Epsom salt may seem like an unlikely go-to home remedy, however, the more I learn about it, the more I want to keep it around—in my kitchen, bathroom and even my garden shed.
My first experience with Epsom salt was as a kid was when I sprained
my ankle. My mom made me soak my foot in a warm bucket of water with the
salt mixed in. She said it would reduce the swelling and help with
mobility. Sure enough, it made my sore ankle feel much better, and I
continued the ritual twice a day until my ankle was fully healed.
I now know why this healing mixture was so effective. Epsom salt is
actually not salt at all, but rather a mineral compound that is made
from magnesium and sulfate. Both of these compounds are readily absorbed
by the skin, which means they are accessible to the over 300 enzymes
that are regulated by magnesium. This helps alleviate hardening of the
arteries and improves muscle and nerve function.
In addition to working overtime to reduce inflammation, here are 4 other ways I have found to put Epsom salt to work for me:
I am an avid gardener, so any natural way I can make my harvest more
plentiful is exciting to me. Recently, I found that Epsom salt makes a
wonderful fertilizer, not only for grass but also for potted plants and
veggies. I simply sprinkle a little salt around the base of each plant
once a week and water, and my plants look amazing. To make your grass
greener, mix one cup of salt for every gallon of water and use a sprayer
to cover your lawn. Repeat this once every two weeks throughout the
Dry Lip Conditioner
Living out west, my lips take a beating. To keep them looking and
feeling their best, try a homemade Epsom salt lip exfoliator. Mix equal
amounts of organic coconut oil
and Epsom salts together. Spread over your lips and rub gently in a
circular motion. Rinse with water and apply a thin layer of coconut oil
when finished. Not only will this help to remove dry skin, but it will
also protect your lips from damage caused by sun and wind.
After a recent trip to sunny Florida, I found that Epsom salt came in
very handy to soothe sore, sunburned skin. Simply mix 1 cup of salt in
warm bath water and soak for about 15 minutes. Not only does the salt
help reduce inflammation, but it also gently exfoliates skin and reduces
It is undoubtable that someone in my family has an up-close and
personal encounter every year with poison ivy. Epsom salt is a great way
to reduce the swelling and itch of this irritating condition and is
also wonderful for mosquito bites and bee stings. Mix 2 tablespoons of
salt with 1 cup of warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and
hold on the affected area to remove pain, burning and itching.
Not only is Epsom salt a great alternative to a number of
chemical-based products, but it is also inexpensive—that makes it extra
great to me. Now, go out and get some and let us know what you use it