Our Favorite Picks for Epsom Salt

Try these Epsom salt brands when soaking away your body pains


October 20, 2021
Woman bathing in a tub
Relax your body tonight by adding two cups of Epsom salt to your bathtub. Pixabay

Magnesium sulfate – better known as Epsom salt – has been soothing aching bodies and feeding gardens longer than you can imagine. It’s named for the English town where it was discovered in the early 17th century. The salty concoction bubbled up from an underground spring, but local cattle refused to drink the bitter water. Locals soon discovered that sipping the solution worked well as a laxative (and the cows that waded around in the water seemed to heal faster). A spa town was born.

These days, Epsom salt is still added to warm bath water to soothe aching muscles. (It also reportedly works great at removing splinters!) You can also exfoliate your skin by adding a tablespoon of the salt to shower gel before you massage it in. And green thumbs still say Epsom salt gives their flower, fruit and vegetable gardens the added oomph they need to grow faster and stronger.

Here are several great Epsom salts to get started with.

Epsoak Epsom Salt 19 lb. Bulk Bag Magnesium Sulfate USP by Epsoak

Long-lasting supply

This 19-pound bag dissolves quickly in warm water. The mixture also works great on household plants. Epsoak

This brand, from the San Francisco Salt Company, uses a small enough grain size to start soaking quickly. It’s USP grade and GMO free. The bag is resealable so those 19 pounds won’t go to waste. Plus, once you discover the benefits of Epsom salt soaking, you’ll go through that full bag faster than you’d think.

Amazon Brand - Solimo Epsom Salt Soak, Magnesium Sulfate USP, 8 Pound by Solimo

Fits anywhere

If space doesn’t permit a large tub or bag, this smaller product comes in a resealable container. Solimo

So we realize that maybe you don’t have room for 19 pounds of Epsom salt in your bathroom or linen closet. This 8-pound bag might be the solution. Users rave about its uses in their reviews with one person saying he uses it as a weed killer (after mixing it with vinegar and dish-washing soap). We can’t first-hand vouch for that application, but we applaud the ingenuity.

Dr Teal's Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt, Soothe & Sleep with Lavender, 34 Ounces, purple, 3030009

Soap to the rescue

If you prefer a traditional bath experience – complete with the bubbles – this product offers long-lasting soap bubbles. Dr Teal’s

Instead of trying to manhandle a huge sack or tub of crystals, consider this foaming-bath liquid from Dr. Teal’s instead. It combines Epsom salt with essential oils to create a more soothing bathing experience. (And you won’t throw your back out in the process.) It’s available in six scents: lavender, eucalyptus and spearmint, pink Himalayan, ginger and clay, menthol and citrus , and finally, avocado oil.

SaltWorks Ultra Epsom, Lavender Scented Premium Epsom Bath Salt, 5 Pound Resealable Bag

Calming scent

Lavender has long been known to help aid in a peaceful night’s sleep. Get all -over body relief by soaking in this product. SaltWorks

You don’t need a dozen additives to make for a good soak. This Epsom salt from SaltWorks has just two ingredients – USP grade magnesium sulfate and 100 percent pure lavender essential oil. The crystals dissolve easily in the tub so they can get to work quickly soothing sore muscles, helping ease dry skin, and calming aching bodies.

Dr Teal's Epsom Salt Bath Soaking Solution, Eucalyptus and Lavender, 2 Count, 3lb Bags - 6lbs Total by Dr Teal's

Great combination

Why settle for one scent when you can have two? Velcro enclosures make sure there’s no mess. Dr Teal’s

The natural essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus give this option the added bang. Lavender helps relax the body and promotes better sleep while eucalyptus stimulates the senses while soothing sore muscles. (Ginger and Pink Himalayan scents are also available.)

Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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