Epsom salt isn’t your regular table salt although the two look very similar. Epsom salt contains magnesium and sulfate. These two ingredients are believed to help “draw out” toxins through your body’s largest detoxification organ: the skin. This belief is why many people utilize epsom salt to detox.
What is an Epsom Salt Bath?
An epsom salt bath is soaking in a tub filled with warm water and epsom salts.
Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
Little modern research has been done on the benefits of epsom salt for detox. However, epsom salt has long been used for a soak in the tub. In the water, the minerals break down and are absorbed through your skin. Home remedies claim epsom salt can:
- Smooth Skin
- Relieve Aches and Pains
- Reduce Stress
- Improve Sleep
- Stimulate detoxification organs
How much epsom salt for a detox bath?
Use the data below and add the desired amount of epsom salt in a tub full of warm water.
- Less than 100 pounds = 1 cup epsom salt
- 100-150 pounds = 2 cups epsom salt
- 150-200 pounds = 3 cups epsom salt
- 200 or more pounds = 4+ cups epsom salt
Many people also add essential oils for detox and stress reducing benefits. However, others say this disturbs the chemistry of the epsom salt and water. Experiment with both and see how you feel.
How long should you soak in epsom salts?
An epsom salt bath for detox should last at least 40 minutes. The first half of the bath the body will be releasing toxins. Once pathways are clear, the magnesium is able to be absorbed. You want to stay in the bath long enough to receive the full benefits. Additionally, detoxing can be stressful on the body so soaking in a warm bath can relieve aches and pains. Also note that you will want to have a glass of water by the bath to hydrate during your soak.
Do you have to rinse off after an epsom salt bath?
No need to rise off. Continue enjoying your soft skin straight out of the bath.
Can soaking in epsom salts be dangerous?
If you have high blood pressure you should not do an epsom salt bath detox. Also avoid if you have cardiovascular, heart, or kidney issues. Always consult your doctor before starting any detoxing program.
Can you drink epsom salts to detox?
Since epsom salt is a laxative, many people drink epsom salt for weight loss. This is not advised. Any weight loss would purely be water weight. You would likely have diarrhea and could cause damage to your stomach lining.
Does soaking in epsom salt raise blood pressure?
Soaking in an epsom salt bath can temporarily lower your blood pressure.