Can an Epsom Salt Bath Help with Pain and Sleep?

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Should your next bath include Epsom salt?

Some say an Epsom salt bath can help with issues like pain, trouble sleeping, and even constipation. But does soaking in a bath with this specific type of salt actually have any true effects?

Parade notes if someone has low levels of magnesium (Epson salt is magnesium sulfate) that adding more to the body can be beneficial. One study notes, "magnesium is essential for the regulation of muscular contraction, blood pressure, insulin metabolism, cardiac excitability, vasomotor tone, nerve transmission, and neuromuscular conduction," but does soaking in water with diluted Epsom salt work?

“Most of the benefits are ascribed to delivering magnesium to the body, however, there are no clinical studies to prove that magnesium is absorbed through the skin,” Dr. Kan Cao, Ph.D., a scientist, and anti-aging authority, tells Parade.

Dr. Coa warns against claims that Epsom salt can detoxify the body, but she explains it can help you relieve stress, which is always good for your overall health.

“Epsom salt baths are often labeled as detoxifying, but there are no studies to prove this claim,” she explains. “I encourage people to try natural remedies and evaluate how they respond. There are a lot of benefits from de-stressing our body and mind, and taking an Epsom salt bath is a nice way to achieve this.”

If you want to add it to your bath, please read the instructions on the Epsom salt packaging, or use 2 cups in running bath water, or add half a cup in a foot tub filled with warm water. Also, use an Epsom salt that is labeled "USP," which will indicate it has been vetted by the FDA.

Two highly-rated Epsom salt options, including a lavender-scented option, include:

Solimo Epsom Salt Soak

Solimo Epsom Salt Soak

Use as a relaxing soaking aid in the bath, which some say can help with issues like pain and trouble sleeping.
$6.32

SaltWorks Ultra Epsom

SaltWorks Ultra Epsom

$13.64

 

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