Epsom Salt

What is Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is a naturally occurring mineral salt, a compound of magnesium and sulfate.

How does it work?

The most common use for Epsom salt is in baths, where it simply dissolved in bathwater.

When Epsom salt is dissolved in water, it releases magnesium and sulfate ions.

The theory is that these particles can be absorbed through your skin, providing you with magnesium and sulfates which serve important bodily functions. This hasn't been proven, but soaking in warm water can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.


The most reported benefits of Epsom salt are attributed to its magnesium, a mineral that a lot of people do not get enough of.

Muscle pain

Epsom salt is used to relax muscles and relieve pain in the shoulders, neck, back and skull. By relaxing the muscles surrounding your skull, the magnesium in Epsom salt may help release a headache or migraine. This benefit can also aid sore muscles in the recovery period after a workout.

Skin and hair health

Epsom salts may be used to help remove dead skin from the face, body, and scalp. It can also be used to increase hair volume.

Relaxation and improved sleep

It is believed that Epsom salt helps stabilize mood and relieve stress. Lowered stress can improve sleep.

Side effects

Generally, there aren’t any but there are some instances where caution is advised. Epsom salt baths aren’t recommended for people with:

  • Severe skin inflammation.
  • Skin infections.
  • Open wounds.
  • Severe burns.


The above information is not intended as medical advice.

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