Epsom Salt Bath: The Benefits and How to Do It

Many of us are familiar with the sore muscles we experience after strenuous movement. What you might not know is that the soreness is due to lactic acid. Because of its high magnesium content, Epsom salt promotes the release of lactic acid from muscle tissue. This makes an Epsom salt bath ideal for easing achiness and muscle pain. Having an Epsom salt bath after a massage is also beneficial since both help muscles release lactic acid.


What you’ll need

  • Epsom salt
  • Towel

How to do it

  1. Add 1/2 cup Epsom salt in a full bath of warm water. Over time, increase to 2 cups.
  2. To replace fluid you lose as perspiration, sip a glass of water during the bath. Or wet a thin towel with cold water, wring it out, and wrap it around your neck (refresh as needed).
  3. Soak for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Wash or rinse off as you choose.


What you’ll need

  • Epsom salt
  • Basin
  • Towel

How to do it

  1.  Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a basin.
  2. Add warm water until the water is deep enough to cover your feet.
  3. Soak for 30-60 minutes, 2-3 times a week.

Tips for a regular bath

  •  DO consult with your doctor if you have concerns about taking a warm bath.
  • DON’T immerse your body above heart level, especially if you’re over 50 or have diagnosed heart trouble.

General tips

  • DO buy Epsom salt that’s 100% magnesium sulfate, USP grade.
  • DO use a moderate water temperature.
  • DON’T use on skin that has a rash, is open, or injured.
  • DON’T use soap, shampoo, or other products.
  • USE WITH CAUTION if you have an intolerance to sulfur and/or a CBS mutation.

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