Epsom Salt Bath Soaks 600 g
Epsom salt is an ingredient used in a soak to treat minor aches and pains. It’s thought to soothe tired muscles and reduce swelling.
As a medication administered intravenously, it can stave off premature birth and alleviate seizures caused by several conditions, including magnesium deficiency, preeclampsia, and eclampsia.
The most popular use for Epsom salt is in baths.
While there isn’t strong, scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness, many people say they feel relief for multiple symptoms by soaking in an Epsom salt bath.
How to do it
Epsom salts dissolve in water. Enthusiasts believe this allows magnesium and sulfates to be readily absorbed into skin. Whether this is sufficient for various treatments or not, Epsom salt is considered safe. It’s also easy to use, easy to find, and inexpensive.
There really is no downside to taking a warm bath, although it’s important to check with your doctor first if you have low blood pressure. This is because hot water can temporarily lower blood pressure.
The doctors recommends adults use 2 cups of Epsom salt per gallon of warm water. More than that can make the water feel slippery. It may also be drying to your skin.
Lower concentrations you can try are:
- 300 grams (1.5 cups) of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water
- 1 cup of Epsom salt to 1 gallon of water
- 2 cups of Epsom salt added to your bathtub of water
Soak for at least 15 minutes. If you’re soaking in an Epsom salt bath for aches and pains, make sure not to use water that’s too hot. This might worsen instead of reduce swelling.
Many Epsom salt advocates believe the amount of magnesium able to enter the body through the skin is sufficient for reducing swelling and relieving aches. It’s also thought that Epsom salts are effective for soothing skin and reducing irritation and itching.
Epsom salt bath side effects
When used as a soak, Epsom salt is generally considered safe.
If you’ve never had an Epsom salt bath, consider testing a patch of skin with magnesium sulfate and water first.
Avoid submerging broken skin in an Epsom salt bath.
Stop use if you experience:
- itchy skin
- allergic reactions, like hives or rash
- skin infection
As a folk remedy, Epsom salt is used on a widespread basis to provide relief for a variety of conditions.
- itching caused by poison ivy
- skin irritation and inflammation
- sore feet
- sore muscles
- stiff joints
Doctors also administer it intravenously. It’s been shown to be effective for these uses:
- control rapid heartbeat
- relieve migraine headaches
- postpone premature birth
- prevent seizures caused by preeclampsia and eclampsia
- reduce swelling in the brain
- treat barium poisoning
- treat muscle spasms and seizures caused by magnesium deficiency
It’s used orally to treat:
- low magnesium levels in blood
There’s some evidence that magnesium taken orally has a positive effect for several conditions, including:
- heart disease
It is, however, also possible to take too much magnesium by mouth.
Always check with your doctor before using Epsom salt by mouth. Follow the package instructions exactly. Too much magnesium can cause an irregular heartbeat and low blood pressure.