Epsom salt, do your really know what all it can do for you?
Even though the name suggests otherwise, Chemically, Epsom salt is hydrated magnesium sulfate.
In our home Epsom Salt is used for so much that it almost made my 10 list, it came so close to making the top 10 list that it is probably 10 & 1/2. We use it for lots of DIY ideas like Skin issues, Skin care, Soaking bath for pain etc, Deodorant, Laundry & even for roses & in the Garden.
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Because you do your research & dig deep to find the truth & research both sides of everything, at some point in everyone’s natural journey & researching you will hit that Duh moment time & time again, Duh moments like: What vinegar & baking soda can clean my whole house & my body? Really shampoo & body care items are impairing my immune system with their toxic ingredients? Etc (insert your personal Duh Moment here). You learn that health is not just vitamins, but the types of vitamins, what you eat, what you use on your body & in your house, that it is all one big package.
And at some point in that journey you realize your body needs magnesium & that most are magnesium deficient, & then you learn the best way to get your magnesium is to absorb it, enter Epsom Salt (& diet, I never like to ignore diet).
An estimated 75% of Americans have daily magnesium intakes less than recommended.
Foods that may help promote best-absorbed magnesium include:
- Fructose and complex carbohydrates
- Protein, with the exception of unfermented soy products
- Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, such as raw/virgin coconut oil & palm oil
- Fermented foods or soluble fibers, such as fiber from fruits and vegetables
Foods that hinder magnesium absorption include:
- Non-fermentable or insoluble fiber, such as whole grain, bran and seeds
- Foods high in phytates, such as whole flours and grains, bran, the hulls of seeds and nuts, and un-sprouted beans and soy
- Foods high in oxalates, such as spinach, leafy greens, nuts, tea, coffee and cacao
How can Epsom Salt help in Magnesium absorption?
Studies have shown that magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, so an Epsom salt bath does not just feel great it can be great for your health too. So a soaking bath can relax you & give you pain relief while giving you other much needed health benefits while you absorb magnesium.
Magnesium can greatly ease migraines headaches so another benefit of soaking in epsom salt is it can help prevent & stop headaches.
Rather you like a relaxing epsom salt bath or a foot soak simply adding epsom salt a part of your daily routine can add health benefits. Add 2 cups Epsom Salt to a warm bath and soaking for at least 15 minutes then rub your skin with a natural oil to seal in moisture. Do not use soap as it will interfere with the benefits of the epsom salt, if you feel the need to wash use baking soda only instead. After an epsom salt bath it is best to go to bed for at least 2 hours, so doing it just before bed might work best.
As the above info shows baking soda baths are great, & I highly recommend them for many many reasons, but they are great to absorb magnesium, I had issues with magnesium so now I take 2 to 4 baths a week with epsom salt just before bed & my magnesium levels are great, I also do not use shampoo (no poo) & do not use commercial products or soap (I use baking soda as shampoo & soap) we are totally DIY in so many areas. Now for other great ways to use epsom salt, & I use several of them while I am in my epsom salt soaking bath.
Epsom salt makes a great acne fighting or skin issue face cleaner, even if you have no issues it is awesome. Simply wet face or mist face/skin with colloidal silver & gently rub epsom salt on face, either just wash & rinse off or let dry like a mask. this is great for eczema, hives, poison ivy/oak, shingles, dermatitis, psoriasis etc.
Epsom salt for some hair types makes a great no poo, either mixed with baking soda, mixed with borax & baking soda or alone. simply add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon to a cup or 2 of hot water, stir till dissolved & apply & work into wet hair, allow to run across your face at the same time for double duty use. you will need to play around with the amounts to find what works for you, some like to also add 1 teaspoon with commercial shampoos & conditioners, Epsom salt can also be added to the DIY no poo conditioner if you like. Epsom salt does make some people’s hair greasy if they add to much & some just can not use it for this reason. Great for those with thinning hair, many report when using epsom salt hair stopped falling out or thinning, but in all truthfulness once you find a no poo recipe that works for you this seems to just in general be an awesome side effect of going no poo. Epsom salt can help Dandruff, an itching or peeling scalp, Cradle cap, damaged hair & hair follicles, head lice & mites.
Deodorant:From my deodorant blog post here:
DIY cream deodorant #3
Use 1/2 cup of room temperature raw coconut oil, add several tablespoons of epsom salt, mix until all epsom salt is dissolved & no clumps, sit in fridge or allow to get hard, apply by rubbing under arms.
Mist spray deodorant #2
Another great natural DIY spray deodorant
This spray can be used on days when you wont be sweating as bad or working as hard or to use with other DIY deodorants to help revive them near the end of the day.
Find one of those small 2 to 3 ounce spray misting bottles to add this to
You want to use just a little less water than will fit in the bottle for this
Add heated distilled water to a bowl & add 1 tbsp of Epsom salt & 1 pinch of baking soda & dissolve the salt completely (might take a while)
add to spray bottle & spray on underarms
Options to add: Essential oils, Rubbing alcohol, Lemon or Lime juice Apple cider vinegar, Witch hazel etc.
Mist spray deodorant #3
Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to every 4 ounces of water, add to mist spray bottle, spray under arms. Or buy a deodorant crystal & break it into small pieces with a hammer, add 1 tablespoon per 4 ounces of water. Options to add: essential oils of choice, Citrus Vinegar, rubbing alcohol, lemon or lime juice, colloidal silver.
Epsom salt love❤ in the garden & for plants.
For roses: They sprinkle about 1/2 cup of Epsom salt into the soil around rose bush in the spring & the fall. For feeding mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt into 1 gallon of water & apply to a rate of about one gallon for larger roses & less for smaller roses every two weeks. This could help prevent garden pests, while it helps roses get bushier & bloom more vibrantly.
For tomatoes: Add Epsom salt into the soil as you plant each plant, and supplement with around the plant base during the growth period. This will help to boost tomato growth and production.
For peppers: Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt with 1 gallon of water and spray it directly to the leaves of plants
General soil preparation: You can work in 1 cup of Epsom salt per 100 square feet of garden area before planting.
Epsom salt is high solubility and foliar application is a fast way to get the nutrients to plant. You can mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt with a gallon of water and
apply to container gardens (not cactus or succulents) and houseplants once a month to boost growth and encourage healthy foliage and blooming Epsom salt should be used only as a growth enhancer along with your regular fertilizer, as it does not contain the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
necessary for plant growth. It does not build up in the soil and does not cause harm to plants if overused.
Epsom salt is a popular in organic & natural gardening for flowers, vegetables & fruit plants as well as lawns.
My roses love Epsom salt & baking soda in water. I also use this mixture on several houseplants & on tomatoes, we also add epsom salt in soil to prepare it like the method above. but beware just watering any plants with epsom salt, I have had no issues with any plants I just watered with baking soda water, but research your plant type before adding epsom salt with baking soda or alone.
Here is a great resource for things you can feed plants.
Epsom salt & your life:
What about you, what is your favorite use? Do you use Epsom salt in your DIY life? Is epsom salt part of your natural journey?
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