Epsom salt isn’t really salt. It’s actually a compound of sulfate and magnesium, which is a naturally occurring mineral. It’s a known treatment for many ailments. But did you know Epsom Salt can also be used in beauty treatments, around the house and in gardening? The best part is, it’s natural! Below are some of the great ways it can be used for health and beauty treatments.
10 Uses for Epsom Salt
1.) Add more volume to your hair by mixing the same amount of Epsom salt and deep conditioner. Warm it in a pan. Apply to your hair and leave it in for about 20 minutes then thoroughly rinse out. The Epsom salt being added to your conditioner helps strip your hair of excess oil. The excess oil can weigh your hair down and leaves it looking flat. You can repeat this weekly.
2.) Were you out in the sun to long and ended up with a mild sun burn? Well, try getting a spray bottle and mixing one cup of water with two tablespoons of Epsom salt. Spray on the burn to help diminish the irritation.
3.) Splinter removal. Splinters are painful and can be tricky to get out from under the skin especially with kids. Soaking in Epsom salt will draw the splinter out easily.
4.) Relaxation. When you soak in Epsom salt it is absorbed though your skin and it replenishes the magnesium levels in your body. Magnesium helps your body produce serotonin, which is a chemical in your brain that creates the feeling of relaxation and calm.
5.) If you suffer from dry lips your going to love this. Mix a teaspoon of Vaseline with few tablespoons of salt. Apply to your lips and gently rub it in. This will help remove the dry/ dead skin and will leave your lips healthier and looking fuller.
6.) If your having trouble sleeping try soaking in a warm bath with Epson salt before bed. Epsom salt helps relax your muscles and sooth your skin which can help you relax and sleep better.
7.) One of the most well known uses for Epsom salt is for the feet. It helps increase circulation and reduce swelling. This makes it a great treatment for many foot issues. Just a 15 to 20 minute soak in warm water with Epsom salt can help improve joint pain, foot and toe fungus, swollen feet and foot odor.
8.) If you’re like a magnet for mosquitoes then this one is for those days you forget your bug spray! Soak a washcloth (made from cotton) in cold water with Epsom salt. Use about 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt per cup of water. Then apply the washcloth to the bite. This also helps with poison ivy and bee stings.
9.) Want to add a little boost to your regular facial cleaner? Just add a half a teaspoon of Epsom salt to your cleansing cream. Massage it into your skin and rinse off with cold water.
10.) Mix a little Epsom salt with baby oil for a great exfoliating hand wash.
Please feel free to share what other beauty/health uses do you have for Epsom salt in the comments below.