One of my favorite things to do after a particularly stressful day is to take abath with Epsom salts. It helps to relieve tension and stress on any given day. And on a day where I need a little extra pampering, a bath with epsom salts, a magazine, a glass of wine and some aromatherapy candles always do the trick!
As much as I love Epsom salts in baths, I never realized that there were actually other ways to use them. So I was excited to find some other excellent ideas from One Good Thing by Jillee. Have you ever used Epsom salts in any of these ways?
- Reduce Swelling and Itching from Bites:
Soak a cotton washcloth in a mixture of 1 cup cold water and 2 tbsp Epsom salt. Apply cloth to insect bites for relief.
- Make Your Own Fabric Softener:
Use 10 drops of essential oil mixed with 1 cup of Epsom salt to make an effective fabric softener. Just use about 1/4 per load of laundry at the beginning of each wash cycle.
- Exfoliate Your Skin:WikiMedia
Mix together some Epsom salt with olive oil to create a paste. Then apply paste to face for deep pore cleansing or to heels or elbows. Rinse once finished and pat dry.
- Draw Out Blackheads:
Into 1/2 cup boiling water, add in a tsp of Epsom salt and 3 drops of iodine. Then carefully soak a cotton ball with the mixture and apply to blackheads.
- Remove a Splinter:
Dissolve 1 cup of Epsom salt in a tub of water, then soak the splintered area to draw out the splinter.
- Clean Your Hair:
If you have oily hair, try adding 9 tbsp of Epsom salt to 1/2 a cup of your normal shampoo. Wash your hair as usual and the salt should help soak up excess oil.
- Deter Raccoons:Flickr
If raccoons like to linger around your garbage cans, then just sprinkle a few tbsp of Epsom salt around the area. Raccoons hate the taste of this stuff, so it should keep them at bay.