Epsom Salt: The Top 9 uses for Body, Health & Home
Anciently used as a natural remedy for a range of discomforts and dis-eases, Epsom salt has a host of other beneficial uses for your body and around the home.
In today's world, this gift of nature has been most popular for its therapeutic powers in being used as a bath soak to soothe and ease sore muscles but it doesn't end there!
What is Epsom Salt?
Despite its name, technically Epsom salts are not actually salt. The scientific name and elemental composition is actually Magnesium Sulfate.
Named after a saline spring in Epsom, England, this natural mineral compound is made up of minute, clear crystals that can easily be absorbed through the skin. And because your skin is the largest organ of absorption in your body, the rapid uptake of these minerals is the key reason why Epsom Salts can assist with a range of restorative functions in your body.
It's important to note that many people are deficient in magnesium, so using Epsom Salts in various ways on a regular basis, can not only restore magnesium imbalance, but deliver corresponding health benefits.
Learn more in Magnesium Deficiency: Symptoms, Causes & Remedies
Epsom Salt is non-toxic, making it safe to also use around the house and in the garden for a range of useful purposes.
Here are the top 9 recommended uses for Epsom Salts:
Easily dissolved in warm water, adding Epsom salt to a hot bath will help to relax your body as it soaks in transdermally (through your skin). The mineral molecules then go to work straight away to promote the production of serotonin and reduce the effects of the stress hormone, adrenaline, which helps your muscles to relax and your body to unwind.
- Pour 1 cup into a hot running bath, and soak the entire body for 20-30 minutes.
For fragrance and additional therapeutic benefits, add a few drops of pure Lavender Essential Oil or try our handcrafted Detox Bath Salts - where we've blended pure Epsom Salt, Celtic Sea Salt, flower petals and a variety of Pure Essential Oils.
Besides relaxation and remineralising the skin and body, these types of blends will help to draw out toxins and leave your skin feeling soft, rejuvenated and smelling great!
Learn more in The Health Benefits of Bath Salts & How to Make Your Own
2. Muscle Pain Relief
The concentration of magnesium in Epsom Salts not only relaxes the muscles, it also reduces tension, pain and inflammation in joints.
Additional uses to bathing include:
- Soaking tired and sore feet in a footbath with a half cup of Epsom Salt. You can also add a few drops of essential oils for added fragrance, anti-septic and aromatherapy benefits.
- For localised pain relief or cramping, soak a towel or cloth in a bucket of hot water mixed with half a cup of Epsom Salt then wrap it around the affected area. This is a great way to soothe injuries, sprains and bruises.
3. Skin Exfoliation
Similar to real, ‘nature-made' salt, Epsom Salt makes a great skin exfoliator!
- Rub a handful with half a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil into damp skin and massage in using circular motions to slough off dead skin cells, dislodge blackheads, cleanse and nourish the skin. Rinse off with warm water.
Learn more in Exfoliating For Healthy Skin
4. Nerve Function
When used as a 'soak', Magnesium Sulfate assists with several enzymatic roles in the body, helping to regulate cell functioning, facilitate calcium use, as well as the transmission of chemical signals throughout the nervous system.
5. Improved Circulation
Epsom salt can also help to improve blood circulation in your body and prevent cardiovascular dis-ease thanks to its ability to reduce inflammation and protect the elasticity of veins and arteries. As a result, the risk of blood clotting, the build-up of arterial plaque and heart disease can be reduced.
6. Blood Sugar Regulation
Both the mineral compounds of magnesium and sulfate contained in Epsom salt assist with the production of insulin in your body. In addition to absorbing it through your skin, you can also take it orally in small amounts which may help to regulate your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes, as well as the bonus of improving energy levels for physical and mental activities!
7. Hair Volumisation
If your hair is flat and lifeless, Epsom Salt can help…
- Mix equal parts natural hair conditioner and Epsom Salt in a pan and warm slightly. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
8. Household Cleaner
Most commercial household cleaners are full of harmful and toxic chemicals! You can make your own safe and effective version though to clean all around the house…
- For dirty pots and pans, the abrasive nature of Epsom salt will help you to get food off without scratching the surface. Just pour a small amount in with the dishwater and rub with a dishcloth or sponge.
- For tiles and bathroom surfaces, mix equal parts with a natural dish detergent. Apply it to the surface and let it soak in for a few minutes before scrubbing off dirt and grime. Rinse off any residues with water.
Epsom Salt can be used to not only help plants grow and improve fruit and vegetable yields but also keep away pests such as insects!
- To fertilise the soil, sprinkle Epsom Salt around your plants and then water it in with a hose or watering can
- To deter insects, mix 3 tablespoons of Epsom Salt with 1 litre of water and put into a spray bottle. Then spray the mixture evenly over the leaves and stems of the plants in your garden.
As you can see, this effective natural compound is so versatile and is a must for any health conscious individual or family to have in their home. Pick up some from your local health food store, or we make it available in our store here.