10 Uses for Epsom Salt You May Not Know

After a long day of gardening I enjoy soaking in a hot tub with Epsom salt but here are 10 uses for Epsom salt you may not know.

  • Before you plant your garden put one cup of Epsom salt per 100 feet of garden in a spreader and spread it over the soil. Then simply mix it in with a tiller or cultivator. Your garden will produce bountifully.
  • Too late this year to mix the Epsom salt into the soil? No problem. Just mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt into a gallon of water and spray it on your tomato and pepper plants. It will also help your flowers! Treat your plants every 1 or 2 weeks and you’ll have bigger fruit and lots more of them!
  • If you have a slug problem in your garden just sprinkle some Epsom salt around. Slugs can’t stand the stuff. That’s the end of your slug problem!
  • Your garden is thriving but your lawn isn’t? Just mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a gallon of water. Use a sprayer to spread it over the lawn and make sure it soaks in. Treat the grass every 2 weeks. The Epsom salt adds magnesium and iron to the soil which grass needs. They say the grass is greener on the other side and, with this treatment you can be the other side!
  • Sprinkle Epsom salt around the outside of your garden and around your trash cans to deter raccoons. They hate the smell and will leave both your garbage and your garden alone!
  • Itchy Skin or Bug Bites- Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of water and cool. Spritz on itchy skin or apply a wet compress to help relieve itching.
  • Mix 4 cups of Epsom salt and 20 drops of essential oil to make your own fabric softener crystals. Use 1/4 cup per load and add at beginning of wash.
  • Everyone wants full looking hair and Epsom salt can help! Combine equal parts of conditioner and Epsom salt and leave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry for thicker hair.
  • Making Magnesium Lotion- Using magnesium flakes is a better option, but in a pinch, you can use Epsom salt to make homemade magnesium oil
  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • A glass spray bottle (plastic will work too)
  • Instructions
  • Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
  • Add the Epsom salt in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  • Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.
  • How to Use Magnesium Oil
  • Spray on arms, legs, and stomach daily. You may feel tingling on the skin the first few times it is used. Not to worry. This is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you too much.
  • Leave on the skin or wash off after 20-30 minutes. You can try it after a shower then, after about 5 minutes apply coconut oil.
  • Reduce the appearance of bruises by making a cold compress with Epsom salts and water can help you to reduce the appearance of bruises.  Use two tablespoons and apply the compress to the bruised skin.




Author: Elizabeth

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma (known as Bam) who loves cooking, baking, gardening, and all things that go into making a cozy coop for my brood. I have a disability so you may pick up tips on how to do things when some things just don't work right!

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