survival uses of Epsom salt

Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate)
Consider adding Epsom Salt to your stockpiles

An old medicinal friend, Epsom salt, is making a comeback.
Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is trending with
the cross-fit community, and is gaining attention with preppers,
homesteaders and survivalists alike for its many wellness
properties and survival uses. This naturally occurring pure mineral
compound is a mixture of magnesium and sulfate, so it's actually
a mineral and not a salt.

A magnesium-rich mineral, Epsom Salt is a detoxifying pain
reliever. With a history of helping to ease headaches, alleviate
stress, remedy heart problems,soothe aches and pains, and even
energize, Epsom salt has earned its place in the prepper's
medicine cabinet. Epsom salt is an invigorating mineral useful to
preppers because has dozens of applications in the household
and garden, plus it has some unexpected uses, such as relieving
mosquito bites and bee stings. It can even help regulate your
blood pressure, give you tastier tomatoes or remove a splinter!

Consider adding Epsom salt to your list of survival and
homesteading essentials and learn how to use Epsom salt in

How to use Epsom Salt in Prepping
Here are some of the many prepper uses of Epsom salt...

#1: Use Epsom salt medicinally as a foot soak.
Your feet will take a beating doing all that off grid work, and
Epsom salt can help make your feet feel better. Epsom salt
provides relief for tired feet from standing and over-exerting
yourself on the homestead. It rejuvenates and restores your feet,
and even soothes minor aches and pains.

Here are just some of the many reasons to use Epsom salt
medicinally as a foot soak:

  • Minor sprains and bruises. Because of the magnesium,
    Epsom salt works wonders to calm inflamation. Famous for
    its effect on soothing inflammation and bruising, adding a
    little Essential Oil to your foot bath will add other benefits
    as you provide relief for sprains and bruising.

  • Athlete's foot. Epsom salt mixed with a few drops of tea
    tree oil can help you soak away fungus and bacteria from the
    skin surface.

  • Toenail fungus. Get rid of nasty toenail fungus also with
    the aid of an Epsom salt foot soak with tea tree oil. A daily
    foot soak is important as is you keeping your feet out of
    shoes and socks as much as possible. Wear sandals and
    enjoy a soak until the toenail fungus disappears.

  • Odor relief. A soak in Epsom salt will get rid of the stinky
    foot smell, as well as softening calluses. Espsom salt will
    eliminate odor, itching, burning and inflammation!

  • Leg cramps. A leg or muscle cramp is an often painful
    contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on
    suddenly. Leg cramps are caused by lack of calcium
    potassium and other minerals, such as magnesium, you can
    get relief from an Epsom salt soak.

Using Epsom salt as a foot soak is the primary use of this
amazing substance, but there are many more significant reasons
to store Epsom salt...

#2: Relax body and mind with Epsom salt.
Likely during crisis you'll be stressed. Thankfully, Epsom salt has
an anesthetic effect to reduce stress, and some even say it can
cure depression; however, we'll go as far as saying it will help
you relax both body and mind. Simply soak in Epsom Salt to help
ease your stress and restore balance to your body, so you can
quickly get back to the business of prepping and defending your

You see, stress robs your body of magnesium, and use of Epsom
salt helps restore a balance. That's because Epsom salt is a
mineral of magnesium sulfate, which acts not only to calm
inflammation, but also as a sedative for the nervous system,
which is why it does wonders to relax your body and mind.

Provided water is abundantly available, preppers can enjoy
relaxing in a tub of water and Epsom salt to relieve the work day,
and in so doing the Epsom salts provide magnesium ions to give
a happier outlook for mind and soul. Here's how:

  • Directions for Epsom salt body soak: Add two cups of
    Epsom salt to a warm bath (for a standard-sized bathtub)
    and soak for at least 12 minutes. You'll have the added
    benefit of sleeping better!

#3: Flush toxins and absorb more magnesium with
Epsom Salt.
About 50% of the population is magnesium deficient, according
to an article published by
CNN on Magnesium: the invisible
deficiency that could be harming your health. You can be part of
the healthy group of Americans by soaking up Epsom salt.

Use of Epsom salts adds magnesium through absorption. As
mentioned above, stress robs you of magnesium, but even
without stress many Americans are magnesium deficient. Around
50% of Americans are magnesium deficient, and could benefit
from Epsom Salt, Epsom salt can help to flush out toxins from
the body, and thereby improve absorption of nutrients.  
Specifically, through a foot soak absorption, Epsom salt can
boost your magnesium levels!

  • Directions for using Epsom salt for foot soak absorption:
    Soak aching feet in a basin of warm water with a handful of
    Epsom Salt until the water cools. Finish with a rinse of cool

An abstract, published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
National Institutes of public health, says "
Low magnesium
intakes and blood levels have been associated with type 2
diabetes, metabolic syndrome, elevated C-reactive protein,
hypertension, atherosclerotic vascular disease, sudden cardiac
death, osteoporosis, migraine headache, asthma, and colon

#4: Take Epsom salt as a laxative.
Constipation is an overlooked prepper problem, thanks to a
steady diet of beans, constipating MREs and gut clogging freeze
dried foods. Epsom salt can help relieve constipation as a
laxative if you don't have enough fiber in your diet. A food grade
dietary supplement can help. A good Epsom salt to take as a
laxative is from Tranquility, pictured right.

Consuming a food-grade Epsom salt as a natural saline laxative
for occasional relief is something to remember. The U.S. Food
and Drug Administration has approved
Epsom salts for use as a
laxative, preppers should use caution and talk with a physician
before using, as Epsom salt may interact with other medications.*

Looking for a food grade Epsom salt?
The best food grade Epsom salt is from Tranquility, pictured
immediate right. Tranquility Epsom Salt is food grade and heat
sealed in FDA and USDA Food Grade bags to ensure safe arrival
and storage. This product can be consumed as it is food grade
and is one of the only companies with dependable certifications,
through bar coding, professional labeling, and packaging. Before
ordering from a merchant who throws your item in a zip lock bag,
ask yourself, is their product FCC or USP Grade? Is the packaging
of their product safe for food storage, does it instill confidence in
terms of proper handling of your product before it arrives on your
door step? Rest assured with Tranquility if you plan on consuming
Epsom salt.

Other companies may sell "food grade" Epsom salts because it is
permitted by the USDA to come into contact with foods, many
other companies do not recommend use of their product for
ingestion, but rather various beauty regiments, relief for sore
muscles, gardening applications, and assistance with mild
bruising. Tranquility stands behind their product. Even so, please
consult your physician.*

#5: Use Epsom salt in the garden.
Did you know you can use Epsom salt as plant food supplement,
fertilizer and pest control agent?

Epsom salt is great for potted plants and garden plants because
it allows more sulphur into the soil. For generations, gardeners
have used Epsom salt, and now preppers are taking notice
because Epsom salt:

  • Remedies magnesium deficiencies in plants. Just like
    humans, plants are often magnesium deficient. Learn how to
    make soil more acidic by adding Epsom salts.

  • Keeps slugs at bay. Get rid of pesky garden slugs because
    they hate salt, and using Epsom salt to deter slugs is
    organic gardening technique that will simultaneously
    enhance the pH of your soil.

  • Here's how to make a plant food supplement from Epsom

  • Simply Right Epsom Salt, pictured immediate right,
    includes directions for use of its product as plant food
    Supplement. Add 2 tablespoons Epsom salts to a gallon
    of water for monthly health of household plants.

#6: Household Uses of Epsom salt.
Try using Epsom salt to clean the tiles of your bathroom and

  • Bathroom: The salts are a mild abrasive to get into the
    grout when you mix with dish washing liquid. Cleaning your
    home with Epsom will help reduce your dependency on
    harmful chemicals.

  • Kitchen: Try using Epsom salts on pots, pans and dishes
    where you burned the food. Epsom salt helps you scrub away
    to get them clean.

  • Garage: Raccoons apparently don't like Epsom salt. Keep
    them out of the garage where they like to find your dog food
    and preps that you really should store inside your home.
    McGill University Natural Resource Sciences says to "Spread
    [Epsom salts] around the area where you see the most

#7: Use Epsom salt to soothe skin (bug bites,
blemishes and more).
Epsom salts can provide a relaxing soak to soothe dry itchy skin
and it can also help control blemishes and much more, including
make easier nail cutting and filing to help manage brittle nails.
Epsom salt will help soothe:
  • acne
  • mosquito bites
  • bee stings
  • sunburns
  • poison ivy and

As a face facial scrub (exfoliater) to treat acne, consult the full
article from Wikihow on
how to use Epsom Salts. for acne and

#8: Use Epsom salt to help with diabetes.*
People with diabetes must take caution when using Epsom salt,
and only after consulting a physician, as taking Epsom salt is not
without risks. The good news is that Epsom salt can help heal
foot sores associated with diabetes, and can help improve insulin
levels. The bad news is that Epsom salt foot soaks may increase
dry skin on the toes and feet, and can also add to uncontrolled
fluctuations in blood sugar levels. For most diabetics, frequent
use is out of the question; however for those in good control of
glucose levels, and in good contact with a physician, occasional
use is a healthy option.

  • NOTE: It is important to make extra note of the warning
    given below: "Individuals with diabetes should not soak in
    Epsom salt (hot or warm), except on express advice of

#9: Regulate blood pressure.
Epsom salt baths have also been linked with the ability of
lowering blood pressure. Doctors are quick to prescribe patented
drugs, when they could prescribe Epsom salts! As a low-cost
nutrient, magnesium remains overlooked by most, but now that
you are wise, you can talk to your physician or health practitioner
to see if Epsom salt is right for you.

Your bones and organs store much of your magnesium, ready for
many biological functions. Helping to regulate blood pressure is
just one of them.

#10: Remove a splinter with Epsom salt.
A weird use of Epsom salt is to help you remove a splinter. This
is an amazing tip to remember, because you can remove a
splinter with Epsom salt and not have any pain doing it. shows you how to remove a

More medicinal uses of Epsom Salt
Epsom salt has a variety of medicinal applications applied
topically, you can use Epsom salt as
first aid for:
  • removing  calluses;
  • reducing swelling of sprains and bruises;
  • easing gout;
  • treating fungus in fingernails and toenails;
  • relieving constipation (as saline laxative Epsom salt can
    relieve occasional constipation and irregularity); and
  • healing cuts and drawing out infections.
  • brushing teeth (it will help against periodontal disease).

  • Want better hair? Epsom salt can help you there, too. As a
    hair volumizer you can look your best in an off-grid world.
    Hey, we're just kidding, but since you're curious, here's  how
    to use Epsom salt as a hair volumizer) in absence of
    shampoo. Emjoy your Epsom salt and live happily ever after.

  • Have a headache? Flushing toxins with Epsom salts may
    also help relieve migraine headaches. Learn more about
    Epsom salt as a relief for migraines. The recipe for using
    Epsom salts to treat migraine headaches is at the bottom of
    the page of the Wikihow article that explains how
    magnesium sulfate can provide relief.

In short, Epsom salt draws toxins from the body, sedates the
nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural
emollient, exfoliator, and much more. The ultimate authority is
Epsom Salt Council. See their Web site for details!

Happy endings...
When we first wrote this article, we had 8 good reasons to stock
Epsom Salt, but the list keeps growing. If you're in a healthy
state, take advantage of Epsom salt, and experience the
therapeutic effects. Moderation is the key to a relaxed body and

Homesteading is hard work and soaking in a bath with Epsom
salt added can soothe muscle aches and pains from a long day
working the fields for other parts of your body (not just the feet).
An Epsom salt bath or soak has been a trusted natural remedy
for minor aches, and sprains for centuries. Epsom Salt can help
relieve tired, achy muscles by providing magnesium to help
reduce swelling, and sulfate which helps flush toxins and form
proteins in joints.  

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WARNING: Consult your physician before using Epsom Salt:

There are potential serious toxic effects of overdosing on Epsom
salt, including cardiac arrest, so please consult a physician,
especially if you have a known medical condition. Limb weakness,
vomiting and confusion, are warning  signs...

  • Have Kidney Disease? Are you on a magnesium restricted
    diet? Consult your doctor before using Epsom salt.

  • Have Diabetes? Do not use Epsom Salt if you have
    diabetes. Individuals with diabetes should not soak in
    Epsom salt (hot or warm), except on express advice of

  • Don't drink Epsom Salt without consulting your physician!
    Epsom salt may not be right for you. Some people suffer
    allergic reactions or have medical conditions or medication,
    which could have adverse effects.

  • Use only as directed and keep out of the reach of children!

  • Pregnant or nursing woman should also consult a health
    professional before use.

  • If irritation occurs or there is evidence of infection,
    discontinue use and consult a physician.

  • In case of overdose, get medical attention or contact poison
    control immediately.

  • If you fail to have a bowel movement after use, it could
    mean you have a serious medical condition.

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