I’m never one to complain of hard work or getting aches and pains that come with the effort.  However, running the farm stand these days requires my standing on my feet 10-15 hours and that means a bit more leg and foot aches than I bargained for.  While drawing my bath one morning, I eyed a carton on the shelf  which said “soothes aches and pains.”   I knew Justin used it in the garden to give a our tomatoes a boost.  Maybe it would give my sore muscles a boost too!  But I paused.  My mind wandered back to childhood, to my grandma who kept Epsom salt in her bathroom. I thought, “Isn’t this stuff for “old(er) people?”  Um, I am young and don’t  need the stuff… or so I thought.  My feet and legs were so sore, I didn’t think I could walk another step, let alone run the farm stand for another day.   I battled “Ms. Pride ” for awhile and came to the conclusion that, “if it was good enough for Grandma (and tomatoes),  it’s good enough for me!”  Besides, it was “all natural” and that’s a (big) plus in my book.  I eagerly reached for it and poured a cupful or two into the bath.  Boy, howdy, did it work!  I felt as if my feet and legs were “born again.”

What is Epsom Salt

Made of the mineral magnesium sulfate, epsom salts releases toxins and metabolic waste by enhancing perspiration and is also sedative for the nervous system and stimulating to your circulatory system.

Drawing an Epsom Salt Bath

Run the water as hot as you can tolerate.
Add one to two cups of Epsom salts and dissolve completely.  (add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil)
Soak for at least 15 minutes


Epsom salt baths are not recommended for people with high blood pressure or severe varicose veins.

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13 Wonderful Uses of Epsom Salt


  1. millenniumfly says:

    Epsom salts are certainly a hand supply to have around and can be used for more than sore muscles too.

  2. Bob says:

    Maybe a good pair of farm boots would Help!

  3. Joyness Sparkles says:

    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you for going vintage! I have been doing things like this for awhile and keep in mind, Grandma was your age once too you know… LOL! 🙂

  4. Ginger says:

    You make me laugh. Anyone on their feet for that many hours would get grandma aches. It’s time to get some really good shoes fit to your own feet not from the thrift store. They will keep your legs and feet young. I swear by Birkenstock and have worn them since I was young like you. A pair lasts me several years with proper care. I was born with deformed feet that have ached like crazy all my life. Back in the 70s, I wore clunky corrective shoes to keep me from falling on my face. After birthing a clutch of kids, I threw fashion to the wind and got something as close as I could find to those old clunky shoes. Now I nix the aches and pains.

  5. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, do you go barefoot while operating the front porch stand? Epsom salts is a tried and true tested way to cure almost any thing. It can even be consumed as a drink for relief of constipation. Those old grandma’s knew some stuff, didn’t they.

    Have a great reborn foot relief day.

  6. Alice says:

    I was born a crippled child as they said in those days. My feed are deformed, my toes are all bunched together. I was never to have a job where I was to be on my feet. I am a CNA. I wore built up shoes until we had a flood that destroyed the paper that told how to “fix” my shoes. I went barefoot many years then with many less problems with my feet. Then started wearing of all things cowboy boots because I drove truck for years. My feet got worse and tender with the wearing of shoes. I am now trying to go shoeless.
    Over the years I have learned to lessen foot problems and back problems that come with being on my feet for hours. Do not put weight on both feet equally all the time. When standing find ways to move your weight around. like standing on one foot and rest the other one the toes. Find a small stool or something maybe a cinder block to rest one foot on while standing on the other. Place one foot in front of the other to shift your weight. It has helped me.

  7. Dee says:

    Treat your feet to a massage every day. Then, prop them up when you’re resting each evening.

  8. elaine nieves says:

    Sometimes the simplest remedies are the most effective. Our grandmothers and mothers used Epsom salts for sprains, aches and pains, and, of course, sore feet. I have used this remedy for all of the above through out my life. It’s nice to read that now studies prove that Epsom salts really do work for relief of these conditions.

  9. cara says:

    Good sjhoes of shoe inserts and a midday walk to stimulate circulation work wonders at avoiding that “standing all day” fatigue.

  10. Leatha Goldsmith says:

    Great help! I also use a LOT of essential oils and Apple Cider Vinegar in my baths.
    I started becoming so allergic to so many lotions, soaps and shampoos that I began using Apple Cider Vinegar and the oils and they are wonderful for the skin and many have great ache and pain remedies as well. My skin is so much better and the aches and pains are so much relieved!

  11. Spider Veins Causes says:

    Oh now I know aside from the salt making my body smooth after using it as a scrub together with the powdered milk. It also soothes my muscle pains. Yeah this is what i always felt .

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