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Every night right before I go to bed you can find me doing an Epsom salt foot soak. I’ve seen such great benefits from doing it, I hardly ever skip a night! It’s super easy to make and quick to do.
Epsom salt baths are fantastic for relaxing your whole body and getting the benefits of magnesium, but if you don’t have time to take a bath you can pretty much get the same benefits by doing an Epsom salt foot soak. You don’t need a tub, so it’s very convenient to do anytime and anywhere.
Why Use Epsom Salt:
Epsom salts provide many health benefits. When added to water, the minerals are easily absorbed through your skin. Which is the best way to boost your magnesium (aside from through food). Sometimes getting the magnesium transdermally can be a good way because it is less affected by activity in your gut, from things like stomach acids and digestive enzymes. When the liver and stomach are bypassed more of the magnesium can go directly into the bloodstream.
Most of us need to increase our magnesium because it is estimated that at least 50% of Americans are deficient in this mineral. Magnesium can get depleted whenever we are under stress or have anxiety.
One study found that a daily 20 minute Epsom salt foot soak resulted in a significant increase in individuals overall magnesium level in 4 weeks.
Since Epsom salt increases your magnesium, it has also been found correspondingly helpful in increasing the level of serotonin in your brain, which is a “happy” chemical and this helps make your feel good and relaxed!
Cardiovascular benefits of Epsom Salts
Epsom salts may also help your cardiovascular system by improving circulation, elasticity of the arteries, and lowering your inflammation. It can even help lower your blood pressure! When your arteries benefit, then you reduce the risk of blood clots, accumulation of plaque and lessen any damage that may happen to the arterial wall. To get these full benefits you may want to try a bath.
Additional Benefits Include:
- Flush out toxins
- Increase and absorb magnesium
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Relieve muscle aches, pain, and cramping
- Eliminates odors
- Treats foot fungus
- Helps regulate blood sugar
The benefits I’ve seen from doing Epsom salt foot soaks:
Every time I do an Epsom salt foot soak, I feel a difference in just 20 minutes of soaking my feet! I notice I feel less stressed and more relaxed. Since I started doing one every night, my sleep has also improved. I get to sleep easier and don’t wake up as often in the middle of the night.
How to Do an Epsom Salt Foot Soak:
What you need:
- A large container of any kind big enough to soak your feet in (I use a plastic bin)
- 1/4 cup of Epsom salts
- Warm water (Not too hot, or you won’t get the optimum benefits)
For additional benefits you may also want to add ( I only add these occasionally, once a month)
- You can add essential oils, like a drop or two of lavender. Lavender gives a soothing and calming effect which aids in relaxation. This is especially helpful to use near bed time. Many find it help them get to sleep easier.
- Some like to add in ginger or cayenne to help boost the detoxifying benefits.
- A few tablespoons of baking soda can also be added to help with detoxification and also soften your skin.
1. Add the Epsom salt to your container and add warm water from your sink or tub (enough so that the water will come up to your ankles when you put your feet in).
2. Find a comfy spot to do the Epsom salt foot soak because you need to do it for at least 30 minutes. I like to sit in a comfy chair and watch TV while soaking my feet.
How Long Should you the Epsom Salt Foot Soak and How Often?
I typically do an Epsom salt foot soak for 30 to 45 minutes every night or at least a few times a week. Some recommend doing it for at least a full 40 minutes in order to allow your body time to get rid of the toxins and fully absorb the magnesium.
Love your method, the “steps” you mentioned are easy to implement!
Will this help for Edema?
Epsom salt foot soaks are great for reducing swelling and injured muscles.
I have a 3 drawer plastic Sterilite storage cart… (the ones most people put craft supplies in) I use one of the drawers to soak my feet in. Perfect size and easy to pick up and carry with the handle!
Are E Salt foot bath is useful for arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis , osteoarthritis ? Or it is harmful for this ?
Some say it helps arthritis and they get relief.
Hello I broke my ankle and had an operation 8 months ago to repair it . I have screws and a plate can I soak my feet in the epsomsalt bath ? Would love to use to relax and hel me sleep
Has the wound completely healed?
Came across your posting while doing a web search ‘if one should rinse off after an Epson Salt bath’ and found some of the comments very interesting. With that said; due to recent lower back pain I have begun a ritual of ES baths every second day (as sensitive to prescribed anti-inflammatory medications) and have experienced a noticeable marked improvement for the better. To conclude; the first time I heard of the use of Epsom Salt soaking is when a close friend of mine had a horse whose hoof became very infected and the Vet advised ES treatment (soaking it) which drew out the infection thus worked like a charm saving her a bundle of $$$$ in antibiotics. (Just thought I’d share that story with you and your readers.)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post! I added the 1/4 cup in a bucket (lol) wth warm water. ‘‘Twas relaxing and can feel my skin softening. Your blog is great and will continue reading 🙂
November 29, 2017
Tried it before bed so it’s now 11/30/17!similar ingredients such as 1 cup rosin salt, 1 cup salt and 2 cups baking soda prior to your page I did rinse after googling because there were some white dry residues but I did not see the change in water like most pic did I do something wrong on my toxin level is okay?
The water should be clear unless you added extra ingredients to it.
How much much is to warm? I had read in one article that the water should be as hot as you could stand it.
I wouldn’t put it that hot. I would say mine I make mine from 94 to 100 degrees fahrenheit.