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Bunions Be Gone: How Epsom Salts Will Help

Suffering with bunions, gout or arthritic, swollen fingers? Did you know that Epsom Salts may help?

Epsom Salts can be used anywhere there is calcification in the joints, or where there is stiffness and soreness after physical activity such as playing sport or gardening. They can be used locally for hand or foot calcification, but also used as a general aid to relaxation and as a preventative measure.

Epsom Salts work by reducing the acid build up in the body and bring about a normal acid/alkaline balance. They are very useful in cases of fever and colds and 'flu, and can be used for skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema.


Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) can be purchased in chemists in large bags (they may have to order them in, so ask). They can also be bought from garden centres, as magnesium sulphate. In this case, the salts may be bigger and coarser; just break up with a rolling pin if necessary.

If being used for a foot or hand soak, use 2 tablespoons in approximately 2 litres of warm water and soak the feet or hands for 15-20 minutes.

If soaking the whole body in the bath, use approximately a large mugful. The water should be WARM, NOT HOT, as this will raise the body temperature to sometimes uncomfortable levels.

Bathing in Epsom Salts is very therapeutic as they help to detoxify the body, and relax the muscles. Epsom Salts can be used whenever a bath is taken, and it is a very good way of boosting and maintaining your magnesium levels, transdermally. But for specific problems, such as bunions, regular soaking is required, perhaps averaging 5 times a week, in order to reduce the level of calcification.


The water in a bath with Epsom Salts should not be hot, but WARM, just above blood temperature. If the water is too hot then the addition of the Epsom Salts would cause the body temperature to rise and you would experience extreme sweating. For this reason, those with high blood pressure or heart disorders should exercise caution when using Epsom Salts in the bath.


The use of Epsom Salts in the bath is not recommended for children under the age of 5, except under medical supervision.

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