#553 – Soak Your Feet in Epsom Salt

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I first experienced the miracle of Epsom salt when I took advantage of a Groupon offer for a one-hour soak in a flotation tank. I did notice that my back pain diminished after the hour-long soak.

Flotation tanks contain a lot of Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, which is beneficial for relieving aches, pains and bruises. It is also helpful in removing slivers.

If a flare or joint destruction is keeping you out of the tub, remember that you can treat your feet and still enjoy the benefits of an Epsom salt soak.

  • Fill a basin with water that is as hot as you can tolerate.
  • Add in at least two cups of Epsom salts.
  • Then settle in for a soak in front of your favourite program or with your book.
  • It's also a good time to slow down and do a stress technique.
  • Repeat.

The evidence is inconclusive as to whether enough magnesium can be absorbed through the feet to make a difference.

Generally, an Epsom salt bath is considered safe. However, it is wise to check with your doctor to see if this is right for you.

I came across this recipe for an inexpensive foot soak while leafing through First magazine at the doctor's office:

  1. Fill a basin with warm water to soothe sore muscles
  2. Add one chamomile tea bag (anti-inflammatory), half a cup of Epsom salts (soothes sore muscles) and a few orange peels (moisturizes)
  3. Soak your feet for ten minutes

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