There are many reasons to take Epsom Salt Baths, some anecdotal, some backed by scientific studies. Here are five common benefits people report from soaking in Epsom Salt waters.
- It’s good for the skin. Epsom salt bathwater has exfoliant properties which can soften rough, dry skin.
- Reduces discomfort associated with inflammatory conditions. Epsom salt contains magnesium, known to ease pain, swelling and muscle stiffness resulting from physical activity, arthritis, and gout.
- Reduces stress. A warm bath is always relaxing after the stress of modern-day living. Adding Epsom salts to your bath may help to manage magnesium levels that can boost neurotransmitters and promote melatonin, helping you sleep better.
- Good for your feet. Epsom salts help repair damage from foot conditions like Athlete’s Foot, ingrown toenails, and toenail fungus. It may also help eliminate foot odor. Note for Diabetics - Check with your doctor before beginning a regimen of Epsom saltwater baths. Some evidence suggests that Epsom Salt may exacerbate nerve damage in the feet caused by diabetes.
- Splinters. Soaking a splinter in Epsom salt water for a few minutes will soften the affected area making it easier to remove without pushing it further into the skin.