Epsom, The Salt Of The Earth

IMG_5520Epsom salt is not actually a salt, but a mineral named for a spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.  Last time I used epsom salt was to soak my foot with the goal of reducing inflammation.  I believe this method works due to it being so absorbent into the body.  There are a myriad of health benefits such as eases stress and relaxes the body, relieves pain and muscle cramping, detoxify the body, helps with constipation, ok you get it.

Epsom salt has many gardening uses as well.  It contains a mineral compound magnesium sulfate that is a must-have for your plants. Here is why this “salt” should be a tool in your garden.

Magnesium plays an important roll in seed germination and photosynthesis, the production of chlorophyll and using sunlight to convert into food for the plant

Sulfate is a mineral form of sulfur and essential to the health and longevity of the plant.  It aides in the production of chlorophyll and it activates the nutrients in the soil like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.  Those are the three numbers on the.

How-to use epsom salt in the garden:  add specified mixture (1-2 tablespoons to a gallon of water) and pour into soil or spray on leaves, unless directed not to.  Since epsom salt does not build up in the soil over time, it is very safe to use.  Roses, flowers, tomatoes and peppers love it!  It recently helped my cucumber GreenUp! its yellowing leaves and even more importantly my self-realization of being an improper and over-waterer.  Here is more about gardening with epsom salt.

TIP: Yellowing leaves could be the sign of a magnesium deficiency.  The solution: 2 tablespoons of epsom salt to one gallon of water.  Apply by watering into the soil and/or spraying the leaves, unless advised not to.

I will leave you with 13 wonderful ways to use epsome salt, including but not limited to: hair volumizer, face cleaner, foot soak, relaxing bath, etc. – GreenUp! Guy

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