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Surprising Ways Epsom Salt Can Improve Your Life

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--Sprains and bruises: Soaking in a warm Epsom salt bath will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises.

--Foot soak: To combat the swelling and soothe sore feet, add 1/2 cup Epsom salt to a gallon of lukewarm water, and soak your feet for 15 minutes at the end of the day.

--Splinter remover: Soak in Epsom salt to draw out the splinter. It really works.

--Sunburn relief: Epsom salt's anti-inflammatory properties make it a great tool for treating mild sunburn irritation.


To help relieve common insect bites, just mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with 1 cup of water. Dip a cotton washcloth in the solution, and apply to the affected area. Relief!


Battle minor swelling from bee stings by using an anti-inflammatory Epsom salt compress. Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt with a cup of cold water, and soak a cotton washcloth in the solution. Apply to the affected area. (If you have severe swelling or trouble breathing following a bee sting, seek emergency medical attention.)



--Fertilizer: Tests show that Epsom salt (not table salt, which would prove deadly to lawns and gardens) helps produce more flowers and larger plants, and make fruit taste sweeter.

--Houseplants: Feed houseplants monthly by adding 2 tablespoons Epsom salt per gallon of water.

--Tomatoes: Apply 1 tablespoon Epsom salt diluted in water per foot of tomato plant height per plant.

--Lawns: Feed 3 pounds of Epsom salt to every 1,250 square feet of lawn. Apply with a spreader, or dilute the Epsom salt in water and use a sprayer.

--Trees: Use 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet by diluting in water. Apply three times each year over the root zone.

--Shrubs: To feed evergreens, azaleas and rhododendron, dilute 1 tablespoon in water for every 9 square feet and apply over the root zone every two to four weeks.

I hope that some of this information is helpful, especially for my readers who suffer from debilitating headaches. Even if you've never had a migraine, do yourself a favor and consider how magnesium may improve your health. I'm convinced this is a miracle.

Mary invites questions, comments and tips at, "Ask Mary a Question," or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of Debt-Proof Living, a personal finance member website and the author of the book Debt-Proof Living, Revell 2014. To find out more about Mary visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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