Magnesium Sulfate, more commonly known as Epsom salt, has many uses beyond treating ingrown toenails and detoxifying baths. The salt was discovered in Epsom, England, which is where it got its name. According to the Epsom Salt Council, this amazing salt can aid in flushing toxins from the body and in forming proteins in the body. Check out the ideas below to see some great uses for Epsom salt.
You can buy the salt at the pharmacy or grocery store and it is really inexpensive. Here are some great uses for it:
- Face cleaner – To clean your face at night, mix a half teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water
- Foot soak – Sooth aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as the water is warm. Rinse and dry. Also helps with toe nail fungus, like athlete’s foot. I like to add marbles to the bottom of my pan for an added foot massage.
- Skin exfoliate – Massage handfuls of Epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse.
- Remove excess oil from hair – Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from your hair. Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.
- Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.
- Soak sprains and bruises – Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak.
- Splinter remover – Soak in Epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.
- General stress relief – Nothing draws out stress like bath salts. As the magnesium soaks into your body it reverses the effects of stress on your body, replenishing magnesium levels, decreasing adrenaline, and producing serotonin. Make your own bath salts by mixing 16 ounces all-natural bath salt and 15-30 drops of essential oil (especially those that induce relaxation). Store in a glass jar and use 3 times a week for maximum results!
- Relieve gout pain and inflammation – 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin of hot water (as hot as you can stand). Soak for about 30 minutes
- The new aloe vera – Use on mosquito bites, bee stings, mild sunburn and poison ivy by soaking a cotton washcloth in a cold water Epsom salt solution (2 tablespoons per cup) for the affected area.
How do you use Epsom salt in your household? See the original article by Preparedness Mama for 15 additional uses for the salt.
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