Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) is a naturally occurring mineral. It has numerous health and beauty benefits as well as many uses in the garden.
An Epsom salt bath is a simple but very effective natural remedy.
When correctly prepared, an Epsom salt bath eases stress and relaxes the body, relieves pain and muscle cramps, and it eliminates toxins from the body. It can even ward off a cold or the flu if taken at the onset of symptoms.
Epsom Salt Bath Recipe
- Tub of hot bath water that will just cover your body when lying down in the bath
- 1-2 cups Epsom salts (see the frequently asked questions below)
- Fill the bath with hot water.
- Dissolve the Epsom salts in a jug of water. Add the Epsom salt to the bath whilst the water is still running. This will ensure that it mixes properly.
- Relax for about fifteen minutes in the bath, get out and give yourself a thorough vigorous rub.
- Avoid becoming chilled.
- Do not use soap or bath oils as it will interfere with the action of the salts.
- Try to rest for about two hours afterwards.
- If you have high blood pressure or any heart condition you should not take an Epsom salts bath.
- If you have arthritic joints you will need to move them as much as possible after an Epsom salts bath to prevent congestion in the joints, which will only aggravate the pain.
- Elderly or frail people, or those that can hardly move their joints without excruciating pain, should start with a smaller quantity of salts (about ½ to 1 cup), and gradually increase that as the bath becomes better tolerated.
Frequently Asked Questions about Epsom Salt
What are the benefits of Epsom salts?
Externally Epsom salt benefits your skin and body in a number of ways. You can soak in it to soften skin and use it as a scrub to exfoliate rough patches. You can also soak in it to reduce the swelling and inflammation of body aches and pains. It is also very beneficial as a stress reducer and can even ward off a cold or the flu if used in a bath at the onset of symptoms.
Where can I get Epsom salts?
You’ll find Epsom salt in a pharmacy or in the supermarket. Most supermarkets stock it in the baking supplies isle.
How much Epsom salt can one use in a bath?
For a healthy adult you can add as much as 2 cups Epsom salts to a bath of hot water that will just cover the body when lying down in the bath. Elderly or frail people should start with smaller quantities.
What is Epsom salt?
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral also known as magnesium sulphate which has numerous health, beauty and gardening related uses.