fade bruises
Mix two tablespoon of Epsom salt with some water and apply it to the bruised area and it should help with the unsightly discoloration.
10. Get better sleep
Trying to sleep while feeling anxious is never good. Taking an Epsom salt bath will help relieve your muscles, loosening you up for better sleep.
11. Relieve muscle pain
Take an Epsom salt bath to help ease muscle pain and speed up recovery.
12. Remove a splinter
Soak the affected area in a warm Epsom salt bath to help draw out the splinter. You may need to do this several times a day. It may sound crazy but I’ve actually tried it and it works!
13. Wash your washer
Fill your washing machine with hot water and add some Epsom salt before running a regular cycle to help remove buildup inside the machine.
14. Bathroom cleaner
Mix some Epsom salt with dish soap and use the mixture to scrub grouts and tiles.
15. Plant fertilizer
Add a tablespoon of Epsom salt to the soil around plants that produce fruits or nightshades! This will help increase their yield or make the fruits sweeter.
16. Help your potted plants grow
Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to the soil once a month since potted plants are prone to becoming magnesium deficient.
17. Deter slugs and pests
Epsom salt irritates slugs so sprinkling some around the plants will deter them. Epsom salt is similar to diatomaceous earth, keeping pests away.
18. Beautiful roses
Sprinkle a bit of Epsom salt at the time of planting and when the flowers are in bloom. The salt encourages rose bushes to produce larger flowers with richer colours!
19. Kill Weeds
Mix a couple cups of Epsom salt with a gallon of vinegar and some liquid dish detergent. Put the mixture into a spray bottle, and spray the weeds. Avoid spraying any plants that you want to live!
20. Green grass
Add two tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and use the mixture to water your grass. The magnesium helps to prevent yellowing!
Wow! Who knew Epsom salt could do so much? And the best part is that it’s inexpensive and easily found at most pharmacies. Let us know your favourite ways of using Epsom salt and don’t forget to share this story with your family and friends!
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