Weigh-in and Epsom Salts

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Today is weigh-in day once again. Every Saturday just like clockwork the time to step on the scale arrives. It is pleasant when the scale goes down. It is tolerable when the scale stays the same, and it is unfriendly when it goes up. I’m in a period of time when trips play into three weeks of weigh-ins. Trips are peculiarly troublesome for weight lost. But God’s grace is sufficient for those times as well. Hold your horses Mr. Scale.

I have a box of Epsom salts sitting near the bath tub. Dr. Oz says to put it in your bath which we do on occasion. I also used it to reduce and eliminate some toe infection by soaking in it. I purchased a foot soaker from Walmart that heats slightly (although I haven’t noticed that) and it bubbles while soaking. As I was looking at the box of Epsom salts I noticed how many uses it has. The following is a list that you might find helpful or amusing. Thanks to Charlene who typed this from the box.



  • Soaking Solution
    • For Minor Sprains and Bruises, Sore Muscles
  • Saline Laxative
    • For Relief of Occasional Constipation:
      • Relieves occasional constipation (irregularity)
      • Generally produces bowel movement in 1/2 to 6 hours
  • Plant Food Supplement
    • For Bigger, More Vigorous Plants (*see information below)


  • As a soaking solution: Pour 2 cups of Epsom salt under warm, running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes to relieve sore, tired muscles.
  • As a warm compress: Dissolve 1 cup of Epsom salt in 1 quart of warm water. Using a towel, apply solution to the affected area for 15-30 minutes to reduce pain and swelling. Repeat as needed.
  • Warning: Where prompt relief is not obtained or where there is evidence of irritation or infection, discontinue use and consult a doctor.


Ask a doctor before use if you have:

  • Kidney disease
  • A magnesium restricted diet
  • Stomach pain, nausea or vomiting
  • Noticed a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts more than 2 weeks

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are presently taking a prescription drug


* Directions for Lawn Uses:

  • Lawns: Apply at a rate of ½ pound per one thousand square feet of lawn
  • Garden Plants and Shrubbery: Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons around the base of each plant
  • As Plant Food Supplement:
    • Tomatoes, Roses: One teaspoon per foor plant height every 2 weeks
    • Lawns: Three pounds per 1,250 sq. feet
    • Evergreen, Azaleas, Rhododendrons: Apply one Tablespoon per 9 sq. feet over the root zone every 2-4 weeks
    • Trees: Apply two Tablespoons per 9 sq. feet over the root zone once every 4 months
    • Garden Startup: Sprinkle approximately 1 cup per 100 sq. feet and mix into soil prior to planting
    • House Plants: Mix one teaspoon per gallon of water and feed to plants every 1-4 weeks
    • * For quicker results, water plants after applying this product.
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