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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