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How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: August 3, 2020
How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath

There is nothing better than setting some time for yourself to indulge in a relaxing Epsom salt bath with a cup of warm tea. When life gets busy it is easy to become stressed and you may forget to take care of your body and mind. Adding some downtime to your schedule is often what you need to restore your energy levels and come back strong and renewed. Epsom salt offers nourishing and invigorating benefits for the body by supplying the skin with a good dose of magnesium.

In this oneHOWTO article we detail how to take an Epsom salt bath.

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Steps to follow:


Before you begin preparing your bath make sure that you have announced at home that you are requesting a few hours alone without any distractions so you can enjoy your relaxing bath. A large part of getting your energy levels restored is clearing your mind from obligations and commitments.


Get rid of toxins.Epsom bath salts are argued to help heal the body by contributing to the elimination of toxins and the restoration of normal bodily functions. Other benefits include:

  • Increases blood circulation
  • Induces relaxation and better sleep
  • Soothes muscles
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Regulates enzyme activity
  • Improves concentration
  • Nourishes the skin

You should know that you can also use Epsom salt for hair too, it has many benefits!


Fill the tub. To set up for your Epsom salt bath, close the bathroom door and start filling up your tub with warm water. It should never burn your skin. Put on some calming music and prepare start sipping from your cup of tea.

How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath - Step 3

Start pouring your Epsom salt. Make sure that is unrefined and that the label says it is 100 percent Epsom salt. You can also make Epsom salt crystals at home. Add two cups of Epsom salt for a full tub.


Add dry flowers. You may also add some dry flowers or essential oils to the water. We recommend you use essential oils that also offer relaxing and restoring qualities as opposed to energizing oils.


Enjoy. Once the bath is ready, get in the tub slowly and immerse yourself so that your whole body (except for your head) is under water. Rest in this position for at least 15 minutes or until you start to feel cold.

How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath - Step 6

Rinse. Before you dry out, rinse your body quickly with some cool water to remove any excess salt and dry with a soft towel. The cool water will help to close out the pores and keep the nutrients in.


You may put on some natural body moisturizer or nourishing skin oils to intensify the healing and hydrating properties of the bath. We recommend shea butter, sweet almond oil or coconut oil.

How to Take an Epsom Salt Bath - Step 8

Once you are dressed up try to relax for a few hours before getting on with work. If you took the bath in the evening try going to bed early. It is in the following hours when you are going to notice all the benefits of taking an Epsom salt bath.


Incorporating a few Epsom salt baths during the week can help you ease through the week in a more controlled and stress-free manner. Make sure to complement this practice with other relaxing practices such as meditation, journaling, restorative Yoga or stretching.

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