How to make an Epsom salt bath
Epsom salts dissolve in water. Enthusiasts believe this allows magnesium and sulfates to be readily absorbed into skin. Whether this is sufficient for various treatments or not, Epsom salt is considered safe. It’s also easy to use, easy to find, and inexpensive.
How to do it
There really is no downside to taking a warm bath, although it’s important to check with your doctor first if you have low blood pressure. This is because hot water can temporarily lower blood pressure.
It’s be recommends adults use 2 cups of Epsom salt per gallon of warm water. More than that can make the water feel slippery. It may also be drying to your skin.
Lower concentrations you can try are:
- 300 grams (1.5 cups) of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water
- 1 cup of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water
- 2 cups of Epsom salt added to your bathtub of water
Soak for at least 15 minutes. If you’re soaking in an Epsom salt bath for aches and pains, make sure not to use water that’s too hot. This might worsen instead of reduce swelling.
Other ways to use Epsom salt in a soak:
- Create a detox bath.
- Create a detox footbath.
- Mix a foot soak for general use.
- Use Epsom salt water in a compress for direct application to sore muscles.
Many Epsom salt advocates believe the amount of magnesium able to enter the body through the skin is sufficient for reducing swelling and relieving aches. It’s also thought that Epsom salts are effective for soothing skin and reducing irritation and itching.