How much epsom salt should you pour into your bath? The answer is – it depends. Whether you’re taking a full traditional bath, a sitz bath, or a foot soak, there is a perfect amount to add to give you the exact relaxing experience you’re looking for.
Traditional Baths With Epsom Salt
When it comes to epsom salt baths, most epsom salt enthusiasts first get introduced to this type of bathing through traditional baths. The kinds of baths that allow you to completely submerge your body, as you drift away on the aromatic steam provided by all-natural essential oils.
For traditional baths, begin with around ½ cup of your favorite epsom salt blend. This gives you a baseline to work with and it’s gentle for those who have never tried epsom salt soaks before. As you get used to the ½ up, you may wish to try a little more up to 1 full cup added to your bath water. Some bathers enjoy keeping it at ½ cup, some prefer 2/3 or ¾, and others find the most enjoyment from using a full cup in their bath water.
You may even find that some days call for a ½ cup bath, while others are more toward the 1 full cup threshold. For instance, a midday bath to ease a little bit of stress you’re feeling before facing the rest of your day might call for ½ cup of epsom salts, while a bath to relax before bed feels best with a bit more.
A great soak to start out with for traditional baths is Deep Relaxation. This is a simple and straightforward soak, using USP grade epsom salts, fractionated MCT coconut oil, Vitamin C crystals, Vitamin E oil, and all-natural lavender essential oil for aromatherapy. It’s an ideal epsom salt blend for maximizing the relaxation benefits that the salt already offers.
To take a soak, add your salts to warm water and prepare to soak for around 20 minutes. As you soak, lay back and take in the aromatherapy on the steam, allowing it to clear your mind and relax your body. Once your soak is finished, lift from the tub slowly and pat dry with a soft, clean towel.
Epsom Salt Foot Soaks
Foot soaks are another popular way to use epsom salt soaks, and you require much less salt for a foot soak when compared to a full traditional bath. Foot soaks can be taken in one of two ways – either in a traditional bathtub filled with 3 to 4 inches of water, or in a soaking basin that can be filled with warm water used to submerge your feet.
Regardless of your choice of soaking style, you’ll want to add around 1 to 2 tablespoons of epsom salt blend per gallon of water used. Like with traditional soaking, start out slow with 1 tablespoon per gallon and work your way up to 2 as you learn more about how you like to soak. Some days may call for less salt, while others might call for more to maximize soothing and relaxation.
Detox Foot Soak is an anytime foot soak perfect for soothing, relaxing, and refreshing all at once. This blend uses USP grade epsom salts, Vitamin C crystals, Vitamin E oil, fractionated MCT coconut oil, and essential oils of lemon, peppermint, frankincense, and lavender. The lemon is invigorating and energizing, the peppermint soothing and cooling, the frankincense is a warm and comforting grounding moment, and lavender is used for deep relaxation.
For those wondering how long to soak feet in epsom salt, the same rule applies to foot soaks as for traditional baths. Ideally, a 20-minute soak will provide maximum comfort and soothing to the feet. Once the soak has been enjoyed, gently lift the feet from the warm water, and pat the feet dry.
To enhance the foot soak experience further, you can even use your epsom salt blend as an at-home pedicure tool. With the skin already softened from the soak, rub a palm-full of your blend onto your feet, working it well into areas of rough skin. The epsom salt becomes an exfoliant to reveal softer and more radiant feet ready to absorb moisturizers or other foot care products.
Epsom Salt Sitz Baths
Sitz baths are another style of soaking that really showcases the soothing power of epsom salt. These types of baths focus primarily on the bottom, and they are most often taken in a sitz bath device that attaches right to your standard toilet bowl. Sitz bath devices are simple to clean, easy to store, and they’re made to make the sitz bathing experience comfortable and convenient.
To take a sitz bath first attach your sitz bath basin to your toilet bowl. Once attached, you can begin filling the bath with warm water that is the ideal temperature for soothing, but not too hot or cold that it becomes uncomfortable. Once filled, you can then add 1 to 2 tablespoons per gallon of water used of your favorite epsom salt sitz soak. You may need to agitate the water to ensure the blend is fully dissolved before sitting.
Sitz Bath Soak is a cooling, refreshing, and soothing blend. With USP grade epsom salt, fractionated MCT coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, Vitamin C crystals, and essential oils of lavender, frankincense, geranium, niaouli, and juniper, it’s a blend that is ideal for those just trying a sitz soak or those who are experienced in enjoying their soothing power. Sitz baths are often taken to ease the discomfort felt for those with hemorrhoid conditions.
To take a sitz bath, rest in the water for around 20 minutes’ time, and as you soak enjoy the freshness of the all-natural essential oils traveling upward on the steam. When your soak is finished, slowly raise yourself from the toilet bowl, pat dry with a clean towel, and tip the water back into the bowl for easy cleanup.