Epsom Salt and Toxins

by Rivki

When doing a bath with 10 pounds of epsom salt at a time how much time should one be doing the soak in the tub? I read somewhere that after 10 minutes of soaking the toxins can get reabsorbed into the body is that true?



I have no idea if the toxins get reabsorbed or not. It sounds unlikely, but I would have no idea. I think that you are over-thinking this.

Just soak in the tub until the temperature is not comfortable anymore. Soaking in an epsom salt bath is not an exact science and you are soaking in it as much to GET magnesium as it is to get rid of toxins- and the magnesium will help you to detoxify.

Just soak and enjoy it!!

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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Feeling Frightened After Epsom Salt Soak
by: Rivki

I did the soak last night as I had been told it would help with detox. Your information was very helpful.I awoke this morning with burning going down my arms and hands and its making me feel very anxious. My insides also feel very strange. I was supposed to do another soak tonight and tomorrow with 10 pounds of epsom but dont know if metally I can handle it. Having an anxiety attack now from the way that I am feeling.

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I also suffer from pretty severe OCD and anxiety and slowly but surely its taking over my life.Feeling pretty scared right now and dont know who to turn to. I am also now at the same time going through a detox and I am taking these 5 cleansing pills to help detox my body but never felt this reaction like I am having after the soak.

Is this normal for me to feel the burning in my arms and legs after last night?

Is it ok to take medication now for a migrane if I just did this "detox"?

Is it ok to stop after one soak and not follow through with the other two days an can something happen to me if I stop?

Bad Reaction from Epsom Salt Soak...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Rivki,

You should probably talk to your Naturopath to see if you should continue doing the baths, but I have a couple of thoughts here.

You could just really be detoxifying after the bath and you are simply having a 'detox reaction'. These are uncomfortable but entirely harmless for those who are willing to experience them. It simply means that the detox is doing what it is supposed to do- getting toxins out.

My other thought is that I've NEVER had anyone so worried about doing an epsom salt bath before. And I've also never had anyone have a reaction from one before. In fact, at the 'Float Tank' where they use hundreds of pounds of epsom salts in a tank and put you in it for an hour, he only gets positive health reactions from it.

And people go on vacation to both the dead sea and the Salton Sea to improve their health. I've never heard of anyone getting worse by going to those places.

So, is it possible that your worry over doing the epsom salt bath caused you to have a negative reaction? If you have OCD and anxiety, it's very likely that you are severely deficient in magnesium and need more. That was likely one of the reasons that your naturopath recommended it in the first place.

So, I don't know what you are experiencing and it will have to be your own decision to continue or not, but those are my thoughts. I hope that they helped.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System


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bad reaction
by: Toni

I had a bad reaction also. Not sure if that is normal. I get a painful tingling in my arms, legs, and hands. I am very stressed and my job is stressful so not sure if that is the normal reaction.

It lasted 24 hrs, I did not like the feeling at all. Do I need to do it a few more times before I have the positive reaction?

Epson Salt Reaction...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Toni,

Unfortunately I don't have a good answer for you. Like I told the previous person, you COULD be simply having a detoxification reaction. In that case, you are probably extremely toxic and getting rid of the toxins is probably the best thing to do.

But there's no way to know for sure if you are having a detoxification reaction, so this is just purely speculation.

If you are brave, you could try it again with about half the epsom salt and see if you still have a reaction. You could also try taking some small amounts orally and see if you would do better taking oral magnesium if you think that you truly need to supplement.

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epsom salt and supplements
by: Anonymous

is it ok to soak and also take magnesium supplements?

Magnesium Dosage page
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Please see the Magnesium Dosage page and that will answer your question.

epsom bath
by: Anonymous

hey! i suffer from panic disorder. i started using epsom salt baths over a week ago for health benefits. For a week straight I bathed in roughly 5cups of epsom salt (in about 1/3 full tub) for over an hr each day. I felt great and my skin looks fantastic! unfortunately, after about 5 days I came down w/ a cold.. and started having real bad anxiety. also started feeling nauseus. anyway- i think i over did it on the baths... i think it caused me to detox which included sedatives im prescribed for anxiety. anyway.. i will still continue the salt baths.. but never at the dose i used before.. since i took a 4 day break.. my body is getting back on tract.
as for the ingling reactions some people report.. i dont know im thinking its just from increasing circulation w/in your body. Should be a good thing! so stop worrying! : )

by: Anonymous

I also had bad stinging all over my skin from a bath with epsom salt. I have lots of chemical allergies, and assume this is just another one. I do not think it's a detox reaction at all (i am already quite detoxed! ie, very low chemicals in my life, very clean gluten free/dairy free, almost vegetarian diet)

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