Epsom salt is a natural pure mineral compound that contains magnesium, sulfate, and oxygen. Magnesium is a critical mineral that our bodies need, and it has a ton of healthful benefits. Epsom salt naturally draws toxins from the body, it helps reduce inflammation and swelling and reduces muscle pains and body aches. In addition to being great for your body, there are also some effective household uses for Epsom salt.
Uses for Epsom Salt
Below is a great list of Epsom Salt uses for your body and home! If you’ve tried any of these yet, be sure and leave a comment to let us know how it worked for you. If you know of any other uses, be sure and comment with those as well. This list will be continually updated so if you are a lover of Epsom salt and it’s many practical uses, be sure and check back.
Household Uses for Epsom Salt
Treat your House Plants
Epsom salt isn’t just for people: your houseplants can benefit from it, too! Dissolve 2 tbsp of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and water your plants for an extra dose of minerals that they’ll love.
Grow Better Tomato and Pepper Plants
If your soil is low in magnesium, pour a tablespoon of Epsom salt in the hole before planting tomatoes or peppers to give them enough magnesium to flourish and thrive. You can also mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt per gallon of water for a foliar spray. Spray after the first blooms appear. Want to know how often to use Epsom Salt on tomatoes? Just keep an eye on your plants to see when they need a little pick me up, or spray on them about twice a month for a boost.
*Get more Frugal Gardening Tips here.
Clean Tile with Epsom Salt
The abrasiveness of Epsom salt combined with liquid dish detergent can help your tile shine. Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and scrub tile or grout until clean. Rinse with clean water.
*Find more Homemade Cleaners recipes here.
Personal Uses for Epsom Salt
Relaxing Bath for Achy Muscles
Draw a bath of warm water, add 2 cups of Epsom salt and soak for at least 20 minutes to alleviate sore, tired muscles. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil for additional relaxation benefits. Why it works: stress depletes magnesium levels in your body. When you soak in an Epsom salt bath, your body absorbs magnesium through the skin, which promotes the production of serotonin (and causes you to relax and feel good!). The magnesium also aids in a better night’s sleep and helps restore proper muscle and nerve function. Soak in Epsom salt bath 3 times a week for optimal benefits.
For mild cases of constipation, one of the uses for Epsom salt is that it can be taken internally as a laxative. Dissolve 1 tsp of Epsom salt in 8 oz of water and drink. It may be wise to consult your doctor before trying this method.
Using Epsom Salt to Remove a Splinter
If you have a splinter that you’re having a hard time removing, you can soak in an Epsom salt bath to increase the osmotic pressure of the skin, which will draw the splinter to the surface. If it is just a finger or toe, simply dissolve 2 tbsp of Epsom salt in a cup of water and soak the affected area.
Exfoliate your Face with Epsom Salt
For a natural exfoliant, add a little pinch of Epsom salt to your normal face wash, and gently rub your face with circular motions, and rinse. It will help bring out impurities and rid your face of dead skin.
Detoxing Epsom Salt for Feet
Combine 1/8 cup Epsom salt, 1/8 cup sea salt an 1/4 cup baking soda to a foot bath or sturdy container large enough for your feet. Pour in hot water and soak feet for 30 minutes to alleviate tired feet and draw toxins out of your body. The pores on the bottom of the feet are the largest pores in the body, which is why they are a great place to draw out toxins. For optimal benefits, soak feet once a week.
Add More Volume to Hair
Excessive oil in the hair is the main cause for flat hair. To naturally reduce the oil in your hair, add 1/2 cup Epsom salt to a bottle of shampoo. While hair is still dry, gently massage 1 tbsp of mixture into hair and rinse with cold water. Then pour apple cider vinegar onto hair and leave for 5 minutes, and rinse.
*Learn to Make Your Own Shampoo here.
To relieve sunburn pains and reduce healing time, soak in a warm bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt for at least 20 minutes. It will ease the pain and reduce the skin’s inflammation.
*Find more Natural Sunburn Relief here.
Treating Bee Stings and Other Bug Bites with Epsom Salt
Similar to a splinter, an Epsom salt water soak will help draw out a bee stinger if it is stuck in the skin. Epsom salt also helps with itchiness and inflammation associated with other bug bites. Soak affected skin in an Epsom salt solution for 20 minutes.
Soft Skin Epsom Salt Scrub
Mix 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/2 cup Epsom salt for a soft skin salt scrub. Rub into your skin while in the shower, rinse, and you will be left with soft, exfoliated skin.
*Get the recipe for a Sugar Scrub here.
What are your favorite uses for Epsom Salt? Have you ever tried any of the above uses for Epsom Salt before?
This article on Uses for Epsom Salt was originally posted on Little House Living in September 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.