19 ways to use EPSOM SALTS
What are Epsom Salts?
Epsom salt is an INORGANIC COMPOUND. Meaning, it does not contain both hydrogen and carbon.
It is made up of Magnesium, Sulfur, Oxygen and Water molecules.
Chemically, Epsom Salts are the HYDRATED version of Magnesium Sulfate.
Basic Magnesium Sulfate (MgSO4) will gain seven water molecules to form epsomite or magnesium sulfate heptahydrate, commonly known as EPSOM SALTS.
Here are the chemical structures:
Epsom Salts were discovered in the early 17th century in an English Town where epsomite bubbled up in water from an underground spring.
Once Epsom Salts (and its benefits) was discovered, it started being used in the pharmaceutical, beauty and agriculture industries for its variety of uses!
What happens when you dissolve Epsom Salts?
When epsom salts are dissolved, magnesium and sulfate ions are released into the solution.
What are the general benefits of Epsom Salts?
- Boosts Magnesium Levels
- Eliminates Toxins
- Reduce Pain and Inflammation
- Reduces Stress and Promotes Sleep
- Relieves Constipation
- Increased Exercise Performance and Recovery Time
Magnesium ions are good.. right?
Magnesium is 1 of 7 essential Macronutrients.. so Yes! Magnesium is ESSENTIAL to our human health.
Here are some benefits of Magnesium (with links to real studies):
Optimal Magnesium intake is associated with greater bone density, improved bone crystal formation, and a lowered risk of osteoporosis in women after menopause.
Anyone who is intaking calcium should also intake magnesium to ensure it is properly metabolized. Without magnesium, calcium rates will be higher. To much calcium will increase the risk of arterial calcification, cardiovascular disease, and kidney stones!
Magnesium also play an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates and glucose. Several Studies have shown a correlation between increased magnesium rates and decreased diabetes rates!
Further evidence is needed before magnesium can be routinely used for glycemic control in patients with diabetes.
Magnesium is necessary to maintain the health of muscles, including the heart, for the transmission of electrical signals in the body. Correct Magnesium intake is associated with lower risk of atherosclerosis (fatty build up), hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary artery calcification (hardening of arteries), and more.
Studies have shown that preventive treatment with oral magnesium and acute headache treatment with intravenous magnesium may be effective, particularly in certain subsets of patients. Studies have shows that magnesium treatments can be effective. This is one you should talk to your doctor about!
In combination with vitamin B6, Magnesium can dramatically decrease the symptoms of PMS including depression, emotional unsuitability, loss of concentration, nervous tension, irritability, breast pain/tenderness, bloating, cramping, nausea, back pain, headache, greasy skin, etc.
Our gut helps us regulate our mood and mental state. Magnesium deficiency alters behavior because it alters the gut bacteria.
Magnesium deficiency is common. Why?
1. Depleted Soil
The problem begins with out soil. Changes in farming practices over the last century have left our soils depleted of critical nutrients, including Magnesium. Our ancestors could consume much more magnesium and nutrients from their freshly grown plant-based foods than we have access to in our foods today.
2. Standard American Diet
Typical Western diet includes tons of sugar-laden, acidic foods (fried, processed and artificially flavored) that leach minerals like magnesium from our bodies.
It takes approximately 54 for molecules of magnesium to process just ONE molecule of sugar, and most americans consume over 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. It is clear where are Magnesium is going.
Medication has the potential to deplete or completely block magnesium absorption into the body. Examples of these medications include: antacids, acid blockers, antibiotics, diuretics, steroids, hormone replacers, and more.
Because magnesium helps metabolize calcium, calcium will have an effect on your magnesium levels too. The recommended ratio of Calcium to Magnesium is 1:1, however, most Americans are at 10:1.
What can I do with Epsom Salts?
Epsom Salt Bath
Take an Epson Salt Bath 2-3x per week to see better results over time!
Recipe 1: Simple Epsom Salt Bath
-2 Cups of Epsom Salts
Add 2 cups of Epsom Salts to a warm bath.
Soak for 12-20 minutes.
This will soothe and soften skin, reduce pain and inflammation, boost magnesium levels, eliminate toxins, reduce stress and increase exercise performance/injury recovery time!
If you have health concerns like diabetes, pregnancy, etc. keep the temperature below 100 degrees F
Recipe 2: Total Detox Bath
-1 Cup Epsom Salt
-1/4 Cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
-1/4 Cup Baking Soda
-1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
-10 Drops of Essential Oil ( I recommend Lavender, Lemongrass or Rosemary for a detox bath)
Combine Epsom Slat, Sea Salt and Baking Soda into a warm bath. Add Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential Oils at the end.
Soak for 12- 20 minutes.
This bath is seriously detoxing!! The baking soda in this recipe will make you SWEAT while the salts will help draw out toxins as you absorb magnesium and sulfate ions to become revitalized.
Recipe 3: Calming Bath
-1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
-1 Cup Oats
-4-6 Tablespoons of Honey
-8 drops of Essential Oil ( I recommend Lavender, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, or German Chamomile!)
You have two options on this recipe. You can leave your oats whole, but there will be after-bath cleanup... and whole oats will be going down your tub drain.
The better idea is to use a blender, or food processor, to grind the oats to a fine powder. Then add your Honey (a little at a time!) to the blender. Once you hit this crumbled up stage with the oats and honey add in the Epsom salt and quickly pulse or turn on again for just a few seconds to mix everything together.
Soak for 12-30 minutes!
This skin soothing/softening recipe is sure to leave you feeling fresh and revamped.
Recipe 4: pH Balancer Bath
- 1 Cup Epsom Salts
-1 to 2 Cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
Soak for 12-20 minutes!
This may not smell the best, but this APV water will correct the pH of your skin. This recipe is EXTREMELY beneficial to anyone dealing with yeast infections, dandruff, eczema, or other sensitive skin issues.
Recipe 5: Aches and Pains Bath
-1 Cup Epsom Salts
-6 Tea Bags (You can do pretty much anything but I recommend Chamomile, green or peppermint!)
-8 to 10 drops essential oil (I recommend peppermint, deep blue, copaiba, or lavender)
This bath will help you get back on your feet. Whatever you're feeling, you're sure to feel better afterwards!
Epsom Salt Foot Soak
Use a large bowl, container to soak your feet in! Soak your feet at least twice a week to detox and allow for decompression. You put your feet through a lot, give them a good soak!
Recipe 1: Basic Foot Soak
-1/2 Cup of Epsom Salts
Soak for 20 minutes!
This should soothe achey muscles, absorb magnesium, and help you rest!
Recipe 2: Foot Detox Soak
-1/2 Cup of Epsom Salts
-3 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
-1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
-2-3 drops of Tea Tree (substitute 1 drop for oregano if you have any infection or fungal concern)
Soak for 15-20 minutes!
Use this detox recipe to SERIOUSLY clean up your feet!
Recipe 3: Achey Foot Soak
-1/2 cup of Epsom Salt
-4 drops of Essential Oil (I recommend peppermint, deep blue, copaiba or lavender)
-2 green tea bags
Soak for 20-30 minutes!
Use this when your feet just can't take another day!
Epsom Salt Hair Cleanser & Volumizer
Areas like the scalp, with many hair follicles may be able to absorb magnesium better. Your hair and scalp definitely benefits from this. It also adds DEFINITION and VOLUME to your hair!
For Oily Hair:
Use in your shampoo every other time. Use two tablespoons per 16oz of shampoo. Better results will show if you do it twice. The first shampoo first to remove hair product, build up, etc, then the second will allow you to absorb more magnesium, increasing your benefits.
Make sure to apply to hair and scalp throughly and evenly - especially in the oiliest areas.
For Dry Brittle Hair:
Avoid putting the salts in your shampoo... mix with your conditioner instead! Use equal parts salt to conditioner, then let it sit 20 minutes!
Epsom Salt Exfoliator
It exfoliates, softens and moisturizes. Im in love!
-1/2 teaspoon Epsom Salts
-Couple Pumps of your facial cleaner
Gently exfoliate your face to reveal new beautiful skin!
-1 Part Carrier Oil (I recommend jojoba or sweet almond oil)
-4 Parts Epsom Salt
-Essential Oil of Choice (drops depend on total amount. I would do 8-10 drops per cup of epsom salts. Lavender is a great Choice!)
You can make as needed or make in advance and store in a air tight jar! Use on your whole body!
-1 tsp Epsom Salts
-1 tsp Honey
-Warm wash Cloth
Mix honey and Epsom Salts together thoroughly. Apply on lips in circular motion. Let sit 2-3 minutes. Gently wipe away.
Epsom Salt Laxative
To treat constipation with Epsom salt, follow dosage guidelines.
Babies- Children 6 years
Do Not Use Epsom Salts, talk to your doctor instead for safe alternatives. Epsom salts can have a drastic result on their tiny little body.
Children 6-11 years
Dissolve 1 to 2 level teaspoons of Epsom salt in 8 ounces of water and drink immediately.
Adults & Children 12+
Dissolve 2 to 4 level teaspoons of Epsom salt in 8 ounces of water and drink the mixture immediately.
Consuming Epsom salt increases the amount of water in your intestines, which softens your stool and makes it easier to pass.
If you find the taste is hard to tolerate, try adding fresh lemon juice.
Epsom salt usually produces a bowel movement within 30 minutes to six hours.
After four hours, the dose can be repeated if you don’t get results. But taking more than two doses of Epsom salt daily isn’t recommended.
Don’t use it for more than one week without consulting your doctor, and contact your doctor if you don’t have a bowel movement after two doses.
Using Epsom salt externally might also relieve constipation. Soaking in it may help relax your gut and soften your stool as you absorb magnesium through your skin. This may help produce a bowel movement.
Talk to your doctor before using Epsom salt if you have:
- kidney disease
- a magnesium-restricted diet
- severe stomach pain
- a sudden change in your bowel habits lasting two weeks or more
Epsom Salt Fertilizer
Epsom Salts help improve flower blooming, and enhances a plants green color. It can even help the plant grow bushier.
Plants like Roses, tomatoes and peppers require a lot of magnesium in the soil.
Epsom salts works best on soils that are...
- Slightly deficient in magnesium
- Alkaline (show high pH) as in western areas
- Old, "weathered," and acidic (with low pH) soils of the Southeast and Pacific Northwest
- High in calcium and potassium (western soils)
Before you try Epsom salts, test the soil to determine its magnesium content. Don't rely on Epsom salts to correct large soil magnesium deficiencies, but rather use it as a supplement to soils with adequate or slightly low magnesium levels.
Incorporate Epsom slat into the soil at time of planting and also use as a liquid when watering every 2 to 3 weeks on a regular basis.
Use 1 cup per 100 square foot, mix well into soil before planting.
At Planting Time
When planting seedlings or new plants, dig a hole and place about 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in the bottom of hole and cover with a thin layer of dirt, place the plant in the hole and finish planting.
Prior to planting, soak root balls in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt diluted in one gallon of water.
During the growing season, sprinkle about a 1 tablespoon directly around the base of the plant and water it in.
Applying in Liquid Form or Drenching
Drenching plants with Epsom salt improves the overall health of the plant by providing a good dose of magnesium. If your plants are needing a boost, dissolve about one to two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water. Pour at the base of the plant and allow the water-salt solution to soak into the ground. Repeat throughout the season as necessary.
Slug/ Raccoon Repellant
Raccoons HATEN the smell, and slugs will become injured from the abrasive salt. They will dry out and die.
Sprinkle Epsom Salts in/around your garden. Sprinkle around your garbage cans and anything that you want to keep the critters out of! You have to reapply when it rains, but an easy nontoxic solution!