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How to Detox With Epsom Salt

Updated July 19, 2017

Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) is a commonly found geological mineral. It gets its name from the waters of Epsom, England, which are rich in magnesium sulphate. Detox baths are effective for eliminating toxins from the body because hot water draws them to the skin's surface, according to many naturopaths, and as the water temperature cools it pulls the toxins from the skin. During a hot bath, Epsom salts are absorbed by the skin and help to withdraw toxins. Epsom salts have many benefits including softening and exfoliating skin, neutralising odours, promoting circulation and relaxing and refreshing the body.

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  1. Run bath tub of hot water.

  2. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts.

  3. Add a half-cup of sea salt.

  4. Add 2 capfuls of bath oil.

  5. Add 3-5 drops of any of the following essential oils:

  6. For relaxation: neroli, lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, llang llang, bergamot or rose.

  7. For invigoration: peppermint, spearmint, lemon, cypress, basil or pine.

  8. Soak in the tub until the water is tepid, then pat the skin dry with a towel and moisturise as usual.

  9. Tip

    • Mix a handful of Epsom salts with one tablespoon of almond oil (or other massage oil) and rub gently over moist skin to exfoliate. Rinse well and moisturise. • Mix a cup of Epsom salts with a large bowl of hot water and 2 tablespoons of almond oil or bath oil. Soak feet until the water cools, then towel dry. • Epsom salts can be mixed with a carrier oil and essential oils to make relaxing, scented bath salts.


    You should avoid taking hot baths if you suffer from high blood pressure, asthma, heart or kidney problems, or if you are diabetic or pregnant.

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Things You'll Need

  • Epsom salts
  • Sea salt
  • Bath oil
  • Essential oils of choice
  • Cup
  • Bath tub
  • Towel
  • Moisturiser

About the Author

Corinna Underwood is a freelance writer based in Atlanta. She specializes in health and lifestyle features. Her writing has been published in a number of magazines including "Alternative Medicine," "Alive" and "Chronogram". She is also the author of Haunted History of Atlanta and North Georgia and Murder and Mystery in Atlanta. She holds a Master of Arts in women’s studies from Staffordshire University.

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