The healing wonders of Epsom salt

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Epsom salts are chemically pure, high grade magnesium sulphate sourced and processed naturally. The detoxifying effects and health benefits have been known for many years. Bathing in Epsom salts is now a very popular treatment for sports injuries as it helps the muscles relax.

Epsom salt was originally discovered in Epsom, Surrey, and is now produced from natural minerals in Germany and many other countries globally and has many uses including helping plants grow!

The benefits of Epsom salt are not just tales. Numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of magnesium and sulphate, the two major components of Epsom salt. People to have sung the praises of Epsom salt include natural doctors and gardening experts.

Bathing/Health Use:

Summer Ailments

For mosquito bites, bee stings and mild sunburn, make compresses by soaking a cotton washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup), then apply to the skin.

Sore Muscles

Make compresses by soaking a cotton washcloth in cold water that has been mixed with Epsom salt (2 tablespoons per cup), then apply to the skin.

Create a paste to apply to the skin by adding a teaspoon of Epsom salt to about a cup of hot water until it dissolves, then chill the solution in the fridge for 20 minutes. Note: Clean the skin and pat dry before applying the paste.

Take an Epsom salt bath, by adding 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub and soaking for at least 15-20 minutes. The salt dissolves quicker if you pour it under running water.


Epsom salt is a popular remedy for easing muscle pain and fading bruises. Add 2 cups(approx 250-500g) of bath salt to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub (increase it if you have a larger bath). Bathe 2-3 times weekly, soaking for at least 15-20 minutes.

Foot Bath

Soothe your aching feet with a bath salt balm. Simply create an Epsom Salt bath by pouring 1 cup (100-250g) into a tub/bowl/foot spa of warm water.

Health/Beauty Use:


– Mix 1/2 cup of Epsom salt with warm, soapy water.

– Soak feet to soften skin.

– Remove polish, cut and file nails and calluses.

– Soak feet in an Epsom salt bath for 5 minutes.

Spa Treatment

– After showering, massage handfuls of Epsom salt over wet skin to exfoliate the body. It’s the same treatment many upscale spas use, without the upscale price!


– For exfoliation, mix 2 cups (250-500g) of Epsom salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches.


– Add two cups(250-500g) of salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub.

– Soak for at least 15-20 minutes, two – three times weekly.

– For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.


– Mix 1/2 tsp of Epsom salt into cleansing cream for deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin, rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Source: Holistic DIY

151 Comments on The healing wonders of Epsom salt

  1. Sulfur accumulates in the body and is very very hard to remove, check the iris if their is slight yellow in it then sulfur is present, Magnesium sulphate may be natural but for regular consumption NO it is not natural for our bodies.

  2. Sulfur is a major problem most of the supermarket foods are saturated with sulfur, it is a toxin that continuously builds up in the body, a good indicator is slight yellow in the iris, this can take years to remove under strict condition, personally as Naturopath I would not recommend, whatever it is go alternate and natural, maybe organic caster oil due to the problem.

  3. For the magnesium oil lotion recipe

    Magnesium is needed for so many things, including restful sleep, digestion of food, heart health, fertility, strong bones, energy and so much more.

    What You’ll Need

    (1 heaping cup) Magnesium Chloride Flakes (you can buy it on ebay from australian suppliers *Update: For double-strength magnesium lotion, use 2 cups.)
    (250 ml) Filtered or Purified Water
    (2 cups) Coconut Oil, grape seed oil or a combination
    (3 to 6 tablespoons) Beeswax Pastilles, or grated Beeswax (If using coconut oil, use less, if using all grape seed or almond oil, use more.)
    (10 drops) Rosemary Essential Oil (Optional preservative, but I haven’t found it to be necessary. Avoid using if you are pregnant.)

    What To Do
    1. Bring the water to a simmer, remove from heat and pour in the magnesium flakes. Stir until the flakes dissolve. Now you have “magnesium oil”!

    2. In a double boiler (or, like me, you can put a smaller saucepan inside a larger saucepan half-filled with water) stir the coconut oil and beeswax over medium-low heat until they are completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool until only slightly warm.

    In a deep, somewhat narrow container, pour the oil/wax and the magnesium oil. Put an immersion blender all the way in and turn it on. Very slowly, lift the immersion blender towards the top of the liquid. Continue moving it up and down until the liquids are well blended. (*Note: If you do not have an immersion blender, put the magnesium oil into a regular blender or food processor and, while it’s running, very slowly pour in the coconut oil/wax mixture.)
    Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours and then blend again. This is when to add the rosemary essential oil, if you’re using it.

    I find that using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of my cream per day is a good amount for me, but everybody is different. It is recommended that people start with a small amount and work their way up until any magnesium deficiency symptoms are gone. I like to apply this recipe to my feet, because the soles of the feet are excellent for absorbing what we put on them. It is also very moisturizing and works wonders on dry, rough skin. 🙂
    Topical magnesium takes 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed, so don’t put it anywhere that you will be washing within half an hour. If you want, you can wash it off after this time.

  4. Epsom salt is good for treating infections too. Was in a boating accident when I was 14. Missing for 3 days. Every nick, cut, blister and scratch on my body became infected. The doc told me to soak in a bath with Epsom salt 3 times a day. The infected places cleared up and left little scaring.

  5. If you buy it in bulk, (say from a place like saltworks), it is much cheaper. 50lb bags on the order of $0.80/pound instead of like 3-4 times that if bought in stores.

  6. Ahhh yep, bought a box today had run out…sooo good for my aching plantar inflamed heel spurred tooties :)) an hours soak in the foot spa and im almost human legged again! lol and my body soaks in the magnesium it needs to heal and feel good 🙂

  7. my western med doc suggested this 30 years ago, moved to an area that has lots of magnesium in the water and I just need to take a soak in the tub to overcome the pains etc.!

  8. As a student nurse I had a patient who had been bitten on the thumb by a human and the infection would not heal. The antibiotics could not reach the site for the swelling. LIL student nurse me asked if we could try epsoms. Two days later the infection was nearly gone. Yay!

  9. My almost five year old takes a salt bath at least five times a week and he loves it! He rather do that then a bubble bath! In fact if you have a little one who would oppose a salt bath throw in California baby bubble bath (or whatever natural organic one) with the salt they will never know! I also think my oldest likes salt baths because he can see his toys in the water!

  10. Do not ever use petroleum jelly! Totally defeats the purpose of all natural/ holistic/ and healthy! It comes from the oil you use in your car! Its horrible! Use grape seed oil, almond oil, olive oil, vitamin E oil anything but petroleum jelly! Geeze people!

  11. Hmm. It speaks of healing effects of epsom salt but doesn’t have that you can detox your liver by doing the “spa treatment”. I also fertilize my plants with it every month.

  12. Did this last week mixed with different pure essential oils. I never knew about this till the other week when my alternative medicine doctor told me to do it for detoxifying reasons and help aid in the recovery of my knee injury. I’m gonna start doing this every few days for sure!! They’re pure awesome.

  13. This is nasty but here is my testimony. I had this horrible infection or whatever in my big toe nail. It was pussing green stuff and blood, lots of it. It hurt so bad. I couldn’t wear a shoe. Everyone who saw it said I needed to go to the Dr and I’d have to have surgery. Well, with no insurance that wasn’t happening. I soaked my foot in hot water and epsom salt a few times a day. All better!!!!

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