Epsom salts: The all-rounder Remedy
Epsom salts are not actually a salt, but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
Read on to find out why this versatile product is valued in health, wellness and beauty, as well as, in the home and garden.
Health and wellness
- The magnesium is absorbed through your skin, therefore the #1 use is in the bath tub or as foot soak. Add 2 cups of epsom salts to a warm bath and soak for 15 minutes for any of the following:
- Great in winter to sooth coughs and congestion – use at first sign of a cold.
- Relax the nerves and erase stress from the day for a good night’s sleep.
- Relieve tension headaches.
- Aid healing of cuts, scrapes and wounds.
- Ease muscle ache from strain or overuse; soothe sprains and bruises.
- Draw out infection or help remove splinters. Use a local soak if easier i.e. soak a cut on your hand in a small bowl
For your Beauty
- Use as a natural face cleanser.
- Exfoliate your skin.
- Adds volume to your hair.
In your home
- Indoor and outdoor plants thrive from the minerals – bath water is ideal for reusing here, alternatively sprinkle around the plant.
- Wash pots and pans – Pour a small amount of Epsom salts into those really-dirty dishes before you scrub them. The abrasive texture of the salt crystals will help to remove stuck-on food.
- Removes Detergent Build-up - Over time, laundry detergent and other contaminants may build up inside machines. Use Epsom salts to remove the build-up in your washing machine. Simply fill your empty washing machine with hot water, add a quart of clear vinegar and one cup of Epsom salts, let the machine agitate for about a minute, then stop the cycle and let the solution soak for about an hour.
In the garden
- Fertilise your plants – sprinkle around your vegetables for increased nutrient absorption.
- Add to the soil when planting to Improve seed germination.
- Sprinkle around plants and bushes to green up foliage – magnesium is used to produce chlorophyll.
- Sprinkle in the vegetable garden to deter garden pests and prevent slugs.
- Grow tastier tomatoes and avoid rot. Sprinkle around the stem fortnightly as tomatoes require a higher mineral requirement.
- Have the best roses on the street – sprinkle around bushes in early spring and when in full bloom.