What if we told you there’s a hidden gem in your drugstore that costs less than your daily Starbucks latte and can help combat a number of beauty and health conundrums? It may sound too good to be true, but the overlooked miracle worker does exist. It’s Epsom salt.
Epsom salt is composed of two minerals—magnesium and sulfate—and it’s a steal, generally costing less than $10 for a few pounds of the stuff. It’s been around forever, too: There “have been recorded uses of Epsom salt to solve health problems since the 1500s,” says Jim Hill, president of the Epsom Salt Council.
You may have written it off as something collecting dust in your grandparents’ bathroom closet, but Epsom salt has a number of practical—and effective—uses. Stock up on it to reap the following benefits: