You may or may not know that Epsom Salt is actually not salt at all. It is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt has been used for many, many years to relieve stress, flush toxins from the body, reduce inflammation, and ease pain. It is also an ingredient in many aromatherapy formulas. This versatile product has dozens of health-promoting uses. We have included 5 of our favorite ways to use epsom salts.
1. Body Scrubs
Body scrubs are a great way to use epsom salts. They exfoliate and help replenish magnesium levels in the skin. Our recipe for Lemon Rosemary Body Scrub has a wonderful scent and will help you feel great after a shower.
2. Laundry Scent Enhancer
Are you looking for a way to enhance the scent of your laundry without all the toxic chemicals? Epsom salts mixed with essential oils is a safe alternative to a store-bought scent enhancer. The Epsom Salts absorb the scent of the essential oils. When added to to your regular laundry cycle, the lovely scent is distributed onto your linens, towels, and clothing.
3. Bath Salts
Flush heavy metals and toxins from your body with a relaxing epsom salt bath. The sulfates in epsom salt help pull the harmful substances from your body and relieve muscle tension. A 20-minute epsom salt bath once a week is a healthy practice. Following are a couple of ideas to get you started with your epsom salt bath routine.
- Try this mixture in your bath: 1/2 cup (110 g) baking soda, 1 cup (240 g) epsom salts, and 2–3 drops of lavender essential oil. Add them to an extremely warm or hot bath under running water.
- When you are down to a few drops in your essential oil bottle, remove the cap and orifice reducer, and place them and the bottle in a jar of epsom salt. After a couple days, the Epsom Salts will absorb the oil. Not only will you get the benefits of the epsom salt in your bath, but you will also benefit from the scent of your favorite essential oil.
- Try adding heavy cream to your epsom salt bath for silky smooth skin. Our recipe for Romantic Cream Bath Salts is a delightful way to incorporate epsom salts into your bath.
4. Plant Growth Booster
Studies have shown that adding Epsom Salts to your plants helps them grow healthier and stronger and keeps bugs at bay. Try mixing 1 Tbsp. (15 g) epsom salt into the soil surrounding your plants, or add 1 Tbsp. (15 g) of it to a gallon of water, and use the mixture about once a month to water your plants for great results.
5. Hair Care
To decrease oily hair, add 2 Tbsp. (30 g) of Epsom Salt to your regular shampoo, and wash as normal.
To add volume to your hair, add 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt to a cup of conditioner. Warm it over the stove in a small pan, and stir to combine. Wash your hair as normal; then add the warmed conditioning mixture, and leave it on your hair for 20 minutes. Rinse it out thoroughly.
We hope this post has been useful to you! Be sure to comment and let us know how you have used epsom salts to promote a healthy lifestyle.