Epsom Salt: 21 Surprising Uses & Benefits for Your Home

Uses for Epsom Salt

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

  1. As a relaxing magnesium bath soak- Add at least 1 cup to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Splinter Removal– Soak in concentrated epsom salt water to pull out a splinter.
  3. Magnesium Foot Scrub– Make a homemade magnesium scrub (recipe here) for a boost of magnesium and super soft skin.
  4. Better Vegetables– Add a tablespoon of epsom salt to the soil below a tomato plant to boost growth.
  5. Facial Wash– Add a pinch to your usual face cleaner (or to your oil cleansing routine) for a skin exfoliating magnesium boost.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Homemade Sea Salt Spray– Make your own sea salt spray to add texture and volume to hair- recipe here.
  9. Water House Plants– Help house plants grow by adding a couple tablespoons of epsom salt to the water when you water them.
  10. 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.
  11. Foot Soak– For a concentrated magnesium boost, add 1 cup to a hot foot soak and soak for 20 minutes.
  12. Get rid of slugs– Have slugs in your garden or on your patio? Sprinkle epsom salt to deter them.
  13. 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).
  14. Laxative– For occasional constipation, a teaspoon dissolved in water can help. Check with a doctor first.
  15. Beautiful Roses– Add a tablespoon a week to the soil around rose bushes before watering for faster growth.
  16. 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.
  17. Headache relief– There is evidence that soaking in a soothing salt bath may help relieve headache.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Minor Sunburn Relief– Use the same ratio in the itchy skin relief above and spritz on to minor sunburns to help soothe them.
  21. 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!

Epsom salt has dozens of uses and benefits, including a foot soak, body scrub, fertilizer, in house cleaning, improves sleep and more!

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  1. Another use is in your asparagus beds to help grow healthy asparagus!

    • If you have gout in your feet, soak them in a pan filled with epsom salt and warm water.

  2. One scoop per laundry load as fabric softener…can add a few drops of essential oils for a soft scent.

    • is this okay for sensitive skin?

      • we tried it and daughter tried it, but it made us itchy after it was put in the fabric softener cup.

    • How much is a scoop? A cup….less? Thanks for the great idea!!

    • I use 1-2 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt in the softener dispenser (or directly to the rinse water) depending on the load size. If you want fragrance, add 10-20 drops of essential oil (lavender or lavender/lemon- get creative) to 4 cups of salts and mix well to disperse oils. Store in an airtight container.

      • From painful experience, lavender and natural lavender oils and products are well-documented skin and bronchial irritants. May cause moderate to severe contact dermatitis and should be avoided for babies, children, and those with sensitive skin and asthmatic conditions.

        • I would love to read the documentation on this. I have used CPTG lavender essential oil in coconut oil on skin irritations on my son with great success. I also add it to the wool dryer balls I made, and no one in my family has had issues.

        • Does that apply to all candles, regardless of scent? I have COPD, primarily, emphysema. I have results from aroma-therapy and would hate to give up all candles.


      • wait, I’m confused…you place it right in the fabric softener dispenser dry? Or do you dissolve it before?
        Thanks!!! Ive been looking for a new and natural fabric softener!!

        • Vinegar works good. White distilled. It deodorizes amazingly and disinfects as well as softens clothes. I add 1/2 c to wash with detergent. I just like having everything extra clean. After camping my blankets smelled like bonfire so horribly so a few washes in vinegar and the smell came right out. (Sorry went off track a little).

    • Since this is a salt, will it corrode the washer?

      • its not salt its magnesium.

    • Can you dilute it with vinegar?

      • I use raw, unrefined organic apple cider vinegar in my soaking water…for my feet, face & body. I also spray it all over my body & face after taking a shower for a glowing and softer skin. And it’s also good for your dog’s skin problems like yeast infections ;o)))

  3. need to start using epsom salt more!

  4. Thank you for these!

  5. Is all epsom salt created equally? Like, is the kind from the drug store (cheap) the same stuff as the health food store variety (more expensive), as long as it says that the only ingredient is epsom salt?

    • For the most part yes 🙂 Both are safe and work great…

      • Where do you get food grade Epsom salt?

      • so I can use the CVS Epsom salt for my tomato plants?

        • Yes. three teaspoons of epsom salts around the stems of your roses work wonders! Every three weeks

      • Can I use epsom salt and ocm together for my night routine? and which should i use first, should i cleanse ith oil first then put an espom salt mask or vice versa?. Thank u and God bless!;)

      • I recently read that some Epsom salts are not natural and are made in a factory and are filled with lead, mercury and cadmium. Is this true? How do you know what brands are free of heavy metals?

        • Been buying Dr. Teal’s “Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution” for years. It’s made in the US and I enjoy the fragrances. Currently am using the Eucalyptus & Spearmint scent. Ingredients on the bag say Magnesium sulfate, eucalyptus leaf oil and spearmint leaf oil. Don’t consume it, but do soak my feet in it and also add 1/8 c to my laundry. Softens the water and the fragrance doesn’t overwhelm. So far hasn’t riled up my sensitive skin. Have found it in Dollar General (marketplace) and Walmart.

    • I don’t think there is a difference. I use to buy the more expensive one, but then I tried the cheaper one and personally find no difference…

    • I priced epsom salt at Walmart…. It was much cheaper in the larger bag in the laundry aisle than in the smaller bags in the pharmacy section. Best price was at Sam’s Club.

      • I use it to promote healthy skin and for healing the beginning of bed sores on disabled daughter. It works great for a number of things. We just put it in the bath water.

  6. i’ve used epsom salt to heal a staph infection on my foot following a mud run. it works great for clearing up skin infections so quickly! i also had to soak in epsom salt baths following a surgical draining of a cyst. so far i seem to find the most use for epsom salt in avoiding major infections. 🙂

    • How much epsom salt do I put in a cup of water, to soak an inflected thumb?

      • To find out how much Epsom salt to soak with, whether it is a finger or your whole body, first check the packaging on the salt. If you cannot figure out the answer from there, ask your pharmacist or your physician.

  7. Just a question, on # 13, what is better about magnesium flakes for making magnesium oil? I have wondered this for a while. Is magnesium chloride a more available form to the body than mag sulfate? I made mag oil with epsom salt a while back and it seems to work well. Was just wondering if one might get more benefit from the mag oil made from mag chloride flakes?

    • The chloride is more absorbable nut if it is working for you… go for it…

  8. I put essential oils in it for a great fabric softener!

  9. u may add here it is used in sensory deprivation chambers!

    • I’ve been 3 times to a sensory deprevation tank and love it!! It’s helped my daughter with her depression for one. Many benefits. Lots of videos on YouTube about them

  10. If you use it internally what does it taste like?

    • Awful and I don’t recommend it usually but it is a very effective natural laxative when needed…

      • It’s one of the only natural substances to help me when I have gut pain due to a gallbladder issue. For those who know this agony, epsom salts bring sweet (bitter!) relief.

        • Have you tried beets for your gallbladder? Look up gallbladder diet and you will see recipes for beet ‘treatments’ for gall symptoms. Removed my pain immediately and then healed my gallbladder. Best wishes!

        • I’ve had gallstones for over 50 years. Thanks for the info. You might also try tablespoon of fresh coffee grounds in approximately 1/3 cup lemon juice daily for 3 to 5 days. I add tsp of sugar just to get it down. I had them for almost 10 years, they had shown up 3 different times in x-rays. The first doctor to find them recommended a low fat diet, almost like a low or no carbohydrate diet, to control them.
          This was in the early 1960’s before Atkins etc. Worked pretty well, I’d have a pang or two, go low fat for a couple of weeks, it would go away. They were acting up one day, a friend noticed and told me to try the coffee/lemon juice. Took it 3 maybe five days in a row, I think twice a day that first time. It was over 40 years ago, LOL. Anyway, over the next couple of years, I’d get that little pain in my side now and then, take another dose or two of LJ/coffee, it would go away. Finely got a decent insurance plan again, and thought I’d just go ahead and have the surgery, told the Dr. about the past history (not about my little cure), they did an x-ray and looked at me like I was crazy. They were gone. Now, I had gone through 2 more pregnancies, and a surgery for another problem, like I said they had showed up three times, a whole layer of those little puppies in there.
          After that first year, there would be that little sharp pain in my side maybe once or twice a year usually after having ham. Gradually they have gotten further apart. Go low fat for a day or two, drink a cup of cure, past 15 or 20 years I have had very few of those little pains. Maybe every 2 or 3 years. At 73, I just don’t worry about them any more.
          You’re right about the pain. Worse than child birth if you ask me. Have a great day.

        • Tina, please get your gallbladder removed! I had those awful gut pains for a long time before going to the doctor – my gallbladder had shown up in a Catscan as normal, but an ultrasound showed it was terribly diseased. The operation was so simple, as was the recovery – no pain at all. And now I am a new person! You do not have to change your diet at all, which is what prevented me from getting the surgery for so long.

          Do it.

          • Glad your surgery worked, however my daughter has had more problems worse than before getting the gallbladder attacks. 3 years since her gb removal and she has gastric dumping ie she eats anything even a 4 ounce glass of juice or milk and has to run to the bathroom and poops bile. In the mornings she throws up bile. She cant go out to eat its embarassing for her to leave the table mid meal and come back 30 mins later…It’s been hell for her and she’s 23. I’m not getting mine out. I find lemon and water quell an attack and magnesium 500 mgs before bed.

          • Susu has awful advice Tina. please don’t listen to that nonsense and look into liver and gallbladder cleanses. for over 2000 years it has been known how to remove gallbladder stones through cleansing. since the days of the roman empire. Mainstream medicine ignores that and removes your vital organs taking years off your life. Do the cleanse, pass the gallbladder stones, and you will be in no more pain. Also you will still have the very important component of the bodies filtering system called the gallbladder.

      • Magnesium supplements have a side effect that may cause loose stools. If you have an issue with constipation, try adding a magnesium supplement of 400-500mg daily. This will help bring regularity as well as many other positive effects. Many people are deficient in Magnesium.
        FYI – alcohol depletes magnesium as well as B vitamins from the body

      • Milk of magnesia works just fine and you can get cherry flavored and it doesn’t taste bad at all. I’ve been using it for years to relieve constipation.

    • not too bad, but be carefull as it can have a laxative effect…

    • Someone asked what it tasted like. It tastes very much like it smells, awful.

      • If you’re mixing it to drink it and you have a strong taste you might be adding too much. The ratio is 1tsp:1c. I usually do a 1/2c hot water so it dilutes all the granules then I add the other 1/2c something cold and I don’t taste the epsom salt at all.

  11. Be careful when buying epsom salt. Alot of epsom salt out there are synthetic, they are manufactured in factory from neutralized Sulfuric Acid, which is very high in heavy metals and arsenic. The REAL epsom salt is naturally occurring mineral deposit in spring.

    Apparently alot of these Epsom Salt you buy from “Health” food store are synthetic factory manufactured one.

    Not all epsom salts are the same. There is synthetic one and there is the natural one. Alot of people working in these “Health” store don’t know the bloody difference!

    • How can you tell the difference when you go to buy it? Does it say on the package?

      • Once I bought epsom salt from ebay seller. The package says “Made in China”. So I got suspicious, then I emailed the seller if the salt is naturally mined or manufactured from factory. He didn’t even know what I was talking about. But he checked with his supplier. He then came back the next day and confirmed that it is manufactured one from factory. Go figure… is there anything “natural” coming out of China!?

        The scary part is… this Epsom salt manufacturer in China is one of the MAJOR world supplier of Epsom salt. Their epsom salt made their ways into “Health” stores around the world!

        I then found another seller in eBay that promised that her epsom salt is natural and free from heavy metals. So I bought from her ever since.

        So always ask your seller, chances are they’ll look at you with if you have two heads, but insist that they check with their supplier.

        Another good method is to buy “Food Grade” epsom salt. But your best bet is, NEVER buy anything you put into your body that coming out of CHINA. PERIOD!

        • Xenophobic much?

          You have as much (and perhaps more) to fear from beautifully packaged products made in or given the seal of approval from a Western nation as you do from anything made in China. Corporations value making a quick buck over consumer health and are willing to lie, cheat, bribe and litigate to protect their bottom line.

          And don’t forget the primary reason most tainted and inferior products in general make it into American markets so easily is because we constantly demand unreasonably low prices on everything (refusing to think about consequences until a crisis is too big to ignore) and the FDA and other regulatory bodies refuse to do their jobs properly.

          • Xenophobic? I am Chinese! I’ve lived in China long enough to know the kind of pollution and business practice chinese businesses engaged in. Chinese businesses would do ANYTHING to make a buck even poisoning baby formula for extra profits.

            The kind of poisons they put food products, even in baby foods! is truly scary. In western media you’ll be lucky to hear just 10% of the shenanigans happening in there. Chinese government kept a tight control of the media to make sure that international media don’t hear this.

            Do you know? that even Chinese people don’t buy baby formula in China, they travelled all the way to hong Kong and back JUST to buy baby formulas and other food items.

            Yes, all corporations cut corners for the sake of profits. But the difference is, in the west most of shenanigans are being done by the BIG corporations, small businesses are still quite decent! In China, companies big or small practice shady dealings. EVEN the small moms & pops businesses there, wouldn’t think twice to put poison in food if it means extra profits!

            You gotta leave your angelic western life and live in China to really understand.

          • why do people have to get so rude. If you don’t care for Bernard’s comment, IGNORE it, gosh.

          • @Fraser: Wow. PC police much? Sometimes it is better to stay silent so people won’t think you a fool, than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubts.

        • I buy Made in America products whenever possible. My Epsom Salts with Lavender come from Rite Aid stores. And I am NOT xenophobic…it’s just good business sense to keep our money here at home.

        • I just want to thank Bernard for the response and the thorough explanation stating credibility. It is true that, unless you live somewhere, and often, unless you work somewhere, you truly don’t have any idea how something is really produced.

    • Who told you Sulfuric acid is very high in heavy metals and arsenic? Source? From what I know about sulfuric acid it’s simply just H2SO4…no heavy metals…no arsenic. There is also no need to use either in the process of neutralization. Magnesium hydroxide is a cheap compound that would perfectly neutralize sulfuric acid to form epsom salt. I can see no reason that a company would use more expensive metals and arsenic when such an action would result in financial loss for them and potential harm to their customers.

  12. Orange and Lemon trees love the occasional Epsom Salts in the watering system.

  13. Make your own Bath Salts. Just mix together the following

    3/4 cup Epsom salts

    1/2 cup coarse sea salt

    1/4 cup baking soda

    8 drops essential oil

    food coloring

  14. Use it to relieve my pony from laminitis, putting in her food, clears her system in no time.

  15. I use Epsom salt to help for inflammation and irritation of broken skin… if you got a wound it cleans nicely… soak in hot water 20min and a cup of Epsom… ladies even for that slight irritation after intimacy. just sit in a bucket or bath with hot water, and a cup Epsom salt, 30min everyday till irritation clears. in the tub when you have pms cramps, it works wonders

  16. Caution using as a bath additive for more than 2 days in a row, can cause muscle weakness. I tried it as an experiment just to see if it was true and it was. Did it for 3 nights and could barely walk the next day without shaking. It causes electrolyte imbalance.

    • yes thats why you need to drink something like coconut water whilst doing it and after 😉

    • I’m confused by this, as magnesium IS an electrolyte. Could this be due to the water being too hot? I’ve read that with magnesium flakes, your bath water shouldn’t be hotter than 101-103 degrees, as only at lower temps can absorption happen; and warmer water actually causes skin to eliminate (sweating/detox effects) instead of absorbing the magnesium.

      • Your body needs a ratio of 2:1 calcium to magnesium. so too much mag depleted your body of calcium. I’m an RN. Just read up on them.

  17. I’ve used Epsom salts in dilute citrus juice to clear gallstone congestion in several clients. This was verified before and after by ultrasound.

    • I would like to know more about how you do this.

    • Can you please share how you did this?
      Many thanks!

  18. What a great discussion! I have been making my own bath salts with Epsom salts and essential oils. Now, I am wondering how great my epsom salts are. Need to do some checking!

  19. My husband gets a very sore lower back sometimes. I used to have him soak in an Epsom salts bath for this but now we live in a house with only a shower stall (no tub). Is there a way to get the same effect without being able to soak?

    • Mix equal parts of your epsom salts with hot water in a jam jar or other watertight container, and shake until dissolved. This is now magnesium “oil” that you can put on his lower back, or even the soles of the feet – I don’t think it matters where you put it, it’s the mag getting into your body that helps, I think. You can decant it into a spray bottle if you like. xx

      • Thanks! I’ll try that.

      • How long does this mixture keep, and how should it be stored?

    • I just bought some Epsom Salt Lotion by Morton, I also have just a shower, I massaged it into my calves and it really did have the benefits. It says w/ all natural Epsom Salt, so one can hope. I got it at Wal-Mart. I really hope this helps. I know you can MAKE the lotion, but for a quick fix for now, here you go!

  20. A lot of these were the same use stated over again.

  21. It is really good for toothaches, especially the kind of toothache that you feel your heartbeat in. I had a painful toothache one time and I placed some Epsom salt and warm water on my tooth and by the next day, the pain was gone and I found a bubble of puss sitting on the surface of my gum where the toothache took place. The Epsom salt pulled the inflammation and infection from my tooth. I eventually popped the bubble and then went and got the tooth extracted.

    • I know this is kind of late, but cloves work really well for tooth pain. My stepfather has awful teeth from a past addiction to crystal meth. When his teeth start hurting, I boil a whole clove for a few minutes, just until it starts to soften. Then you just take it out and bite it with whatever tooth is hurting. It relieves pain quickly, plus clove is known to be antibacterial and antiviral so it will help with infection as well.

  22. Have not tried this myself, but I’ve read that you can make your own non-freezing windshield washer fluid if you mix Epsom salt into water in your windshield washer bucket. I’ve also read that some people pour in methanol (Heet gas-line antifreeze in the red bottle) to the mixture. Again, I don’t know if it actually works or what it might do to your rubber window seals, hoses or paint. I would think the salt might coat the windshield, but since I’ve not tried it myself, I don’t know…
    Mixture is:
    1/2 cup Methanol (Heet gas line antifreeze, red bottle, not the yellow bottle)
    1/2 teaspoon powdered dish detergent, for cleaning
    1 cup Epsom salts
    1 gallon water (distilled is better but not mandatory)
    Mix well and then pour into your fluid reservoir. Old “summer” fluid will dilute this mixture, so you might want to remove it first before pouring your mixture in.
    With the steep rise in store bought washer fluid, this appears to be much much cheaper.

    • Or you could just use powdered cream of tarter from the baking section in any store along with a few drops of Dawn dish washing soap in your homemade windshield washing solution. The Cream of Tarter prevents ice formation.

  23. I taught my children how to take a cup of salts, a few drops of food coloring, drops of fragrant oils (such as lavender or eucalyptus) and mix together in a Ziploc bag. they would make several colors, layer in a clear jar (with lid) and call it “Rainbow Bath Salts” and have an inexpensive gift for grandmothers. (Later the boys made it for gifts to girlfriends.)

    • Great Idea

  24. An Oriental Medicine Doctor once told me that in hospitals around the world patients use a magnesium drip to lower high blood pressure. And on that note he had recommended magnesium mineral supplements to a family member.

    • Hospitals absolutely use magnesium to lower blood pressure. I had preeclampsia something terrible when I was pregnant in ’09. They immediately hooked me up to a magnesium drip to lower it. It made me super hot, but it did the trick and kept me out seizure territory until I could have my c-section a day and half later.

    • Some ERs will also put magnesium in IVs for asthmatics. It relaxes muscles and bronchial tubes and can shorten the stay.

  25. I have a dog who has a skin condition where he loses his fur and it creates a scrape looking wound that does not scab. It is also very itchy and his vet says that it is a skin allergy. Would epson salt work for this?

    • My dog had food allergies and was licked his paws and was very itchy. I had to find a dog food that didn’t have ingredients he was allergic to. Some of the ingredients that are most common that causes skin problems is corn and wheat. My dog was allergic to those, soy and rice.

  26. My Boxer has trouble with anal glands in warm weather. We sit her in tub with Epsom Salts and very warm water to soak and really seems to help.

  27. Thanks for this, it reminded me how good Epsom salt is. I used it in warm water foot baths for the elderly I cared for. They all loved it and I’m sure it was beneficial to them.

    • Folks, can anybody say with certainty whether it is safe to apply as a nasal spray? I dont want to keep using it until I know for sure, but when I did it helped me get rid of mucus and inflamation.

  28. I use it to make bath salts for gifts. A little essential oil about four drops and a little food coloring. Makes lovely gifts. Also use it for grass fertilizer.

  29. I rub it on my feet and torn ligament in my heel. No pain anymore, as well as the swelling in the heel has gone down.

  30. I like to add esential oils like Lavendar to use in the bath!

  31. Septic tanks are rendered useless by the stuff. Don’t let it down the drains.

    • You should be adding Bioclean or similar to you septic system. Soaps and oils run into it will get the “action” of the system off. Just add with warm water monthly. We’ve lived here 22 years. No problems.

      • I had a septic man tell me that once a month I should cook up a pot of beans and let it set on the stove a day or so and then put it down the toilet. He said it gave my septic system the bacteria needed to keep working as it was supposed to.

        • a monthly dose of rid x will also help your septic tank

  32. Restore a dead or weak car battery.

    Basically the acid in the battery cystalizes around the plates when the battery gets older slowing the acid flowing over the lead plates. The epsom salt breaks down these crystals allowing the acid to flow again.

    Just add one teaspoon per cell.

    Can even be done on maintenance free batteries.

    Just be careful and wear goggles in case you splash any acid.

  33. I just love you, Wellness Mama! You are a true source of inspiration, I’m reading all kinds of new and helpful things on your website, I just don’t know how you have the time to manage it all, being a mother, growing a garden, developing recipes, etc.

  34. I want to use epsomsalts in a gallbladder flush, but I didn’t know if the amount I would ingest would be safe for a nursing baby. By the end of two days you are supposed to take 4 tablespoons. what is your opinion?

    • I’ve used that amount twice now in a liver flush, I didn’t experience any problems, I’m not a doctor of course but no problems here and I got that info out of a book for doing a liver cleanse

    • I did a gallbladder flush which worked great. The epsom salt was used the last day to relax the bile ducts so the stones would go through easier. I did it the firs time I did the flush but have since skipped that step because I didn’t like the taste of the epsom sait. It didn’t change the outcome.

    • Wellness Mama is not a physician. She cannot diagnose, or state a prescribed amount, or whether or not something is safe. Pretty much anything that a nursing mother ingests will be in her milk and transfer to her baby. If someone has a question as to whether something is, “Safe” to take while nursing, should be speaking with their doctor, their doctor’s nurse, or a lactation specialist.

  35. I would like to know if an Epsom Salt bath (with baking soda for his eczema) is safe to add to a nightly bath for my 18 month old. I have been doing this for him for a couple of weeks, to relax him before bed, but want to be sure its safe. (I use about a 1/4 cup of each) in a big tub.
    I can’t seem to find much information on its effects on a toddler his age. Thanks in advance, BTW, I LOVE LOVE your site and reference it ALL THE TIME.

      • Is it necessary to rinse after using E.S. esp for children? Also, does it help with magnesium deficiency and since there’s probably not a test to say… how do we know when we’ve “upped” our magnesium “intake” whether internal or external via E.S.

    • There was a comment made earlier on about not using Epsom salts for more than 2 nights in a row because it can cause muscle weakness, or some other effect due to it causing an electrolyte imbalance.
      The 1/4cup sounds like a, “safe” enough amount, but this is something that you would want to speak to your physician or pharmacist about.

      • @Kris: “earlier comment…some other effect due to it causing an electrolyte imbalance.electrolyte”

        That was addressed as not being cause because magnesium is an electrolyte. Thought ‘weakness’ was more likely due to water being too hot, which can cause weakness and loss of electrolytes.

  36. Thanks so much for all these tips!! I didn’t know there were so many. I use Epsom salts and baking soda as a detox bath for illnesses. It removes toxins safely and efficiently from the body. Also great for removing radiation from the body (from cell phone and other electronic devices).

  37. The doctor said to use it to draw infection out

  38. I dilute epsom salt in water and put it on my face with a cotton ball. I then follow up with extra virgin coconut oil (lightly) for moisture. It has healed my acne and smoothed the lines on my face. My skin has now become soft and supple.

    • Hi, I just found this site. Quick question for Bren –
      How much Epsom Salt do you dilute and in how much water? I’ve tried this routine that you’ve mentioned, several times, and it doesn’t seem to be coming out right. Also, do you wash it off before putting on the coconut oil?

      Thanks so much!

  39. I recently used it to help clear up conjunctivitis, just using a couple tablespoons in warm water and cotton swabs to wipe eyes, new cotton swab each time, don’t double dip.

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  41. I have heard that if drill holes in a tree stump that you want to kill, fill holes up with epsom salts ,is this true?

  42. I used it byuting a ring around my palm tree that was turning brown. Turned back to green and looks much better.

  43. My husband and I, my mother, and all my siblings, put a pinch of Epsom Salts in our cup of tea every morning, as does my 96 year old relative who has been doing it for 70 years. Back then, eveyone did this as a matter of course, but it lost popularity when vitamin tablets became trendy. If I miss using it for a few days, my aching joints soon remind me! It has no taste this way, and provides the steady supply of magnesium your body needs with no laxative side effects.

    • Wow!! Loved this article and the responses equally!!!! Yours has inspired me maybe the most!! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

      • Glad I could help, Lisa. Try it, you can’t go wrong. Most of us also have a deficiency of sulphate, so this helps on two fronts 🙂

  44. My husband works for a company that installs septic tanks. He says that everyone should activate two tablespoons of yeast in warm water (about 110 F) once a month, then pour it down the drain. Keeps the bacteria working in the septic tank and prevents problems. I asked him about Epsom salts causing a problem and he said it doesn’t as long as the yeast is added monthly.

  45. Very interested in learning more helpful tip

  46. My Dad saved my life several times as a child by mixing epsom salts and a carrier like crisco or cold bacon grease and applied to blood poisoning site, ie usually a cut or puncture, I was a wild child!???? I almost died 3x because of this poisoning that developed on my backside(leg to buttock to back to neck) before my mom noticed it, or my coach. It could also be used w olive oil or perhaps vaseline for those too horrified to use the others. I have used it many times for splinters and other injuries, sore muscles, constipation/bloating, descaleing after a sunburn. Its wonderful and my grandparents used it in gardens and house plants alike.
    At 53 Ive’ never not had it on hand. If I’m not mistaken my grandma also used it in caning her pickles and veggies. I’ll have to look that up to confirm, but am pretty sure.
    Get some and keep it handy, I store mine in airtight glass jars to prevent moisture draw.

    • What do you mean by “descaleing” a sunburn? My youngest was with friends recently and got a severe sunburn. Blistered and peeled twice and is still pink… Is it too late to do this? And you add the e.s. to what in this situation and in what proportions? Thanks!

  47. I do not recommend using magnesium chloride for magnesium oils. Here’s why…

    Magnesium chloride interferes with other drugs you might be taking, including some thyroid replacement medications and certain antibiotics.

    Epsom salt may also be used to soften skin as an exfoliant, and some people use it in the garden to help their plants grow or to produce larger flowers. Additionally, magnesium sulfate, the chemical components of Epsom salt, is given intravenously to reduce the incidence of seizures among pregnant women with very high blood pressures.

    Magnesium chloride, when combined with other chemical elements, is used to create metal alloys, which may be found in tools, computer casings or mobile phones.

    Don’t know about you, but that last sentence scares the hell out of me because my children are autistic. Epsom Salt is good for them… magnesium chloride – absolutely not.

    Not only that, but magnesium chloride has approximately 12 percent magnesium available for absorption. Alternatively, magnesium sulfate, or that found in Epsom salt, contains only 10 percent magnesium available for absorption. Not much of a difference.

  48. Wouldn’t sea salt be a better alternative? Since lesson salt has lead in it.

  49. I got natural epson salts and I add some essential oils and some vitamin c powder which gets rid of some of the nasties in the water, its all about mind over matter. We live in a world where the air and water is contaminated but mother nature has few suprises, like the seas, seaweed to clean the oceans of pollution, and when there is an oil spill they go and spew chemicals into the sea to disperse the oil spill, this makes its worse.
    many thanks for your wonderfull website.

  50. My son in law insists that Epsom salts are Salt, says it is mined from the ocean, and did not believe me when I told him that it would be healthy for their toddler twins to soak in it occasionally, especially if they are sick (like with a cold). Any response? How can I convince him??

    • It’s not salt it’s magnesium! Just called salt. Late reply. Cheers.

  51. I use epsom salts once every two weeks for a complete bowel flush. Thanks for all the other uses for this.

  52. I have mild acne and it’s really red and ugly. I’ve been scared to use the epsom salt as a scrub because of something I read on the internet, but it seems really successful so I will try this and hope it works wonders like everyone says. I’ll be using it with the topical prescriptions the doctor gave me on my face. Tretonine (??) and something else I don’t remember.

    • Check some of these out. Hopefully it will help you out . If the link doesn’t work just google that
      natural remedies for acne

  53. I just made up of fabric softner crystals using epsom salts with lemon and lavender essential oils. Smells divine!
    My question though- I have hard water in my area and am now worried to use it in washing machine as have been reading write-ups that Epsom Salts make the water hard!
    Any thoughts on this please. Thanks

  54. I have used epson salt for baths and sore muscles, but going to try other suggestions. I am wondering if it could work on kids with nervous tics. The Dr. put my son on a medication to help with the tics and his reaction has been awful. I’ve been reading blogs from parents of children with tics and tourette’s syndrome and have found many natural methods to help. Magnesium deficiency is one cause so I have been weaning him off his prescription meds (with dr.’s consent) and giving him 500 mg of magnesium a day and after 2 weeks see a huge difference and he will only be on his meds 1 more week. I am going to use all the different suggestions because it sounds like it relaxes the body in so many ways and tics are also caused by stress and lack of sleep so hopefully the baths will help. I would love to help others going through the same thing because I know our case is probably minor, but pretty heart breaking when you feel helpless and meds only make symptoms worse.

    • tics= due to a vaccine toxin,yes the magnesium baths helps not only magnesium but a full detox called CEASE (www.CEASE-therapy.com )

    • Look into sensory deprevation tanks, they are filled with 10 inches of water and 1000 pds of Epsom salts medical grade. You float in them usually an hour to an hour and a half.the door to the tank that holds this can be left open. I’ve done it 6 times and it’s sooo relaxing. My daughter did it 3 times and it significantly improved her depression.


  55. Talk about a place who does anything to save a penny or make one : walmart takes the cake. Buying from overseas is one of their ways to do that. MADE IN USA definitely gets my vote 😀
    Anywho, what I intended to comment on was that I want to make some disposal cleansers throw-ins-ready-at-all-times which contain Epsom salts along with other ingredients the main one being used coffee grounds. Can’t figure out the purpose of the Epsom salts, but since they are called for I shall add them. They will have no contact with the human body (other than with the fingers when touched), so are not being used for making the body’s welfare. It certainly was difficult to not find an Epsom salt that wasn’t combined with lavender, chamomile, etc for the bath. So thank you, thank you, thank you for showing that Amazon has them pure. I might just buy a larger quantity than thought I would.
    Epsom salts can do many things other than in the bath tub and I have learned more on this page.
    Thank you!

  56. I sprinkle about a tablespoon around my tomato plants, prevents
    stems from being cut off with vine cutters.

  57. Weed & grass killer:

    1 gallon of pickling vinegar;
    2 cups of Epsom salt;
    1/4 cup blue Dawn dishwashing liquid.

    Much healthier than the store bought killers, and works FANTASTIC!

  58. I am a newbie to Epsom Salts, bought from Amazon for my tomato plants on recommendations on FB. Having read the comments here, I thought I’d get me foot spa going. Just finished a lovely half hour soak and massage using the Epsom and 10 drops of essential lavender oil – it’s 2.30 on a dreich Sunday and now I feel relaxed and ready for an afternoon siesta. 🙂

  59. I love your site!

  60. I have a jet bath at home and its wonderful but is it okay to do Epsom salt baths in it?

  61. I soak in 2 c. Epsom salts & 1/2 c. baking soda fairly often in a jacuzzi tub. It helps a ton with joint pain. Do any of you know why sometimes I have orange foamy bubbles on the surface of my bathwater when I haven’t used any soapy products which would produce suds?…and why orange?!

  62. I use it as a post-hike chigger scrub. I stand in the tub while the bath runs, scrub my skin with the epsom salt, and then soak in the epsom salt bath. And no chigger bites! Yay! It also helps to relieve sore muscles from the hike and relax for the night. I try to do this every time I hike now. So glad for epsom salt! 🙂

  63. Chuck on December 5, 2015 was wrong except for people taking 600mg or less. The body can only absorb 600 mg at a time so those of us who take more, myself included, would be loosing outonwhat we took. For me I take 600mg after breakfast in the AM and the other 600mg after dinner I the PM. If I took 1200mg in the AM, 600mg would leave my body thru urination. Talk about loosing money down the drain!

  64. I appreciate this list. I need to check with my daughter’s doctor for the constipation relief, That would be helpful.

  65. I had a terrible eye twitch for months and my step mum who is an acupuncturist told me i needed an epsom salt bath. After the bath i had no twitches. They had been driving me crazy. I also felt amazing.

  66. Are epsom salt baths safe for 2 and 5 year olds?

    • I give my kids epsom salt baths at that age, but if you are concerned, definitely ask your pediatrician to be sure.

      • Thank you! And thank you so much for your blog posts! You’ve really helped me with transitioning my family to a safer more natural home!

        • Just make sure the little ones don’t drink their bathwater, my 3 year old grandson drank a little of the bathwater and the Epsom salt gave him diarrhea (Epsom salt is a laxative).

  67. I’ve used Epsom salts for years. My “save my sanity” use is for poison ivy/sumac relief. 2 cups of epsom salts to warm bath water and soak at least 10-20 minutes 1 to 3 times a day. usually one bath works miracles for relief.

  68. Can Epsom salt be helpful in psoriasis.

    • Bridget
      I actually just finished up a bath with ES. I also have psoriasis and I am always looking for a goodremedy for the skin irritations. Although I know it starts with a leaky gut. Anyhoo, I have been researching Dr. Pagano’s natural alternatives for psoriasis; he and others mention the benefit of Epsom salt to reduce inflammation and irritation. This was my first time trying, so I guess it will be trial and error, just like all of the other psoriasis remedies. Will keep you posted as to if it works for me.

  69. Can I use Epsom salts as an alternative to chemicals in hot tub?

  70. i learned a lot from the comments that i’ve read about epsom salt.

  71. When my husband had a second foot surgery because of severe infection from the first surgery the doctor had me make a drawing salve from Epsom salt and witch hazel. Just make it into a paste and use it on the surgery site. It had to be left open to cure the infection so I would dress the wound twice a day and it cleared up. I don’t know if one could use something besides witch hazel but he asked me if I had some and I did.