Epsom salts is one of the most useful, yet often overlooked, resource. Scientifically, it is more known as magnesium sulfate. It can be used for a variety of things, including health, beauty, and gardening.
- dissolve salts in warm water for a foot bath to soak tired, aching feet (1 c. to a foot bath)
- a great way to get magnesium sulfate into your body is by soaking in a warm bath in which you have dissolved Epsom salts. Your skin is a large organ and you can absorb the magnesium sulfate through your skin while enjoying a good soak. Lack of magnesium contribute to a variety of health problems – high blood pressure, hyperactivity and, heart problems. Sulfate is necessary to flush toxins. (Pour 2 c. under running water for each bath.)
- To soothe itchy skin (insect bites, poison ivy, bee stings, dry skin, etc.) wet a washcloth in cold water mixed with Epsom salts (2 Tbsp per 8 oz) and use the compress to soothe the skin. This same compress will soothe sore muscles.
- Suffer from hemorrhoids? Take a bath with Epsom salts.
- Epsom salt is great way to increase volume in your hair. Simply mix in with your conditioner and leave on your hair for 20 minutes before rinsing.
- Facial mask: mix 1/2 t. Epsom salt into your usual facial cleanser to turn it into a deep-pore, exfoliating cleanser. Gently massage skin and rinse with cool water, pat dry. Feel refreshed. Like the way that feels? Add it into shower gel and exfoliate your whole body.
- use as a fertilizer (it’s 10% magnesium and 13% sulfur) by either sprinkling it around plants or dissolve 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water and spray on when the plants begin blooming. Tomatoes and peppers love this.
- Fertilize shrubs – 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet. Apply every 2 to 4 weeks. For trees – use 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet. Apply 3 times a year.
- Before you plant a bush, soak the roots in a gallon of water with 1/2 c. Epsom salts dissolved in it. You can even sprinkle about a tablespoon of the salt directly into the hole prior to planting.
- To keep those pests away from your prize roses, dissolve 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water and spray the roses.
- Want a beautiful lawn? Either dissolve in water and spray or sprinkle in granular form – 3 lbs for every 1250 square feet.
- Ready to plant your garden? Stop! First, sprinkle Epsom salts over the soil. Use 1 cup to 100 square feet.
** Do not apply Epsom salt if you are growing sage; it’s one herb that doesn’t like it. **