If you are experiencing stress or muscle knots, one of the simplest home remedies is an Epsom salt soak. Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a time-tested mineral compound that has been recommended by doctors, researchers, and sportspeople for its natural therapeutic benefits.
A soak with a cupful of these natural salts can soothe muscle aches, help you sleep better, and even help remove splinters. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind to have the best Epsom salt soak experience. Let’s take a look.
#1: How Long Should You Take an Epsom Salt Bath?
Usually, it takes 12-15 minutes to feel the soothing effects of an Epsom salt bath. You can also choose to just do a foot soak instead of a full-body bath if you are suffering from fatigue due to standing on your feet for a long time or walking in uncomfortable shoes. Consider using our Westlab Reviving Bath Salt for about 15 minutes to soothe muscle tension and reduce spasms, especially after a strenuous workout
We wouldn’t recommend soaking for more than 20 minutes if you suffer from dry skin. While Epsom salt actually hydrates your skin and softens it, a longer duration bath can have a drying effect as the water is at a higher temperature.
#2: How Often Should You Take an Epsom Salt Bath?
Most therapists recommend adding Epsom salt to your bath three times a week to get the long-term benefits of looking and feeling better.
If you are taking an Epsom Salt Bath for medicinal reasons, it is best to check with your doctor on the prescribed duration. For instance, an ingrown nail may need you to do the soak just once to soften it. But if you are looking to relieve arthritis pain, it may help if you take the Epsom salt bath several times a week, if possible.
#3: Do You Have to Rinse Off After an Epsom Salt Bath?
To make the most of your Epsom salt bath, do not rinse before stepping out of the bathtub. Instead, just pat yourself dry with a towel instead of rubbing your skin. This would be the best time to apply your moisturizer to keep your skin supple and hydrated. If you are looking for that super radiant glow and smooth skin, then our Cleanse Salts can help as they have
And here are some tips to make your Epsom Salt Bath even more special!
- Create a spa-like experience by lighting a candle and playing your favorite soothing music to make the most of your bath. Our Mindful Bathing Salts infused with frankincense, bergamot essential oils, and CBD is a must-have for a tranquil experience.
- Try not to eat just before and after your soak to avoid stomach cramps and indigestion.
- You can even add citrus or fruit in your bath to have a fancy experience. Or better still, make it easy and opt for a fun and vibrant pick-me-up – our Pink Gin blend of Epsom and Himalayan Salts with Juniper berry, Pomegranate, and Lime.
- You can also invest in luxurious towels and a bathrobe and be sure to keep it nearby when you enjoy your Epsom salt bath.
Word of Caution: It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional before using Epsom salts if you are suffering from a medical condition, are on medication, pregnant, breastfeeding, or have very sensitive skin. Do not use it if you have an open wound, blisters, or broken skin. It is not recommended for use for children. This article is for information purposes only and should not be used as medical advice.