The Benefits of an Epsom Salts Bath, by Dr. Lisa Watson ND


There is no better form of self care than a nice hot bath.  And a bath that was prescribed by your Naturopathic Doctor is even better.  Just tell your partner, roommate or kids that you need to spend 20 minutes enjoying a quiet soothing bath – your doctor told you to do it.

Why take an Epsom Salts Bath?

An Epsom salts bath promotes the release of toxins and metabolic waste by enhancing perspiration.  Epsom salts also contain magnesium sulfate, which is absorbed by the body, promotes muscle relaxation and relieves stiff, aching and cramped muscles.  
Epsom salt baths can also be used to treat specific conditions.  Dry skin can benefit from Epsom salt baths, as can genital herpes outbreaks.

The Epsom Salts Bath

Step 1: Add two cups (approximately 600g) of Epsom salts to a hot bath (38 to 44 degrees Celsius or 100.4F to 111.2F).  Soak in the hot bath for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2: While in the bath, wrap a cool wet towel around your neck (a hand towel dipped in cold water works well) and drink cool filtered water to replace fluids that are lost.

Step 3: When finished the bath, cool your body down with a cool shower or a cool sponge bath – starting from the feet and moving upwards.

Step 4: Rest for 15 to 30 minutes after the bath for maximum relaxation and therapeutic impact.

Additional notes:
– Do not use soaps while in the Epsom salt bath.
– Taking an Epsom salt bath after a massage can enhance and lengthen the effect of a massage.
– Take an Epsom salt bath two to three times per week for best results.

Other Uses for Epsom Salts

Epsom salts can be used to treat acne and skin blemishes.   Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts in ½ cup of warm water.  Wash face with the mixture twice daily.  Use just once daily if you have very sensitive or dry skin.  Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs.


Epsom salt baths are relaxing to your body and mind but are stimulating to your circulatory system.  It is not recommended for people with high blood pressure or severe varicose veins to use Epsom salt baths.


The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only.  It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider.  Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.  


Boyle, Wade and Saine, Andre.  Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy.  1988.  

Rosemary Waring Absorption of magnesium sulphate through the skin (republished by the Epsom Salt Council), 2004


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