Patients can create an Epsom salt bath by stirring 2 cups of Epsom salts into a warm bath, and soak in the mixture for at least 12 minutes, explains SaltWorks. For added moisturizing benefits, 1/2 cup olive oil or baby oil can be added for the soak.
Epsom salt soaks have a number of uses, according to SaltWorks. They are used to help relieve the symptoms of athlete's foot and may even soothe the soreness of sprains and bruises. Epsom salt soaks can decrease inflammation associated with gout and can be used to treat toenail fungus. Some people find that soaking their feet in Epsom salts helps remove foot odor. Soap should never be added to an Epsom salt bath, as it may interfere with the action of the salts. However, essential oils, such as peppermint, can be added to the tub if desired.
Epsom salts contain magnesium ions that are absorbed through the skin, explains SaltWorks. These ions may help lower blood pressure, increase energy levels and soothe muscle cramps. For best results, patients are advised to soak in an Epsom salt bath at least three times per week. Those using Epsom salts to treat toenail fungus can soak their feet up to three times per day.