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The Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths by a Nutritional Therapist

Updated: Jun 6

Indulge in the soothing benefits of Epsom salt baths for your body and mind! As a nutritional therapist, I advocate for holistic wellness practices, and Epsom salt baths are a fantastic addition to your self-care routine.

Epsom salt is a mineral compound that contains magnesium & sulfate. Adding Epsom salt to a warm bath is a popular natural remedy that has been used for centuries to promote relaxation & soothe sore muscles.


Due to their high magnesium content, Epsom salts promote the release of lactic acid from muscle tissue. An Epsom salts bath can be helpful any time you are suffering from achiness and muscle strain. It is also an excellent idea for the evening after you have had a massage because it helps to clear out released lactic acid. Without this, there may be a temporary generalised soreness following the massage treatment of a particularly tight area.


Here are some of the benefits that have been associated with Epsom salt baths:

1.     Relaxation: Epsom salt baths are known for their relaxing and stress-relieving properties. The warm water and magnesium in the Epsom salt can help to calm the nervous system and promote a sense of relaxation and well-being.

2.     Pain relief: Epsom salt baths are often used to soothe sore muscles and joints. The magnesium in the Epsom salt can help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

3.     Skin health: Epsom salt baths can help to improve the health of the skin by promoting the removal of dead skin cells and toxins. This can help to improve the appearance and texture of the skin.

4.     Improved sleep: Epsom salt baths can help to promote better sleep by relaxing the body and calming the mind. This can help to reduce stress and promote a more restful sleep.

5.     Detoxification: Epsom salt baths can help to promote detoxification by drawing out toxins from the body. This can help to improve overall health and well-being.

Instructions for an Epsom Salt Bath:

1.     Start with warm water: Fill your bathtub with warm water that is comfortable for you to soak in.

2.     Add Epsom salt: Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salt to the warm water and mix to dissolve.

3.     Soak in the Epsom salt bath for at least 20 minutes to allow the magnesium & sulfate to be absorbed by your skin.

4.     Relax: Take the time to relax and unwind while soaking in the bath. You can listen to calming music, read a book, or simply close your eyes and meditate.

5.     Rinse off: After soaking in the Epsom salt bath, rinse off with warm water and pat yourself dry with a towel.

6.     Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water before and after your Epsom salt bath can help to prevent dehydration and promote overall health. To replace the fluid you lose as perspiration, keep a glass of cold water beside you and sip it during the bath.

7.     If you like, you may also wring a towel in cold water and wrap it around your neck. As with any hot bath, make sure you get out of the tub slowly and carefully.


I often recommend to my clients to buy their epsom salts in bulk as this can be a great cost saving. Here are some handy links to purchase.

CAUTION: If you are over 50 or have diagnosed heart trouble, you should moderate the water temperature and avoid submerging your body above heart level. You should definitely use a cold towel around your neck, keeping a bucket of cold water available beside the tub for wringing. If you have any concerns about whether a hot tub will affect you adversely, please consult with your doctor before using the Epsom salts bath.

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