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
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 
Directions
  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,
Andrea

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 www.andreaswellnessnotes.com may benefit from actions taken on the links.

29 comments:

  1. Never heard of it. How did you use it when your body felt sore?

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    1. I took an Epsom salt bath - the same like for caffeine withdrawals.

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    2. I updated the post to make it clearer! :-)

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  2. I've heard of epsom salts but haven't been in the habit to use them regularly (i'll have to check if we even have any right now).
    And as a hair volumizer---I need that one!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I'm really curious about all the different uses, too. I know it works well for sore muscles, etc., and it sounds like it has so many uses...

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  3. I have taken an epsom salt bath before. I'll have to look into the other uses.

    Mary

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  4. This looks fabulous! At first, I thought that I had to add rose fertilizer to the epsom scrub. Could you imagine??? LOL! I think my rosebushes will really love this. I'll try out both recipes!

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    1. Oh no! :-) I'm looking forward to trying the Epsom salt in the garden, too.

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  5. Ooh! What a perfect idea for the fall! I love anything pumpkin! I need to try this... I took a lot of epsom salt baths while training (and after) my marathon!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Yes, I can imagine Epsom salt was VERY helpful during marathon training! The scrub is really nice.

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  6. How interesting, Andrea. I only use Epsom Salts for when I've been on my feet all day and they're swollen but I can see how useful an Epsom Salt bath could be post a workout too. I must try that. Thank you for the idea.


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    1. Epsom salt baths feel great after a workout, especially when you are sore...

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  7. Thanks for the tips Andrea!!!

    Check out how I merged a bit of Fall and Summer in a single look at the blog this week and let me know what you think!

    Happy Friday!

    Rebecca
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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. Looking forward to stopping by your blog soon!

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  8. I've actually never used Epsom salt before, I truthfully only thought they were for foot baths, good to know there are so many different ways to use it!

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    1. I love using it for baths and scrubs and can't wait to try it for other things.

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  9. Andrea, I've taken just a few epsom salt baths and done just a few epsom salt foot soaks, and each time I've said, "This was great. I need to do this regularly." But I can't seem to add one more "regular" thing to my schedule!

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    1. I know what you mean! It's really hard to do things for ourselves. I usually don't get to them unless I schedule them!

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  10. I haven't used Epsom salt, but I'm now thinking that I should! This scrub sounds amazing, and looks easy to make!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    1. You should give it a try; I always make sure to have a bag around.

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  11. I love learning new DIY ways to create home made luxury items to pamper my body so this is awesome, thanx for sharing at the pit stop.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Yes, I love that the scrub is so easy to make and has all natural ingredients yet feels so luxurious.

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  12. I like to use salt and oil for body scrubbing, it gives great results. I never knew Epsom salts could do so much!
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    1. Yes, I was also surprised by all the uses.

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  13. Andrea I was looking for some epsom salt a few weeks ago, and guess what... nada! There is no epsom salt in Greece. I wanted to use it to kill off the weeds at the farm of all things.

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    1. I didn't know about the gardening uses before I was sent the cartons with the different uses on it... Sorry you couldn't find it in Greece!

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  14. We love epsom salts for baths, they really help with soreness. I also use it in a DIY Miracle Grow for the garden. Great for growth with no chemicals. Never thought about making my own scrubs, so cool! I have added lavender oil to the salts for the bath, even more relaxing!

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    1. Making my own DIY Miracle Grow is on my list; I know pinned and/or stumbled a recipe you shared a while ago!

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