Epsom Salt Health Uses & Benefits

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.