Benefits Of Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom-Salt-BathWhether it’s sore muscles, aches from cold and flu, the onset of any kind of imbalance (cough, sore throat, fever), even fear, worry and sadness, take an Epsom salt bath.

On the physical side, Epsom salt which is the mineral magnesium sulfate, has been found to help alleviate pain. Additionally, soaking in Epsom Salt helps will naturally pull toxins from the body, which speeds the healing process. When a cold or the flu is coming on, adding Epsom Salt to a before-bed bath, can often stop the virus in its track.

On an emotional level, Epsom Salt baths will help soothe and calm emotions, again a result, connected to the presence of the Magnesium.

According to The University of Maryland Medical Center ‘Every organ in the body — especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys — needs the mineral magnesium.’ ‘Most important, it activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.’

Their overview on the scientific benefits of Magnesium goes on to state that, “Getting enough magnesium may enhance the effectiveness of conventional treatment for asthma, depression, migraine headache, and restless leg syndrome.”

During a bath the body absorbs magnesium through the skin, contributing to the supporting effects of an Epsom salt bath. It will detox the body of virus, flu, colds and other toxins.

Dosage Amounts of Epsom Salts to a Full Tub

You can use anywhere from a ¼ cup to an entire box, depending on what’s going on. For your child use only a ¼ cup. For an adult use 1 cup to an entire full tub. If you have heart problems or blood pressure problems, only use l/4-l/2 cup to a whole tub of water. If you are in good health generally and need it for your muscles, detoxing or a virus/flu bug/fever, start at one cup for a 20-30 minute soak. If you have no side effects like dizziness or nausea from the action of detoxing quickly, you can add a little more the next time.

Best taken before bed and then bundle up and get right into bed for a deep sleep.

For children or very young children over age 3: Pour ¼ cup of Epsom salt into a warm bath and no more.

*Warning – keep out of eyes, it stings.

Linda Wolschlager, Certified Nutrition Counselor/West Bloomfield

The Nutrition Advisor/

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  1. I remember my mother always talking about Epsom salts, but this is very interesting to read. Thank you.

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