Epsom Salt: 21 Surprising Uses & Benefits for Health, Beauty, and Home



Epsom salt is one of those things I always keep on hand. It is a good source of magnesium (here’s why we love magnesium) and has dozens of household, beauty, and health uses.

Because of its many uses I often add a bag of epsom salt to my online orders and we keep it in almost every room of our house for different reasons.

What Is Epsom Salt?

Don’t confuse epsom salt with regular table salt or Himalayan salt (which has many benefits as well). Epsom salt is a magnesium-based “salt” rather than a traditional sodium-based salt. It is chemically known as magnesium sulfate and is an easy and inexpensive source of magnesium.

Research shows that many people lack this important mineral due to magnesium levels declining in our food and environment. Using epsom salt around the house and in beauty treatments is one easy way to improve magnesium levels.

Just be careful: as the labels on any epsom salt package will warn you, it is a potent laxative, so this isn’t a supplement you should take internally without a doctor’s recommendation. Instead, this mineral is best absorbed transdermally (through the skin).

Uses for Epsom Salt

Here are 21 of my favorites uses for this magnesium-rich (and inexpensive) household staple: