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  • A new use for Epsom Salt

    Hey, did you all know that in addition to being a way to supply magnesium to our fig trees, Epsom Salt can also be used as an additive to bath water for soaking sore muscles. Wow! ;-)
    Epsom Salt. Who knew, right?!?!
    Jim
    Jim -- Central NJ, Zone 6b

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    SoCal, zone 10.
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      Epsom salt is also used to flush out excess salts from your figs to prevent root burn. It's used with orchids all the time.
      NC Zone 7a-b

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      • #4
        This article I've read indicated epsom salts are not good for plants: http://puyallup.wsu.edu/~linda%20cha...om%20salts.pdf

        I could certainly use some for sore muscles, too much snow!
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        • #5
          Jim
          Ha ok now this is good! I sit in a Epsom salt bath 4 times a week and I've read back of bag and seen all the uses for it. Supposed to be great for your lawn too. For me it's a cure all. Bruises? Soak and gone in a day. Soar muscles soak and gone instantly. Hungover? Real hot salt bath and you sweat it out. Kinda sick but even roids. Soak and relieves and pain and shrinks. I don't go off the bag instructions because I am "Eugali" my wife calls me which is a name for someone that does everything in excessiveness but I actually have a mix like people do for planting medium 100.1.1.1/4
          100 gallons of hot water in the tub
          1 part me
          1 drink or glass of vino
          1/4 bag of Epsom salt
          Sit till you prune or have root rot lol and careful when you get out you'll be a bit dizzy but the stuff works wonders on a soar body! I deliver kegs of beer all day all week in and around the city of Chicago and think they are heavy ?(170lbs) each stack two on a cart,pull them over the snow bank on the curbs,up the stoop of the bar then down 12 stairs into the basement that's 4 foot tall when I'm 6"5. The salt is by best friend. Well so is the vino๐Ÿท
          Last edited by Taverna78; 03-06-2015, 06:52 AM.
          Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
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          2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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          • #6
            Thanks Taverna78,

            Love the way she destroyed the common myth. If you need it you do but otherwise just add good organic matter and most of your low level nutrients will be ok. You can OVER organic your soil if what you are using is too high in anything. Normally this will not be a problem if you just compost normal stuff.

            BEST to TEST and then you know for sure what your levels are and how best to cure the problem.

            Taverna78 substituting Bourbon for Vino works equallly well!
            Last edited by Darkman; 03-06-2015, 10:21 AM.
            Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a

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            • #7
              I slept "funny" a few nights ago and got a crick in my neck. Combined with work and weather-related stress, my whole upper back has been stiff and sore for days. My usual cure for that is to dig out a stump or dig a ditch or something -- that fixes me right up. I even went out and did some snow shoveling -- that helped a bit, but it didn't help enough.
              So, I'm reading in a magazine and come across a little blurb about bathing with Epsom Salt. The lightbulb goes off -- "Hey, I have Epsom Salt with my fig stuff!"
              So, I run myself a bath and pour in the Epsom Salt. I pour myself a big glass of wine (...can't hurt, right?!?!) I am literally just about to step in, and my wife says she thinks there's something wrong with the heat.
              There goes my plan for soaking in the hot water and then going promptly to bed.
              So, I check out the furnace and diagnose a probable failed thermocouple on the pilot light. Luckily I bought a spare one the last time this happened. An hour and 15 minutes later (including diagnosing the problem, looking for tools, doing the repair, and verifying the furnace will kick back on), I go back upstairs. It's late and I've given up on the bath, but the water is still warm, so I go for it.
              It didn't help as much as I had hoped, but I'm not surprised given the circumstances.
              I am self-proscribing another bath with much hotter water, much more Epsom Salt, and much more wine.
              Jim
              Jim -- Central NJ, Zone 6b

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                If you go to local Walmart,cvs or Walgreens there's a few types for fig I never use for body I get the sports menthol salt and have my vodka if I am feeling like a FiFi I use the lavender salt and have the vino. As hot as water as you can handle. Also if is just your feet or hands u can fill bowl hot water and salt. When I do bath I use at least 1/4 of the bag.
                Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
                1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy ๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ.
                2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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                  Epsom salt is also used as a laxative. Thought I mention it since I did not see anyone else doing it.
                  Art
                  St Louis County, MO Z6B

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                    • #11
                      I make a great Salt Scrub that includes Epson Salts with Organic Vegetable Oil and essential oils. It works well to moisturize the whole body after a bath or shower. We need this desperately for cold dry winters. . . It takes the itch away that can occur from Candida or jsut dry skin. Candida thrives on my skin in the winter when I'm wearing multi layers of clothing all the time. . ..

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                      • FiginaJam
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                        Might have to try that for these dry winters lol.

                      • FiginaJam
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                        @Singing Gardner. What's your exact recipie and products used, how long stored etc?
                        Last edited by FiginaJam; 01-23-2018, 10:07 PM.

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                      It's good for soaking feet, too.
                      USDA Zone 9b Wish list: Abruzzi, Pasquale, Filacciano, Tagliacozzo, Zingarella, Godfather. Any, including unknowns, from Abruzzo, Italy.

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