My favorite thing to do when I get home from work is relax. As in really relax.
Dim the lights, put on some music, light a few candles, and take a soak in the tub.
The relaxing feeling and smell of a few cups of Epsom salt in the water just makes everything a little bit nicer.
But I was surprised to learn there are lots of uses for this product outside of the tub.
One of its main ingredients, magnesium sulfate, has a lot of handy properties that make Epsom salt useful in nearly every room of your house.
Here are 13 of my favorite ways to use it:
1. Cure Constipation
Its usefulness as a laxative is actually one of the original reasons for mining Epsom salt. Ingesting the salt draws water into your colon, which then pushes out any blockages.
Be sure to check with a doctor first: taking the salt might not be safe for patients with kidney or heart conditions.
Simply mix a teaspoon of the salt in a glass of water and drink. If you'd prefer, a few drops of lemon juice or vanilla will improve the flavor.
2. Relieve Aching Muscles
If you're feeling the burn from a little exercise, or dealing with a chronic condition, Epsom salt can soothe your muscles.
Mix equal parts salt and hot water, then store it in the fridge until it's cool. Rub the mixture directly onto your sore muscles for pain relief.
3. Treat Dry Lips
Cold weather brings dry, chapped lips for many people, and it can seem like nothing can give you relief.
Try this: mix a small amount of Vaseline with a few spoonfuls of the salt. Rub the mixture over your lips like a balm and it will remove dead or dry skin.
Enjoy your healthy lips!
4. Treat your hair
This is an old trick, but a good one. You can add volume to your hair with a mix made from equal parts Epsom salt and conditioner. Combine them, then spread the mixture in your hair, and rinse after 20 minutes.
The combination removes the oil in your hair, making it look healthy and full.
5. Heal Bruises and Sprains
You can speed up your recovery from simple bumps and scrapes with an Epsom salt soak. The minerals in the salt reduce inflammation, helping your body recover faster.
Plus, it's a good excuse to soak a sore ankle or shoulder in the tub.