13 Wonderful Ways to Use Epsom Salts

Epsom salt—who knew that such an uninspiring ingredient could inspire such devotion? Epsom salts have amazing health benefits–here are 13 ways to use Epsom salts, including a relaxing bath, a face scrub and a hair volumizer. It’s also a miracle cure-all, helping to remove splinters and reduce swelling of sprains and bruises. One ingredient really does fit all!

1. As a relaxing Magnesium Bath Soak – Add at least 1 cup of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
2. Body Aches– Add 2 cups of epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for at least 20 minutes to help relieve muscle sprains and for a transdermal magnesium boost. 
3. Facial Wash– Add a pinch of epsom salt to your usual face cleane for a skin exfoliating magnesium boost. 
4. Smooth skin- Mix 1/2 cup epsom salt with 1/4 cup olive oil and scrub skin in the shower for healthy and smooth skin. 
5. Foot Soak- For a concentrated magnesium boost, add 1 cup of epsom salt to a hot foot soak and soak for 20 minutes. 
6. Magnesium Foot Scrub– Make a homemade magnesium scrub for a boost of magnesium and super soft skin.
1 cup of epsom salt
1/4 cup olive oil or almond oil
1 teaspoon liquid soap (optional, but makes the texture smoother)
10-15 drops of essential oil of choice – optional

7. Volumeizing Hair Mask– Combine equal parts of conditioner and epsom salt and leave on hair for 20 minutes. Rinse well and let air dry for thicker hair. 
8. Help Kids Sleep Better– Add a cup to kids’ bath water before bed to help them sleep peacefully..
9. Itchy Skin or Bug Bites– Dissolve a tablespoon of epsom salt in to 1/2 cup of water and cool. Spritz on itchy skin or apply a wet compress to help relieve itching. 
10. Minor Sunburn Relief- Use the same ratio in the itchy skin relief above and spritz on to minor sunburns to help soothe them. 

11. Headache relief– There is evidence that soaking in a soothing epsom salt bath may help relieve headache. 
12. Splinter Removal– Soak in concentrated epsom salt water to pull out a splinter.