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The Many Benefits Of An Epsom Salt Soak

Scientifically known as magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt got its nickname from a village in Surrey, England, where people would visit to bathe and drink from a saline spring believed to have medicinal properties. Epsom salt’s purported healing benefits stem from its high levels of the mineral, Magnesium, which plays a critical role in many of the body’s natural processes, including muscle and nerve function. So it’s no surprise that for centuries Epsom salt has been a staple in holistic wellness, particularly when it comes to the health of our feet.

Measuring Epsom Salt for Foot Soak

Soothes Aches and Pains:

Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, Epsom salt is often prescribed as a remedy for tired, achy feet. When dissolved in warm water, magnesium and sulfate ions are released and absorbed through the skin. They can help the body process glucose and lactic acid, ultimately reducing soreness and inflammation. 

Cares for Calluses:

There’s no better combination than warm water, detoxifying salts, and skin-softening oils to dissolve thick, tough skin and keep calluses in check. Podiatrists recommend a 10 minute soak to prep your feet before pumicing or filing. Do it 1-2x weekly for one month to completely transform the surface of your soles. 

Stimulates Circulation:

The warm water and magnesium in Epsom salt work together to enhance blood circulation in your feet. Improved circulation not only reduces swelling but also promotes faster healing of minor injuries and common wear and tear like cracked heels, blisters, and athlete’s foot.

Stress Relief:

Beyond its physical benefits, a weekly Epsom salt soak can be a helpful natural stress reliever. There is some evidence that magnesium can benefit mental health by boosting serotonin and aiding sleep, and a foot soak often offers a rare moment of self care and space for reflection.

What makes Pedestrian Project's Purifying Foot Soak special?  

Our Purifying Foot Soak goes beyond traditional epsom salt formulations. With a perfect blend of natural salts and essential oils, it soothes muscles and tissues, while it softens and rejuvenates your skin. Himalayan and Epsom salts, both rich in minerals, help draw out impurities, leaving your feet refreshed and revitalized. At the same time, jojoba oil, marula oil, and meadowfoam oil provides deep hydration and nourishment to your skin. 

When you’re shopping for an Epsom salt soak, make sure to check the ingredients. Many traditional brands use chemical fragrances that can irritate your skin, and leave out the essential oils that your skin needs, so look for products like Pedestrian’s Purifying Foot Soak that are 100% natural. If you’re willing to make the time, a weekly salt soak ritual is truly one of the easiest and most rewarding 10 minutes you can add to your self care routine. Happy soaking!