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Epsom Salt: A Pain & Stress Relieving Home Remedy

Disclaimer: The following information has not been approved by the FDA. This information should not be interpreted as medical advice and is not a substitute for a visit with a medical care professional. Always speak to your doctor about any health concerns. 

You’ve may have heard of Epsom Salt referred to as a “home remedy”, but few people actually take advantage of its therapeutic benefits. We felt that it deserved inclusion in The Home Medicine Cabinet because of its low cost, easy availability, simple implementation, and amazing effectiveness!

What Is Epsom salt? 

The name, Epsom Salt, is misleading because it isn’t a salt at all. It is a naturally occurring mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulfate. The name “Epsom” comes from a bitter saline spring located in Epsom, Surrey, England. “Salt” probably comes from its appearance of small, colorless salt-like crystals.

Epsom salt’s Historical Use

A bitter saline water spring turned the sleepy little town of Epsom, England into a spa resort in the 17th century. The water was believed to have purgative (laxative) powers and was consumed on an empty stomach from a stoneware mug. Epsom is no longer a spa town. When chemist Nehemiah Grew developed a manufacturing method in 1695 to remove the magnesium sulfate compound from the water, people no longer had any need to travel to the spring to receive its health benefits.

What Can epsom salt Do For You?

Although Epsom Salt’s earliest use was as a laxative, it has many other health benefits. The compounds that make up Epsom salt are important for numerous body functions. Magnesium deficiency is becoming a common problem in the US. Sulfate is also essential for many biological functions such as assisting detoxification and helping the body form proteins. Amazingly, magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin, boosting internal levels.

Epsom salt is a natural anti-inflammatory. Using it in a bath not only works to treat a variety of common muscle and stress related conditions, it also assists in detoxification and softens the skin.

Forms Available

Epsom Salt comes in only one form and is available in most drug and health stores. It is inexpensive and stores indefinitely.

How To Use epsom salt

  • Warm Bath:  Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath. Lie back and relax while tight muscles, pain and tension eases away. Soak for at least 20 minutes.
  • Detox Bath:  Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to hot bathwater. Immerse as much as your body as possible in the hot water. Soak for 20-30 minutes. After about 15 minutes you will experience a heavy sweat. Sit up in the water and let the sweat pour off, removing toxins, for another 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Pat dry and lie down until your body stops producing sweat. Drink plenty of water before and after this bath.
  • Foot Bath:  Add 1-2 cups Epsom Salt per gallon of warm water to a foot basin. Soak until the water is cool.
  • Soaking Basin:  Add 1/2 cup Epsom Salt per 8 cups of warm water. Soak injured area in the warm water.

Practical Applications

  • Reduce Stress & Relax the Body:  Use as a warm bath or foot bath.
  • Reduce Pain & Inflammation:  Use as a warm bath.
  • Soothe Sprains & Bruises: Use as a warm bath, foot bath, or soaking basin.
  • Headaches & Migraines:  Use as a warm bath.
  • Eliminate Toxins:  Use as a detox bath.
  • Remove Stubborn Splinters:  Use a soaking basin. This will reduce inflammation and soften the splinter, making removal easier.
  • Relieve Constipation:  Follow the dosing instructions on the package. You can add some lemon juice to improve the flavor. Make sure to drink plenty of liquids afterward as Epsom salt works by drawing water to the intestines. While Epsom salt is a natural laxative, it should only be considered for occasional use. If constipation is a continuing problem, it should be addressed and the underlying cause corrected.
  • Athlete’s Foot & Nail Fungal Infections:  Use as a foot bath.
  • Children’s Calming Bedtime Bath: Use 1/2 to 1 cup Epsom salt in a warm bath. This is especially beneficial when dealing with illness or on a day where the children are “wound up” or anxious.


Epsom Salt is regarded as safe when used as directed. Please read all safety recommendations listed on the package before use.

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This information is provided for educational purposes only. it is not meant to be used as medical advice. Consult a qualified health care provider for advice on specific medical conditions.

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