Epsom salts, a natural mineral (magnesium sulfate), has been used for years as a safe and effective means for many ailments. Epsom salts are great for external problems like sprains, aches, boils, sore feet and ingrown toenails. If you don’t have any stored, you may want to purchase a box or twenty. At 88 cents per 2 lb box at Walmart, why not? It has a shelf life of several years (as long as it doesn’t come into contact with moisture), and few things are as multipurpose as these salts are. Here are a few ways you can use them.
Bathing in Epsom salts helps restore magnesium levels. A deficiency in magnesium can cause sleep problems, achiness, and feelings of fatigue. Magnesium is needed to help your muscles and nerves function properly. To make a bath with Epsom salts, add two cups of salts to a tub of comfortably warm water. Soak for 15-20 minutes. If a bath is inconvenient, you can soak a cloth in an Epsom salt solution and wrap it around the sore or swollen joint. Keep it on for 30 minutes.
Soaking in Epsom salts and warm water can help relieve sore feet and painful joints. Bonus: they also neutralize odor for those stinky feet. The salts reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
Bumps, scrapes, bruises and insect bites can benefit from Epsom salts. Add 1/3 cup of salts to a pan of ice water. Soak a cloth in the water and apply it to the affected area.
Epsom salt is a safe laxative; it increases the amount of water in the intestines to stimulate bowel movement. These salts don’t cause cramps like many laxatives, yet work fast. To make a laxative, add two teaspoons (or up to six teaspoons) to an 8 ounce glass of water, dissolve the salts and drink. You can add lemon juice to improve the taste without reducing its effectiveness.
Help release splinters by soaking the affected area in warm water and Epsom salts. This will also help speed healing time.
Magnesium sulfate is good for plants. Sprinkling some into your soil helps your plans absorb and utilize nutrients like potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous more effectively. These salts deter slugs and are effective as a fertilizer.
Disclaimer: The above information is intended solely for informational purposes and should not be used to diagnose or treat any disease. Seek your doctor’s advice before using Epsom salts, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or kidney problems.