Epsom Salt & Furniture Polish

A simple, nontoxic furniture polish recipe–

carved wood.

carved wood. (Photo credit: Iqbal Osman1)

Always do a test patch on your wood since finishes vary.

2 cups warm water  |  2 tablespoons  olive oil  |  2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice

Pour each item in a spray bottle.  Shake well, spray, and polish with a soft cloth or rag.

Epsom salt, a pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, has a multitude of benefits for health, gardening, and household uses.  Yet another naturally occurring substance that can help gets rid of toxic chemicals and pesticides in your life!

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HEALTH

  • Ease muscle strain: Add 2 cups to warm bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes.
  • Brush your teeth:  Not only will it whiten teeth but also fight against periodontal disease.  Combine one part Epsom salt with one part water.  Make sure it mixed and fully integrated into the water.  Dip toothbrush into mixture and brush well.  Gargle with salty mixture and then spit.  Rinse mouth with clean, cool water.
  • Cut & inflammation relief: A thick paste of Epsom salt and water applied to the affected area will provide additional relief.
  • Foot care: Helps relieve the symptoms of Athlete’s Foot, gout, removes odors, soften rough skin, and toenail fungus.  Add ½ cup of Epsom salt to a large pan of warm water.  Soak feet for as long as it feels right (unless you are stressed, soak for at least 20 minutes).  Rinse and dry.
  • Sprains and bruises:  To reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises, add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath.  Soak.
  • Splinter remover: To draw out the splinter, soak the area in Epsom salts and hot water.
  • Hair clarifier: To remove product buildup combine one gallon of water, one cup of lemon juice and one cup of Epsom salt. .Cover the mixture and let it sit for at least 24 hours. When it is ready, pour it over dry hair and leave it on for 20 minutes before shampooing.
  • Exfoliator: Epsom salts rubbed over wet skin make a great exfoliator.  Massage handfuls of Epsom salt over wet skin, starting with feet and up towards the face.  Have a bath to rinse the Epsom salt.
  • Blackhead remover:  Mix 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops of iodine in ½ cup boiling water.  When the mixture cools enough to stick finger in it, apply it to the blackhead with a cotton ball.  Repeat this three or four times, reheating the solution as necessary.  Gently remove the blackhead.  Then dab the area with an alcohol-based astringent.
  • Hand cleaner: Epsom salt mixed with baby oil is an effective hand wash.
  • Homemade skin mask:  Apply the mask to damp skin.  For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, ¼ cup of nonfat dry milk, the juice of l lemon, and a ½-teaspoon of Epsom Salt.
  • Excessive oily hair:  Epsom salt soaks up excess oil from hair.  Add 9 tablespoons of Epsom salt to ½ cup of oily hair shampoo.  Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry.  Rinse hair with cold water.  Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar though the hair, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes.  Rinse.
  • Remove hairspray:  Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup Epsom salt, cover and let the mixture set for 24 hours.  The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair for 20 minutes.  Shampoo as usual.
  • Hair volumizer:  Combine equal parts of deep conditioner and Epsom salt.  Warm in a pan.  Work the warm mixture through hair and leave on for 20 minutes.  Rinse.
  • Laxative:  Consult the package directions for instructions.  Talk to your doctor firstsince it may not always be the recommended treatment plan for constipation.
  • A pampering “seaside” spa:  The following recipe is sure to soothe and relax you as toxins are drawn out of your body while deodorizing:

1 cup borax

2 cups Epsom salts

½ cup coarse sea salt

¼ cup baking soda

¼ cup white clay

½ cup dried lavender

10 drops of lavender essential oil

  1.  In a large bowl, mix together the borax, Epsom salt, baking soda, and clay.  Mix in the dried lavender, stirring with a wire whisk.
  2. Sent the mixture with the essential oil, mixing well with the wire whisk.
  3. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave overnight to fix the natural sent.
  4. Thoroughly mix again the next day.
  5. Package in jars, zip-seal, or muslin bags, or envelopes
  6. To use, add ¼ to ½ cup of the recipe to a tubful of warm water and relax.

Overall, Epsom salt boosts magnesium levels in your body.  See document about Epsom Salts from the Epsom Salt Council.

http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/universal_health_institute_about_epsom_salt.pdf

HOUSEHOLD USE

  • Bathroom tile cleaner: Mix Epsom salts and a liquid dish detergent in equal parts.  Then dab it onto the offending area and start scrubbing.
  • Regenerate a car battery:  Dissolve about an ounce of Epsom salt in warm water and add it to each battery cell to “charge” it up.
  • Make frost on you windows for Christmas:  Mix Epson salt with stale beer until the salt stops dissolving.  Apply the mixture to your windows with a sponge.  For a realistic look, sweep the sponge in an arc at the bottom corners.  When the mixture dries, the windows will look frosted.

 GARDENING

  • First plantings:  For setting up the garden in its initial planting stage, Epsom salt is useful for getting a nourishing start due to its properties.  Prepare the garden soil by sprinkling up to 1 cup of Epsom salt to 100 square feet.  Work it into the soil before seeding or planting.  (10 lbs. of Epsom salt per acre is equal to ¼ per 500 square feet.)
  • Slug deterrent: Epsom salts sprinkled in a circle around garden plants will prevent slugs from reaching the plants as well as provide the plants with a source of magnesium necessary to help them flourish.  Reapply after it rains.  Raccoon deterrent:  With a few tablespoons of Epsom salt, spread around the garbage cans.  Reapply after it rains.
  • Fertilizer for roses:  Apply a quarter cup every six weeks around heavy feeders such as roses and rake into the soil. If you throw in a couple of banana peels per rose bush for a dose of potassium as well, your roses will thrive!
  • Fertilizer for tomatoes and other plants:  Every week, for every foot of height of the tomato plant, add on tablespoon of Epsom salt.  Use to fertilize houseplants and trees.
  • Lawn insect pest killer: Epsom salts used on your lawn will safely and naturally get rid of insect pests as well as make your lawn green. Use a ratio of two tablespoons to a gallon of water. Spread on the lawn and then water it with plain water to make sure it soaks into the grass and soil.

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