Soaking Feet in Epsom Salts

by Michelle LaRowe
Soaking your feet in Epsom salt is a relaxing way to end the day.

Soaking your feet in Epsom salt is a relaxing way to end the day.

Soaking your feet in Epsom salt has many health benefits. Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate. When absorbed through the skin, magnesium sulfate draws toxins out of the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling and relaxes muscles. In addition to soothing sore and achy feet, Epsom salt can reduce foot inflammation, remove foot odors and soften rough skin on your feet. If you are having trouble removing a splinter from your foot, an Epsom salt foot soak can be effective in drawing out a splinter, according to

Items you will need

  • Large, wide basin or pan
  • Hot water
  • Epsom salt
  • Chair
  • 2 towels
Step 1

Fill a large, wide basin with hot water. The water temperature should be as hot as you can comfortably tolerate. Filling the basin with warm water then gradually adding hot water can help you secure a water temperature you are comfortable with. Placing the basin on a towel can help absorb any water spills or splatters.

Step 2

Add a half cup of Epsom salt to the water basin. Stir it around with your hands or feet so the salt dissolves.

Step 3

Pull up a chair. Sitting in a chair while you soak your feet may be most comfortable. Having a towel next to the chair will be handy to dry your feet once you are done soaking.

Step 4

Emerge your feet. Place your feet into the basin and soak your feet until the water cools or as long as you feel comfortable. Adding hot water to the basin during your foot soak can help maintain the temperature.

Step 5

Dry your feet. Once you are finished soaking your feet, dry them well. For added pleasure, use moisturizing lotion on your feet and put cotton socks on to keep the moisture in.


  • Adding essential oils to the Epsom salt foot soak can create an aromatic soak. Adding lavender essential oil may increase relaxation.


  • Soaking your feet in uncomfortably hot water may cause you to be burned. If you are a diabetic, ask your doctor if Epsom foot soaks are appropriate for you prior to soaking your feet.

About the Author

Michelle LaRowe is the 2004 International Nanny Association Nanny of the Year and the author of "Nanny to the Rescue!", "Working Mom's 411" and a "Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists." LaRowe graduated from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and holds a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Global University.

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