101 Epsom Salt

Epsom salts

Epsom salt, garlic, honey and ginger. All very good for you in different ways. I remember a poultice used by my mother when I had an infection on my wrist. The main ingredient was Epsom salt. She mixed mashed garlic, honey and Epsom salt and placed it on the wound and she changed the poultice each day for a couple of days and it drew out the infection. Epsom salts
In later years I tried this on my cat. She had picked up a bougainvillea thorn in her front leg. I managed to pull the thorn out (if you knew our cat Saffi then you would know this was no mean feat!). I could feel that there was an abscess – it was quite large and sploggy – so I mixed up the same poultice that was used on me. I carefully wrapped the cats leg and left it on for a couple of days – checking to make sure it did not get worse. Sure enough the abscess fluids were slowly being ‘drawn’ out and the cat was fine after that. I put an antiseptic cream on the wound and it healed quickly. I was so impressed! The cat was fine and so was my wallet! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take your pet to your vet – it’s just that it worked for me; it just all made sense. Epsom salt is great for drawing out what ails us. I have shared just a few uses of Epsom salts below, for both personal, household and garden use. Tomatoes love epsom salts
Epsom salt is the common name for the compound magnesium sulfate.

Epsom salt
• You know you’re soaking in it! Put some in your bath (check out some of the ‘soothing soak remedies’ below)
• Helps get the splinter out when soaking in a mix of epsom salts and water
• All natural breath freshener and tooth polisher (see below)
• Boosts the vibrancy of colour to your roses
• Great for killing weeds – sprinkle on weeds in your pathing (although I find boiling water from the kettle works just as well!)
• Helps to intensify the ‘greenness’ of your vegetable leaves and your tomatoes will love you for it!
• It can be used as a copper cleanser or household rust remover and so much more..

Sore Muscle Relief
Ingredients:
2 c Epsom salts
1/2 c baking soda
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil and 5 drops rosemary essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or container. Shake to disperse the essential oils and keep tightly closed.
Add 0.5-1 cup of the solution (adjust as required for your personal needs), to a warm bath and soak for at least 15 minutes.
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Fabulous for tired feet

Tired Feet Foot Soak
Ingredients:
2 c Epsom salts
1/2 c baking soda
10 drops peppermint essential oil, 5 drops jasmine essential oil, and 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar or container. Shake to disperse the essential oils and keep tightly closed.
Just add 1/2 c to a warm foot bath (adjust as required). Enjoy!
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Breath freshener and tooth polisher
Ingredients:
1 teaspoon Epsom salts and
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix these two together and pop into a small cup.
Dip your toothbrush into the mix and use it to gently polish your teeth. Add some warm water to the remaining mix and use it to mouth rinse; to kill germs in the mouth and freshen your breath.

There is so much more to read about the wonderful healing powers of Epsom Salts. Remember to store some at home. We have some in our survival kit!
I’d love to hear what you use epsom salts for.

https://www.wimp.com/why-epsom-salt-is-a-must-have-for-gardeners/

NB: Don’t get confused between magnesium sulfate and magnesium which we need to eat!
Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA.
Some sources of magnesium are: bananas, spinach, pumpkin seeds, avocado and dark chocolate.

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