Epsom Salt Bath For Weight Loss

A rejuvenating salt bath that soothes your mind and helps shed those stubborn pounds.

Reviewed by Garima Singh, MSc, DNHE, DDHN
Written by Charushila Biswas, MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist
Edited by Arshiya Syeda, BA (Literature & Psychology), PG Diploma
Fact-checked by Aparna Mallampalli, BEd, MSc (Microbiology), Diploma In Nutrition  • 

Sometimes you need to go beyond a balanced diet and exercise to lose weight. If you have not tried an Epsom salt bath for weight loss, then it’s time! This rejuvenating and relaxing bath salt may help you stave off those few extra inches. Epsom salt bath has been used since the 1900s to treat skin diseases and digestive problems and reduce excess flab (1), (2). The salt (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) was first discovered in Epsom, England – and hence the name. The Epsom salt comprises clear crystals that may help regulate multiple bodily enzymesi  XProteins that act as catalysts in the body and increase chemical reactions such as digestion, respiration, and nerve function. and maintain healthy nails, skin, and hair by boosting collagen synthesisi  XA multi-step process involving many different structures both inside and outside of fibroblasts, a tissue that produces collagen. . But how does the salt aid in weight loss? We have discussed the same here. Continue reading.

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Epsom salt baths have been used for over 400 years. An English farmer discovered the ‘bitter water in the well had remarkable skin-healing properties.’

Epsom Salt Bath For Losing Weight

  1. How Does Epsom Salt Help You Lose Weight
  2. How To Make Epsom Salt Bath For Weight Loss
  3. Frequency Of Taking Epsom Salt Bath For Weight Loss
  4. Types Of Epsom Salt Baths
  5. Detoxifying And Rejuvenating
  6. Benefits Of Epsom Salt Bath
  7. Facts About Epsom Salt
  8. Precautions
  9. FAQs

1. How Does Epsom Salt Help You To Lose Weight

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A British biochemist at the University of Birmingham, Rosemary Waring found out that sulfate and magnesium are absorbed into the skin during the Epsom bath (3). The levels of these two minerals in the blood increase after you soak in the bath for some time, and they start their work of eliminating environmental toxins from the body (4), (5). They simultaneously also heal various other ailments of the skin, thereby making you feel relaxed and de-stressed.

Studies suggest that a deficiency of magnesium in the body can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, backaches, and headaches (6). Similarly, low levels of sulfate result in body exhaustion. When the levels of both these minerals increase in the blood, the system of the body reaches a balance and can perform all the functions properly.

Poor absorption of nutrients and emotional eating are considered the main culprits behind weight gain. When the toxins are expelled from the body, you feel more energetic and relaxed and are less likely to binge on food. This lowers your chances of overeating, and your metabolism starts working at its best, leading to significant weight reduction (7).

2. How To Make Epsom Salt Bath For Weight Loss

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You can make an Epsom salt bath by adding 400-500 grams of Epsom salt to a warm water bath. Do not add too much salt as it will not reduce more weight. The Epsom salt bath works best when used in the right amount.

Steps For Making Epsom Salt Bath

  • During the initial days, start by adding one tablespoon of Epsom salt to your bath.
  • Gradually increase the quantity of the Epsom salt to two cups per bath.
  • Stay in the bath for at least 15 minutes to let the salt get absorbed. Do not stay longer than 20 minutes.
  • After the bath, drink enough water for rehydration.

3. Frequency Of Taking Epsom Salt Bath For Weight Loss

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There is a difference of opinion when it comes to the frequency of taking an Epsom salt bath. Some believe that for rapid weight loss, you must take this bath every day. There are a few others who believe that it should be taken only once in two to three weeks. The best solution is to ask your caregiver, who will have a better idea and can suggest the frequency according to your health condition.

4. Types Of Epsom Salt Baths

Apart from using only Epsom salt in the bath, you can also try out other variations to enhance the results. Here are a few types of Epsom salt baths that will add variety to your weight loss program and will motivate you to stick to this routine.

A. Ginger And Epsom Salt

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If excess toxin build-up is the main reason for your weight gain, you should add ginger to the bath along with Epsom salt (8). Ginger is known to open the body’s pores and eliminate toxins through sweat (9). It is an easy and the most natural way of removing body toxins. The remedy works much better if you use warm or hot water. Add two to three tablespoons of crushed ginger against two cups of Epsom salt to the warm water bath for faster results. Soak yourself for half an hour in the hot bath.

B. Baking Soda And Epsom Salt

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Add two cups each of Epsom salt and baking soda to the warm bathing water and rub the body gently using a soft sponge. This process helps in cleaning the dead skin cells and removing the excess toxins from the body.

C. Apple Cider Vinegar And Epsom Salt

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Add Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar in the ratio of 1:2 in hot or warm water. Soak yourself in the bath for 30 to 40 minutes. Apple cider vinegar is known for relieving stress and joint pains (10). Hence, apart from losing weight, you will also get relief from muscle stress and joint aches.

D. Epsom Salt And Essential Oils

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Adding essential oil to the Epsom salt bath helps to enhance its properties. You can add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil of your choice, such as lavender or jojoba essential oil, for aromatherapy and relaxation.

For getting the best of all these remedies, you can try each one of them alternately.

5. Detoxifying And Rejuvenating

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Although essential oils are recommended to make your experience of Epsom bath more relaxing and aromatic, some experts believe that adding oil reduces the effect of the Epsom salt. To enhance the effect, you can use mineral water, especially if you want to get relief from muscle pain. This bath increases the blood circulation, helps in the detoxification of your body, and you de-stressed and rejuvenated for long hours. It is important to drink lots of water before and after the bath to get the maximum benefits of the Epsom salt bath.

Liz Marie, a blogger, shares on her blog how a DIY Epsom salt bath soak works as a stress relief method for her. She writes, “I know that after I use the salt soak in my tub, I do feel a lot better. It makes me feel more productive than I really am (i).”

6. Benefits Of Epsom Salt Bath

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  • It relieves the soreness of muscles.
  • It helps in removing excess oil from the skin and hair, which might keep inflammation at bay.
  • It is a good antidote for mild sunburn irritation and pain and is used as an alternative to Aloe Vera.
  • It causes quicker recovery from muscle strains, soreness and other minor injuries.
  • It provides relief from bee stings and bug bites.
  • It is a good solution for dry lips.
  • It is considered to be one of the best skin exfoliators. Hence, it is regularly used for deep exfoliationi  XThe process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin that helps to unclog pores and soften the skin. in masks and pedicure.
  • It is used to treat poison ivy rashes.
  • Epsom salt helps you to feel relaxed and aids better sleep.
  • It can also act as a home spa.

7. Facts About Epsom Salt

  • Epsom salt was first discovered in a saline bitter spring of Epsom in Surrey, England. It is, hence, named after the place.
  • Although it is called a salt, it is not exactly a salt, but a type of naturally occurring mineral compound enriched with sulfate and magnesium.
  • Epsom salt looks like small, clear crystals. It aids weight loss when taken in proper amounts.
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You can also use Epsom salt for detox foot baths or direct application on sore muscles in the form of a paste.

8. Precautions

  • Never add more than 600 grams of Epsom salt to your bath.
  • Do not take an Epsom salt bath for more than 20 minutes.
  • Drink water before and after taking an Epsom salt bath.
  • The internal use of Epsom salt should be avoided as it may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea. Consult your doctor before taking Epsom salt internally.
  • Avoid taking Epsom salt baths if you are diabetic, or suffer from kidney disease, heart disease, and irregular heartbeat.
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An overdose of magnesium can lead to lethargy, blurred vision, and muscle weakness in some. So, do not spend a long time in an Epsom salt bath.
  • Pregnant women should consult their doctors before taking an Epsom salt bath.

Key Takeaways

  • Epsom salt baths help to regulate metabolism and enhance insulin sensitivity, which eventually aids in weight loss.
  • Always drink lots of water after the Epsom bath, as hydration helps to boost the benefit of the bath.
  • Keep in mind that adding more salt will not help you lose weight. Only use 400-500 grams of Epsom salt in warm water.
  • Epsom salt can also relieve you from any minor injuries and muscle strain.


Relax and unwind with an Epsom salt bath! Learn how to make one in this easy-to-follow video tutorial. Enjoy the soothing benefits of an Epsom salt bath in the comfort of your own home.

Infographic: 4 Detox Epsom Salt Bath Recipes

The traditional Epsom salt bath can aid in weight loss and improve the overall condition of the body. You can mix a variety of ingredients with Epsom salt to further enhance its benefits and turn your baths into relaxing, at-home spa sessions. These will help flush out excess toxins from the body, promote supple and soft skin, and help relieve stress. Check out the infographic below for 4 simple variations of Epsom salt baths and rejuvenate your body and mind.

4 detox epsom salt bath recipes (infographic)

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Using Epsom salt baths for weight loss began around 100 years ago. It has been found to increase magnesium and sulfate levels in the blood, eliminating the toxins from the body, and causing weight loss. These minerals help keep the body balanced and also prevent emotional eating. However, adding the right amount of salt and soaking in it for the right amount of time (15 minutes) is crucial in this process. Add Epsom salt to warm water for effective results. You can also add other ingredients like essential oils, baking soda, ginger, etc., for enhanced results.

9. FAQs

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A. Can I eat or drink Epsom salt instead of taking a bath for weight loss?

To lose weight, you have to take Epsom salt baths. However, if you wish to use Epsom salt for other health and wellness issues, such as constipation, you should consult your doctor first.

B. Is Epsom salt different from bath salt?

Yes. Epsom salt only contains magnesium and sulfate. On the other hand, bath salts may contain other ingredients that can be toxic chemicals. Hence, it is better to use organic Epsom salt.

C. Where to buy Epsom salt?

You can buy Epsom salt from the nearby pharmacy.

D. Does Epsom salt have a similar effect on the skin as sea salt?

No. Epsom salt is all good for your skin health. It does not leave a residue on your skin after the bath. You will feel fresh and active after indulging in the Epsom salt bath.

E. My skin is dry. Can I use Epsom salt bath?

Yes. Epsom salt will not dry out your skin further. It is known to soften the skin. However, if you are still worried, do drink enough water before and after taking the Epsom salt bath.

F. Is it safe to use Epsom salt baths for people who have health problems?

If you have health problems, always consult your doctor before taking the Epsom salt bath. Your doctor has knowledge about your medical history and knows what can harm you or benefit you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if you put too much Epsom salt in a bath?

Epsom salt baths are generally considered safe. But some people may experience allergic reactions. In addition, use of excess Epsom salt may cause nausea, headache, fatigue, and diarrhea.

How many calories do you burn in a hot Epsom salt bath?

There are no recorded benefits of an Epsom salt bath. However, many anecdotal studies suggest that a one-hour hot Epsom salt bath may help you burn 130 calories.

Can Epsom salt baths replace other weight loss methods such as exercise and a healthy diet?

No, it cannot replace exercise and a healthy diet. Salt baths can help boost metabolism and better absorption of nutrients and better support your healthy lifestyle, all of which are essential for proper weight loss.

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References

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