Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a naturally occurring mineral commonly used in farming, gardening, bath salts and aquariums. Epsom salt is also used in natural medicine as a laxative, to soothe tired and aching muscles and joints, and to treat eclampsia, genital herpes, arrhythmia, fibromyalgia and preterm labor.
Epsom Salt to Treat Back Pain
- Add 1 - 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes.
Why It Works
Epsom salt helps to improve circulation, promoting healing. The magnesium is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-arthritic. The body also absorbs some magnesium while soaking, which can lead to relaxation and elevated mood.
Use warm, not hot water to prevent burns. Please consult your healthcare provider about your back pain, as it could indicate a severe medical problem.