A bath with Epsom salts may help reduce muscle cramps, treat psoriasis and relax the body. However, the research on Epsom salt baths remains inconclusive, but warm baths help relax the body. In turn, that relaxation provides health benefits.
Mineral baths have been used for therapeutic reasons for thousands of years, and proponents of Epsom salt baths believe they offer similar therapeutic relief. However, whether the minerals penetrate the skin sufficiently enough to have a therapeutic effect remains a subject of dispute. Proponents of the salt baths claim that they relax muscles and nerves, ease rheumatoid arthritis, relieve constipation and help the body eliminate toxins. Others note a lack of scientific evidence to support these claims.
While WebMD does not indicate the benefits directly provided by Epsom salts, the site recommends Epsom salt baths for aches, pains and psoriasis. Epsom salts can also serve as an exfoliant. Mixed with olive oil, the salts remove dry skin from feet and hands. They can also remove foot odor when stirred into a foot bath. Epsom salts have several household uses. Sprinkled around plants, they repel slugs. Mixed with dish soap, they can clean bathroom tiles. A small sprinkle of Epsom salts in houseplants helps keep them healthy, according to SaltWorks.