The Many Uses of Epsom Salt
Chances are, you’ve heard of Epsom Salt! Typically folks know about it because it’s a staple in sports medicine, float centers and spas. Farmers know that Epsom salt has a myriad of uses out in the field as well as at home.
Check out a few more ways you can use Epsom Salt:
FARM & HOMESTEAD
- Fertilize your houseplants - Adding a pinch of Epsom a week to your plants will give them a bit of magnesium and sulfur. This helps keep plants in good health as well as allow them to better utilize the other primary nutrients they need.
- Readily available nutrients - You can apply Epsom salt through your fertigation system to give plants a mid-season dose of vital micronutrients (sulfur and magnesium).
- Chlorophyll Booster - Magnesium sulfate is known to help with increasing the germination rate of seeds. It can also encourage more fruit and flower production as well help plants produce more foliage.
- Insect Control - A mixture of Epsom salt and water (1 cup Epsom/5 gal water) can be used as an insect repellant for beetles and a few other insects.
- Slug/Snail Control - Epsom salt crystals are abrasive to slugs and snails. Making a narrow band of Epsom salt around your plants will help keep slugs at bay.
- Livestock Wound Care - Epsom salt can be combined with water to make a paste that can be applied topically and wrapped with a cotton cloth to help with livestock sprains and abscesses. It may also be used to draw out infections in wounds or hoof injuries.
- Livestock Indigestion - Epsom salt can be dissolved in water to create a solution that can provide electrolytes and prevent constipation in calves. This solution can also be use to help prevent or cure grass tetany in dairy cows.
HEALTH & HOUSEHOLD
- Epsom Salt Soak - This tried and true remedy has been known to help with a multitude of issues that ail us. Using warm water, dissolve Epsom salt and take a soak for issues like athlete's foot, gout, toenail fungus (up to three times a day) and splinters. An Epsom bath is also a relaxing solution for muscle soreness, pain and the swelling from sprains and bruises.
- Exfoliation - In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom salt with a tablespoon of bath oil (or olive oil) and rub to exfoliate and soften your skin. Rinse thoroughly. To clean your face and exfoliate skin at the same time, mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom salt with your regular cleansing cream. Gently massage into the skin and rinse with cold water. You can also make a mix of Epsom salt with baby oil to keep by the sink for an effective hand wash.
- Cleaning around the House - Mix equal parts Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and use it as a scrub on bathroom tile. You can also use Epsom salt to clean detergent build-up in washing machines. Fill the machine tub with hot water, add Epsom salt and run an agitate/soak/agitate cycle to dissolve detergent build-up (please consult your machine's instruction manual for specific instructions).
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