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Health, Beauty, and Household Benefits of Epsom Salt

Updated on April 27, 2016
Epsom salt dissolves easily in water and is perfect for soaking into a bath.
Epsom salt dissolves easily in water and is perfect for soaking into a bath. | Source

Why Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt is hailed as one of the most beneficial and multi-functional products out on the market, and there is good reasons why it lives up to the hype. The benefits of Epsom salt begin with magnesium which is a very profuse element in your cells, right after oxygen and carbon. Magnesium helps the body to eliminate many destructive toxins and other free radicals, as well as soothing the nervous system , reducing swelling, easing migraines, and greatly preventing arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries (a very bad thing). Magnesium sulfate, which is Epsom salt, is easily absorbed through the skin and is easily one of the most beneficial salts to use due to its numerous health and beauty benefits.

The Benefits Of Epsom Salt

List Of The Benefits Of Epsom Salt

There are many ways to reap the benefits of Epsom salt. The National Academy of Sciences says that a deficiency in magnesium helps to account for the high rates of heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, stroke, joint pain and a numerous other disorders. First, here is a list of benefits that the magnesium and sulfate in Epsom salt provides:

  • Formation of digestive proteins
  • Detoxify body of environmental pollutants
  • The magnesium in Epsom salt reduces irregular heartbeats and prevent hardening of arteries
  • Ease muscle pain and aches (dissolve a cup into a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes)
  • Maintains proper calcium levels in blood (Magnesium and calcium go hand in hand)
  • Helps to bind serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical that stimulates relaxation and well-being, within the brain.
  • Sulfate in Epsom salt helps to improve oxygen use and absorption of nutrients.
  • The sulfate in Epsom salt prevents and eases migraines.
  • Reduces inflammations and reduces pain.
  • Epsom salt eases menstrual pain
  • Helps to get rid of dead skin cells
  • Moisturizes and softens rough skin
  • Regulates many enzymes in the body
  • Encourages formation of ATP (energy)
  • Magnesium helps to lower the effect of adrenaline
  • Epsom salt helps improve concentration
  • Eases the severity of diabetes by making insulin more effective

Remove Splinters

Dissolve ¼ cup of Epsom salt for every gallon of water and place the affected area into the Epsom salt water. It will gradually pull the splinter out as the surrounding area swells with water. You can do this with just plain water, but the Epsom salt helps to soothe and prevent a bruise and an infection.

Epsom salt as a face mask and exfoliator
Epsom salt as a face mask and exfoliator | Source

Facial Exfoliator

Mix some Epsom salt (crush it into small sugar grain pieces) with some honey, olive oil, vaseline, or your daily moisturizer or other facial cleanser. Scrub your face gently for 1 minute then rinse well. For the full benefits of Epsom salt in this way, make sure to use at least twice a week.

Luxurious Skin Mask

In a small cup mix together some finely grated carrot, 1 egg, a tablespoon of milk, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt. Spread the mix onto your face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off.

Epsom salt helps control oily skin
Epsom salt helps control oily skin | Source

Great For Oily Skin

If you have oily hair, then Epsom salt will provide a great solution. Add 10 tablespoons of Epsom salt to your normal shampoo bottle. Or if you want a single use, add just 1 teaspoon to the shampoo in your palm and was you hair as normal. It is important that you give the shampoo and Epsom salt a chance to penetrate into the hair and soak up the oil, so leave it on for a few minutes before you rinse it off.

Tile Cleaner

Yes, Epsom salt can be used to clean your floor tiles! Just mix it in with some water and dish soap then use a mop to wipe the floors with the liquid.


Root Lifter (Hair Volumizer)

We know that oil is the ultimate reason for flat hair. Since Epsom salt can absorb oil very well, it’s great to use as a hair volumizer. There are 2 ways to use Epsom salt this way. You can dissolve 2/3 cup of Epsom salt for every gallon and then pour it into a spray bottle and mist it onto your roots and the rest of your hair and comb through your hair with your hands. If you don’t prefer this way, you can combine the Epsom salt with your regular conditioner and wash your hair with it, then rinse well. Although you can use either way, I recommend the first method because it’s faster and you can carry a small spray bottle with your everywhere when you feel like you need an Epsom salt volume boost.

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Epsom salt in bath water
Epsom salt in bath water | Source

How Do We Get The Benefits Of Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt easily dissolves in water and so you can reap the benefits simply by taking a bath with Epsom salt dissolved in the water. The general rule is to add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bathtub and soak for a good 15 minutes. This is recommended 2-3 times per week to fully feel the benefits of Epsom salt.

But the benefits of Epsom salt do not stop with various health remedies. There are many other practical uses of Epsom salt for your body.

A Warning About Epsom Salt

Where prompt relief is not obtained or where there is evidence of infection, discontinue use and consult physician. Hot or warm soaks should not be used by individuals with diabetes except on advice of physician.


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    • AvineshP profile image

      Avinesh Prahladi 4 years ago from Chandigarh

      It gives you relief from pain & muscle cramps, assists in making insulin more effective, helps in the elimination of the body's toxins, brings relief from constipation and relaxes the human body.

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      Cherrietgee 5 years ago from Illinois

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE epsom salt!!!! Any time I hear someone talk about aching body parts, I always suggest epsom salt. However, I have only every used it for a soak. I had no clue there were other uses. I'm going to have to put some of those to the test.

      Thanks so much for this hub.

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      Chankeylong 5 years ago from Banana Republic

      Thanks for the info! I did a hub about epsom salt too about a week ago, but after reading yours I suppose there are some things I did cover in mine. So I'm thinking about creating one more hub about it :)

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 6 years ago from Southern California

      I wasn't feeling well while on vacation (I was 13) in Florida. My aunt gave me a glass of Epsom Salt and Milk of Magnesia. Needless to say my colon was squeaky clean afterwards! I thought she was trying to kill me!!! But I have used it through the years for soaks. Now I have a lot more uses. Thanks!

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      Laura Writes 6 years ago

      Glad you found this useful Sandy!

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      sandy 6 years ago

      Whoa! I need a box of this stuff. Thanks!!!