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33 Unusual Uses for Epsom Salt


Household Tips
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Epsom Salt, is that what's in my fragrant bath salts that I got for Christmas? Here I thought that it was just to make my bath water smell pretty. Why didn't anyone tell me that Epsom Salt has a lot of healing properties. If I had known this I would have used my Christmas present instead of just displaying it because it looked pretty. Thanks to my family I'm now informed with a huge list of household tips using Epsom Salt.


Household Tips

Health
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  1. Arthritis – to prevent joint tightening, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups Epsom Salt for at least 15 minutes. After drying off move the joints as much as possible.
  2. Bronchial Asthma – to ease tightness, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
  3. Bruises – to reduce swelling, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to warm bath and soak.
  4. Detox – to eliminate toxins, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt once a week for 10 minutes.
  5. Energy – to increase, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
  6. Episiotomy – to reduce soreness, apply a thick paste made with Epsom Salt and hot water to the area.
  7. Feet – to remove odors, soak feet in a large pan of warm water with a ½ cup of Epsom Salt. Rinse and dry.
  8. Feet – to soften, soak feet in a large pan of warm water with a 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt. Rinse and dry.
  9. Feet – to soothe, soak feet in a large pan of warm water with ½ cup of Epsom Salt. Rinse and dry.
  10. Inflammation – to relieve, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
  11. Migraines – to relieve pain, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
  12. Muscles – to relieve pain, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
  13. Sleep – for a better nights sleep, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt before going to bed.
  14. Splinters – to remove, soak in Epsom salt to draw out the splinter
  15. Sprains – to reduce swelling, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak.
  16. Stress – to relieve, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of dissolved Epsom Salt.
  17. Sunburn – for relief, spritz skin with a mixture of 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt and 1 cup cool water.
Beauty
  1. Face – to clean, mix ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt with cleanser. Massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
  2. Face Mask (normal to oily) – to make your own, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, ¼ cup non-fat dry milk, 1 lemon (juiced), ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt.
  3. Face Mask (normal to dry) – to make your own, mix ¼ cup grated carrot, 1 ½ teaspoons of mayonnaise and ½ teaspoon of Epsom Salt.
  4. Hair – to remove hairspray build-up, mix together 1 cup Epsom Salt, 1 cup lemon juice and 1 gallon of water. Allow the mixture to sit overnight, than pour the mixture on your dry hair. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then shampoo.
  5. Hair – to remove oil, add 1/4 cup Epsom Salt to 1/4 cup shampoo and massage mixture to dry hair. Rinse with apple cider vinegar. Leave on your hair for 5-10 minutes and then rinse.
  6. Hair – to add texture, mix together 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons Epsom Salt, ½ teaspoon conditioner. Spray on the roots of dry hair and scrunch.
  7. Hair – to add volume, heat ¼ cup conditioner and ¼ cup Epsom Salt in a sauce pan. Massage the warm mixture to your hair. Let the mixture sit on your hair for 15-20 minutes then rinse.
  8. Skin – to exfoliate, massage Epsom salt over wet skin.
  9. Skin – to moisturize, soak in a hot bath with 2 cups Epsom Salt and ½ cup olive oil for at least 15 minutes. Do not use soap.
  10. Skin – to relieve itchiness, spritz skin with a mixture of 1 tablespoon Epsom Salt and 1 cup cool water.
Cleaning
  1. Grout Cleaner – to make your own, mix equal parts Epsom Salt and dish soap. Scrub the grout and rinse clean.
Outdoors
  1. House Plants – to boost growth, dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt in a ½ gallon of water. Use the mixture to water your plants.
  2. Tomatoes – to boost growth, add a tablespoon of Epsom Salt to the soil.
  3. Roses – to boost growth, add 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salt to the soil weekly.
  4. Slugs – to banish, sprinkle the area with Epsom Salt.
  5. Soil – to restore magnesium levels, add Epsom Salt to the soil.
Isn't this an incredible list of uses for Epsom Salt?  So many household tips! I think while the kids are at school, I'm going to go test some of these uses and finally use my Christmas gift. 

** If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980's and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please contact me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6"x9") black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.

8 comments:

  1. This is a very impressive list, Robin ! My granny used to have boxes of this stuff, so I know quite a few of the above uses and they all work :-) Now, to try the rest of the list !

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  2. Kind of scary that you can us it for grout cleaning! LOL Love this list and thanks for putting it all together. I really need to take more baths! I really do enjoy using the salts.

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  3. I myself use Epsom Salts ALL the time! I soak in them nightly...part of my refreshing ritual :)

    Thanks so much for sharing about the other uses...didn't realize there were so many.

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  4. I love to soak in Epsom salts! I always add a little baking soda with essential oils to it.

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  5. I need a box right now! I was given some pretty homemade bath salts for Christmas and I used them all up. Every last grain! Can't wait to try it to clean my white grout.

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  6. Oh I need to try this when Arthur(ritis) comes to visit. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  7. I knew Epsom Salts were good for the bathwater, but I did not know they had so many wonderful uses - love it! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  8. Wow...increase energy and reduce stress! I've got to get me some! Thanks for sharing this at Think Tank Thursday. I've featured these today at saving4six(dot)com.

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