For decades, people have known about the refreshing properties of an epson salt foot bath. However, there are many other uses for the form of magnesium of which many may not be aware. Whether it is health or beauty applications, or even in the garden, epson salt may be one of the most beneficial products one can purchase.
The reason why the salt is so effective as a footbath and on the skin is due to its ability to regulate enzymes and draw toxins away from the body. The salt can also help draw metals away from the body and reduce stress. However, the footbath is not the only benefit.
In addition to immersion, using epson salt in a compress is another way to relieve aching joints and muscles. It is also a relief for those who suffer from headaches. It reduces inflammation which also helps reduce soreness in many situations. The salt is even used in the removal of splinters.
The recommendations for amounts vary depending on the application. For compresses, two cups per gallon of water (.47 liters of epson salt per 3.78 liters of water) is the ideal. Two cups (.47 liters) should also be used when soaking with epson salt in a bathtub. For footbaths, one cup (.23 liters) should be used.
Somewhat related to health, epson salt also has some applications for skin and hair care. The product is known as a very good exfoliant and makes the skin feel softer. To accomplish this, mix a little of the salt with a deep cleansing cream. Mixed with a conditioner, epson salts can even add volume to hair.
In the garden, the salt is thought to help seeds germinate more efficiently and with a greater rate of success. It also makes plant healthier as seen through fuller growth and more flowering. This is because magnesium is a vital mineral for seed germination and chlorophyll production, which is how plants get their energy. As plants are able to produce energy more efficiently, they naturally start looking healthier.
The usage amounts for gardening applications vary widely based on what the salt is being used to help. For houseplants, the recommendation is one ounce (28 grams) per gallon (3.78 liters) of water. For small plants such as roses and tomatoes, the recommendation is one tablespoon (14 grams) for every foot (.33 meters) of height.
As a usage note, it should be remembered the correct term is epsom salt. Colloquially it has become known as epson salt in many cases. In fact, in conversation, the term epson may be more commonly used than epsom. Still, it should be noted this is technically an incorrect usage of the term.