Taking a relaxing Epsom salt bath offers health benefits that have led many people for years to make soaking in the tub a regular routine. Epsom salt baths are fantastic for relaxing and detoxing your body and getting the health benefits of magnesium, but if you don’t have time to take a bath, you can get the same benefits by doing an Epsom salt foot soak.
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salts are a naturally occurring pure mineral compounds made of sulfate and magnesium. They were named after a saline spring in Surrey, England, where they were first discovered.
There are many extraordinary uses for Epsom salt, however it is most commonly added to a hot bath or foot soak where the salt penetrates into the skin to reduce stress, detox the body and even promote weight loss.
Epsom Salt Bath Benefits
When Epsom salt is added to a hot bath, magnesium and sulfate are broken down and readily absorbed through the skin where they penetrate into the blood stream. Through a process called reverse osmosis, Epsom salt pulls harmful toxins out of the body through the skin and allows the magnesium and sulfates to enter.
Magnesium is needed in over 325 enzymes. It supports nerve and muscle functions, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation throughout the body.
Sulfates are needed to maintain and build healthy joints as well as nervous and skin tissue.
The Benefits of Epsom Salt Foot Bath
Using Epsom salt foot soaks regularly can improve athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, sprains, gout, muscle soreness and bruises. It may also be able to restore immunity as it pulls out harmful toxins from the body and reduces inflammation.
Other benefits of Epsom salt baths include relief from:
Stiff joints and tight muscles
Arthritis pain and swelling
Soreness from diarrhea
Swollen and tired feet
Complications from sunburn
Epsom Salt Bath Recipe
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, migraines, stress or other general aches, you may want to hop in the tub for some relaxation time.
Try this ultimate Epsom salt detox bath recipe for all your general care needs:
1-2 cups of Epsom salt (you can change the amount according to your body weight – read the next section below)
10-20 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
1 cup of baking soda (optional)
1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar (optional)
Fill the bathtub up with warm water. Do not make the water so hot that you will not be able to sit in it.
Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt directly in the water and soak for approximately 15-20 minutes up to three times per week. Don’t use Epsom salt in a hot tub, whirlpool, or other tub with jets unless the manufacturer says it’s okay.
Some sources recommend soaking in Epsom salt bath for about 40 minutes in order to allow your body time to get rid of the toxins and fully absorb the magnesium, while other sources recommend soaking for no more than 30 minutes. In any case, start gradually and see how you feel.
How Much Epsom Salt to Use According to Your Weight
I found a few references (one of them is Dr. David Jockers) claiming that the quantity of Epsom salt you use should correlate with your body weight.
Here are the quantities of Epsom salt to use in your bath according to your weight:
Children under 60 lbs (27 Kg): ½ cup to a standard size bathIndividuals between 60-100 lbs (27 kg- 45 kg): 1 cupIndividuals between 100-150 lbs (45 kg – 68 kg): 1½ cupsIndividuals over 150 lbs (68 kg): 2 cups
Epsom Foot Soak Benefits
Your foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 120 ligaments, muscles and nerves. With so many opportunities to experience pain, it is no wonder that approximately 75 percent of people in the United States are plagued with foot pain.
A foot soak with Epsom salt pulls toxins from the body while reducing inflammation and body aches. If you suffer from painful bunions, corns and calluses, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, flat feet or tarsal tunnel syndrome, consider taking a warm Epsom salt foot bath two or three times per week.
Epsom Salt Foot Bath Recipe
Fill up a large bucket with hot water. Add ½ cup Epsom salt to the bucket and soak feet for 10 minutes at a time. Be sure to take foot baths even when your feet are not in pain to reduce the likelihood of sore feet later.
Did you know that Epsom salts can be used to help you lose weight?
Most of us wouldn’t mind relaxing in a tub full of warm water and coming out a few pounds lighter. Epsom salt can be used to help you lose weight.
A research published by British biochemist Rosemary Waring found that blood levels of magnesium and sulfate rise after taking an Epsom bath. These minerals can help get rid of toxins, heal skin issues and de-stress, all of which help you lose weight!