Easy instructions and variations for more relaxation
Have a hot bath
In a standard-size tub, run hot water at a temperature between 92 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The water should be lukewarm to the touch, but not too hot.
Fill it as you would a normal bath, not quite overflowing or to the brim, but with enough water for you to soak your body in, which equates to about 20 to 30 gallons of water.
Measuring Epsom Salt
While the water is flowing, immerse your measuring cup in your container of Epsom salts and measure 2 cups in total.
If you buy Epsom salt packaged with directions, follow the amount they specify for the best results.
Sprinkle Epsom salt in the water
Sprinkle your 2 cups of Epsom salt directly into your bath water. You can do this while the water is flowing, which will help it to mix, or after it’s done.
Stir gently until dissolved
Use your hands to gently mix the salts with the lukewarm water to help encourage the salts to dissolve. Mix your water and Epsom salts for about a minute. The water will look slightly cloudy with a white tint.
As the Epsom salts dissolve in water, the compound will break down into magnesium and sulfate ions. The idea is that your skin can absorb these ions to reap all the potential health benefits.
Put on some relaxing music, light a candle and step into your tub. Soak in the relaxing Epsom salt bath for about 12 to 20 minutes.
Once you are done and feel calm, dry yourself completely with a towel and drain your bath just like you would any other bath. While you may feel a little salty, resist the urge to rinse yourself off after your Epsom salt bath so that you don’t wash away magnesium on your skin.
Because the salts have dissolved, they will flow easily without clogging your plumbing.
Relaxing Epsom Salt Bath
To enhance the relaxation of your Epsom salt bath, add your favorite essential oil. Lavender and chamomile are known to have calming effects, which means they’re great additions to an Epsom salt bath after a stressful day or as a sleep aid before bed.
Add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to your hot bath water after dusting with Epsom salt, then mix everything until the salt dissolves.
Epsom salt compress
If you want the relaxing effects of Epsom salts but don’t want to take a bath, prepare a warm compress of Epsom salt.
In half a gallon of lukewarm water, dissolve a cup of Epsom salt. Gently mix everything together for a minute to make sure that the salt dissolves as much as possible. You can then soak a towel or washcloth in the mixture, wring out additional water, and apply the Epsom salt compress to your skin for 12 to 20 minutes.
Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil for aromatherapy effects.
Epsom salt shower
Baths are not for everyone. If you prefer to take showers, you can always relax with Epsom salt.
To prepare for an Epsom salt shower, simply sprinkle about a cup of Epsom salt on the bottom of your shower and shower with lukewarm water as you normally would. As the hot water hits it, the Epsom salt will dissolve and release a soothing vapor. Again, you can add a few drops of essential oil to make the experience even more relaxing.
Epsom salt foot bath
Footbaths are a great way to unwind after a long, stressful day, especially if you’ve spent a good deal of it standing. Soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath once or twice a week will help you relax and soothe your sore feet.
Take an Epsom salt foot bath by filling a bowl or bucket with lukewarm water, enough to cover your feet up to the ankles, but not so much that it overflows when you sink your feet into it.
To lukewarm water add about half a cup of Epsom salt and mix gently for a minute with your hands to dissolve it. You should end up with slightly cloudy water. Place your feet in the basin and let them soak for up to half an hour to relax.
After you have finished your Epsom salt foot bath, dry your feet with a towel. You can apply an exfoliating foot scrub and moisturize your feet to add to your DIY spa experience.