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You’ve heard of some amazing uses of Epsom salt for beauty and health wellness —
and soaking in Epsom salt is one of the most popular way to sooth the feet from heel to toes.
So what are the Epsom salt foot soak recipes?
Does this grandma remedy really work?
The Benefits of Using Epsom Salt for Foot Soak
First and foremost, it’s important to know that Epsom salt is not really a salt.
It is actually a mineral with compound name called Magnesium Sulfate, and it looks a lot like salt!
In video below, Dr Alan Mandell elaborates the healing power of Magnesium Sulfate and Epsom salt baths. As you can see, epsom salt can be very beneficial to our health.
In water, this mineral breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. So when people soak their feet in an Epsom salt bath, these mineral compounds are believed to be readily absorbed into body through the skin, though more studies are required to prove this, says WebMD.
While this home remedy is not recommended for diabetics because soaking feet may increase the risk of foot problems, many people have used Epsom salt for foot soak as natural remedy of various foot-related conditions.
Here are 5 examples:
#1: Epsom Salt Foot Soak Recipe for Toenail Fungus & Warts
Epsom salt has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can fight against skin infection and feet fungus, such as athlete’s foot.
One success story is Nigella, who had great results in using epsom salt for toenail fungus.
The video below shows the epsom salt foot soak recipe that helped Nigella to get rid of her toenail fungus, alongside full details of the steps she has taken (eg. including the usage of Q-tips).
Recommended Read: Toenail Fungus Home Remedies with Baking Soda and Vinegar Foot Soak
#2: Essential Oils Foot Soak with Epsom Salt for Feet Pain
In video below, Sweet Angel from Memphis revealed how she used the following ingredients to prepare foot soak for foot fungus infection and tired / sore / aching / swelling / itching feet:
- Epsom salt (1/2 cup)
- Dead sea salt (1/2 cup)
- Tea tree oil (3 to 5 drops)
- Eucalyptus essential oil (3 to 5 drops)
- Peppermint essential oil (3 to 5 drops)
- Dessential oil (3 to 5 drops)
- Lavender essential oil (3 to 5 drops)
- Rosemary essential oil (3 drops)
- Witch hazel (2-3 ounces)
The addition of essential oils definitely help to relieve feet pain.
For examples, Eucalyptus essential oil has both cooling and anti-inflammatory properties to relieve the pain of tired feet, while Camphor essential oil is popular in soothing pain of sore muscles and arthritis.
- Step 1: Get ready a container or foot bath spa tub for foot soak.
- Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients of Epsom salt and dead sea salt in the container.
- Step 3: Mix the essential oils mentioned above in a small bottle.
- Step 4: Add the mixed essential oils into the foot soak container with salts, add warm water.
If you want to save the hassle of mixing Epsom salt and essential oils, there are ready-made foot soak products that you can use directly.
Nartea Bay shows another example of using Epsom salt bath to ease foot pain in this video:
#3: Epsom Salt for Swollen Feet and Sprains
In addition to soaking feet in Epsom salt for swelling relief —
Travelhealer demonstrated an alternative way to use epsom salt as an effective method to reduce ankle swelling, inflammation, and sprain.
Minimum application should be 4 or more hours, he recommended:
#4: Epsom Salt for Gout and Arthritis
Some people use this mineral as a natural therapeutic solution for gout, with the magnesium compound in the Epsom salt can help to increase circulation by preventing blood vessels from constricting, while reduce inflammation and swelling.
The following video shares another example of epsom salt foot soak recipe, by combining this mineral with baking soda and other ingredients:
- Epsom salt (1 cup)
- Sea salt (1/4 cup)
- Baking soda (1/8 cup)
- Essential oil (about 15 drops)
The water should be very warm but comfortable to the touch. It’s recommended to add Epsom salt while the water is running to help it dissolve.
#5: Epsom Salt and Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Soak for Detox
According to MedicalNewsToday, the combination of magnesium and sulfate in Epsom salt may help improve the body’s natural detoxification process by stimulating detoxification pathways.
As shown in video below, Lauren Gamble prepared her DIY detox foot soak with the following ingredients:
- Epsom salt (1 cup)
- Apple cider vinegar (1 cup)
- Himalayan Salt or Sea salt (1 cup)
- Lavender essential oil (10 drops)
- Peppermint essential oil (10 drops)