We use epsom salt a lot at our house. It is a good source of magnesium (here’s why we love magnesium) and has dozens of household uses.
Here are 21 of my favorites uses:
Uses for Epsom Salt
- As a relaxing magnesium bath soak- Add at least 1 cup to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
- Splinter Removal– Soak in concentrated epsom salt water to pull out a splinter.
- Magnesium Foot Scrub– Make a homemade magnesium scrub (recipe here) for a boost of magnesium and super soft skin.
- Better Vegetables– Add a tablespoon of epsom salt to the soil below a tomato plant to boost growth.
- Facial Wash– Add a pinch to your usual face cleaner (or to your oil cleansing routine) for a skin exfoliating magnesium boost.
- Tile/Grout Cleaner– Mix equal parts of liquid dish soap and epsom salts and use to scrub tile and grout. Rinse well for a streak free shine.
- Body Aches– Add 2 cups to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes to help relieve muscle sprains and for a transdermal magnesium boost.
- Homemade Sea Salt Spray– Make your own sea salt spray to add texture and volume to hair- recipe here.
- Water House Plants– Help house plants grow by adding a couple tablespoons of epsom salt to the water when you water them.
- Volume Boosting Hair Mask– Combine equal parts of conditioner and epsom salt and leave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry for thicker hair.
- Foot Soak– For a concentrated magnesium boost, add 1 cup to a hot foot soak and soak for 20 minutes.
- Get rid of slugs– Have slugs in your garden or on your patio? Sprinkle epsom salt to deter them.
- Making Magnesium Lotion– Using magnesium flakes is a better option, but in a pinch, you can use epsom salt to make homemade magnesium oil (recipe here).
- Laxative– For occasional constipation, a teaspoon dissolved in water can help. Check with a doctor first.
- Beautiful Roses– Add a tablespoon a week to the soil around rose bushes before watering for faster growth.
- Soil Prep– Before planting, we add a few 5-pound bags to the soil in the garden and water in to help replenish soil magnesium levels.
- Headache relief– There is evidence that soaking in a soothing salt bath may help relieve headache.
- Smooth skin– Mix 1/2 cup epsom salt with 1/4 cup olive oil and scrub skin in the shower for healthy and smooth skin.
- Itchy Skin or Bug Bites– Dissolve a tablespoon in to 1/2 cup of water and cool. Spritz on itchy skin or apply a wet compress to help relieve itching.
- Minor Sunburn Relief– Use the same ratio in the itchy skin relief above and spritz on to minor sunburns to help soothe them.
- Help Kids Sleep Better– Add a cup to kids’ bath water before bed to help them sleep peacefully.
Where to Buy Epsom Salt?
I buy high quality epsom salt online, but you can probably find it in your local grocery or health food store.
How do you use epsom salt? Share your tips below!