This post originally appeared on HellaWella, which takes the stuffiness out of the healthy lifestyle culture, and gives people tips on living healthy in the real world.
When I thought of Epsom salts, I thought of foot soaks and my grandmother — and not much else. I had a container on hand for months, sitting by, ignored until I knocked it over into my tub while I was cleaning … and a whole new world opened up for me.
As it turns out, Epsom salts have a variety of uses that benefit athletes, those with injuries, those who want nice hair and those who really want a clean and shiny bathtub.
That’s right, as I grumbled to myself scooping up the salts from my already wet tub, I noticed the salts were actually cleaning it, same as those powdered cleaning products do, except the salts didn’t make me feel like I was choking on hazardous dust. Simply add some Epsom salts and dishwashing detergent to a bit of water and bid bye-bye to dirty tubs and bathroom tiles.
When you’re done washing that tub, fill ‘er up with some hot water and throw in some more salts. Soaking in the tub after a good run or any form of vigorous exercise will help soothe sore muscles — which means you won’t feel achy the next day and tempted to skip out on your fitness routine. Epsom salts: keeping you on track to a fitter you.
Since it soothes sore muscles, a hot bath with Epsom salts is also beneficial to those with injuries. Whether you sprained your ankle or are treating that terrible back injury from a few years ago, soaking in Epsom helps because the magnesium in the salts reduces swelling.
Epsom salts can even add volume to dull, lifeless hair. Simply mix equal parts of Epsom salts and deep conditioner and warm it up in a pan. Make sure it’s not too hot because you are going to apply that mixture to your hair and leave it alone for about 20 minutes. Rinse and rejoice at your beautiful, bouncy hair.
And since they are salts and all, it should not really come as a surprise that it makes a great exfoliator. So while you’re in that shower, mix a handful of salts with a tablespoon of bath oil (olive oil works, too) and rub it all over your wet skin. Rinse away that dead skin and feel soft the rest of the day.