SaltScoop Many people think of salt as just a way to add flavor to their food. This is true when it comes to iodized salt or kosher salt, but there are many other kinds of salt that are full of healing benefits, and are commonly used as ingredients in our beauty products. For the next couple of weeks I will highlight 3 of theses beneficial salts, and give you suggestions on how you may use them at home.

I’ve written about the benefits of Epsom salt before on my post “The Benefits of Epsom Salt“. It is the most well known, so I though I’d start with it.

Thought technically not a salt, Epsom salt is commonly know as a natural remedy for many ailments. Some of it’s health benefits include curing skin problems, relaxing nervous system, easing muscle strain, soothing back pain and aching limbs, healing cuts, treating cold and congestion, and drawing toxins form the body. One of the easiest ways to relieve stress is to soak in a bath full of hot water and a few cups of Epsom salt. Add a 1/2 cup of olive oil to moisturize your skin while you soak.

For beauty, Epsom salt works great as an exfoliant. In the shower, add baby oil to a handful of salt to use as a simple body scrub. Mix a bit of Epsom salt in with your normal skin cleanser, or olive oil, for a gentle scrub the leaves your face clean and soft.

What are some other ways you use Epsom salt?

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24 Comments on The Scoop On Salts – Epsom Salt

  1. Pam Stultz
    April 2, 2015 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    I have to be honest. I have never used Epsom salt before. But after reading this, you’ve inspired me to use it in the bath. I am relatively new to a crossfit class and have many nights of achy legs. Sounds like this would be just the remedy for me 🙂

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    • becoming la nina
      April 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

      You will LOVE it, Pam!

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  2. Amber
    April 2, 2015 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    I never have thought to add an oil to my epsom salt baths, but that’s a super idea. I love epsom salt and use it often for detoxing my lyme. I usually combine 4-6 cups of epsom with raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar or peroxide. It always works like a charm!

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    • becoming la nina
      April 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Great tip, Amber. I’ll add this to my arsenal. 🙂

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  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    April 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I actually just learned about epsom salts. My doctor recommended them when I had a sinus and ear infection.

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    • becoming la nina
      April 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

      It will work like a charm, Robin.

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  4. becca
    April 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I did not know about using it in the bath or shower. I know my grandma use to soak her feet in it to help with tired feet.

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    • becoming la nina
      April 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Try it in a bath. Let me know what you think.

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  5. Ellen C
    April 2, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I recently learned that Epsom Salt is also great for your garden. It is healthy for the plants and deters pests.

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    • becoming la nina
      April 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

      I did not know this, Ellen. Thanks for the tip. I was just watering my plants last night and notices some critters on them. I will definitely give this a try.

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  6. Laura Funk
    April 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE Epsom Salts! Use them to help with sore muscles

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  7. Lorane
    April 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve used Epsom Salts to soothe my feet after a long tiring day of being on my feet all day. It works really well …. thanks for sharing this information
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  8. Rosey
    April 2, 2015 at 6:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I did know it was a great natural ailment. I did NOT know it wasn’t technically a salt! Learn something new every day. 🙂

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  9. Robin Hutchinson-Looney
    April 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm (2 years ago)

    You can also mix a variety of essential oils with epsom salt, depending on what ailment you seek to heal. Once mixed, add the salts to your bath and relax and enjoy; the oils can be for physical health or mental health / clarity. Rosemary is good, Eucalyptus is good for stress relief and lavendar also has a calming effect.

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