How to Make Epsom Salt Bath for Weight Loss (The Ultimate Guide)

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How to Make Epsom Salt Bath for Weight Loss
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Can taking a relaxing bath really help you lose weight? According to some sources, it can. Epsom salt, widely known for its use with muscle soreness and pain, could assist you to lose some unwanted weight.

Scientifically referred to as magnesium sulfate heptahydrate, Epsom salt has numerous health and cosmetic benefits. By helping you detoxify more successfully, Epsom salt has its value in re-balancing the body, so it can deal with excess weight, reduce the appearance of cellulite and make you healthier and fitter. Find out about this safe and easy technique for weight loss.

About Epsom Salt

Epsom salt gets its name from Epsom in Surrey, England where it was first discovered in a bitter saline spring. Despite being called a ‘salt’, the substance is not actually a salt, but a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. The small clear crystals have wide applications that include:

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  • Muscle soreness relief.
  • Quicker recovery from minor injuries such as muscle strains.
  • Hair treatment that helps you get rid of excess oils.
  • Alleviation of mild sunburn pain and irritation (alternative to aloe vera).
  • Solution for dry lips.
  • Relief from bug bites and bee stings.
  • Skin exfoliator (great for pedicure, deep exfoliation and facial masks).
  • Treatment for poison ivy rashes.
  • Gives you a general feeling of relaxation that helps you catch up on sleep.
  • Epsom salt can also be used to clean tiles and walls in your home.

For more Epsom salt uses read my article about the most extraordinary uses for Epsom salt.

How does Epsom Salt Work for Weight Loss

According to a study published in the medical journal PLos One, magnesium is absorbed through the skin. In the study, participants applied cream containing magnesium to their skin. This increased blood levels of magnesium.

The results of the study could mean that magnesium and sulfate get absorbed through the skin when we bath in Epsom salt. Blood levels of the two minerals could increase after a good soak to help with body detox, de-stress and heal various skin issues.

Lack of magnesium in the body can lead to heart problems, high blood pressure, headaches and backaches; and low sulfate can manifest as body exhaustion. Supplying both of them boosts all body systems and balances their function.

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Often, weight gain is associated with emotional eating and poor nutrient absorption. When you expel toxins and feel more relaxed, you are less likely to over-eat and you metabolize food in a more efficient manner.

Different Opinions

Some dispute the use of Epsom salt in baths and claim that the health benefits don’t have sufficient scientific backing. However, the calming and relaxing effects are a very subjective experience and can change the way your body operates and processes nutrients. Silkier skin, too, is a definite bonus.

Even if the healing effects of magnesium and sulfate are not supported by everyone, Epsom salt baths are something you can experiment with and then decide for yourself.

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How to Make an Epsom Salt Bath for Weight Loss

  1. Start slowly by adding one tablespoon of Epsom salt to your bath water daily.
  2. Gradually increase the amount of salt to two cups. If you start with big quantities without a gentle introduction first, you might suffer some adverse symptoms of a quick detox such as irritability, mood swings or hyperactivity. Some suggest that doses of above 600 grams don’t bring any additional effects, so don’t overdo it.
  3. Soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes and unwind. Don’t stay in the bath for longer than 25 minutes or you might end up exhausting yourself.
  4. Bring with you enough water and make sure you rehydrate well during and after your hot bath.

If you find a daily bath to be too much for you, reduce it to two to three times a week. The opinions on what a good frequency is are mixed, so listen to your body’s responses and adjust.

Some Precautions

Before using Epsom salt, consult with a health care professional, especially if you have a specific condition or any concerns regarding its effects and interactions.

The baths for weight loss should not be used if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, kidney stones or kidney disease.

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Special Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt and baking soda

  • Baking soda is a strong body cleanser and detoxes the body. Some suggest that is can also be used if suffering from heavy metal or nuclear poisoning. It binds with uranium and other toxic chemicals and alkalizes the body. Baking soda has 7 uses as a kitchen medicine.
  • For your weight loss bath, first, follow the gradual approach as described above. Then, mix one cup each of baking soda and Epsom salt into your bathing water. Enjoy the sensation!

Epsom salt and ginger

  • Ginger opens up the pores and allows you to sweat more and release more toxins. Ginger can also be used as a medicine for great health and is also mentioned in my e-Book The Herbal Remedies Guide.
  • This treatment will work better if you add ginger to very hot water.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of crushed fresh ginger in hot water and follow it with 2 cups of Epsom salt (or less if you are only starting with your regimen).
  • Immerse yourself in the soothing and healing water and enjoy up to 20 minutes.

Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar (ACV)

  • ACV is known for its beneficial effects on metabolism and skin. I’ve already mentioned previously how to use ACV for weight loss.
  • Mix 1 cup ACV or white vinegar with 1/2 cup Epsom salt into hot bath water.
  • Soak in vinegar bath for no longer than 30 minutes.

Related: Garcinia Cambogia and Apple Cider Vinegar Diet: Does it Really Work?

Essential oils and Epsom salt baths

  • Some people like to add a bit of their preferred essential oil to the bath. This can increase the soothing and relaxing effects. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil for a standard size tub. Use lavender as it’s proven to induce relaxation. You can find more information on how to use essential oils in my e-Book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the most effective ways to use essential oils.

Where to Buy Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is available in most health shops as well as in Amazon.

Other Types of Baths For Relaxation and Detox

For more information on how to use Epsom salt read my other post: Discover the Most Extraordinary Uses for Epsom Salt

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10 Responses to How to Make Epsom Salt Bath for Weight Loss (The Ultimate Guide)

  1. Terri Hooper says:

    I cannot put anything into the water when I am having a bath. The occurrences of vaginal/urinary tract infections is far too high. How else can someone get the benefits of the weight loss soak if you cannot bath in it?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Terri, I’m not aware of Epsom salt causing UTI or vaginal thrush. I don’t think there is any prevention from using Epsom salts in your bath. It can actually be effective in bringing down the inflammation and pain felt during UTI.

    • Dr Susan says:

      You can get the same benefits by just using the Epsom salts in s foot bath soak.

    • amanda says:

      I too suffer from UTI’s and vulvodynia,I have used Epson salt and Himalayan salt in my bath and the pain has subsided significantly. I use 1 cup of each salt in a warm bath.

  2. Desjois says:

    I heard someone say that you could drink Epsom salt to help get rid of water weight is that true? And is it safe?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Consuming Epsom salt creates a laxative effect so can, occasionally, help you with constipation. Others use it for detox purposes. I’m not sure about the quantity you can consume and how. Also before you start using Epsom salts internally, make sure to check with your doctor first as it can interact negatively with other medications.

  3. Maura McCarthy says:

    Iam on 75mg of nupin, 40mg of atorvastan and bisopin daily, (cardiovascular related)will this interact with Epson salt baths kind regards Maura

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Although you don’t take the Epsom salt internally, I’ve heard even using Epsom salt externally in bath soak is not recommended for everybody (for example: people with diabetes). Since I’m not a doctor, I believe that if you have any questions or health concerns, check with a doctor before external use of Epsom salt.

  4. Larry Hofer says:

    I have diabetes can you tell me why I should not take this bath with the vinegar and the Epsom salts please

    • Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer says:

      Hi Lori, people who suffer from diabetes should not soak their body for long periods in hot water. This is because diabetes can cause damage to the nerves of the body called neuropathy. The most common type is peripheral neuropathy which affects the nerves in the legs and arms. In this case diabetics may lose sensation in their feet, and since soaks may cause dryness and irritate the feet, leading to cracking and infection, soaking the feet may raise their risk of foot problems.

      Infection can easily enter and inflame open sores on the feet. High blood sugar levels help feed the infection, making it worse. Poor circulation complicates the healing of these sores.

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