Uses for Epsom Salt in the Home and Garden:
Epsom Salt is chemically known as magnesium sulfate. It has a wide variety to uses and is inexpensive to purchase with a small container costing less than $3. Although Epsom Salt is primarily used for medicinal purposes, it is also widely used in gardening. Magnesium and sulfate are not only the active ingredients in Epsom Salt, but are also important in plant growth the development.
Uses for Epsom Salt:
Anti-Fungal: I first found out about Epsom Salt when I came down with a bad cases of both Athletes Foot and Jock Itch. Epsom Salt reportedly helps heal the infected skin as well as control the fungus growth when used twice a day in the bath. I personally was able to cure my ailment in an impressive 5 days. However I can’t say how big of a role Epsom Salt played since I used every remedy under the sun plus a few I made up.
Constipation: Epsom Salt is popularly used as a saline laxative to ease constipation. This is done by drinking 1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt dissolved in a cup of warm water. However, this should not be done more than once a day.
Relaxation: Epsom Salt is popularly used in baths to help with relaxation. Epsom Salt does with by promoting the body’s production of serotonin. Magnesium is a key component of Epsom Salt and is vital for energy production. When used in a bath, Epsom Salt helps relieve sore muscles and cramps.
Cleaning: Use Epsom Salt when cleaning dirty surfaces and dishes. When scrubbed, the crystals help dislodge grime before dissolving.
Skin Exfoliate: Rubbing Epsom Salt over damp skin removes dead skin cells leaving you with smooth and healthier looking skin.
Deters slugs and snails: Epsom Salt won’t dry out and kill slugs like salt will. When sprinkled around plants it creates an abrasive surface that they won’t want to cross over. Despite it’s name, Epsom Salt isn’t a salt. As such, it isn’t harmful for plants. To the contrary, it’s main ingredients of magnesium and sulfate are important for plant growth and development.
Seed Germination: As previously stated, the active ingredients of Epsom Salt are vital for healthy plant growth. Magnesium works to help plants develop strong cell walls resulting better germination of seeds and stronger plants. For best results use on cup of Epsom Salt per 100 feet of tilled soil. You can also use 1 teaspoon mixed into the soil at the bottom of the seeds hole.
Fertilizer: Many commercial fertilizers incorporate magnesium in their product. Magnesium helps plants absorb nutrients from the soil. You can add Epsom Salt by either sowing it directly into the soil, or by dissolving a couple teaspoons in water and using it to water your plants. This is especially important for vegetable plants that produce relatively large vegetables for their size. This includes such plants as tomatoes and peppers.
Curled leaves: Curled and disfigured leaves can be attributed to a lack of magnesium in the soil. You increase the magnesium in the soil by dissolving Epsom Salt in water and pouring on your plants. Epsom Salt also helps control fungal growth with is another symptom of curled and disfigured leaves.