The healing wonders of Epsom salt

epsom salt Natural Health

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 Epsom Salt 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

30 Comments on The healing wonders of Epsom salt

  1. Jomo Harvey

    I don't agree with using petroleum jelly in the exfoliation recipe I believe recent studies have shown it to be carcinogenic! although the F.D.A have said that it is completely safe I wouldn't trust it. Coconut oil would be a much better alternative.

  2. Amanda Davies

    Ive started making magnesium oil to spray on my body daily. Google "benefits of magnesium oil". It is amazing!!

  3. Valerie Wells

    I agree, I wouldn't use petroleum jelly, it's a petroleum based product. Not natural. Coconut oil get's my vote.

  4. There is NO scientific evidence that petroleum jelly is carcinogenic. However if you put it near your nose like we did up north in the winter years ago, it can help give you a form of pneumonia. Petroleum is the made from refining oil (heating) Oil is a natural substance found in the earth (natural substance).

  5. Walter Chamberlain

    It's a natural substance, Scott, but that doesn't mean it's good for you. And there may be no scientific evidence for petroleum "jelly", specifically, but like you said, it's derived from petroleum which is extremely bad for you …

  6. I agree- petroleum jelly is a petroleum product- not for human consumption and what we put on our skin goes into our blood stream rapidly – I agree – substitute coconut oil

  7. Christine Higgs

    I take a tiny amount every morning in my cup of tea. Not enough to cause diarrhea, but I find it very helpful for arthritic pain and stiffness. Pretty sure I am not magnesium deficient anymore :)

  8. Walter Chamberlain, I believe I have read SOMEWHERE that petroleum products on human skin actually dehydrates it. I just don't remember where I read it or heard it (probably at the organic food co-op or herb store).

  9. Silvana Scungio

    PETROLeum jelly…vaseline…valvoline.. belongs only in a car engine not on our skin. i'm astounded doctors and the like freely recommend it for babies nappy rash!! :0

  10. your skin IS the largest organ of the human body, petroleum jelly actually blocks the skin from absorbing air, and anything else you are trying to HELP your body with. I agree, Coconut Oil would be better, however there are other carrier oils that would work, if one is not able to attain Coconut Oil…… Jojoba, Olive, Almond, Grapeseed oils would also work.

  11. Elke Reineke D'Onofrio

    to determine if you should put something on your skin, decide first would you eat it.
    So if you would never eat petroleum jelly, then, don't put it on your skin. I would say the only time you might want to use it is if you are trying to keep air away from something, sometimes a wound, but there are probably better ways as well.

  12. Derek Sinclair

    I'm insulin dependent diabetic and I was told by my doctor not to use epsom salts in a foot bath. Doc said that it also eats the good tissue.

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