I picked up some Epsom Salts a few weeks ago to try out a trick I heard about, and it got me thinking… what else is this household staple good for? Well, I’ll tell ya!
1)Add some to the bath for a relaxing soak for soar muscles. I think this is probably the most common use.
2)On itchy skin or for bug bites: Dissolve a tablespoon of epsom salt in 1/2 cup of water, let it cool, and then spritz it on itchy skin or soak a cloth in it to make a soothing compress.
3)In the garden: Adding a few bags to the soil before planting can help replenish the magnesium levels in the soil, which have been depleted due to over-farming.
4)Adding a tablespoon of epsom salt to the ground around a rose bush before watering each week is also supposed to help them grow faster and stronger. (If only Chris hadn’t run over my rose bush with the lawn mower!)
5)While you’re at it, add some to the ground below your tomato plants too!
6)Help to remove a splinter: Make a strong epsom salt solution in a cup of water and soak the splinter to make it easier to take out.
7)Tile and grout cleaner: Mix liquid soap with epsom salts and use it to scrub your tiles and grout, rinse off for a sparkly shine!
8)For sunburn: Dissolve a tablespoon of epsom salt in 1/2 cup of water and spray it on the sunburned skin to help it feel better. You can also make a compress with a cloth.
9)Epsom Salts are a good source of Magnesium, which is crucial in 100’s of the basic functions of the human body and it can be absorbed through the skin! So that relaxing bath really is as good for you as you hope it is!
And this is the one I wanted to test out, in this post-baby time of my life.
10)Soaking for about 20 minutes in a bath with 2 cups of epsom salt in it is supposed to help you look slimmer! It supposedly works by helping your body let go of extra water weight that’s hanging on in all the wrong places. My results? I have to say, it really did seem to work! I definitely felt like I looked fitter and significantly less “jiggly”. So if you’re feeling a bit off in any way, a nice epsom salt soak could be just the thing!
I haven’t had the chance to try all of these tricks yet, but it looks like Summer is a great time to start epsom salting, and I’m definitely feeling pretty good about that purchase of a basic bag of epsom salts!
Do you have a different use for epsom salts that you think we all need to know about?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.