Dec 29,2022

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is one of many naturally occurring mineral salts, a compound of magnesium and sulfate in rock-like formations. The name “Epsom salt” is a nod to the town of Epsom, located a stone’s throw away from London in England, where the salt was supposedly discovered about 400 years ago.
While it resembles table salt, it has a very bitter taste and isn’t really meant to be consumed. Most users dissolve it in a warm bath for a soak with the hope of relieving stress or sore muscles.

how much epsom salt for bath

Whether you're aiming to alleviate the pain of sore muscles or get relief for red and itchy skin, you may already know that Epsom salt baths are an amazing way to soothe your body, mind and soul. But you may not be sure how much Epsom salt to use in a bath.

Quick Epsom Salts Background

Epsom salts get their name from the area in England where they're found in natural springs. They consist of magnesium sulfate, which breaks down when dissolved in water to enter your body through the skin.

How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

To get the most out of your Epsom salt bath, add the salts while you're filling the tub with warm water to ensure they fully dissolve. You can pour the salts directly under the water stream as the tub is filling. Make sure the water temperature is warm-yet-still comfortable for an extended soak.

The general rule of thumb is to use 1 to 2 cups Epsom salts in a full-size tub of warm water, depending on the treatment you're aiming to achieve.

Epsom Salt Baths for Detox

The magnesium and sulfate found in Epsom salts are thought to help purge toxins from the body, which can assist with stress relief, weight loss, constipation and overall good health.

Epsom salt baths for detox work best with 2 cups of Epsom salts in your bath water. Soak for at least 12 minutes for general detox, and at least 20 minutes if you're treating constipation.

Epsom Salt Baths for Sore Muscles

Slipping into a tub filled with Epsom salts can provide soothing relief for sore muscles. Use 2 cups of Epsom salts dissolved in warm bath water. Soak for at least 12 minutes.

Epsom Salt Baths for Aching Joints

Arthritis pain can benefit from a soak in Epsom salts, again by adding 2 cups of salts to your warm bath. Stretching your muscles while you're soaking in the tub can help alleviate pain even further, as can soaking for at least 20 minutes.

Epsom Salt Baths for Soothing Skin

Use 1 cup of Epsom salts in your bath for treating irritated skin caused by psoriasis, eczema and other skin conditions. Soak for at least 20 minutes in the magnesium sulfate solution.

Use 2 cups of salts if you're aiming to soothe dry and itchy skin, or itchiness caused by insect bites or poison ivy exposure. Soak for at least 12 minutes per session, with two to three sessions recommended per week, as needed, until your skin condition improves.

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