Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate compound, unlike sodium table salt. Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years as a healing agent and pain reliever. Today, it’s most often added to hot baths and foot soaks to reduce stress.
The magnesium in Epsom salt is only minimally absorbed through the skin and there’s no scientific evidence to date that shows that it actually increases magnesium levels in the body. But Epsom salt can ease pain related to inflammation, which can be beneficial for foot health.
Supporters claim that in addition to reducing pain symptoms and promoting healing, Epsom salt can be dissolved in warm water to ease pain from gout, eliminate odour and help treat infection. More research is needed to support these claims.
How to make a foot soak
To make an Epsom salt foot soak, follow these simple steps:
1. Fill your bathtub or a basin with warm water until it’s deep enough to cover your feet.
2. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to the warm water.
3. Soak your feet for 30 to 60 minutes twice a week.
4. For an aromatherapy boost, consider adding a few drops of diluted lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus essential oil to your foot bath.
5. Moisturize your feet thoroughly after soaking them.
This kind of soak can cause dry skin, specifically on your feet. Be sure to moisturise your skin after an Epsom salt foot soak to prevent cracked skin and irritation.
If you begin to experience pain, redness, or sores before or after using a foot bath, schedule a visit with your Health care provider to discuss alternative treatment.