Epsom salt may be used to aid in healing infected tissue by soaking the affected area in a basin filled with hot water and Epsom salt. Epsom salt helps to draw out an infection by forcing out toxins at the surface level of the skin, according to Dr. Jeffrey Bowman.
The soak should be as hot as the skin can comfortably stand it. The affected area should be soaked in the water several times a day for up to 10 minutes each time until the infection shows improvement, according to Natural Stress Care.
To help heal the common cold, Epsom salts can be used as a whole body soak. Natural Stress Care recommends placing large bath towels on a bed and pulling back the covers. An individual should run a hot bath, place 2 to 3 cups of Epsom Salt in the water, and let the salt dissolve. Next, she should get into the tub and soak, getting as much of the body and head under the water as possible. Adding more hot water as the body gets used to the heat furthers the benefits. After up to eight minutes, the individual gets out of the tub and dries off before catching a chill, getting into bed and pulling the towels and covers up over the body. Allowing the body to sweat for 20 to 40 minutes under the covers draws out the infection. The process completes with a rinse in the shower. If needed, an individual can repeat the cycle every two to three hours.