How to use Epsom Salt
When used in a bath, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed by the skin. This can cause the skin to soften and some of the substances that the skin absorbs day-to-day to be drawn out.
Occasional use of Epsom salts (especially on the feet) does not seem to be harmful. Many people swear by Epsom salts, though there doesn’t seem to be many scientific references to its use. There are a few cautions of using Epsom salts, however, and they are mostly for people with dry skin.
Splinter Removal- Soak in concentrated epsom salt water to pull out a splinter.
Athletes have long used ice baths after workouts to decrease inflammation. For an effective cold-water plunge, add Epsom salt. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties can help keep muscles healthy after you’ve been working hard at the gym.
Because of its ability to soothe skin and relax muscles, Epsom salt can also contribute to a good night’s rest.
The ability to reduce swelling and increase circulation makes it an ideal treatment for a number of foot-related issues. Experts say joint pain, swollen feet, foot and toe fungus, and foot odor can all be improved with a 15- to 20-minute warm Epsom salt foot soak.
Poison ivy rashes are a fact of life for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Next time you feeling like running wild in the wild, be sure to have an Epsom salt compress on hand just in case. Soak a cotton washcloth in a solution of Epsom salt and cold water (two tablespoons for every cup of water), and apply to the affected area to help relieve irritation and swelling.
For a more thorough exfoliation treatment, combine two cups of Epsom salt with a quarter cup of petroleum jelly. This solution works well for extra-dry, tough patches of skin. Add a few drops of fragrance, such as lavender, for a special at-home spa feel. Don’t use on broken or irritated skin.
Battle minor swelling from bee stings by using an anti-inflammatory Epsom salt compress. Mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water and soak a cotton washcloth in the solution. Apply to affected area. If you have severe swelling or trouble breathing following a bee sting, seek emergency medical attention.
When you feel an illness coming on, boost your immune system by taking a warm bath with Epsom salt. It can help relax muscles, easing muscle aches and promoting healing sleep. Plus, it may even boost the body’s white blood cell production, which can help you fight infection.
To help relieve common insect bites, just mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt with one cup of water, dip a cotton washcloth in the solution, and apply to the affected area.
Always find yourself fumbling for lip balm? Try giving your lips a deeper treatment using Epsom salt. Combine a few tablespoons of salt with a teaspoon of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline), apply the solution to the lips, and gently rub it in. The solution helps remove dead and/or dry skin and will leave your lips looking fuller and healthier.
Tile floors and walls can be some of the germiest surfaces in your home – and some of the trickiest to clean. For a low-cost and eco-friendly way to de-grime your grouting, combine equal parts Epsom salt with liquid dish soap. Scrub tiles, be sure to rinse (so as not to leave streaks), and store the solution in a jar for later use.
Epsom salt’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great tool for alleviating mild sunburn irritation. Take an empty spray bottle, mix two tablespoons of Epsom with one cup of water and spray on the affected area. Your days of dealing with messy aloe are over!
Adding Epsom salt to conditioner helps you to rid your hair of excess oil, which can weigh hair down and leave it looking flat. Create your own homemade volumizer by combining equal parts Epsom salt and conditioner. Apply and leave in for 20 minutes before rinsing. Repeat the treatment weekly.
Fabric softener crystals — Mix 4 cups of Epsom salt and 20 drops of essential oil to make DIY fabric softener crystals. Use 1/4 cup per load and add at beginning of wash. What a clever way to use Epsom salt, and also a way to save money!
Bedtime bath for kids — Add one cup of Epsom salt to your kids’ evening bath to help them sleep more peacefully.
Headache relief — Evidence shows that that soaking in an Epsom salt bath can relieve headache symptoms.
Acne — Epsom salt has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties making it a fantastic natural treatment for acne. Blackhead removal — Mix a teaspoon of Epsom salt, 3 drops iodine and half a cup of boiling water. Dab this solution to your blackheads with a cotton ball to help naturally extract them.
Relieve constipation — Pour 236ml of drinking water into a glass, mix with 1 to 2 tsp. of Epsom salt and drink the mixture for immediate relief of constipation. Mixing directions are also found on most Epsom salt packages, consult your physician before trying this.
Deter slugs — Sprinkle a trail of Epsom salt around the area you want to be free of slugs.
Insecticide — Mix Epson salt with water, add to a spray bottle and spray on plants to naturally deter insects.