Happy Monday, friends!! In our efforts to add more homesteading posts into our repertoire, we’re going to start out this week with a post on some of the uses of Epsom Salt. The Epsom Salt Council (who knew?) tells us that “Epsom salt is made up of naturally occurring minerals magnesium and sulfate”. For those of you not familiar with the health benefits of magnesium, or, rather, the dangers to our health of a lack of magnesium, they are many. A lack of magnesium is associated with:
-high blood pressure
-artery constriction and blood clot issues
-joint and muscle pain
In fact, our family takes Standard Process’ Calcium Lactate (no affiliate link) on a regular basis, because of the great calcium and magnesium qualities of the product. We first heard about Epsom Salt when we were learning about treating a specific ailment for our horse, but soon learned that Epsom Salt has many other benefits as well. Epsom Salt can be used to:
1. Cure a hoof abscess in a horse. Just soak the hoof in a bucket containing lukewarm water and a cup or two of Epsom Salt, or place a cup of Epsom Salt in a baby diaper and fasten it onto the horse hoof, securing it with horse bandaging wrap.
2. Relax you and ease those achy joints and muscles. Put 1 or 2 cups of Epsom Salt into a warm bath, and soak for at least twenty minutes.
3. As a grout cleaner: put equal amounts of dish soap and Epsom Salt in a bowl, use a rag or an old toothbrush to apply the mixture onto your grout, scrub until clean, and rinse thoroughly.
4. Help your garden grow. Sprinkling Epsom salt into your soil on occasion, before watering, can increase the magnesium levels in your soil and give your veggies a much-needed boost. Use it specifically for tomatoes.
5. As an all-natural fabric softener. Mix 1/4 c. Epsom Salts and 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil, and add it to your wash load when the water is full at the beginning of the wash cycle.
6. Help remove embedded splinters. Soak a washcloth in warm water and Epsom salts, making a compress to hold onto your splinter, helping to extract it from the skin.
7. As a foot scrub. Mix Epsom Salt with essential oils and a bit of water and rub vigorously on your feet to exfoliate those calluses away.
8. As a body exfoliator. Mix Epsom salt with coconut oil or your favorite essential oil and rub it on your body to exfoliate dead skin cells away, leaving your skin bright and beautiful.
9. Help house plants grow. Add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to your houseplants on occasion, before watering them, to give them a boost of good health.
10. Relieve constipation. Drinking 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt in 12 ounces of warm water can help relieve constipation. Make sure to check with your doctor first before ingesting Epsom Salt.
11. Fake frost for your windows. Mix Epsom Salt with stale beer and apply to your windows for a “fake frost” effect for winter décor.
12. Mosquito bite relief. Apply an Epsom Salt compress (see #6) to mosquito bites to relieve itching and prevent infection.
Epsom Salt is super cheap and can be found at most grocery and big box stores. We found our 4-lb. bag at Walmart for the low, low price of $2.68. I think I’m going to end my Monday with a nice Epsom Salt bath soak. 🙂
Did you know Epsom Salt had so many uses? What are your favorite ways to use Epsom Salt?