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8 reasons why Epsom salt should be a staple on your shopping list

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While most people use Epsom salt to have a relaxing bath soak; the high magnesium content makes so wonderfully relaxing to soak in, but there are a few other uses that you might not have heard of yet. I did some research and actually found a few uses that I will be trying. These are my favourite 8 uses for Epsom salt in the home.

#1 Splinter removal

splinter removal

What you need to do is dissolve 1/3 cup of Epsom salt in 1 cup of warm/hot water and stir until completely dissolved. Soak the affected area with the splinter for at least 10 minutes and then carefully remove the splinter with tweezers or a sewing needle.  If the splinter is big, deep, a puncture wound, bleeding and just won’t come out please visit a doctor as soon as possible.

#2 Firm skin

Epsom salt is good for exfoliating and firming your skin. Simply grind up a little Epsom salt and add it to your daily face wash, you will feel a big difference in a matter of weeks.

#3 Tile cleaner

This is a better option than all those toxic cleaners, and it’s so easy to do. Just mix equal parts Epsom salt and normal liquid dish soap and scrub the tiles with a brush. Remember to rinse when finished or you might slip.

#4 Boost your hair

shiny hair

It might just be me but I struggle to get a hair conditioner that doesn’t leave my hair feeling like grass, so I’m going to try this. Mix some Epsom salt in your preferred conditioner and leave on for 15-20 minute. Your hair will feel thicker and will have a perfect shine to it.

#5 Itchy skin and bug bites

Mosquitos are the worst, actually any bug bite is bad, it’s itchy and irritating and a lingering irritation with seemingly no end. A simple solution to relieve the itchiness is to mix a tablespoon of Epsom salt into a cup of water and then spray it on the itchy bug bite area.

#6 Roses

Roses love magnesium. So if you have a rose bush in your garden that you would like to grow faster all you need to do is sprinkle a tablespoon of Epsom salt around each rose bush before watering your garden.

#7 Bedtimes

Magnesium is a safe and easy way to get your kids to sleep better and more restful. All you need to do is mix a few tablespoons of Epsom salt in a lotion bottle and a few minutes before bedtime massage the kids with the lotion; this will help them fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer You can also have them take a relaxing bath with Epsom salt, this will work just as well.

#8 Constipation

Epsom salt offers quick relieve for constipation. Use one tablespoon of Epsom salt in half a glass of warm water, mix until dissolved and then drink. This is not something you want to do every day, however, so if the problem persists please go see a doctor.

What surprise uses do you have for regular household items? Share your favourite home remedies with us! #HomeTimesHelps


Words: Natassha Burrell

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