Thursday, October 13, 2016

5 Uses of Epsom Salt and Pumpkin Epsom Salt Scrub

I was first introduced to Epsom salt years ago when I did my first Conscious Cleanse. An Epsom salt bath was recommended to relieve headaches and body aches that sometimes go along with detox, especially detox from caffeine. I had terrible coffee withdrawal headaches, and dunking my head in an Epsom salt bath a few times a day really helped.

I have also taken Epsom salt baths over the years when I was very sore, for example after an especially strenuous hike.

I hadn’t really paid attention to other uses of Epsom salt. I was therefore very interested when the Epsom Salt Council contacted me and asked if I wanted to take a closer look at Epsom salt.

They sent me two cute little cartons of Epsom salt, which list numerous uses for Epsom salt.

Epsom Salt

Here are 5 uses of Epsom Salt (these, and others, are listed on the cartons):
  1. Hair volumizer - combine equal parts warm conditioner and Epsom salt. Work the mixture through your hair and leave for 20 minutes.
  2. Enrich garden soil - sprinkle 1 cup per 100 square feet. Mix into soil before planting. 
  3. Rose fertilizer - apply 1 tbsp diluted in water per foot of plant height every two weeks. Scratch 1/2 c into soil at base to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal cane growth. Before planting, soak bushes in 1/2 c Epsom Salt per gallon of water to help roots recover. Add 1 tbsp to each hole at planting time. Spray with 1 tbsp/gallon solution weekly to discourage pests. 
  4. Treat poison ivy, bee stings & mosquito bites - relieves itching, and reduces swelling. Make a compress by soaking a washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with 2 tbsp/cup Epsom salt. 
  5. Foot bath - soak feet by adding a cup of Epsom salt to a tub of warm water. 

I decided to make one of the recipes for a scrub the Epsom Salt Council provided. It’s really easy to make and smells really good. I love that it has only three, completely natural ingredients.

Pumpkin Epsom Salt Scrub 1

Moisturizing Pumpkin Epsom Salt Scrub
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
  1. Mix the Epsom salt and pumpkin puree in a bowl until completely combined. 
  2. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice until blended. 
  3. If the mixture is too runny, add more Epsom salt. 
  4. Apply the scrub in circular motions and let the mixture stand for one minute before rinsing with warm water.

Pumpkin Epsom Salt Scrub 2

I really enjoy the Epsom salt scrub - it smells great and I love the natural ingredients.

Questions: Do you use Epsom salt? If so, for what do you use it? Do you have any recipes to share? Feel free to do so in the comments! 

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Be well,

Disclosures: 1. I was provided with the Espsom salt free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own. 2. This posts contains affiliate links, and may benefit from actions taken on the links.