Epsom Salt Body Lotion

This recipe shows you how to make a topical application Epsom Salt Lotion. It's got all the benefits of Epsom salts and you can take it and use it anywhere without the need for water or a bath.

Epsom Salt Body Lotion

What you need

1/2 cup of Epsom Salts
3/4 cup of warm water
2 cups of moisturizer lotion (thick as possible)


Epsom salts have amazing health benefits but being able to soak in a tub of Epsom salts (typical application) is not always practical. This recipe blends the salt and the lotion to create a Epsom salt cream/lotion.

Mix the water and salt together and stir until all the salt crystals are dissolved. Next pour in the lotion (any basic brand) and mix well. You may need to use a whisk to combine it.

Pour into a clean jar or container.

Apply to the skin like a normal moisturizer.  This lotion is great for burns, stings and aching tired joints.


  1. Inga Weldy Holmquist says

    My hint: Don’t make this in as big batches as their recipe. I make little batches of just a couple tablespoons at a time. That way you can adjust proportions of it’s too watery, without ending up with buckets of the stuff. I also use a mix of a hand cream that is solid at room temperature, and a little bit of pure lanolin.

    • Alexandria says

      I just finished making mine and it came out GREAT!
      I didn’t follow the recipe cause I know it’s excessive just by reading it. Also, I didn’t use regular lotion, I instead use raw Shea butter, it’s very thick. I highly advice to soften by sit in a hot water.
      Thank you so much for the recipe, I hope this works. I run and us runners have a lot of aches and pains!

  2. I made the lotion and it was watery and separated over night. I’m so disappointed…

  3. I just tried this and the next morning it was like water any suggestions

  4. I just made this today. I had cancer last year and chemo so my feet stay swollen. We will see how this does.

  5. I think I’ll try this soon

  6. Will consider making this to use on my feet. I have heel spurs and the only thing that helps is soaking my feet in epsom salt water.

  7. epsom salts is the best and safest cure also for constipation

  8. hello, I just tried to make the lotion, but the salt is still “feelable” – have to shower it off. Does it dissolve completely in the water? My mixture was still kind of milky, even though I let it set (and shook it too) for 15 minutes. Would be glad if you could help : ) Thank you, Ava

    • I would use water a little more “hot” than warm. I use very hot water to dissolve my epsom salts, before I soak my feet in the water.

    • I put shea butter and a body butter in my little chopper. I deluted the salt that was soaking in hot water. I added it to the blender chopper. It came out creamy. I only made a one cup recipes

  9. I made the lotion with very thick vitamin E moisturizer. It worked up wonderful. But once it say overnight it became very watery. Anything I can do to fix it? Or any suggestions on another moisturizer to use? Thanks

  10. I like the idea of the ES in a lotion, but can’t help but wonder if the salt would cause the skin to chap or chafe. Just curious if anyone has had this happen.

    • In professionally made ES lotions (like morton’s brand) it does not, at all. IDK about homemade stuff though.

  11. I really was thinking to make a whole benefit of epsom salt..i think this is the one!…thank you

  12. like it very much, thank you for sharing, Ria

  13. this ES-lotiion sounds like a winner.

  14. I love this recipe. I’m in my 70’s & family has used Epsom salts for years., (To soak our feet, in treating a wound on the foot or the hand), to bathe in, & to put around roses to eradicate aphids. I love this handy way of using it, for stings & aching joints.

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