Sometimes the old cures are still valid!
Epsom salts—made of the mineral magnesium sulfate—are a sedative for the nervous system.
When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.
Recent research in Birmingham University, at the School of Biosciences has shown an amazing result. Magnesium and sulfate will pass through the skin, raising the levels detected in the blood. This can have important benefits to health because both Magnesium and Sulfate deficiency are common.
Relaxing and sedative bath: Soak in warm water and 2 cups of epsom salt.
The recommended amount for regular bathing is 1% solution which means ten grams per litre, or ten kilograms per 1000 litres. (0.1 lb per imp gallon, or 6.4 lb per cu ft.) A standard UK bath is about 60 litres, (about 15 US gallons) requiring about 600gm (about 1.5 lb).
Spend at least 20 minutes in the bath, preferably 40 minutes.
Foot soak: Soothe aches, remove odors and soften rough skin with a foot soak. Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt to a large pan of warm water. Soak feet for as long as it feels right. Rinse and dry.
Soak sprains and bruises: Epsom salt will reduce the swelling of sprains and bruises. Add 2 cups epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak.