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 Relieve Joint Pain
- Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak for 30 minutes, adding hot water as necessary to maintain temperature. May be repeated as often as desired.
Why It Works
Epsom salt helps to improve circulation, promoting healing. The magnesium is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-arthritic, both of which ease joint pain. The body also absorbs some magnesium while soaking, which can lead to relaxation and elevated mood.
Epsom salt baths are generally regarded as safe. Use warm, not hot water to prevent burns and do not soak longer than 30 minutes to prevent accidental raising of body temperature.