An Epsom salt bath is often used to reduce stress. However, there are other benefits to an Epsom salt foot soak, including:
Treating fungal infections
While there are many claims that Epsom salt is an effective stress reliever, more research needs to be done to prove it’s an effective antibacterial and antifungal agent. Discuss your treatment options with your doctor before using this remedy.
1. Treating fungal infection
Epsom salt has been used to treat wounds and infections. While it doesn’t cure the infection, Epsom salt can be used to draw out the infection and soften the skin to help boost medication effects.
Epsom soaks can be used to support the work of medications your doctor has prescribed. Before using this treatment, discuss your options with a doctor. Some infections, such as staph infection, worsen from hot water or salt mixes.
For foot or toenail fungal infections, soak your feet twice a day for about 20 minutes. Consider adding tea tree oil or other essential diluted oils known to promote healing.
Epsom salt can be used as an exfoliant to soften rough, cracked feet. Along with soaking your feet, massage a handful of Epsom salt into your skin for an added boost.
3. Pain relief
Epsom salt removes toxins from the body that can cause irritation, inflammation, and body pain. If you have sore feet or corns, soak your feet regularly to reduce pain.
4. Removing splinters
An Epsom salt foot soak can also help to remove splinters. The mineral compounds in the salt help to reduce inflammation around the affected region. It will then soften your skin to allow for easy removal of the debris or hangnail.