Epsom salt is an incredible mineral, and we think every household should have a bag on hand at all times. Their uses range from everything from beautification to cleaning to gardening. They are also incredible when it comes to restoration and relaxation.
If you're constantly putting up with sore, tired feet, Epsom salt is your saviour. Take a look at how a long relaxing soak can help you.
Few things are as divine as a long soak in an Epsom salt foot bath, particularly if you’re on your feet all day, exercise regularly, or if you’re looking for an simple and effective to cleanse your skin and nails or relieve skin conditions. Foot baths are great because you don’t need a bathtub to have one. This means anyone can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Epsom salts at any time!
What Are Epsom Salts?
Despite its massive popularity all around the world, few people know that Epsom salt isn’t actually salt at all. In fact, they are a naturally-occurring pure mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium.
It was discovered in the 17th century in a rural community 15 miles southwest of London, near a town called Epsom. Locals found that water from the springs in the town had a profound purgative effect. Word quickly spread and people soon began to use the minerals found in these springs and others like it for a range of things. By the 18th century, its popularity and abundance grew exponentially and today it is used every day in households around the world.
What Are The Benefits of an Epsom Salt Foot Bath?
Epsom salts have long been lauded for their incredible health benefits, particularly for helping soothe sore muscles, joints, aches and pains. They can be used all over the body in a relaxing bath, or locally, for treating something specific.
If you are prone to sore feet, swelling and inflammation, arthritis or skin disorders, an Epsom salt foot bath might just be your saviour. Studies have shown that both magnesium and sulfate absorb into our bodies very efficiently. Both minerals have a range of benefits for our health, from reducing inflammation to flushing out harmful toxins.
An Epsom salt foot soak can help:
Epsom Salt Foot Bath Tips and How-Tos
If you have troublesome feet, a long soak in a warm Epsom salt bath is an excellent way to give them a little TLC. Few things are quite as luxurious or as therapeutic! Here are a couple of ways to use Epsom salts on your feet.
The classic foot soak - Fill a tub with warm water, add roughly ¾ of a cup per 10 litres. Once the salts have dissolved, submerge your feet for approximately 20 minutes then pat dry with a soft towel. If you have ongoing symptoms, repeat 3 times per week for 2-4 weeks.
Epsom salt foot scrub - Epsom salt is an excellent exfoliator. While soaking your feet, use some fresh grains to gently scrub problem areas like your heels or toes. This will help slough off dead skin cells, leaving your feet feeling fresh and revitalised. Or try combining the salts with some olive oil for an extra luxurious foot scrub.
Essential oils with Epsom salts - Take your foot bath to the next level by adding a few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, frankincense or peppermint. These will make the experience all the more relaxing.
Epsom salts and apple cider vinegar - Try adding a quarter of a cup of apple cider to your foot bath. This is an excellent skin softener and helps rebalance your skin’s pH, and has powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties.
Epsom salts and baking soda - If apple cider vinegar isn’t your thing, add a quarter of a cup of baking soda to your foot bath. Baking soda will boost the cleansing and antifungal properties of the salts, and will leave your feel feeling incredibly fresh and soft.
Our Epsom salts are 100% natural, with no additives or anything artificial and have not been manufactured or modified in any way. They also have lower levels of secondary salts than many Epsom salts on the market and therefore higher in purity.