Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has numerous health benefits as well as many beauty related uses.
Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the amazing health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches. Here are 25 amazing uses for Epsom salt.
1. Acne Remedy
Epsom salt has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties making it a fantastic home remedy for acne. Make a mixture of Epsom salt and water, and allow it to seep into your skin.
2. Remove Hairspray
You can use Epsom salt for removing hairspay. Mix one gallon of water, one cup of lemon juice, and one cup of Epsom salt. Then cover the mixture and let it set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture onto your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.
3. Pump up the Volume of Your Hair
Add equal parts Epsom salt, to equal parts of your favorite conditioner, work the mixture into your hair, and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. The treatment will get rid of excessive oils, which can leave hair looking flat and greasy. Repeating the treatment once a week is suggested.
4. Ease Discomfort of Gout
Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
5. De-flake Lips
Cold weather and even just repeatedly licking your lips year-round can leave you with a parched, flakey pucker. For smoother, healthier-looking lips, mix a few tablespoons of Epsom salt with a teaspoon of petroleum jelly, gently massage the mixture onto your lips, and then wipe off.
6. Remove Excess Oil from Your Hair
Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from your hair. Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.
7. Facial Scrub
This is one of the favorite uses for Epsom salt. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt with your favorite cleanser; massage into skin using small circles to give your pores a deep-cleaning. Rinse your face with cool water, pat dry. This is one of the most refreshing Epsom salt uses.
8. Homemade Skin Mask
Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix one tablespoon of cognac, one egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of one lemon, and 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt. For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt.
9. General Stress Relief
Nothing draws out stress like bath salts. As the magnesium soaks into your body it reverses the effects of stress on your body, replenishing magnesium levels, decreasing adrenaline, and producing serotonin.
10. Ease Mosquito Bites
Epsom salt can ease the symptoms of mosquito bites. Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup of water), then gently apply to the bite area. This is yet another one of the favorite Epsom salt uses.
11. Quick Bruise Treatment
Use a warm compress with Epsom salt to fade the appearance of bruises. They won’t vanish like magic, but they won’t be as large, or as painful. Use a solution of 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt per cup of water for best effect.
12. Soften Dry and Cracked Feet
Soak your feet in hot water with Epsom salts (about 1/2 cup per gallon of water) for 20-30 minutes. Then scrub with a loofah or pumice stone to remove dry skin and reveal soft feet.
13. Soothe Itchy and Sunburned Skin
Dissolve Epsom salt in water to make a cool compress or spritzer for irritated skin. You can keep a bottle of Epsom salt and water solution around the house for bug bites, sunburn, and other irritations, so you’ll always be ready.
14. Splinter Remedy
After you’ve managed to remove a minor splinter, relieve the swelling and irritation with an Epsom salt compress. Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water. Then soak a cotton washcloth in the solution, and apply to the affected area.
15. Get Beach Waves
Want that luscious, wavy beach hair? Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water and spritz all over your hair. Scrunch and fluff to get those wavy locks (if you have really straight hair, braid your hair and leave it for an hour, then take out the braids and scrunch your hair for soft waves).
16. Better Sleep
Epsom salts relaxes the body and helps you sleep better. Take hot baths with Epsom salts in the evening, an hour before sleep. It helps increase the level of magnesium in the body.
Magnesium deficiency brings fatigue, stress, heart disease and joint pain. So, fill the tub with warm water and mix it with a cup of Epsom salts and a cup of baking soda and just relax.
17. Exfoliate Dead Skin
In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Then rinse thoroughly.
18. Remove Foot Odor
Keep your feet in warm water with Epsom salts to get rid of odor, pain or heavy legs feeling. Do it for 15-20 minutes as it improves blood circulation, reduce inflammation and soften skin.
19. Smooth Rough Skin
You don’t need to shell out for an expensive body scrub when you can create your own budget version at home: Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with your favorite body wash. Gently massage the mixture over any rough patches, such as elbows, knees, and feet, for smoother skin.
20. Ease Sore Muscles
Had a tough day? Add one cup of Epsom salts to your bath and all your worries will melt away. While relaxing, the Epsom salts restore the magnesium and sulfate in your system, which helps soothe sore muscles, soften skin, and calm the body.
21. Bee Sting Remedy
Battle minor swelling from bee stings by using an anti-inflammatory Epsom salt compress. Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water and soak a cotton washcloth in the solution. Apply to the affected area. If you have severe swelling or trouble breathing following a bee sting, seek emergency medical attention.
22. Common Cold Remedy
Did you know that Epsom salt baths can speed healing by detoxifying your body and increasing your white blood cell count? Try an Epsom salt bath the next time you feel those first symptoms of a cold.
23. Ice Plunge
Athletes have long used ice baths after workouts to decrease inflammation. For an effective cold-water plunge, add Epsom salt. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties can help keep muscles healthy after you’ve been working hard at the gym.
24. Toenail Fungus Remedy
This is also one of the amazing uses for Epsom salt. Soak your feet three times a day in warm water with a handful of Epsom salts dissolved into it. This will help you get rid of toenail fungus.
You can detoxify your body by adding 2 cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath and soak for 10 minutes. The sulfates in Epsom salts help flush toxins and heavy metals from your body through reverse osmosis, which pulls the salt out of your body, along with all those nasty toxins.