“How hot should your bath be? What are Epsom salts? How much Epsom salts in a bath? Do I need a rubber duck?” ????
These are just some of the questions we are often asked when it comes to how to bathe with WholyMe Relief Salts (okay, maybe not the last one!).
In this article, we aim to answer your questions and help you get the most from your next bath!
What are Epsom Salts – and why are they important?
First things first, Epsom salts are naturally occurring mineral salts named after the English town of Epsom, in Surrey. While the salts first came from a saline spring within the town, they are now often produced synthetically around the world.
Also known as bath salts, they are made of magnesium sulfate, which – when dissolved in water – release magnesium and sulfate ions. These can contribute to a sense of muscle relaxation.
Epsom salts have been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a wide range of conditions, from relieving stress and muscle aches, to soothing itchy skin. We elaborate on this further in our article on the Best 7 Uses for Epsom Salts.
You can buy Epsom salts from a variety of retailers, although we recommend our bestselling WholyMe Relief Salts.
This formula is made with 100% natural Epsom salts, enhanced with organic arnica oil and frankincense oil, which both boast anti-inflammatory properties to help sooth sore muscles, while eucalyptus oil encourages a sense of cleansed calm in body and mind. Bliss!
How much Epsom salts in a bath?
Great question! Do you need to use an entire bag of Epsom salts for each bath? Nope! In fact, you only need a couple of handfuls to benefit from the relaxing properties of these timeless salts.
We suggest using around 200g per bath, mixed into the water while the bath is still running until the salts have fully dissolved. By using 200g, you can enjoy up to five baths from our 1kg bag!
Of course, different sources suggest using different amounts. For example, some recommend adding up to 600g per bath. It’s worth experimenting with different amounts and you will find the best for you in terms of muscle recovery and general relaxation.
How hot should your bath water be?
Epsom salts should always be used in warm and hot baths, not the cold ice baths you may take after exercise to relieve inflammation.
We recommend running your bath to a temperature of between around 35°C and 45°C, with anywhere between 37°C to 40°C seen as the optimum temperature. This water temperature will give you the best results and most comfort.
How long should you spend in your Epsom salts bath?
You’ve gone to the effort of running a bath and adding in some Epsom salts, so you may want to know how long you should spend soaking.
The answer is ultimately up to you! However, to truly enjoy the benefits that Epsom salts can bring, spend at least 10 to 20 minutes submerged, up to around 40 minutes.
Should you ever avoid an Epsom salts bath?
We love an Epsom salts bath, and the vast majority of the time it will be safe for everybody. Yet there are occurrences when you should avoid having one.
It is not advised to soak in Epsom salts if you have ever experienced allergic reactions or infections from them. You should also avoid these baths if you are currently nursing open cuts or wounds, or if you have severe burns.
What to do when in the bath?
If you think spending up to 30 minutes in the bath is a waste of time that could be spent doing other things, then you are misinformed!
Firstly, you can multitask! You can use your time in the bath to entertain or inform yourself by reading a magazine or a book (just avoid using library books) or listening to a podcast (but keep your phone away from the water!).
However, we recommend using the time to really relax and enjoy the experience of taking time out for yourself.
Try lighting some candles and listening to some relaxing music. Don’t forget a fluffy towel and cosy bathrobe for afterwards. This is the best way to enjoy the full Epsom salts experience!