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What are Epsom Salts?
Despite the name, Epsom salt isn’t like the stuff you put on your fries. It’s called a salt because of its chemical structure. The “Epsom” part is a place in England where it’s found in natural springs.
You can find it in most drugstores, usually near the aspirin and laxatives. Many grocery and natural food stores also carry it. A large box costs just a few dollars.
It’s not the same as Dead Sea salts, a blend of minerals found only in the Dead Sea in the Middle East. The water and light there supposedly help skin diseases, arthritis, and other health problems.
Epsom salt is also different from fancy bath crystals. They may not be made from the same chemicals. Plus they often have oils, colors, and perfumes to relax you and soften your skin.
How Does It Work?
In water, it breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. The theory is that when you soak in an Epsom salt bath, these compounds get into your body through your skin. That hasn’t been proven, but just soaking in warm water can absolutely help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.
People use Epsom salt baths as a home treatment for:
Arthritis pain and swelling, bruises, sprains, and fibromyalgia.
Ingrown toenails, insomnia, psoriasis and sunburn.
Sore muscles and tired, aching feet.
While there are plenty of folk remedy claims, there aren’t a lot of studies to back them up. Taking this type of bath probably won’t hurt you, but if you have health concerns, check with your doctor first.
How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath
The water should be very warm — not hot, but comfortable to the touch. Add the Epsom salt while the water is running to help it dissolve.
For a standard-sized tub, use the amount suggested on the package, usually 1 to 2 cups, or the amount recommended by your doctor. Don’t use Epsom salt in a hot tub, whirlpool, or other tub with jets unless the manufacturer says it’s OK.
Keep the part of your body that hurts in the water for at least 12 minutes. Just relax.
Check with your doctor about how long and how often you should soak. You may need to do it just once for an ingrown toenail, or every day if you have arthritis pain.
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