Wonderful, Beneficial Uses of Epsom Salts

The beneficial effects of these salts was first discovered back in Shakespeare’s time in Epsom, England (hence the name).

From that time Epsom Salts has been used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from health and beauty to household cleaning and gardening.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the extensive benefits from the use of magnesium and sulphate. These two elements are the major components in the make up of Epsom Salts.

Health & Beauty Tips

VanillaBody Care: when Epsom Salts is absorbed through the skin, as when bathing, toxins are drawn from the body, the nervous system is sedated and muscles are relaxed. It is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more. Soak in a bath of warm water with 1 cup of Epsom Salts added.

Skin Exfoliator:

Wet your body, massage all over with Epsom Salts, beginning with your feet, continuing up towards your face. Rinse off well.

Foot Soak:

Soothe aches and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add ½ cup of Epsom salts to a 3 litre container of warm water. Soak feet for as long as desired. Rinse and dry.


Epsom Salts can also be used for sore muscles, insect bites or to remove splinters. Add 2 cups of Epsom Salts per 4.5 litres of water and soak.

For The Garden Lovers

Studies have shown that Magnesium Sulphates:

  • Help seeds germinate
  • Makes plants grow bushy
  • Produce more flowers various coloured tomatoes
  • Increase chlorophyll production
  • Improve phosphorus and nitrogen uptake


2 tablespoons Epsom Salts per 4.5 litres of water.

Feed plants monthly.


1 tablespoon Epsom Salts per 30cm of plant height per plant.

Scatter around each plant every two weeks and water well.


1 tablespoon Epsom Salts per 30cm of plant height per plant. Scatter around each bush every two weeks and water well.


Spraying weekly with Epsom Salts solution (1/2 cup per 4.5 litres water) will discourage garden pests. 1 tablespoon Epsom Salts per 3 square metres. Apply over root zone every 2-4 weeks

Epsom Salt scan be found in most supermarkets

9 thoughts on “Wonderful, Beneficial Uses of Epsom Salts

  1. Suki x

    Good morning Kate
    Well I never knew this!   I thought I knew most gardening tips, I will try this with my Orchids which I am trying to get to bloom again!  and in the shower so I will have lovely soft skin!
    But you missed out the most important thing, my hubbs takes them regualrly to quell indigestions – what does that say about my cooking?
    Love Suki x

  2. swamp

    Afternoon Kate. Amazing all the uses for Epsom Salts. Those and a can of WD40; what else would one need  lol
    Pouring with rain here, hope it’s better where you are.  xx

  3. Skye & Starr

    Wow Kate! Who would have known that Epsom salt would have a lot of uses!! Funny how the most common stuff is generally overlooked!
    Anyway, hope you are well and here’s wishing you a magnificent week ahead!
    Lotsa loves
    Starr xx

  4. Delete52Mitch

    Hmmm. I may try some of it on my licorice seeds if the ones I got don’t sprout soon! Thanks for posting the info. Mitch

  5. The Divine Mrs M

    Hi Kate,
    this was an interesting read. Ive never used Epsom Salts, but i am curious to try out some of your tips, so I will be off to purchase some soon- thanks for this!  🙂
    mags x

  6. Ye Olde

    Hi Kate,
    just a quick Nescafe today please….mmm….. do you know, we have sold epsom salts for years and I never knew
    a) where they came from
    b) what on earth you did with the stuff….so I’m off to boots to go and buy some & then have a bath in it later, so if next time I see you , I have turned green, got 10 children,  have become bushy, and have developed an uncanny knack of spontaneously combusting, you will know it has worked!!!
    Seriously though, I will pass the Health & beauty tips on to mrs Dog, as sometimes the pads on her paws get a bit rough… though I suspect she probably already knows about the benefits…..
    The cold weather here has arrived with the proverbial snap, warm last week ( for november ) this week cold cold cold..brrr, heating on now I can tell you!
    Is it very cold in Clifton…and do you get much in the way off sea storms.. I had a look on go2africa web site, it says there are 4 beaches there… the pics look great, and sunny, do you have the same kind of weather all year round?
     It also says " Clifton is the closest you can get to a chic Mediterranean resort,stay as close to Clifton as you possibly can. Just make sure you hire a Ferrari! " is it really that expensive out there, and do you have much trouble with " bandits "?
    A friend of ours used to life near Jo’burg, working for Mercedes in some big wig position, they used to have to live on a compound, drive bullet proof cars, with the doors locked all the time, and had been taught the skills of a fast/pursuit driving course.
    I’ve unfortunately lost contact with them, now as you do, ( sister of a friends wife, now sadly acriminoniously divorced )…oh well thats life I suppose…..
    Have a great weekend, thanks for the coffee,
    take care
    see you soon
    Woof woof x

  7. Ye Olde

    Hi , me again..
    I’ve just reread your entry " a beautiful place " again, & properly this time which answers some of my previous questions about Clifton ( which I still think looks great ), so the moral of the story is…..read things properly my son……
    Still good to see you again so soon,
    Caio for now!!
    Woof woof x

  8. Judex

    Hi Kate,
    This article reminds me of my Grand Ma who used all natural herbs aand salts.  Nowadays we have lost all these !
    I was too young to remember all what she did !  Very unfortunate indeed !
    I love the way you enrich us on your page. 
    Hugs, Love and Kisses.
    Judex. xxxxx


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