Have you heard of Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate, a pure mineral compound that is a popular remedy for many ailments and dozens of uses for health, beauty, fitness, crafts and the garden. It has an appearance similar to table salt and is often dissolved in baths. While it looks similar to table salt, its taste is distinctly different.
Epsom Salt for the Garden
Getting rid of garden slugs is made easier because one of the Epsom salt gardening uses is to deter slugs and snails. Sprinkle Epsom salt generously across your garden.
Make your grass greener
Epsom salt, which adds needed magnesium and iron to your soil, may be the answer to your green lawn. Add two tablespoons to 4 Litres of water. Spray on your lawn with a KNAPSACK SPRAYER (AGPROM16) to make sure it soaks into the grass.
Bigger, better, and more produce
Studies have shown Epsom salt increases production of peppers, tomatoes and blooms. One teaspoon in 4 Litres of water sprayed on your plants with a KNAPSACK SPRAYER (AGPROM2) every 1-2 weeks, can create show stoppers.
Epsom Salt for the Home
Clean bathroom tiles
Epsom salt will get rid of that grungy look. Mix it in equal parts with liquid dish soap, then dab it onto the offending areas and start scrubbing. Epsom salts work with the detergent to clean and dissolve the grime.
Remove burnt food from pots and pans
Scrub pan with about 1/4 tablespoon of Epsom salt and some warm water and rinse. Viola!
Removes detergent build-up
Over time, laundry detergent and other contaminants may build up inside machines. Use Epsom salts to remove this unwanted gunk and keep your washer running more efficiently. Fill your empty washing machine with hot water, add a quart of clear vinegar and one cup of Epsom salts, and let the machine run for about a minute, then stop the cycle and let the solution soak for about an hour.
Frost your windows for Christmas
Mix 1 – 1/2 cups boiling water with 1 cup Epsom salt and 3 tablespoons of liquid dish soap (REVETMAX00). Apply the mixture to your windows with a sponge – for a realistic look, sweep the sponge in an arc at the bottom corners. When the mixture dries, the windows will look frosted.
Personal Uses for Epsom Salt
Epsom salt bath uses include skin care! To clean your face at night, mix a half teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.
As a hand wash
Mix equal parts Epsom salts and baby oil to create a moisturising hand cleanser. Store this mixture in bottles and use regularly to keep hands soft and clean.
Homemade skin mask
Puree 1 Egg white, 1/2 Teaspoon Pantothenic acid powder (Vitamin B5), 1 Teaspoon Aloe Vera Gel, 1 Teaspoon Epsom salt, 1 Ripe Tomato, chopped, and 2 drops Thyme oil. Apply to face for 15 minutes then rinse off. This is especially good for acne problems.
Soothe aches, remove odours and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as the water is warm. Rinse and dry.
Massage handfuls of Epsom salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse.
Remove excess oil from hair
Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from your hair. Add nine 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.
Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom salt. Warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse.
Remove styling product build-up
To remove build-up of hairspray or other styling product from your hair, mix one cup each of Epsom salts and lemon juice into a gallon of water. Cover and let it sit for 24 hours before using. Then simply pour over hair and leave it on for about 15 – 20 minutes. Follow up with a wash and condition as usual.
Soak sprains and bruises
Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes.
For arterial health
Epsom salts may help to improve circulation and prevent serious cardiovascular illness by decreasing inflammation and protecting the elasticity of arteries. Try soaking in an Epsom salt bath three to four times per week to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improving your cardiovascular health.
Soak in Epsom salt, it will draw out the splinter.
General stress relief
As the magnesium soaks into your body, it reverses the effects of stress on your body, replenishing magnesium levels, decreasing adrenaline, and producing serotonin. Make your bath salts by mixing 500g Epsom salt and 15-30 drops of essential oil (especially those that induce relaxation). Store in a glass jar and use three times a week.
Relieve gout pain and inflammation
2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin of hot water (as hot as you can stand). Soak for about 30 minutes.
Use on mosquito bites, bee stings and mild sunburn by soaking a cotton washcloth in a cold water Epsom salt solution (2 tablespoons per cup) for the affected area.
Mix approximately two tsp. of Epsom salts in 1 cup of warm water until it dissolves, then drink. Do not repeat this cleanse more than once per day, and always drink extra water! It can be used as an oral laxative to treat constipation, ease bowel movement and increase magnesium levels.
Make your own bath salt – Makes 1.5 cups
1 cup Epsom salt (REVET129)
½ cup Natural sea salt
20-30 drops Essential oils. (Try a combination of lavender, juniper, and rosemary)
(Optional) 2-3 tablespoons dried herbs (try dried rosemary leaves).
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
Add approximately ½ cup of bath salts to warm running bath water.
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