Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt is great for stiffness or soreness after treatment, or physical activity such as sport or gardening.

You may find that it also works wonders just for general relaxation.

Epsom Salt works by reducing the acid build up in the body and working towards a normal acid/alkaline balance which is also very useful in cases of fever, colds or ‘flu’. It can also be used by people with skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema.

Epsom Salt available in Durham

Epsom Salt Application

Epsom Salt is available from NIHP Durham in handy 1.5kg bags, or in large 25kg bags for regular users.

If you are going to use it for a hand or foot soak, use approximately two tablespoons in approximately two litres of warm water and soak for 15 – 20 minutes. Use a large mug full in a normal bath with warm water.

Scroll down to the end of this page for some ideas on other uses.


Epsom Salt can be used whenever you take a bath. For specific problems such as Bunions, regular soaking is required about five times a week in order to reduce the levels of calcification.

Cautions & Remarks

IMPORTANT! Always check with a doctor before using Epsom Salt if you have any health concerns.

The water in the bath should not be hot but warm, just above blood temperature. If the water is too hot then the addition of Epsom Salt will cause the body temperature to rise and the user to experience extreme sweating.

For this reason, users with high blood pressure or heart disease should take care when using Epsom Salt in the bath.

It is not recommended for children under the age of five, unless advised by your GP.

Epsom Salt Council

Health benefit details can be found on the Epsom Salt Council website

Additional uses

When magnesium sulphate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles and is a natural emollient, exfoliator and much more…

Relaxing and sedative bath

Soak in warm water and 2 cups of Epsom Salt.

Foot soak

Soothe aches, remove odours and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.

Soak sprains and bruises

Epsom Salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups to a warm bath and soak.

Splinter removal

Soak in Epsom Salt; it will draw out the splinter.

Face cleaner

To clean your face at night, mix a half-teaspoon with your regular cleansing cream. Just massage into skin and rinse with cold water.

Homemade skin mask

Apply the mask to damp skin. For normal to oily skin, mix 1 tablespoon of cognac, 1 egg, 1/4 cup of non-fat dry milk, the juice of 1 lemon and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt.

For normal to dry skin, mix 1/4 cup of grated carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoons of mayonnaise and a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt.

Skin exfoliator

Massage handfuls of Epsom Salt over your wet skin, starting with your feet and continuing up towards the face. Have a bath to rinse.

Remove excess oil from hair

Add 9 tablespoons to 1/2 cup of oily hair shampoo. Apply one tablespoon of the liquid to your hair when it is dry; rinse with cold water. Pour lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar through the hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse.

Remove hairspray

Combine 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup of Epsom Salt. Combine, cover and let set for 24 hours. The next day, pour the mixture into your dry hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then shampoo as normal.

Drop into NIHP Durham and pick up your 1.5kg or 25kg bag today to start enjoying the benefits…

Always check with your doctor if you have any health concerns before using this product.