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17 Amazing Epsom Salt Health Remedies

Updated on August 31, 2010
Magnesium Sulfate ~ Epsom Salt
Magnesium Sulfate ~ Epsom Salt

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a very important element that helps regulate the human body. Here are 17 amazing ways it can be to keep you in good health.

Epsom salt flushes toxins out of the body, improves nutrient absorption during digestion, helps build the proteins that your joints and brain tissue are made up of, and also helps avoid and/or relieve migraine headaches.


Use as a conditioner to add shine and volume your hair:

Mix 50% Epsom salt with 50% of deep conditioner in a saucepan, and heat slightly.  When the mixture is at a good temperature apply and massage into your hair.  Leave this on for 20 minutes then rinse off.

Use as an oil removing shampoo:

Mix 9 Tablespoons of Epsom salt with 1/2 cup of shampoo for oily hair.  With dry hair massage one tablespoon of the shampoo mixture into your scalp, and then rinse off with cold water.  After rinsing pour lemon juice or apple cider vinegar through your hair, and leave this on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out.

Use as a gentle hairspray remover: 

In a large container add 1 gallon of water, 1 cup Epsom salt, and 1 cup of lemon juice. Mix thoroughly and cover the container.  Let the mixture sit for 24 hours prior to using.  When you are ready to use it wet your hair with the mixture and keep on for 20 minutes, and shampoo normally afterwards.


Use as a moisturizing hand wash:

Mix equal parts of Epsom salt and baby oil clean & soften your hands effectively.

Use as a skin exfoliator:

Wet your skin in the shower then rub handfuls of Epsom salt onto your skin. It is best to start at your feet and work your way up towards your face. Take a bath to rinse off.

Get rid of blackheads:

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt in 1/2 cup of boiled water, and add 3 drops iodine. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to your blackheads three times.

Make your own skin mask:

For dry to normal skin, mix 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of grated carrot, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise. Apply this mixture to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salt with 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, and juice from 1 lemon.

Enhance your nightly face wash:

Combine 1/2 teaspoon of Epsom salt with your normal facial cleaner. Massage into your skin then rinse off with cold water.

Relieve itchy insect bites:

Dissolve equal parts of Epsom salt with water and use as a compress on your bug bites.

Eliminate foot odor:

Soak your feet in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and warm water for 10 minutes.

Get rid of toenail fungus and athletes foot:

Soak your toes in hot water and a hand full of Epsom salt three times each day.

Soften rough skin on your feet:

Soak your feet in 1/2 cup of Epsom salt and warm water until the water is cold.


Baking soda is also very effective to use as a skin treatment.

General Health

Eliminate toxins from the body through your skin:

Soak in a hot bath with two cups of Epsom salt for at least 10 minutes each week.

Relieve stress:

Soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt. For further relaxation add a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil.

Soothe achy muscles:

Soaking in a hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts will reduce any swelling from sprains and bruises.

Remove a splinter:

Soak skin in Epsom salt and water until the splinter is drawn out.

Relieve constipation:

Adult dosage (12 years old and over): Mix 2 – 6 teaspoons of Epsom salt with 1 cup of water. Drink once or divide into dosages. Lemon juice may be added to improve the taste.

Child dosage (6 – 12 years old): Use 1 – 2 teaspoons Epsom salt with 1 cup of water.


The information given in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.


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      Violet Flores 7 years ago from Kentucky

      Hi dkeira, No you can't use Epsom Salt for cooking, it is not the same chemical compound as table salt. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, and table salt is sodium chloride.

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      dkeira 7 years ago from Pampanga, Philippines

      I would like to know if this Epsom Salt is can be used also for cooking?

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      Violet Flores 7 years ago from Kentucky

      Thanks for sharing this info Michelle :)

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      Michelle marion 7 years ago

      and it gets rid of your Restless Leg Syndrome for the night