I love making my own Epsom salt bath at home. It’s so nice to have a nice long bath with salts and yummy smelling relaxation vibes.
If you love taking a few minutes to relax, then this recipe for Epsom salt bath is perfect for you!
And if your muscles are sore, you have come to the right place, because when I’ve been working out or just cleaning the house hard…well, I get sore muscles.
Heck, even when my muscles aren’t particularly sore…a nice soak in an Epsom salt bath is soooooo nice.
And the fact of the matter is, that a good soak can mean the difference between a single night of achy muscles and a whole week of stepping lightly because of the pain.
I don’t like taking pills for pain, so I just take a one hour bath and it’s gone for good?
What is an Epsom salt bath good for?
Is Epsom salt good for skin?
I’ll take the bath, thank you very much. LOL!
Why Use DIY Epsom Salt Bath?
There are not enough scientific studies that show exactly what the side effects of Epsom salts are for a person, but there’s a ton of anecdotal evidence. And my own personal experience with nice relaxing baths.
So, the idea is that an Epsom salt based bath regimen can help with:
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The theory of magnesium absorption is the biggest potential benefit of Epsom salt baths. But, even if the science not being there is not strong enough, the fact that one hour in a hot bath, you burn something like 126 calories–well, that’s the same as a 30-minute walk and I know what I’m going to choose.
I wouldn’t take to drinking Epsom salt because I don’t know anything about the real health benefits, and certainly, if you have some kind of magnesium deficiency you need to get some medical advice, so check with your doctor.
But if you’re just looking to relieve pain through a nice long soak with detox baths, don’t grab the table salt, because the relaxing effects of Epsom salt bath are undeniable.
How Does Epsom Salt Bath Work?
In a warm bath, Epsom salts break down into their base compounds, magnesium, and sulfate. The idea is that when soaking in Epsom salts when they break down, they are absorbed into your body through the skin. There’s not enough scientific evidence to show it up as officially proven, but we all know that just soaking in some warm water absolutely helps to relax muscles and ease stiff joints.
In order to soften skin, reduce inflammation and keep your skin hydrated, you should plan to soak for 20 minutes. If your goal is just to relax, I’m planning on an hour-long hot water soak. But even just a 12-minute soak has been proven to help reduce muscle soreness and relieve tension and all those aches and pains.
If you love this easy recipe for DIY Epsom salt bath, be sure to pin it to your favorite DIY bath and body recipes on Pinterest, so you can find it again fast when you need a relaxing bath!
What do I need to make an Epsom salt bath?
For this project here is what you need:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 20-30 drops essential oils your choice
- 1 1/2 cups Epsom salts
- 1 cups baking soda
- food coloring, optional
Now, I know some recipes call for bentonite clay or apple cider vinegar, even some sea salt. But, seriously–I don’t need that. It doesn’t bring anything to the table that I need.
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Will the food coloring turn the water that color?
It may tint it a bit, but food coloring is safe and it shouldn’t tint your skin.