The Many Benefits of Epsom Salt

I’m pretty sure Marti just snorted when she read that title.  I fought her on Epsom Salt for weeks, possibly months, so for me to pop in and talk about how beneficial it is, is a bit ironic.

Ok, let’s wait for her to clean off her screen in case she was drinking something just then….

Ready Marti?;)

Ok then, let’s go….

We love Epsom salt and I use it at least every other day (but I’m fairly toxic so keep that in mind).  Ty uses it at least 3 times a week depending on sports and how he’s feeling.  I honestly don’t know how much Jason uses it but we give the little kids baths with it about once a week or so, more if we are seeing candida dieoff reactions or if they are sick or had exposure to toxins in the environment, food, etc.  I always know when Taryn needs one and things are building up for her and it always helps tone down her overactive senses.  I can feel it if I have gone more than 3 days without an Epsom salt bath, it has been a huge key in trying to detox.  We go through several gallons of it a week, I need to start buying it in bulk.  Oh, and it is good to know that our FSA covers Epsom salt!

Epsom Salt has the following benefits according to the epsomsaltcouncil.org:

Magnesium:

  • Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Help muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes:  studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes. Magnesium is also known to be critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
  • Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots:  Epsom salt is believed to improve heart health and help prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation, lowering blood pressure, protecting the elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots and reducing the risk of sudden heart attack deaths.
  • Makes insulin more effective:  proper magnesium and sulfate levels increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body, helping to lower the risk or severity of diabetes.
  • Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps:  an Epsom salt bath is known to ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma and migraine headaches. In addition, it has been known to heal cuts and reduce soreness from childbirth. Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort.
  • Improves oxygen use:  Epsom salt baths are great for asthmatics or those with respiratory issues.

Sulfates:

  • Flushes toxins:  The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances. Your skin is a highly porous membrane and adding the right minerals to your bathwater triggers a process called reverse osmosis, which actually pulls salt out of your body, and harmful toxins along with it. For a detoxifying bath, at least once weekly add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a bathtub and soak for 10 minutes.  Soaking longer than 10-20 minutes may result in your skin and body reabsorbing the toxins in the water.
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
  • Help prevent or ease migraine headaches

Outside of the health benefits, there are quite literally 101 uses for Epsom Salt.  Here are just a few:

  • Relieves constipation – Numerous studies have revealed that Epsom salt can be used to treat constipation. Taken internally, Epson salt acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing. The salt acts like a laxative by increasing water in the intestines and can bring about temporary relief from constipation. However, it is strictly warned that Epsom salts should not be used to relieve constipation without the consultation of a physician.
  • Athlete’s Foot – Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath to help relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot.
  • Remove splinters – Soak affected skin area in an Epsom salt bath to draw out the splinter.
  • Treat toenail fungus – Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a handful of Epsom salt three times a day.
  • Soothe sprains and bruises – Add 2 cups Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak to reduce the pain and swelling of sprains and bruises.
  • Ease discomfort of Gout – Ease the discomfort of gout and reduce inflammation by adding 2-3 teaspoons of Epsom salts into a basin and immersing the affected foot/joint. The water should be as hot as it is comfortable. Soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Exfoliate dead skin – In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath or olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Exfoliating face cleanser – To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into skin and rinse with cold water. (I personally love this one!)
  • Dislodge blackheads – Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine into a half cup of boiling water. Apply this mixture to the blackheads with a cotton ball.
  • Remove foot odor – Mix a half cup of Epsom salt in warm water and soak your feet for 10 minutes to remove bad odor, sooth achy feet, and soften rough skin.
  • Remove hairspray – Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt. Cover the mixture and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and leave on for 20 minutes before shampooing as normal.
  • Hair volumizer – Combine equal parts deep conditioner and Epsom salt and warm in a pan. Work the warm mixture through your hair and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Clean bathroom tiles – Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use as a scrub on bathroom tile.
  • Prevent slugs – Sprinkle Epsom salt on or near interior entry points to prevent slugs.
  • As a hand wash – Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.

I will be honest, I’m not sure about these next tips….I always thought salt was bad for/killed plants and grass.  Anyone know for sure??

  • Fertilize your houseplants – Most plants need nutrients like magnesium and sulfur to stay in good health and Epsom salt makes the primary nutrients in most plant foods (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) more effective. Sprinkle Epsom salt once weekly to help nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.
  • Keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle on your lawn to keep the grass healthy and green.
  • Insecticide spray – Use Epson salts on your lawn and in your garden to safely and naturally get rid of plant pests.

These tips and suggestions are a list we complied from quite a few websites, books, and research we’ve done.  We have tried many of them, but not all.  I hope you find this useful!

nicole - we do 3 cups epsom salt with 16oz hydrogen peroide and 1 box baking soda in a full hot bath…wonderful

Kelsey Hohensee - You will be happy to know that I just bought 2 big bags of epsom salt to soak in after reading this! I only hope the wine I bought with it adds to its benefits!!!

Lorena Mora - How cool is this Lyndsay! Thanks so much for this post, I love it. My husband once used epsom salt for toenail that was pulled out due to fungus. I remember him being so excited about his feet being so soft after that. But what I didn’t know was all the other benefits, like for migraines? I just let my coworker know as she suffers migraines, and I read your whole post to her out loud. I am going to try it on blackheads, and for baths on the kids. Thank you, thank you.

Marti - mmmmmmhhhhmmmmm…. so when are you going to post about the Sauna? ;) Ha! Nice post.

admin - @gina – we have a large garden tub and use about 1/2 to 1 cup per bath with water up to the belly button. The rest of us use much more, at least 4 cups per bath+. Epsom salt is safe for babies, just start with a small amount and work your way up. It is helpful for those with allergies as well and really helps to calm at the end of the day. If you want to know more about how much to use just google baby and epsom salt. The mothering.com forum is also super helpful and a wonderful resource for natural remedies. Search their forums for “baby epsom salt” and you’ll find tons of great info!

kim schmidt - Lyndsay I appreciate you reaching out to me awhile back about using Epsom salts for my migraines. Although I haven’t tried it yet, around that time I started looking into other triggers and have sense removed most from the home. And I’m proud to say that my migraines are becoming less frequent!!! Glad to finally see this post. :)

gina - Get out! I didn’t know about this. Can you do me a huge favor and answer two questions? One…how much should I use in my kids’ baths, and two…would it be okay to give my seven-month-old an Epsom salt bath? I am SUPER intrigued about this. Thanks!

Tara - Thanks for this post. I’ve never used Epsom Salts, but I’m excited to try it out!!

Kelly McMenamin - Wow…that is i amazing. Thank you so much for sharing all of your research…I am taking notes and making changes, as I am sure many others are too!

admin - @ Alis – yes, we use baking soda in the kids baths from time to time. Especially when they have eczema or a rash (which is often thanks to food allergies).

I should also add that we NEVER do epsom salt during an active period of demyelination. We don’t want to pull toxins out while his nerves are exposed.

tara - Great recommendation!

Linda - It’s been a long time since I tried espom salt, but will try it. I like your new banner.

Alis in Wnderlnd - I’s always heard to add equal parts baking soda and epsom salt to bath water for a detox bath. We have a huge tub, so I use 2 cups of each. Costco carries big bags of baking soda and my local pharmacy carries big bags of Epsom salt.

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