We know that a warm foot bath can be an extremely relaxing experience, especially if it is at the end of a long and tiring day at work where you’ve spent a considerable amount of time on your feet. Likewise, while many people aren’t able to arrange for a bath in the evenings – what with being totally exhausted from work – they do book an appointment at the spa for the weekends. But a spa appointment, especially if it is just for your feet – is usually quite an expensive affair. Not only do you need to pay for the appointment at the spa – it is usually a bit of hassle getting to one. So we thought of bringing you a solution! How about an Epsom salt foot bath?
Sounds inviting? Well, let’s give you a bit more information…
What is an Epsom salt bath?
When water from special naturally occurring minerals is distilled, what is left behind are known as Epsom salts. These have a high concentration of some very beneficial minerals and compounds. And when you soak these salts in warm water, these minerals are released. Thereafter, when you soak your feet in this water, your body soaks up these minerals and draws a range of benefits from them!
Wondering what benefits? Here’s the answer to that…
How is it better than a regular foot bath?
There are a number of reasons why Epsom salts in your bath water are actually better than a regular foot bath. And here are some of the top reasons:
- Your feet carry you all day – so they also need a bit of pampering. And how can you pamper your feet? The easiest way is to soothe the tired and strained muscles. The salts coupled with the gentle heat work to sooth the sore muscles and ease any pain.
- In fact, Epsom salt baths for the feet are particularly helpful in reducing the pain caused by conditions like athletic injuries and arthritis.
- Epsom salt baths are also prescribed for people with diabetes. The salts increase circulation to the feet and can speed up healing as well as protect against foot infections.
- Epsom salts also have a detoxifying effect. They help your body to get rid of some of the toxins through your feet. Of course for a more widespread effect, try taking full body Epsom salt baths.
- Epsom salts also help to soften skin as well as kill bacteria or fungus. This is particularly helpful as taking regular Epsom salt baths can keep foot odor at bay. It can also prevent the growth of fungal or bacterial infection that tend to affect people who spend long hours in socks and shoes.
Besides these, an Epsom salt bath also helps to exfoliate skin and increase blood circulation to your feet – both have long term benefits for you!
But before you start, you had better check out…
Are there any contraindications?
While Epsom salt has no known negative impact, there is one point that needs to be stressed. While the bath will help to soften your skin – long term use can bring about skin drying.
This can lead to cracked and dry feet. To prevent this, limit your Epsom salt use in foot baths to 2-3 times a week. The other times, go for regular foot baths, with or without a drop of essential oil.
How can I make my own Epsom salt bath?
Epsom salts are very easily available in most grocery stores – and they aren’t very expensive either. So that just means that setting up your own home spa Epsom salt bath for tired feet is really easy and inexpensive!
Here’s what you will need:
- A small tub
- Some Epsom salts
- Warm water
And then to make the bath:
- Fill your tub with warm water from the faucet. It should not be too deep, just enough water for you to be able to submerge your feet up to the ankles.
- Pour in half a cup of the salts.
- Stir once and then place your feet in the bath and relax!
And guess what – you can actually use Epsom salts to create an aromatherapy bath – to just heighten the spa feel and the feel good factor! For this you can either buy aromatherapy Epsom salts or make your own:
- Fill up a mason jar with 2 cups of Epsom salt.
- To this add a teaspoon of your favorite essential oil or blend. Depending on the oil you choose, it can either bring about relaxation or other benefits.
- Now when using these salts, add only a few tablespoons to the water – and not half a cup.