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
- Ingrown toenails
- Insulin sensitivity
- Poor circulation
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.