How to Soak in Epsom Salt

The health benefits of Epsom salt date back to their discovery in the English town of Epsom during Shakespearean times. Soaking in Epsom salt can reduce swelling, ease muscle and joint pain, and help your circulatory system function more effectively, according to the Epsom Salt Council.

In the Bath

Step 1

Fill a bathtub with warm water. The water should be warm, but not too hot.

Step 2

Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the running water. If you have an oversized bathtub or a garden tub, double the amount of Epsom salt to 4 cups.

Step 3

Soak for at least 12 minutes and ideally for 15 to 20 minutes, three times a week for maximum benefits.

In a Foot Tub

Step 1

Fill a foot tub with warm water so that it's deep enough to completely cover your feet.

Step 2

Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to the warm water, using your hands to mix the salts into the water.

Step 3

Submerge your feet in the warm water for 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 4

Repeat three times a week or as needed.


Mix a tablespoon or two of essential oil or dried herbs to your Epsom salts before adding them to your water to add fragrance. Try dried lavender or rosemary or peppermint or eucalyptus oil.

If you want to add Epsom salt to a hot tub or whirlpool, check with your manufacturer first.


If you're pregnant, have a chronic health condition or have other health concerns, check with a doctor before soaking in Epsom salt.

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