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Epsom Salt: A Natural Home Remedy

Last Modified on Feb 05, 2015

Sore and Aching Muscles   3  0   

Posted by Emily (Ballard, Kentucky, Usa) on 12/15/2011

[YEA]  I have two older, high school brothers that both play hard core football. Football season just ended but they would both come home after games and complain to my mom that they were very sore. My mom told them to sprinkle epsom salt in my bathtub with water and soak in there for about 30 minutes. They came out feeling so much better and not near as much tense. I would suggest drinking ice cold water during your bath and doing something relaxing ex. Reading a book or listening to music. They did that every night when they were sore and felt amazing!! Good luck! Tip: my mom recomends putting in enough epsom salt to where it's almost milky.

Posted by Terri (Richmond, VA) on 10/15/2007

[YEA]  Recently my husband & I moved. Both of us are in our 50's. We were both taken by surprise at our aching muscles from the move as we are fairly active people. We didn't wish to take anything over the counter for our pain. Our Chiropractor recommended getting Epsom Salts (magnesium) to place into a tub of hot water to soak in. The directions were on the outside of the package. Place two cups into bath water and soak your body. I added a few drops of Pure Essential Oil, Lavendar to the bath as I needed a good nights rest. We slept like babies, totally pain free. We would recommend this highly to anyone able to get in and out of a tub. We repeated it nightly for several nights until the soreness had totally faded.

Replied by Jennifer
San Antonio, TX
[YEA]   I am a nursing student and just got back into my exercise routines and am very sore fairly often. I take an epsom salt bath and instantly I feel so much better. It is amazing. I recommend taking an epsom salt bath any time you do strenuous activity.
Replied by James
Los Angeles, USA
For decades my wife has taken 5 or 6 400iu Vitamin E tablets before doing unaccustomed exercise, moving, extra gardening, etc. with no stiffness or aches after. If she forgets to take them she has all the normal problems that follow these actions. She then has to take two to three times the dosage several time to get rid of the aches. For some reason I am one of the lucky ones and rarely have any aches following an unaccustomed exercise but the vitamin E works well for her.

Sore Throat   1  0   

Posted by Lena (Seattle, Washington) on 06/24/2007

[YEA]  Epsom salt foot baths really work for sore throats. Soak your feet in a tub of water with about a cup of epsom salts, hot as you can stand for about 20 mins. Then dry your feet and put on two pairs of socks, woollen socks if you have them over a pair of thin cotton socks and go to bed. Each time I've done this my sore throat is gone by morning. Persistent sore throats can return though, so it's good to do the cayenne pepper gargle/ACV cayenne tea during the day if it comes back, and the epsom salt footbath at night before bed.

Toenail Fungus   1  0   

Posted by Ellen (Redwood Shores, CA) on 07/29/2007

[YEA]  For my toenail fungus, I've noticed with various soaking type remedies that the infection actually spreads--too much moisture for me. I was a little skeptical of the epsom salts in very hot water, but nonetheless I purchased the epsom salts and microwaved a couple of cups of water in a bowl. Stirred in the salts and then began dipping my feet in the water. It's too hot for me to leave in for more than a second or two, but it quickly cools down and the feet do get used to the hot water. I just keep dipping a second or two at a time. Normally, when I do use a remedy, I do both my big toenails. But this time, due to my problem with too much moisture, I decided to only treat my toenail with the most stubborn long standing fungus as I didn't want to make my "good" toenail worse. So then a month goes by and I notice that my "bad" toenail is half "pinkish" and I start to wonder why my toenail with the long standing stubborn infection is looking better than the other. Then the lightbulb comes on in my head. I did treat it differently. Then about a week ago, once I realized that it must have been the epsom salts and the very hot water, I did it again, on both feet. Then the next day, I didn't feel very good and I realized that I was probably experiencing the die-off effect, with the fungus releasing their toxins as they're dying. I still am doing multiple (6 or so) remedies, concurrently. In addition, I stopped drinking alcohol and having any sugar--cakes, donuts, candy bars, ice cream, etc. I still do have pasta, potatoes and bread. Since I just did the other toenail only one week ago, I'll still have to wait to see the effects. But I am extremely gratified to see the worse toenail now is half pink with the outer half being brown with white marbling growing out.

Topical Applications of Epsom Salts   0  0   

Posted by Sunny (Ca) on 11/21/2013

I am thinking about trying Epsom salt, but I have a shower not a bath. I was thinking about soaking a towel in a dissolved solution of water and Epsom salt. and putting in on my skin, leg, stomach. What do you guys think it will work? any other suggestions to get the Epsom salt thru my skin. What about putting this solution on a spay bottle then spraying after shower. Would it irritate my skin?? Thanks!

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
S: The method of topical administration is called "poultice" and is effective. You may also use a warm epsom salt footbath w/ good results. Taking magnesium orally would also help. I take a capsule once daily of "triple magnesium" which is 3 different covalent bonds to mag.
Replied by Steve
Las Vegas
I believe you can make a "magnesium oil" type solution by just dissolving a small amount of espom salt perhaps a quarter cup with just enough hot water to dissolve the epsom salt crystals. By doing this you will have a solution you can rub on or spray on that should be easily absorbed into the skin. Of course you can buy ready made magnesium chloride oil but it is much more expensive, typically $9-15 for 8oz.
Replied by Blanche
South Louisiana
Sure. That'll work fine. Never had a shower, but since childhood have had many an Epsom salts compresses. Never known it to irritate skin either. Seems to cool off real fast though, so keep your basin of solution handy. Don't have exact measurements though. I just put in two handfuls or so in a basin of hot water.
Replied by Yuen
Try using a spray bottle with hot epsom salt solution and spray down whole body in the shower.

Warts   2  0   

Posted by Don (Chillicothe, Ohio) on 12/29/2007

[YEA]  I soaked my feet in epsom salts to relieve the pain of a broken toe. to my surprise the warts I had on my lower legs for years fell off as I toweled my foot dry. what pleasant surprise.

Posted by Dustin (Muskegon, Michigan) on 04/24/2007

[YEA]  I have had quite a few warts throughout my life and have undergone the carious methods of removing them (freezing at the doctor's office, freezing at home, the acid drops, the acid band aids etc..) I have even gone to the extent of taking a wood burner and frying off one that was stubborn, but I finally got one that would not sucomb to any of these methods. I met a kid at a car detailing joint in Florida that told me Epsom salt cured all his warts so i figured I would give it a try. By this time this wart had gotten significantly bigger. It was now the size of a dime on the inside palm of my right hand. It was painful to do anything because it would split open and crack. heres the method I used. I bought a pint of Epsom salt which is very cheap and a paper nail file and a water dropper. I filed off all the dead skin so I could get to the seeds of the wart (just where it started to get sensitive and bleed a little bit) I would then take some of the epsom salt crystals and lay them on the wart. Take some warm water and use the dropper to apply to the salt crystals. The crystals dilute in the water and soak into the wart. After I let it soak for a few minutes I would clean up and leave a few crystals on the wart with a band aid over them to hold them in place. After only a few days doing this once a day I noticed it turning black like a scab sortof. Then I quit treatment shortly after that and it healed up perfectly no scar like the one I fried off with the wood burner and worked so quickly and cheaply. I thought about marketing this solution but after finding this site I figure it is good for people to know. As for the person with them on the bottom of their feet, perhaps you can sand the tops down and soak your feet in warm water with epsom salt diluted in it. Worth a shot. Good luck.

Where to Buy: New Zealand   0  0   

Posted by Analia (Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand) on 07/10/2013

Hello. I am Analia from Argentina but I live now in Wellington, New Zealand. I would like to get some Epsom salt for a liver cleanse, I must take some of that salt with orange and lemon juice, and follow a certain precedimiento. My particular query is Where I can get Epsom salt for oral consumption, here in Wellington?
I hope you can answer me soon. A big hug.

Replied by Cat
Tauranga, New Zealand
Any supermarket will have Epsom Salts. If you can't find it there, go to a pharmacy but it is so common, you shouldn't have any trouble.

Where to Buy: Philippines   0  0   

Posted by Michelle V. Tabugara (Quezon City, Philippines) on 12/26/2007

I would like to ask where can I purchase epsom salt in the philippines. Thank you. Michelle

Replied by Royce Willard Oklahoma
Milburn, USA
Epsom Salts: walmart
Replied by ArnoldDLR
Paranaque, Philippines
Hi Michelle, You can find then at any Handy Man store usually found inside the Malls located at the laundry section ..rgds Arnold
Replied by Es
Valenzuel, Philippines
you can buy epson salts at watsons stores and duty shops. i bought mine at duty free clark.
Replied by John
Manila, Philippines
SnR baclaran philippines, it is a membership shop but you can purchase though with 1 day pass and a 5% charge to your purchase.
Replied by Claro
Quezon City, Metro Manila
I bought mine from Healthy Options Megamall branch.


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