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Epsom Salts


In 1618 a farmer at Epsom in England found his cows were unhappy drinking the water due to its bitter taste. He noticed that the water healed scratches and rashes. It didn't take long before local lore and word of mouth spread the word. It was originally prepared from mineral water in Epsom, England. Today it is obtained mostly from mining operations.

Recent studies have shown that Epsom Salt can be nebulised for severe asthma. It is used intravenously for the treatment of severe asthma and as part of the treatment for pre-eclampsia for pregnant women, i.e. pregnancy induced hypertension.

Soaking and Topical Use

Epsom Salts are made up mostly of magnesium and sulphates. In our bodies magnesium performs many functions in our systems.

As a result magnesium is considered to:

Sulphates are considered to:

Other actions:

Studies show that these substances are readily absorbed through the skin. Thus bypassing digestive and absorption issues.



Use 40g of Epsom Salt litre of warm water for sore muscles, insect and bug bites and splinter removal.


Foot bath

Add a 140g of Epsom Salt to a bowl of warm water as a popular soak for tired and aching feet.

Internal Use

Warning: Natural does not automatically mean safe. All internal use should be done with knowledge or professional guidance. Please consult the necessary medical or specific expert or practitioner to ensure not only safe use, but also the effective use of natural products.

Although Epsom Salt has been used for centuries as a cleansing agent for the gut, due to all the implications of using any laxative we would strongly recommend consulting a holistic or medical practitioner before use.

There are numerous recipes for gall bladder or some call it a liver flush. A number of them use Epsom Salt. Once again we strongly recommend consulting a holistic or medical practitioner before use.

In the Garden

Experienced gardeners use Epsom Salt as a tonic for plants. It supplies readily available Magnesium and Sulphur which are easily leached from the soils by rain. This tonic is particularly useful when the lack of nutrients in the soil is causing yellowing of the leaves. Not only does Epsom Salt provide good nutrition, but it also improves plants utilisation of N(nitrogen) P (phosphorous) and K (potassium) making it the perfect partner for your current fertilising plan.

Supplementing with Epsom Salt supports

The major pluses of using Epsom Salt:


Brand new garden - once

Sprinkle 130g per 10m2 and dig into the soil

Tomatoes - alternate weeks

20g per 30cm of plant height per plant

Roses - alternate weeks

20g per 30cm of plant height per plant. Also dig in 70g into the soil at the base of the plant to encourage flowering canes and healthy new basal growth. Soak plants before planting in 20g of Epsom Salt per litre of water to help roots cope with the transplanting. Add 20g of Epsom Salt to each hole when planting the plant. They can be sprayed weekly with an Epsom salt solution to discourage pests.

Shrubs - every 2-4 weeks

20g per 1m2, sprinkle over root zones

Lawns - monthly during growing season

Apply 1.5kg per 130m2 using a spreader or dilute in water and spray on.

Trees - Spring, Summer and Autumn

Apply 40g per 1m2. Apply over the root zones.

NOTE - do not apply to Sage. It is a plant that does not like Epsom Salt.

For Horses

It is well known for its internal use as a laxative. It increases water in the intestine and is an irritant thereby promoting bowel movement. Epsom Salt generally produces bowel movement in a 1/2 to 6 hours. It has been used for centuries to cleanse the gut especially on days of rest when mixed with a bran mash. Useful whenever the hind gut needs clearing fast, for example with an acute case of laminitis when the toxins being given off from overloaded, stagnant guts which can give rise to the onset of this painful condition.

Another ancient use has been to optimize a white coat.