A new class action lawsuit challenges the “promised” benefits of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt, calling the products worthless.
“Epsom salt” is a popular term for magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. It is named for the English town where it was discovered in 1618 bubbling up in the water from an underground spring by Henry Wicker, a local cowherd. Wicker claimed that animals who had waded in the Epsom-salted waters seemed to heal more quickly from wounds. Out of this there developed numerous folktales attributing numerous healing properties to Epsom salt, at which point Epsom became visited as a spa town for a time, with visitors expecting all kinds of relief from various painful symptoms.
But plaintiff Daniel Okoe of New York claims that this folk story is just that and no more and says that Parfums De Coeur, the maker of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt, exploits this 400-year old wives tale and purposely misleads consumers into thinking they will get relief from pain and muscle soreness after taking Epsom salt baths.
Okoe contends that Epsom salt cannot relieve pain from muscle soreness because it is biologically impossible for the magnesium in the salt to penetrate human skin to the degree that would be required to have any meaningful effect on muscle soreness.
Okoe who purchased Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt on Amazon for $4.87, relied on the label representation that the Epsom salt product would “cleanse away body’s impurities” and “ease aches and soreness from muscle pains.” However, after using the Espom salt as directed, he did not experience any of the promised benefits. He says he was among thousands of duped customers who purchased Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt products which include:
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Sooth & Sleep with Lavender
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Relax & Relief with Eucalyptus & Spearmint
- Dr. Teal’s Pink Himalayan Mineral Soak – Restore & Replenish with Pure Epsom Salt & Essential Oils
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Coconut Oil to Nourish and Protect Skin
- Dr. Teal’s Deep Marine Sea Kelp Mineral Soak – Purify & Hydrate with Pure Epsom Salt & Essential Oils
- Dr. Teal’s Ultra Moisturizing Mineral Soak – Super Moisturizer Avocado Oil
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Detoxify & Energize with Ginger &
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Pre & Post Workout with Magnesium Sulfate & Menthol
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Wellness Therapy with Rosemary & Mint
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Soften & Nourish with Milk &
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Comfort & Calm with Chamomile
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution – Magnesium Sulfate U.S.P.
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Moisturizing Foot Soak – Softening Remedy with Aloe & Coconut Oil
- Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Refreshing Foot Soak – Revives Achy Feet with Cooling Peppermint
According the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt class action lawsuit, these Epsom salt products can’t actually detoxify the body. Citing numerous scientific sources in the complaint, while magnesium ions can offer health benefits, the molecules are just too big to be absorbed when dissolved in water and therefore cannot deliver the promised effect.
“To the extent Epson Salt baths relieve muscle pain, they are merely doing what all hot baths do, proving temporary relief without accelerating the healing process,” the lawsuit asserts.
The Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt class action lawsuit is seeking justice for a proposed nationwide class of consumer who purchased the Epsom salt products, as well as New York subclass. Along with monetary relief, Okoe is asking the court to enjoin Parfums De Coeur, the maker of Dr. Teal’s Epsom salt products, from falsely advertising its products.
The Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Class Action Lawsuit is Okoe v. Parfums De Coeur LTD, Case No. 3:18-cv-01979, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.