Epsom Salt Baths – Soothe Muscles and Get Better Sleep



There are a lot of great tips that my coach has given me. One of the best is to take an Epsom salt bath the night after a really hard workout or a long run. Although I had heard of Epsom salts, I had never used them in a bath until this past year. There is nothing better than taking a nice long soak in a bath to relax and unwind, and it’s a bonus if you can get rid of muscle soreness and sleep better too!

What Are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salts are actually magnesium sulfate (not technically a salt), and they got their name because they were discovered in Epsom, England. Magnesium plays an important role in various physiological processes. I came across an interesting fact when researching this article: about 68% of  all Americans are deficient in magnesium!

One of the best benefits for runners is that magnesium helps to soothe sore muscles. Without getting too technical, calcium is the mineral that helps muscles contract or “bind,” whereas magnesium helps muscles relax or “unbind.” Soaking for about  15 minutes in an Epsom salt bath works wonders when you are sore after a tough workout.

How Do Epsom Salts Help Reduce Stress and Other Deficiencies?

Magnesium sulfate can also help alleviate stress. Magnesium helps to stimulate the production of  serotonin, which can improve your mood and help you feel more relaxed. This, in turn, can help you sleep more soundly.

There are a number of other benefits of magnesium including: prevention of blood clots and hardening of the arteries, constipation relief, enhancement of the effect of insulin in the body, and regulation of electrolytes in the body (helps with muscle functioning).

How To Take an Epsom Salt Bath

  • Run the water as hot as you can tolerate.
  • Allow epsom salts to dissolve completely.
  • Soak for at least 12-15 minutes. Aim for about 3 epsom salt baths per week for best results.
  • Relax and enjoy!



  1. says

    Oooh, that sounds amazing. I can’t remember the last time I took a bath, but I do have Epsom salts and my husband almost got rid of them when he went on a bathroom-organizing kick. :) Thanks for the motivation to pull them out!

    • Jessica says

      I use 4 or 5 scoops. When you buy Epsom salt in the drug store, many times they will give you a scoop in the bag :-)

  2. says

    You are absolutely right about magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is known to raise triglyceride levels and decrease good cholesterol levels in the blood. It is also good for the muscles and it is something to ponder about with the emerging deficiency across the country.

  3. Jennifer says

    Just an FYI – Magnesium sulfate is an ionic compound and therefore technically a salt despite what you wrote.


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