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.
Essential oils in your Epsom salt bath
You can also add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil such as eucalyptus or lavender to the bath for extra relaxation and medicinal benefits.
It’s recommended to dissolve the essential oils with a base carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, apricot kernel or evening primrose before adding them to the bath water. These carrier oils nourish and invigorate the skin as well. Mix in your bath a few drops of essential oil in one tablespoon of base oil. You can learn more about essential oils and their uses in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy.
Apple cider vinegar in your Epsom salt bath
For added detoxification and benefits add apple cider vinegar (ACV). ACV is an excellent skin softener and rebalances your skin’s pH. It’s also an effective natural cure if you’re suffering from a fungal or microbial infection, due to its anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. Add in 1/3 cup of ACV.
Baking soda in your Epsom salt bath
Some people like to add 1 cup of baking soda to their Epsom salt bath due to its fantastic cleansing ability as well as anti-fungal properties. Baking soda also leaves the skin very soft and helps soothe irritated skin.
Be sure to properly hydrate with water as the combination of Epsom salts and warm water will pull a lot of toxins from the body. Standing up too quickly after the bath may result in dizziness. You may want to sip on water with lemon throughout the duration of your Epsom salt bath to help support the detoxification process while also staying hydrated.
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 bath
- Individuals between 60-100 lbs (27 kg- 45 kg): 1 cup
- Individuals between 100-150 lbs (45 kg – 68 kg): 1½ cups
- Individuals 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.