Table of Contents
- Aches and Pains
- Cold Sores
- Food Sensitivities
- Gallbladder Stones
- General Feedback
- Genital Herpes
- Liver Flush Cleanse
- Magnesium Source
- Prevent Cerebral Palsy in Babies
- Racing Heart
- Seizure Control
- Sore and Aching Muscles
- Sore Throat
- Toenail Fungus
- Where to Buy: Philippines
Epsom salts are likely to be one of those home remedies you remember from childhood. Mom seemed to recommend it for everything, but darned if you can remember what any of those things were! Well, Earth Clinic has a whole list of natural cures brought about by epsom salts, and the reader feedback to prove it!
Very simply epsom salts is the common name for magnesium sulfide, a naturally occurring compound of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. Epsom salts can be an important source of magnesium if used properly, and are used for that purpose medically, particularly for pregnant women in a number of cases, including to prevent eclampsia and cerebral palsy. The magnesium can also be absorbed transdermally, so a warm epsom salt bath is often recommended for those low in magnesium, as well as for aching muscles and joints.
Epsom salt's sulfur content additionally lends it antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, which is why it is recommended as a home remedy for warts, herpes, and acne.
Natural Remedies: Try adding one or two cups of epsom salts to a warm bath to soothe sore muscles, relieve herpes symptoms, treat skin conditions, or simply raise your body's magnesium levels. A quarter hour in the tub is all you need.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Aches and Pains
12/12/2010: Beth from Costa Mesa, Ca, Usa: "I have very tense neck and shoulders and was recommended to take an epsom salt bath. I went and had a deep tissue massage and then came home and soaked in an epsom salt bath for a half hour. The next evening I felt achy and with a fever and then proceeded with diareha. The symptoms only lasted for 2 to 3 days. Could this be the absorbtion of the epsom salts into my system or was this just a mild bug? Any ideas?"Replies
06/18/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Usa replies: "Beth from USA; I believe thats called cleansing the whole body, try it more often, body functions happen like that when it needs cleaning just like a house. ;o) keep up the good work. Good luck"
09/09/2011: Nessoregon from Gp, Oregon replies: "I have had this happen too. I was told after my massage to drink lots of water, as the muscles release toxins that need to be flushed."
09/15/2011: Cate from Melbourne, Vic., Australia replies: "Magnesium, and lots of it. Magnesium in a bath (epsom salts) and liquid mag. in water/juice."
[YEA] 01/19/2008: Susan from Brisbane, Australia: "I have been taking epsom salts all year every morning a few spinkles in my 500m water bottle (room temp water) and my aches and pains have all but disappeared. I remember my grandmother always put epsom salts in her tea each morning just a few sprinkles and she said so she did not get arthritus. Well I have to say I think it works but what I want to know is too much bad for you internally anyone know thanks"Replies
09/17/2012: Chieko from Albuquerque, New Mexico replies: "Re article "Epsom Salt Cures" updated 8/20/2012. In the second paragraph the author writes "Very simply epsom salts is the common name for magnesium sulfide... ". That is erroneous. Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, MgSO4."
[YEA] 05/25/2008 from Nowhereville, PA: "If you have menstrual cramps, charley horses, eye twitches or any other kind of muscle cramps or just general aches and pains, try epsom salts baths. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is an excellent source of magnesium, much more bio-available and less expensive than supplements. You can soak in it in the tub, or make a spray from 4oz by weight of epsom salts dissolved in 32 fluid oz of distilled water. Put the epsom salt/water mix in a spray bottle and spray it on after your shower (rub it in like lotion all over). This is a home made version of "magnesium oil" (magnesium chloride), only made with epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) instead. Magnesium from epsom salts is very well absorbed throught the skin and doesn't loosen the bowels like oral magnesium supplements do. If you want to use magnesium chloride to make homemade "magnesium oil", get some unscented magnesium chloride bath salts and proceed as for "magnesium oil" made from epsom salts. Since I started using epsom salts, my skin is no longer dry...due, I think, to the sulfer content of epsom salts. If you feel up-tight, tense, anxious, nervous, crampy, etc., take an epsom salt soak. Exercise, and stress of all kinds, depleats magnesium, which is why an epsom salt soak after a work out or a stressful day is so good for you."Replies
10/07/2011: Mike from New York replies: "Completely agree. I make my wife an Epsom salt bath any time she is complaining of cramps or not complaining and just showing the physical pain with some weird expressions on her face. And for the guys that like to Gym and do some lifting, an Epsom salt bath is excellent to help with muscle recovery and ease that stiffness and pain following a serious workout. I got some recipes and health on google, wiki."
11/30/2011: Ash from London, United Kingdom replies: "Hello
Can you please share with us how much Epsom Salt you use in a Bath and how often you use it? Is it safe to use it every day? My muscles ache after Yoga or stretch exercise.
Many thanks and God Bless,
12/14/2011: Grannycan from Thrall, Texas, Usa replies: "Ash,
I normally use 1 1/2 to 2 Cups per tub of hot water. I think you have to soak for at least 20 minutes for it to absorb through your skin.
Good Luck, Grannycan"
[YEA] 10/22/2008: Amanda Rene from Anderson, CA: "Prepare a bath as directed on the epsom salt container. Do not use ANY soap, bubble bath, etc in this bath. Soak in it for a couple minutes. Then, using a washcloth, scrub the skin for a minute or so. Soak the area in the bath for 20 minutes. Towel dry. Do this daily or every other day.
I found this out accidentally and I was pleasantly surprised to see it had an effect on my rear-end acne. I've been trying to get rid of it for 2 months! Soap and exfoliators seemed to make matters so much worse. After the first two soaks, the skin appeared softer and no longer red and inflamed. The cyst like formations were going away! I've been doing this for a week now and my skin looks and feels so much nicer now. I still have a few bumps but I bet they will be gone in another week. I hope this works as well for others as it did for me!"
[YEA] 04/26/2007: Elle from Concord, New Hampshire: "I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 11. At 18 (and it a lot of pain) I was given a book on curing arthritis naturally and set about doing it. One of the main proponents of the book was Apple Cider Vinegar. I took a cocktail of 2 teaspoons ACV, 1 teaspoon honey and 8 oz hot water twice a day. Within 2 or 3 weeks the flareups had ceased. It should be noted I also cut back on red meat and citric acids (they are everywhere!) which I discovered were a major trigger for me. And I took epsom salt baths twice a week. When I went back to my dr and had blood tests done my RA factor was down to a 2. (I have no idea what it was before but I am pretty sure 2 is almost nothing!) That was 25 years ago. I still have RA technically but I rarely have a problem with it. The first inkling I get that its sneaking back up on me I go back to the ACV. I still avoid my trigger food which have come to include, believe it or not, green beans. I believe trigger foods are different for everyone - only you can figure out what they are. I have not been on meds or seen a rhumatologist (sp?) in all that time. Thank god for ACV. Only for it I would be a cripple now instead of living the very full life that I do. I have to say that it makes me so mad that there is a very simple cure for RA and the medical world is not out there shouting about it. So many people suffer needlessly with this disease. If you have RA you owe it to yourself to go out there and find out what works for you. Find your triggers, try ACV, read all you can on natural cures. There is no magic pill - but there is a way and its all in your own hands. Goodluck and Good Health. Elle"Replies
08/10/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin replies: "Do you still take the ACV, or do you just avoid certain trigger foods?"
08/24/2011: Kattis from Auckland , New Zealand replies: "very awesome email. Sounds like you are doing very well. Its interesting how we have to find all these things out by ourselves and doctors rarely step up the plate. Let us know how you are doing. You are so write with the trigger foods... I have read many a book and because it is different for everyone, I believe it could be related to your blood type. You see it all stems from our ancenstory, what we ate way back when. If you think about it the body takes nealry a thousand years for the smallest adjustment. Obviously we are a relatively young race and our bodies basically have not caught up to the variety of what we are eating. I for example am a B blood type. Chicken gives me cramps as it contains lectins which I cannot handle. If we eat the wrong foods for us our bodies go haywire... Sore aching joints, poor digestion, endless list really. Also yeast which is something Everyone should learn about , because it is lethal to the human body ( in fact I might write an article and you are all welcome to access it ).... Yes that the stuff that lives in your body and if feed sugar (carbs included) or antibiotics have been had in your life... Will cause them to tilter out of balance, where a snowball effect happens. Yeast may not be the exact cause of the disease but it creates a perfect eviroment it. Email me if you would like to know more. I have spent my life reasearching health and earth clinic is so impressive (though now and then I think the formatting could be tweeked to make specific info easier to find etc = ) and love to share anything I have learned by cross checking and researching like anything to figure out answers."
[YEA] 07/15/2012: Jill from Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, England replies: "I also have arthritis to the extent that my specialist has recommended a knee replacement. I'm now following the honey/cider vinegar diet and taking three or four hot Epsom salts baths a week. The baths are amazing - I can walk down the stairs after my bath where before the bath I can only take one stair at a time. Epsom salts, honey/cider vinegar vs. Major surgery? No competition! I'm not old - 48 - and my arthritis is advanced but attitude, diet and lifestyle are helping."
[YEA] 08/18/2009: Jean from Franklin, Wi: "No idea where I ever got the idea to try this, but it has worked every time for me. When I get a cold sore, I put a crystal of epsom salt on it. It stings for a bit, but within a short period of time the pain is down, a few hours I know its already on the mend, and the next day its usually about 1/2 to 2/3 cleared up. It only needs to be done once."Replies
[YEA] 03/28/2011: Tina from Sylvania, Ohio, Usa replies: "Yes, Epsom Salt works for me when it somes to cold sores. I had one developing on my lip, I popped the lump, then held some epsom salt on it twice that day and by the next day the area was flat and healed."
[NAY] 12/20/2011: Mark A. from Sewll, New Jersey replies: "Ok, I saw this post and I don't know if I bit my lip (inside), sleeping or if it was a cold sore since I never had one before. It was burning so I put ACV with mother on it for 2 days and it felt the same. I looked at it in the mirror but can't see anything.
So I tried the Epsom salts. I put on 3 or 4 very tiny crystals on the end of my finger and tried to hold it on the spot just before bed. As soon as I put it on the spot it dissappeared and I couldn't see it. They slipped off my finger and went beetween my gum and lip just at the base of my jaw line. When I let my lip go it felt like I had rocks in my mouth. I tried pulling my lip back, flushing it with water, and brushing it with my toothbrush trying to get the salt out. No luck. I rinse again, went on the internet to look for an answer to see if it was harmful, found nothing. I went to bed and figured it would dissolve by morning. Wrong. Now my inside of my lip at the "Site" feels rough when I touch it with my tongue and it still fells like a bunch of rocks only now it is burning at my gumline and numb. Still wondering where the salt went. See nothing. Did it magically melt into my skin and got covered up? Guess I need more help as if anyone knows if this will pass, or perhaps a way of neutralizing the salt. Hot liquids don't "melt" it either. It's been 12 hours since I "applied" the salt to the wound area. Help and please don't try what the above poster posted or you will end up like me. Lol"
12/22/2011: Scarlett from Miami, Florida replies: "Dear Mark,
It sounds like you were in quite a pickle... It also seems a rather ridiculous story. Epsom Salt can be ingested. It is Magnesium Sulfate. Ever hear of "Milk of Magnesia"? Yes, Epsom Salt, if you read the label on your package, can also be used as a laxative (but this is not to be taken lightly - a very small amount can have a large effect). AND, if you read the label you would not have had to go on the internet to ask about the "harmful" effects etc. Therefore, your story of the "burning" seems quite unreal. My assumption is that there was something else at play. I am sorry for your unfortuante circumstances and I do hope that both the "cold sore" and burning has dissipated."
[YEA] 07/15/2009: Esther from Tacoma , Washington: "My son just arrived last week from San Diego with my 3 yrs old grandson who is in a terrible state with eczema. They are spending a fortune on Dr. and Ointments. I took my little grandson and put him into Epsom Salts baths for the past four days and the bleeding has stopped he is not scratching and it is drying out. I remembered that people came from all over the world to Israel for the salts baths at the dead sea so I applied what I learned from living in Israel and it is working. At first it hurt him but after a minute he was fine with the salt water. Try it. Esther Golden Pavek."Replies
07/18/2009: Max from Kent, UK replies: "Esther, what a wise piece of advice for your grandchild's Eczema. Can you tell me what measure of Epsom Salts you used please?"
08/10/2009: Connie from Manitowoc, Wisconsin replies: "I get eczema from milk and ice cream. It only occurs on my wrists and lower arms where they rest on the desk, or where my watch band is. Not on the topside of my lower arms at all. It started in grade school, and I thought maybe it is a reaction to the soap they cleaned the desks with. Maybe try avoiding milk and ice cream, too."
12/04/2009: Alex from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Eczema is related to Celiac disease. I would do a lot of reading and get on a gluten free diet immediately. A good book is "Breaking the Vicious Cycle-Intestinal Health Thru Diet" by Elaine G. Gottshall"
11/24/2010: Jojo from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa replies: "Hi, I read all your comments about eczema and have been battling with it myself for nearly 40 years. Currently I have EXTREME itching all over my body and I just cannot stop scratching - to the point that I look like I've gone ten rounds with Mohammed Ali because of all the bruises from the scratching. Would it be good to take Epsom Salts internally and if so, in what kind of dosage??"
11/25/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi, in the countries around here a kind of Epsom salts is sold in small quantities in pharmacies and health shops not for bathing, that they have never heard about but to take internally, mainly to relieve constipation. Whether it works for other ailments I don't know!"
12/17/2010: Name from City, State replies: "Try avoiding dairy to eliminate excema."
01/02/2011: Mary Jean from Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines replies: "My aunt removed her kidney stones with epsom salt and my dog was cured of psoriasis by epsom too. I used it with my hair and do detox with it. My daughter's acne am using it too. I tried it with husband's boil, and whenever I have skin inflammation we use it too! Am sharing information with family and friends and gave them epsom salt for christmas. Every home should have epsom salt or the magnesium oil when dissolved in water."
01/05/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "My Nan always said of someone who was out of sorts (angry or upset or just not themselves) "he/she is liverish and they need a dose of salts" by salts she meant Epsom salts. When I was a child our dog found an old poisonous bate (put down to kill foxes and wild dogs) Dad sent us to the house to get the Epsom salts and some warm water. He made the mix up and poured it down the mouth of the dog, not an easy task as the dog by that stage was limp. This saved our dog. I agree Mary Jean, every home needs Epsom salts."
12/15/2012: Louisa from Carlsborg, Wa replies: "It could be tooth fillings. Metals in your system like mercury, copper etc."
[YEA] 05/31/2008: WT from Spartanburg, SC: "I read somewhere that Epsom salt baths would cure eczema. My secretary has a friend who has a kid who suffers with it really bad, to the point he doesn't sleep well because of it. After I mentioned it to her, the friend tried it and she was floored with the results. It began clearing up very quickly and he has been sleeping very well lately. Another friend tried it with great results. People are simply amazed at the results."Replies
08/24/2011: Kattis from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "i just love this post = D I celebrate humans figuring all these things out. The medical system really keeps us in the dark ..."
05/01/2012: Wayne from Pretoria, South Africa replies: "Hi All, I have been suffering form eczema for a couple of years and I have found much relief from the bulbanella plant. That is we cut the leaf open and apply he "gel" on the affected area. Cheers Wayne"
05/02/2012: Liz from Bangalore, Karnataka replies: "Using the Ecalyptus oil cures eczema.. Try using it and ou will see the relief."
[YEA] 03/27/2011: Gayle from Mountain Home, Ar: "Epsom salts has lots of remedies and more than I thought. One of those that wasn't mentioned that works for me is a food reactions remedy. I have candida and if I have eaten dairy or another sensitivity food, I will get very bloated and have heart irregularities and espsom salts in water takes the problem away within 20 minutes. The only remedy a doctor recommended was charcoal. I would like to find another way to help with the food sensitivites when needed. Thanks for your site."Replies
02/17/2012: Sophie from London, England replies: "Hello, I also suffered from food sensitivites for a few years. I couldn't eat wheat products especially white flour and even garlic had a reaction with me. However I recently discovered that using Milk Thistle three times a day has improved my liver function to the point that I no longer suffer from food intolerance symptoms. Hope it helps you."
02/26/2011: Kelly from Cincinnati, Ohio: "Does anyone know if the epsom salts in traditional gallbladdder flushes is contraindicated for people with high blood pressure? Thanks."Replies
03/06/2011: Joyce from Kelso, Wa replies: "Epsom Salts are magnesium chloride. typically the sodium chloride found in table salt is the problem with high blood pressure due to the irritation it causes in the blood vessels."
04/18/2011: Enzyme from Pdx, Or replies: "Actually, Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate."
05/18/2011: Delphina from Rancho Belago, Ca replies: "If you have gallbladder stones, don't have them removed until you try this concoction:
1tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Freshly squeezed Orange
2 diced up garlic cloves (do not blend in a blender the garlice will burn as you try to swallow)
drink this every morning before you eat anything for at least 2 weeks and make sure you have nothing to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes. A friend gave me this recipes and the quacks at the doctor's office wanted to remove my gallbladder.... I havent' had an attack from my gallbladder since November of 2006 and I havent' drank the concoction since. You need to stay away from fried foods and vegetable oil especially as these will create the problem again."
[NAY] 09/17/2006: Dan from Largo, FL: "I've done about 20 liver & gallbladder flushes over the last 23 years. I agree about the confusion on "soap stones", which of course are not gall stones. I've never agreed to such claims, as there are just too many that come out even if you do liver flushes a week apart. If that's all that is expelled, there's a good chance that there are missing steps that look "optional", but actually are vital to the procedure. I say "vital" because the lack of these steps could actually prove dangerous. I learned how to do a liver flush from my brother who cave me a copy of the procedure developed by Dr.Kelley.
The big difference is he uses apple juice with Phosfood drops for several days to a week before the flush. The malic acid in the apple juice and the phosphoric acid in the Phosfood drops act to soften the stones. If the stones aren't softened, they may not pass, and you've just wasted a lot of your time and half a cup of perfectly good olive oil. etc.
Also, if the stones aren't softened, they may get stuck, and I'd guess if you check around you'll find cases where people had to get emergency medical treatment because of a flush gone bad. Another missing step that I've seen is the Epsom salts. I've seen procedures where this step was called "optional". I beg to differ. The Epsom salts is a necessary part of the procedure. The magnesium sulfate serves three purposes.
First, it causes an evacuation of your gut by relacing all of the sphincter muscles. This is important, because if your intestines are full of food, the oil won't have as big a reaction. What we're trying to accomplish here is a huge spasm of the gall bladder to as completely evacuate it as possible. That's why we take so much oil. But this does no good if the intestines are still of food, as the sensing of oil in the duodenum is what causes the gall bladder to contract. (I've also assisted the contractions with gall bladder massage, but that's another story.)
Secondly, the Epsom salts magnesium causes the bile ducts to relax and dilate. This allows any larger stones (if present) to pass without getting stuck. And once again, we don't want half measures on this, as you look kind of silly when you have to call 911.
So, these two steps are vital. You might as well not do a flush if you're going to skip these two steps. Yes, the Epsom salts tastes bitter. No, that's not a good reason not to take it. Thirdly, the magnesium helps to relax you so you can actually sleep with an otherwise uncomfortable feeling in the abdomen. So, these two steps (apple juice phosfood and Epsom salts) are not optional. They are important to the procedure and may help debug any lack of success that one may have had when omitting them."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/12/2006: Alexa from Phoenix, AZ: "RE Dr. Hulda Clark's gallbladder/liver flush: While many would like to say that the gallstones obtained from a gallbladder flush are simply the products of the flush ingredients, that does not explain a few things I have experienced in performing the flush.
While fresh, more recently formed gallstones are the pea-green characteristic of new bile and might be supposed to be related to the olive oil used in the flush, there are several types of stones obtained in a flush. Tan, granular stones are also observed, as are dark-colored "pigmented" stones (pigmented by bilirubin) as well as yellow, fatty chaff.
Further, the olive-oil-stone theory does not in any way explain the presence of bile-duct flukes unseated by the cleanse. These were identified as Opisthorchis sinensis -- apparently my sushi-eating years left some souvenirs behind.
You can "explain away" stones all you want, but it's pretty hard to make olive oil into flukes complete with visible proboscis."
[NAY] 09/09/2006: David from Tampa, FL: "MR SARDI IS WAY OFF BASE. I FIRST HAD AN ULTRASOUND THAT SHOWED MY GALL BLADDER WAS SO FULL OF STONES THAT THE SMALL ONES HID THE LARGER ONES FROM VIEW. I THEN DID THE OLIVE OIL GRAPEFRUIT JUICE EPSOM SALT FLUSH. I PASSED SO MANY GREEN STONES IT WAS UNABLE TO COUNT. YOU KNOW, THE ONES SARDI CLAIMS ARE NOT STONES. WELL, I THEN HAD A SECOND ULTRA SOUND. ALL THE SMALLER STONES WERE GONE EXPOSING LARGER STONES. I SAVED THE STONES FOR THE DOCTOR. HE SAID THEY WERE A FORM OF STONES AND THEY DID NOT MELT. I DID A SECOND FLUSH AND PASSED SOME WHITE HARDER STONES. ON A THIRD FLUSH, I PASSED A HARD WHITE STONE THE SIZE OF A SMALL WALNUT AMONG OTHERS. I WILL SAY THAT I DO USE SARDI'S PRODUCTS EVEN THOUGH HE IS MISINFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE FLUSH. I AM LIVING PROOF. PLEASE NOTE, IF YOUR LIFESTYLE AND EATING HABITS DON'T CHANGE,YOU WILL CONTINUE TO PRODUCE STONES."Replies
10/26/2010: Melissa from Yazoo City, Mississippi replies: "First, I am thrilled to know there is an option to surgery! I have never done a "flush" and am going to try the epsom salt, olive oil. Any advice? I'll welcome anything that could help me. Without being too obvious, Passing a walnut size stone can't be comfortable. Is it? Thank you."
10/27/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Melissa:
Hulda Clark's well known procedure detailed is available on http://scribd.com here:
And here ('Recipes' Chapter, P. 552 ):
Some people for over a decade have used Citro-Mag instead of Epsom salts, since it tastes better. It's in some sites' instructions. 1 10-oz bottle will easily do for an adult. It is magnesium citrate.
It is in fact used medically as a purgative before colonoscopies, etc."
[NAY] 04/16/2006: Melva from Red Lake, ON: "I tried the gallstone cleanse and couldn't believe the amount of "stones" and "gravel" I passed. I showed the stones to my doctor and he agreed that they were indeed gallstones. Then he suggested that another ultrasound be done and whoops! All the original stones were still sloshing around in there. So we sent some "stones" to a lab and the report came back - "These are NOT gallstones". So I have concluded that the ingredients of the cleanse form the stones, with the oil stimulating the gallbladder enough to add bile for the greenish coloring."
[NAY] 02/01/2006: Mel from Philippines: "According the the research of bill sardi, (www.knowledgeofhealth.com), stones removed after lemon-olive liver flush, are 'soap stones". it is the result of the chemical reaction in the digestive system with the olive oil, lemon and epsom salts. i proved it myself after performing the liver flush procedure. in the ct scan result after the procedure, tiny stones still remain in my gallbladder. the allegedly flush stones, which i kept in a sealed container, melts after 3 days. I now conclude that the procedure touted to remove gallstones only temporarily eliminated the symptoms attack. it will not cure the the problem. For me, the best cure is to dissolve the stones naturally and change your diet that may cause gallstone to form again."