Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulfate, a salt of the elements Magnesium and Sulfur, MgSO4. It has medicinal uses as well as being used as a garden chemical. Most medical uses are best discussed with your doctor.

A soak in bath salts containing Epsom Salt after a hard day in the garden is soothing, eases sore muscles and aids sleep. Maybe it’s the combination of warm water and minerals. I buy an over the counter soak that contains other minerals in addition to Epsom Salt. (Consult your doctor if you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes before using mineral soaks. My friend Ellie got a rash from using the OTC soak in greater than recommended amount.)

Epsom Salt is commonly used to encourage Gardenias. They need magnesium for increasing phosphorous uptake for ‘strong bones.’ The Sulfur makes the soil more acid. Sometimes gardeners will advise to use Epsom Salt…

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  1. Thank you for your comment. I am very glad you stoped byand read blog. I love Georgia It is a lovely state. I hope the “tobaco” plant does mutiply. I think it is cute and it is small enough to tuck in between the rose.

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