Epsom Salt Health Uses & Benefits

Doctors cite many health benefits from either soaking your feet or taking a bath in Epsom salt, including: soothing muscle pain and aches, providing itch relief from sunburn and poison ivy, removing splinters, decreasing swelling and boosting your body’s levels of magnesium and sulfate. Here are some natural recipes for different at-home remedies and uses of Epsom salt:

What to do for sore muscles, aches, pains, bruises and splinter removal

In each case, experts say taking an Epsom salt is a natural, at-home remedy. Here’s what you do:

  • Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom salt for an oversized garden tub).
  • Soak for at least 12 minutes
  • The Epsom salt will dissolve quicker if you put it under the running water.

Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.

Other tips to for sore muscles and splinter removal

Make compress

  • Soak a cotton washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup)

Create a paste to apply to the skin

  • Adding a teaspoon of Epsom salt to about a cup of hot water until it dissolves
  • Chill the solution in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  • Note: Clean the skin and pat dry before applying the paste.

Soaking aching feet in an Epsom salt foot bath

  • Create an Epsom Salt bath by pouring 1 cup into a tub of warm water.