How to Take Epic Epsom Salt Baths

by Steven Wright

For years, Epsom salt baths have been encouraged by several top natural health leaders.  In my previous article on Epsom Salt baths, I reviewed the science of why Epsom Salt Baths can help health.  If you need a quick refresher, just remember these three points:

  1. Increases magnesium levels in the body.  Important for great health and sometimes hard to get via diet alone (even a real food diet).
  2. Increases sulfate levels in the body.  Sulfate is needed for proper liver detox, which is a good idea in our ever toxic world.
  3. Lowers stress hormones.  This has yet to be tested in studies, however those who’ve done an Epsom salt bath know it is a relaxing and calming ritual.  For me, it’s not a huge logical jump to assume that sitting in a hot bath, breathing and thinking, without technology, will lower stress levels.

In general, the science on the health benefits of Epsom Salt baths is nowhere conclusive or complete at this time.  However, lack of proof is not proof against and with the risk of side effects low and the benefits possibly very high, I think it’s a great therapy to add to any natural health program.

Important Qualities of an Amazing Epsom Salt Experience

Most people think of taking Epsom salt bath’s in a bathtub.  And that’s typically what I do.  But just because you don’t have a bathtub doesn’t mean you can skip this article.  You can get many of the same benefits by soaking your feet in Epsom salts.  In other words, anyone can find a plastic tub or bucket and take Epsom salt foot baths.  No excuses, but from here on out I will assume you have access to some kind of tub of water to submerge your body in.

First, let’s talk about a few factors that will influence your Epsom Salt Bath experience.

  • Temperature – the temperature of the bath or foot soak will affect the therapeutic effect of the bath.  This has been my experience and it’s reported from many who practice regular bathing.  The hotter the water, the more of an effect these baths seem to have.  I usually draw water that is hot enough to sting as I ease in.  My body seems to adapt pretty fast and heat is lost rapidly through most bathtubs so if it’s too hot just wait a bit or add some cold water.
  • Solution Concentration – I get all excited about making an Epsom Salt bath because it take me back to chemistry class.  A bit of this and a bit of that and BOOM.  Yep… I had fun in that class.  Anyways, what I’m talking about here is how much Epsom Salt to put into your bath.  Because this determines the strength of the soak.  The more Epsom Salt you dump in the stronger the solution will be.  And don’t forget about the size of the vessel you’re pouring the salt in.  If you have an extra-large tub you will need more Epsom salt to create the same strength solution as someone with a standard size tub.  And if you’re using a foot bath, you need much less.
  • Environment – Part of the benefit of the Epsom salt bath is lowering stress hormones.  So the environment in which you take these baths is worth mentioning.  If possible, make sure everyone is going to leave you alone… especially if you have kids.  Let them know this is mommy time unless some life threatening problem arises.  Later I will talk more about this, but you can also enhance the environment using music, candles and essential oil scents.
  • Raw Materials - Luckily it doesn’t appear that there is much variation in the Epsom Salt market.  I’ve tried a few brands and didn’t notice a difference in the results or quality of salt.  My current favorite for price and value is here (a steal if you have Amazon Prime shipping).  There are plenty of Epsom Salt Blends in which the companies add in additional herbs or scents.  I’ve tried a few and I’m not a fan.  They tend to be priced really high and if you don’t like the blend strength (high/low) you can’t do much about it.  Save your money and make your own.
  • Water Quality – So if you’re like me and will be relying on unfiltered city water, it’s likely you might want to take a few extra steps to improve the water quality.  The first one is Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C powder).  In this article, Chris Kresser breaks downs why you want to remove chlorine and chloramine from your water.  I use about 2000mg per bath.  Next, you might test adding a ¼ to 1 cup of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to raise the PH of the water, possibly helping to fight skin infections.  I haven’t jumped into the rabbit hole of high PH water and health, but I do know from testing the baking soda that my skin is less red, so I keep using it.
  • Time – How long are you going to soak?  Well, it would appear from an informal survey of the internet, the time spent in the water should be anywhere from 10 minutes to 40 minutes.  The sweet spot for me is 20 minutes.  15 minutes seemed too short and 30+ felt the same as 20.  So my goal is always 20 minutes and if I’m really relaxed and enjoying myself I just turn the alarm off and stay soaking till I’m bored.  That could be another 2 minutes or 10+,it just depends.  I think there is some logic that staying in longer might help, but don’t make this a sticking point.  Shoot for the minimum effective dose to get most of the benefits, which for me is around 20 minutes.

Okay so to sum it up: to create an EPIC Epsom salt bath we should think about the following factors: water temperature, solution concentration, environment, raw materials and water quality.  Now I’ll run through the steps you can follow to get started.

Creating an Epic Epsom Salt Bath Experience

Why do I keep saying Epic?  Well, you could just dump Epsom Salt in the bathtub and jump in.  There’s really no right or wrong way here.  But for me, that’s too basic and I like to take it up a few levels.

So what takes a normal Epsom Salt bath to Epic levels?  A few of the ingredients listed below.

Water Enhancers – Ascorbic Acid and Baking Soda will help reduce skin irritation and in my experience actually help my skin look and feel better.

Essential Oils – Yes, these do have merits and for those who think they lack actual scientific facts let me clue you in on a few that do.

  • Cypress Oil – Is great for activating natural killer (NK) cells, which are a very important part of immune system (especially for tumor killing).  It also appears to lower stress hormones like cortisol.
  • Rose Oil – Has been touted for century’s to have amazing health benefits.  Here’s an interesting study showing rose oil lowering salivary cortisol in humans.
  • Lavender Oil – appears to be good for your brain and helping with sleep quality.  As it’s used in many multi-oil studies, my bet is it also lowers stress hormones, but I can’t find a good study on it right now.
  • Eucalyptus Oil – the study of cypress and eucalyptus oil showed reduced cortisol and this study links to several studies showing possible anti-inflammatory and pro-immune system benefits.

So let’s say you want the ultimate anti-stress bath you may want to use Lavender and Rose.  Or say you really want to boost your immune system then grab some Cypress and Eucalyptus.  Start by using a total of 6-12 drops of the oils.  You may like more, so play with the combinations and amounts.

Special Note from our readers: Do not use soap on the body when using oils and if you feel burning after getting in it’s because the oil was sitting on top the water and was attracted to fat.  Get out and dry off and next time mix up the bath better.

Mood Music – You may have a specific artist that really makes you happy so put that on loud enough to drown out the world.  Or try a meditation track off YouTube.  This one is a current favorite of mine.  Lastly, there are times when a stimulation break is needed and ear plugs are the perfect ticket.  After trying many, these are my favorites.  Just put them in and enjoy the lack of sound.

Mood lighting – I don’t go this far, but for those who have the time and space, test it out.  Candles!  Lots of them… enough that you can dim or turn off the lights and just chill with the soft light of a candle.

Now that I’ve talked about the finer points of creating an Epic Epsom Salt bath let’s dive into the nitty gritty.

How to Take Epsom Salt Baths

I have a fairly standard size western bathtub.  When I fill it up and sit in it with my legs on the bottom of the tub, the water barely reaches my belly button.  So to get another 2-3 inches out of the tub I picked up this cheap little widget and it works great.

So let’s break it down to simple steps so that everyone can partake.

Step 1. Draw the hottest temperature bath water you can stand.  Make sure to put this nifty device in place to get more out of the tub.  And if it’s too hot then just add some cold water.  Don’t make this harder than it is.

Step 2. At some point while it’s filling up, start to add your epic ingredients.  I’ve learned to wait at least 5 minutes for the various products to dissolve into the water.

  • Add 1-3 cups of Epsom Salt.  Start at 1 cup if you are very sick.  2 cups seems to be about the standard amount.  And working up to 3 is the advanced range.  This wiki page suggests using ½ cup for children under 60lbs and 1 cup for children between 60lbs – 100lbs.  I haven’t seen anything to contradict this for children, but I have no experience so hopefully someone in the comments will give theirs.
  • Add ¼ – 1 cup of Baking soda (I usually use ½)
  • Add 1000-2000mg of Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C powder)
  • Add 6-12 drops of essential oils (mix the water up before jumping in)
  • Ready the environment.  I like to use relaxing music, set a timer on my IPhone and sometimes put in ear plugs.

Step 3.  The soaking part.  If you are lucky, your bathtub might be deep enough to allow the water to cover your whole torso almost up to your head.  If you’re normal, you’ll have a choice to either soak the legs or soak the upper body.  And if you’re minus a bathtub, then it’s just your feet and you can skip this section.  But for the rest of us, we have a decision.  I like to spend the first 5-10 minutes or so soaking the lower body and then spend the rest with my upper body under water and lower body wedged up on the wall.  And if you’re someone like me who has had skin issues on your face, you might want to go all-in and spend part or the entire bath with your head half way underwater, leaving just your nose/mouth out to breathe.  This will allow the skin on your face time to soak up these great nutrients and usually leaves mine looking great and feeling smoother.

Step 4.  The meditative part. As I’ve said there’s really no right or wrong way to do an Epsom salt soak but I want to provide a couple ideas that work well for me.  The first is to do meditative deep breathing.  There’s about a million ways to do this and I think one of the easiest is to try 5-5-5 triangle breathing.  Inhale for a count of 5, hold for a count of 5 and breathe out for a count of 5.  You might want to spend part of the bath remembering times that you are grateful for, saying a gratitude list out loud or replaying the day… making sure not to judge it and just to digest it.  Lastly, if you didn’t think I was weird enough and I seem to do some of my best thinking in water environments.  So I sometimes use these baths as time to brainstorm, create or dream up ideas I’m thinking about.  If this happens for you, don’t forget to keep a pen and paper handy or take audio notes on your phone when the bath is done.

Okay now that I’ve taken a simple and easy idea like an Epsom Salt bath and messed it all up with my endless thinking and testing. Tell me about yours.  Do you take the simple approach or do you have a complex ritual like mine?

The final take home point is to just do it.  Whatever that means for you, Epsom Salt baths don’t need to be complex.  But if you want to go further… I say do it.  I’ve found added benefits.

-Steve

 

About the author

Steven Wright Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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sarah January 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

This is great! I’ve looked many-a-time online for recommendations about epsom salt baths, but could never find consistent information or the specific information I was looking for, and now you’ve compiled it all in the same place.

For your Australian readers, I’d encourage them to look at the salts at Blants. The reason I like to buy from them is that they are a reasonable price, and they seem to be an ethical company. We have a dryland salinity problem in Australia (from clearing land for agriculture), and they play at least a small part in combating that by getting their salt from the Murray Darling Basin (http://www.blants.com.au/grades_analysis.html).

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Bet January 3, 2013 at 6:23 am

Hi Steve, I took my first Epsom salt bath the other night. It was fabulous. I used 2 cups of Epsom Salts and rose oil. I have a large round tub, but I’m short, so I managed to get most of my body to soak for the whole 25 minutes. The best feeling was when I managed to lower my head so the water was covering my ears and I could hear myself breathing and my heart beating. And my arms were floating, which felt very nice.

Next time I will try adding baking soda, since I was a little red when I came out. And some mood lighting since my bathroom has those awful globe lights. One of the most amazing aspects is the exfoliation effect. As soon as I got up and started rinsing myself off with fresh water, a lot of dead skin just came peeling off of me. My arms and legs now feel smooth and moist. I will have to try submerging my face to get that effect on there too.

In 12 years in this house, I rarely used the bathtub and resented all the room it took up in the bathroom. Not any more!! I intend to make this a weekly ritual.

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Linda Campbell January 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

For those who have no bathtub, does an epsom salts foot soak provide similar benefits? I’d love to know what benefits one could expect and an idea of what amounts of epsom salts, vitamin C and essential oils should be used.

Namaste………Linda

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Steven Wright January 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

@Linda – You should still see benefits but since there will be less surface area in contact with the water it will likely be less than a full bath. Give a shot and let us know what you learn.

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Andrew Cox January 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

I just ran across Dr. Oz’s 3-day detox and am planning on doing it this weekend. It looks very much inline with Paleo and the SCD Lifestyle (I’d be curious to hear your thoughts about the detox) and they include an Epsom salt bath at the end of each day:

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-3-day-detox-cleanse-one-sheet

I think I may try a bath before the weekend to get a head start :)

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Steven Wright January 3, 2013 at 12:16 pm

@Andrew – Seems more like a vegetarian or vegan detox to me. I don’t think it will hurt you if you do it for 3-days so give it a shot and report back what you learn here.

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Cathy January 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

Great input about Epsom Salts! Interesting that your recipe ends up being very similar to a recipe my favorite natural herb store gave me for a detoxifying bath that I have been using for years. If you do this bath (and I imagine this will work with any Epsom salt recipe like the one you gave us) when you first feel the effects of flu or any other ailment coming on, it will “take it out at the pass” and put you back onto a more healthy road.
Detoxifying Bath Formula
Temperature: as hot as you can stand it
Time: 20 minutes or until you begin to perspire
Blend: 1 cup Epsom salts, 1/2 to 1 small box baking soda, 1 TBS powdered ginger. (The ginger increases circulation, so it helps your body’s natural defenses kick in.)
Situation: This well may make you feel as if you need to lie down afterward, so it’s best to time this so you have time to get back into bed for at least a nap if you want.

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Heidi January 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

You did a great job on this Steve, thanks! The details are terrific.

I usually just pour a couple of handfuls of Epsom salts in my tub and a few drops of lavender, turn the jets on and sink in till I’m bored. I will try the baking soda now too.

I’m also lucky enough to have a sauna and I use essential oils in the water you use to throw on the stove to make steam. I don’t suppose there would be a way to know if you can absorb magnesium through steam, is there?

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Steven Wright January 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm

@Heidi – Thanks, let me know if you notice anything withe the baking soda. I don’t know about the magnesium question.

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Heather January 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm

If you use essential oils make sure you use therapeutic grade that is safe for internal consumption. Most of the oils you buy at Whole Foods etc. are not safe for internal consumption. I suggest Young Living. Their oils are the best. Have any questions or want to order? Let me know.

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Heidi January 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Thanks heather, I use doTerra which I believe are of that quality. Good to point it out!

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Rachel February 20, 2013 at 11:51 am

Since “therapeutic grade” is not a standardized term it means nothing, just like “natural” on all the food and body care products out there. I’d love to see DoTerra and Young Living come up with some 3rd party studies showing that their products are some how purer, safer, and more effective than all the others out there, as they claim to be. Then I could justify their higher costs.

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Courtney April 12, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Actually, there are plenty of third party studies on Young Living oils that show just that.
As far as their effectiveness goes, all it takes is trying them. I wasn’t able to heal my daughters ear infection in 3 days with nothing more than Lavender oil for nothing. They truly are second to none.

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harpy November 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Rachel, thank you and Amen.

(from a former YL distributor)

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harpy November 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

NOW’s essential oils are reasonably priced, widely available in health food stores and gas chromatograph tested for purity. Additionally, NOW meets the stringent quality standards required to belong to the United Natural Product Alliance group. I’m well pleased with the vibrational level I experience, and the resulting therapeutic benefit. No more multi level marketing prices for me. I’m not affiliated with NOW in any way, whatsoever. Just a satisfied customer. :-)

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Sheri January 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Should washing with soap be done before, during, or after bath or doesn’t it matter? And do I rinse off in the shower after the salt bath or is it better not too? Thanks guys!!

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Sue Crawford February 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hey Sheri, I usually take a really quick shower where I soap up and wash my hair. Then I fill the tub with hot water and salts and put my hair up so it doesn’t get into the soak. That way I can incorporate this into my morning routine.

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John July 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm

So, can you answer her question? I have the same question.

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Martin @ Leaky gut research January 4, 2013 at 12:01 am

Aquatic ape theory asys that the ancestors of humans evolved in water (possibly sea) environment 5-7 million years ago. That could be a reason why we benefit from salty baths.

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Carole January 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I would add one element to your process. Remember that in baptism, we became children of God. I use my bath/shower as a time to renew those vows by asking God to strength my resolve to turn away from anything that interferes with that relationship, and to turn me towards living the life that God has planned for me.

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Joanne Allor January 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Great article! We’ve been using Epsom Salts for years on our youngest son with autism. It helps him detox in addition to providing the much needed sulfate a his body requires. If you want to learn more on Epsom Salt baths for kids, I wrote a post on my blog about it.
http://healingautismandadhd.wordpress.com/2010/06/08/epsom-salts-old-wives-tale-or-medical-fact/

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Branwen February 3, 2013 at 10:35 am

Women will need to be careful about how much baking soda they add to the bath and how frequently they do so. It can change the normal pH of the vagina and encourage yeast infections. I have never had an issue with epsom salts by themselves. But, I did with the addition of baking soda, I used too much too often the first few times I used it.

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Steven Wright July 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Interesting a good idea to think about thanks! Always test ideas and observe the results.

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eli February 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

Just wondering what is the effect of interreactions between the various ingredients
e.g. ascorbic acid and baking soda. And what are your comments on the ionizing
foot baths touted around?

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mori March 14, 2013 at 4:56 am

Old post, but wondering for those of you who have used it for a while, have you had any issue with the plumbing system? I don’t want to mess up my rental :D

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Steven Wright July 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Not that I’ve ever heard of Mori.

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Amanda @BH March 27, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I have never taken an Epsom salt bath but this sounds AMAZING! After a very long work day, I need some stress relief and relaxation! Thanks Steve! :)

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Manik April 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I have used epson salt bath for sciatica and lumber pain severe, following 20 mins bath I was sweating heavy with short of breathing , please let me know why? After 1 hr I felt ok with much less pain , how often should I use for severe sciatica? And back pain and how long for.

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Steven Wright July 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I’m not sure you should probably talk with your medical practitioner. Always make sure you stay properly hydrated and add more salt to your diet if needed.

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Jennifer Allison May 21, 2013 at 12:56 am

May I substitute citric for ascorbic acid?

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Steven Wright July 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Yes I believe so. But I haven’t totally dug into the science on it.

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Annika May 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I just started the Epsom salt baths while on the gaps diet. It is really helping with my eczema almost immediate relief apof the crazy itching and now it’s healing. Does anyone know if it’s safe to take an Epsom salt bath every day? And does anyone have any experience with eczema and baking soda.

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ela September 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Annika, just took my first epsom salt bath andimmediately noticed thatperisistent patches of eczema were no longer itchy or inflamed…wow, an added benefit to the relaxation and destressing

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Alex June 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I came across the benefits of epsom salt via floatation tanks (look them up and give them a try if you don’t know) which use a massive amount of salt, enough for the body to be buoyant. After coming out of a session I noticed a tremendous improvement in well being and in my skin. I was wondering if anyone here uses large amounts of epsom salt in home baths (normal size tub) and how much they use. 1 – 3 cups doesn’t seem to do it for me.

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Steven Wright July 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I haven’t done a floatation tank yet but it’s on my list for this year to test out. I haven’t tested past 3 cups but I might soon I’ll let you know here if I do.

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Tami July 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Can my son use epsom salt baths to help heal his road rash (16% of his body) after wrecking on his motorcycle when he hit and killed a deer? He’s starting the itching stage but still lubing up with lots of triple antibiotic ointment.

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Vicki July 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Since I’m a novice….when you are done, do you rinse in fresh water (shower off) or just towel off with this stuff still on your skin?

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Rona Terburg September 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

:) Hi Vicki, see below.

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Mark September 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

Great question Vicki, I am not the expert here, but I would say yes. I’ve gone to Radiance Herbs in Olympia Washington and I didn’t rinse off after doing their soak. I’m quite sure I was instructed not to.

I am no expert, this is a question better suited for Steven(thanks by the way for the great advice!), but I would think it is personal preference. It is mentioned above that if you are using oil not to use soap. It is implied that this is referring to after the soak/bath.

I often do not and prefer it that way since it seems to offer further therapeutic conditioning.

Sorry I cannot give you anything scientifically substantial. I think this is a great question.

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Bea July 28, 2013 at 3:26 am

Hi Steve,
Have you heard of very long baths? Like 3, 6, 9 and even 12 hours duration, soaking in water only? I was researching the net on long baths and found you here.
I’m reading a book from 60 years ago, by a German priest in South America, and he recommends very long baths, kept at normal temperature – 37 degrees – to clean and detox even the internal organs, like the liver. He mentions that the water will turn yellow or even brown, and stink really awful. I would love to try it, but I’m too scared.
This priest also suggests to keep a slow fire under the bathtub, to keep the 37 degrees of the water. He also warns against too hot water. Actually, cold water appears to be always needed in the body after every kind of bath. Any thoughts???

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Steven Wright July 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

@Bea – I haven’t are you saying 37 degrees C or F? Sounds interesting that’s for sure, if you give it a shot come back and let me know what happens. I like old school ideas because typically they were only adopted because they produced results.

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Tracy August 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

What are the side effects of Epsom salt baths? I currently have 2 boils and mrsa? I’m wondering if it will help. Also I take phenobarbital. Are there any interactions with that?

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Sally August 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Is it okay to be naked as a women for epsom salt bath?

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Nelson September 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I would imagine there is no problem at all. My mother bathes regularly with Epsom salts.

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Rona Terburg September 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

A while back, I read to soak in pretty hot water with MORE epsom salts that I previously thought…like 7 to 10 cups (I have a jacuzzi.) Drink a lot of pure water before and during. You soak for 20 minutes wearing a towel wrapped around your head. You get out and put on a thick bathrobe, knee socks (prepare this all ahead of time), then after 20 minutes of soaking, you get into your towel-lined bed with a heating blanket from the knees down. Keep the towel around your head. You bundle up and SWEAT like a son-of-a-gun for 20 minutes; even your hands will sweat. Your heart will pound—you breath deeply and drink lots of water. RELAX and breath slowly and deeply for 20 minutes. I actually felt my left sinus cut loose and DRAIN…it has been full with pressure for months. Keep your self covered and just visualize your sweat bringing out toxins… and sweat for 20 minutes. Your heart will pound and send extra blood to all places. Then you hop in the shower. This time tonight, I ran my hands over my stomach and discovered that every pore seemed to have a tiny grain of ‘sand’ which I scrubbed off. Hurray… detox seems to work! Exfoliate everywhere, not necessarily using soap, just get your skin scrubbed and rinsed off. Every time I do this I feel ten years younger.

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Nelson September 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Thanks for the entertaining read Steven, I myself am a mood-setter as well. :) Yesterday I might overdid it, I stayed 40 min, the bathroom got so steamy I couldn’t breathe! I felt that I had plenty to let out… I highly recommend having drinking water nearby, to avoid passing out.

I did notice though, red blemishing around my nose, mouth, and chin. No pain, no itchiness just a little red. My assumption is that is related to smoking, what do you think?

Thank for taking the time to share your knowledge.

Nelson :) <3

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Michelle October 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

Hi… :-D I took my first Epsom salt bath and feel good, but next time I will make the water hotter for more effects!

Please…could you tell me…do Epsom baths (fully emerged foot) help with swelling and puffiness (edema)??

I have plantar fasciitis (bottom of foot ligament) and working (stand/walk) is making my ankle/foot/even my toes (a little) SWELL….

Any experienced Epsom advice on the puffiness? My ankle looks like a marshmellow! :-)

Thanks to Everyone!!
Michelle

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Sara October 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Oh boy, best bath ever. Thank you for the tips!

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Laura Johnson October 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Just took an epsom salt bath in a jet tub after a run. A little concerned that the water around my hands and feet turned yellow. Is this normal? I am also a smoker.

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Jeanie October 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I’ve read the article and all the comments and still don’t know if I can use soap in the bath with Epsom salts and baking powder. Please just tell me yes or no regarding soap. Thanks

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Steven Wright November 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

I wouldn’t it’s not the purpose of the bath.

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eyecycle December 22, 2013 at 9:55 am

Great article. The picture belongs in photoshop hell, though. The woman has an extra arm coming out of her right shoulder. Or it’s a mega-epic salt bath that is so effective new limbs grow.

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Mark March 16, 2014 at 4:34 am

Hahaha, I had to look at the picture above(near the title of this article) after this comment.

It is funny how are brains work. You see a women with extra arms, I see her left arm crossing her chest such that her left hand is being placed on her right shoulder. That arm is in the form of ‘V’ shape you see. While here right arm is just extended out forward normally.

Jason, just read your history on scdlifestyle.com/steve/ , very awesome story/advice. I have recently fixed a 3 year long cyclical bacteria overgrowth that I didn’t know I had. Turns out many people develop some form of it post H-Pylori(which I was misdiagnosed as having just GERD for 2 years until after the 3rd Emergency Room visit resulting a “GI cocktail”[a white drink the size of a shot glass consisting of a numbing agent, omeprazole and something else] a nurse tested my blood for the bacteria, this happened through 2008-Jan 2011 and the link to “GERD” like symptoms and H. Pylori is a new medical development I believe only released and propagated around the year 2000, some doctors are likely to still be in the dark. Further, a pessimistic slant of me would consider the GERD pharma industry to be BIG business and omeprazole is a best seller, rather than address root possibles causes why not suppress symptoms and keep customers, but that is a rather cynical/pessimistic slant I admit, however, I digress) triple antibiotic treatment(a 2 week indiscriminate eradication of all bacteria) .

As of this past month, after only 2 weeks of cutting out beer(which is a buffet/breading-grounds for bad bacteria) and taking lots of probiotics(good bacteria that was directed by Dr’s order, post triple treatment) and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I started and have maintained 2+ tablespoons right in the morning and once at night, though it was recommended to initially start at less and build to 2 tbs) It should be further noted that you shouldn’t take probiotics within an hour before and after the vinegar.

I am a new person. I haven’t had any GI issues, which have been persistent over these past 3 years orders of magnitude less so than 2008-2010 which caused physical pain that could wake me up and I described it as a burning in my gut that could only be quenched by food every 3 hours(this being the result of H. Pylori as I am subject to the 10-20% hereditary non-asymptotic category, on this point since I was treated in 2011, 3+ of my family member have also developed and was treated in the same way for the bacterium).

As such, I feel like I am walking on top of the world(as I first did only after 1 hour of the first dose of antibiotics in 2011, immediate seemingly 300% improvement of health), you know in the clouds! I have so much energy which I spend at the gym and am looking more like 21 again(currently 28.5). I am training now for an ultramarathon(Dean’s book is also inspiring, I’ve got a while before hitting a 100 mile mark) in a year or two. Anyways, you have seemingly inspired me to write my story to help others. Thanks man! I will let you know when I get around to publishing articles. Knowledge is contagious and you have made some friend here. Thanks again and take care, Mark (my apologies for being off topic and all these parenthetical break points and aside, it is 1:30 AM and past my bedtime)

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Mark March 16, 2014 at 4:57 am

My apologies, I meant to address it to Steven the author of this great article, I don’t where I got Jason from?

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RB January 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

My aunt dropped off a 3kg bag at my house and told me to try it. Just searched the web for some info on dosage etc and came across your page. Since my tub is gigantic I used about 2.5 cups of salt and soaked for like 20 min. After I got out I drank quiet a bit of water and went to sleep as it made me really tired. I felt ok after sleeping for like 2hr and hit the weights a bit later. Not sure if you are supposed to feel tired after but I cant say that it was great. However I did release quiet a bit of toxins I think and will do another bath in a week.

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Michelle January 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Steven, do you know if it is true that after so much time of soaking that we eventually reabsorb the toxins back into our body that were released? I noticed on a couple of occasions when I stayed in way too long that I ended up with a pounding heart? Have you had any experience with this or know why it happens?

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Barb Pagel February 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I am so excited to try this epsom salt bath. My neighbor said he took a bath with magnesium crystals and felt AMAZING. Is that the same thing as Epsom Salt, or should I use that too? Also, if I use Vitamin C crystals, would I need one of those chlorinater balls also??? Or just one or the other???

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V March 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Can I bathe in epson salt everyday?

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Jane March 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Great article Steven, thanks for the vitamin c suggestion, I will try that next time.
My question is should I take a rinse shower afterwards?

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Mark April 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm

This question was first asked September 1st 2013(see above)…

I answered it based on what I knew then.

After further research to date, there isn’t anything conclusive on one way or the other. Your skin will feel chalky in all likelihood after you dry off. It is a matter of personal preference.

I enjoy a cool shower rinse because I am typically begging for ice water afterwards and the cool shower is similar. I have read many different things over this topic. There was one person that made some claim that it is a must, but the raw data out there overwhelmingly counters such a claim.

Here is my bottom line, I don’t like feeling chalky, especially if it the start of the day. At night however, especially if your adding a something like lavender, I like to think that not rinsing off adds further therapeutic comfort/benefit. I am extremely analytical person and distance runner, so these baths are my treasure indeed. They have become a part of my way of life.

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Mark April 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I should add for further clarification sake, if you don’t want to feel chalky (and dry skinned, etc.) then you are to rinse off(in a shower).

But if you crawl out of the bath without rinsing to a bed, then my friend, you are in for a good sleep. :)

Be well,
Mark

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Randy May 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

GREAT site … I like your style … simple and approachable. AND, thank you for the details about the epsom salts bath. I bought some lavender oil in Eze, France at Galimard (a wonderful fragrance company in Eze and Grasse), which I’ve tried in the bath. It’s great. And thanks for the tip on epson salts from Amazon, which I’ll purchase though your link. Stay well and happy!

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Nash August 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Hi, how do you measure out 1000-2000mg of Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C powder) if one does not own a scale?

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Lori Jo Berg August 14, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Nash, thank you for reaching out! 1000mg is equal to 1 gram, and 1 gram is approximately 1/5 of a teaspoon. I hope this clarifies things for you.

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Nash August 16, 2014 at 5:18 am

Thank you Lori! That helps out a lot.

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