Many years ago my mom used to have blocks of milk of magnesia in blue paper that she purchased from the drug store. Whatever happened to that form of MoM? Is it still around?
Milk of Magnesia does work nicely as a deodorant. There was a time in my life under a lot of stress, my body odour was very strong and people told me so. Only clinical strength anti perspirant / deodorant helped. This stuff retails at $9 a pop. Searching for less chemicals in my life l tried rock crystal. Coconut oil... No dice. Baking-Soda worked nicely if I was already sweating in the moment... Takes care of the wetness and odour. Used alone, it's a salt so it would irritate skin, gritty feeling . Besides, Who goes off into the powder room with baking soda? Some DIY recipes call for carb and coconut oil. Coco oil is expensive, $20 for a large format jar. No thanks. Mom used alone, I still had a smell... But mixed together with baking soda in a reused roll on deodorant, that's clinical strength -- right there. It can leave a white chalky residue at times but whatever. Some of it absorbs sweat, and may get on the underside of the garment. So much more economical, washes easy. If I need to, l just switch it out with the conventional stuff. These days l can use MOM virgin. I'm sure you can make it scented with your essential oil(s) of choice.... Possibly with your favourite conventional perfumes? I also wonder if there is an added benefit of absorbing magnesium through the skin? I don't know but I'm hopeful. Quicker and easier than an Epsom salt bath.
I have been using MOM (milk of magnesia) as a deodorant for over a year. I used to use my hands until I bought a small 2oz spray bottle. Works so much better. Just 4 spritz is all I need. And my hands stay dry to finish dressing for work.
I use Milk of Magnesia as deodorant as well. I tried pharmaceutical grade baking soda which is a very fine powered form with coconut oil in the past and even that caused painful red rashes under my arms and even cuts because the baking soda is crystals and crystals have sharp tips that cut and irritate the skin. MOM is smooth and gentle. It has never caused any harm to my skin and I have been using MOM for several years. The only thing it does not do is stop the sweat, but it does stop odor. I just shake it up and put it on before dressing. It dries quickly so if you put on your underwear, pants, and socks before your shirt, it should be dry and you should not get white smears on your clothes, at least I do not.
Magnesium Water Recipe
The problem with adding an acid (citric or carbonic acid) to Magnesium Hydroxide [Mg(OH)2] is you change the chemistry and can no longer be sure that it will have all the same beneficial effects. The two OH groups will disappear, losing their alkalising potential - and it is alkaline groups like this which disable the extremely toxic poisons produced by fungi, and thus providing healing from a wide range of diseases.
When you add magnesium hydroxide and citric acid you get the following reaction:
Mg(OH)2 + C6H8O6 => 2H20 + C6H6MgO6 (water and magnesium citrate)
(thankyou answers dot com for the reaction equation)
I was able to find out that some brands do not use sodium hypochlorite (bleach). CVS brand has magnesium hydroxide 1200mg as an active ingredient and purified water as inactive ingredient. No other stuff added.
About two weeks ago I got bit multiple times by what I think were gnats that I am probably allergic to. It was sunset and I was outside talking to a neighbor. That night the bites turned into red welts and bumps that were hot to the touch, extremely itchy and swollen. I thought I would tough it out and they would go away in a day or two, but now two weeks later it is as though I just got the bites yesterday. I have tried several remedies including baking soda paste, several essential oils, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, colloidal silver and mag oil. The colloidal silver offered some relief, but not complete relief.
I decided to try milk of magnesia and it is definitely helping to alleviate the swelling, inflammation and itchiness. I'm thinking the MOM would probably have worked even better had I applied it right after being bitten.
Thrush in newborns: Take a q-tip or cotton swab dip it in Milk of Magnesia and rub it around the babies mouth twice a day sure enough it will cure it just as fast as it came on. I have a one month old who got thrush and sure enough instantly it started working. Helped ease the discomfort and cleared it up with not problems!!!
Plain lime is the best for underarm odors .....
You can also rinse it round your mouth for 15 mins and then spit. Try to find it without added bleach or saccharine.
Another way that I use MoM is as a primer for makeup! I put on a thin layer and let it dry prior to putting on foundation and it keeps my oil in control all day! It's so nice to put foundation on in the morning and not have it slide off my face by noon! Awesome stuff, that MoM.
The treatment of staph with milk of magnesia was mentioned here:
Here is the response we just got from Bayer re: Sodium Hypochlorite in the Phillips' Milk of Magnesia brand:
"Thank you for taking the time to contact Bayer HealthCare. We appreciate your interest in PHILLIPS'® Milk of Magnesia.
In response to your inquiry, Sodium Hypochlorite is derived from Chlorine and Sodium Hydroxide and is used as a antimicrobial agent.
If we may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Department.
In some circles, Magnesium Hydroxide is coveted as the best form of Mag for colon cleansing due to the active oxygen factor. Why would a small amount of Chlorine hurt as there are always pathogens in the gut that need killing??
Using Phillips MOM to treat constipation was handed down to us by my grandmother. I have taken it since I was a kid and it gave the desired relief. However, I am alarmed by the bleach content. I may have to shift to CVS then or other herbal remedies just to be safe. Thanks for the info!
Sodium Hypochlorite / Chlorine Dioxide / Hydrogen Peroxide are all types of bleach and have been used in minute quantities (just a few pre-diluted drops in a glass of juice) to heal a very wide variety of ailments.
Of course you must be careful to take the right dose, just as with most medicinals.
For underarm odour, I've had good luck with Milk of Magnesia as posted by someone else at Earth Clinic. I just pour a wee bit into my hand and rub it into my armpits. Wait until it dries before putting on your clothes. It worked remarkably well and I've been under a great deal of stress lately. I used the name brand Milk of Magnesia (from the pharmacy) but you could probably use a generic or store brand one. Good luck!
I use mag citrate as a deoderant. It's a clear liquid.
I use mag citrate as a deoderant. It's a clear liquid.
My friend told me about Milk of Magnesia for burns. When her daughter was little she has rashes so bad on her bottom that she had to leave off the diaper quite often because of her acidity level in her urine. One day her mother was watching her and she told her mother to be very careful because of the rash. She left for a few hours and when she came home the rash was gone. She had applied Milk of Magnesia directly on her granddaughter and not long after the skin rash was gone.
My friend also told me about using it on burns, so I have tried it. My daughter and I have both burned our hands so I tried it and it worked. You need to soak it near an hour but it leaves no red marks and it feels better.
I didn't believe it but a friend of mind share with me an article he had read in the newspaper about a man who used milk of magnesium to clear up a long standing bad case of acne. We both have been putting the milk of magnesium on acne break outs at night before we go to bed. We are both happy at the results as both of the problem spots on our faces are clearing up. Who would of thought it would work. I have tried everything on my face and there were always some spots that nothing seem to work. It works slowly but everyday you notice the acne getting smaller and smaller. Plus I am noticing that I am not getting the usual breakout of new blemishes.
Rub the milk of magnesia in the babys mouth?? around the gums?... Thank-you
Sorry to be a pain, one more minor correction: you said "leaving a neutral salt, Magnesium Bicarbonate" however bicarbonates are alkaline, not neutral.
Otherwise excellent information, and thanks for this useful trick of turning magnesium hydroxide into magnesium bicarbonate!
Milk of Magnesia Ingredients
Could those who try milk of magnesia remedies please list the ingredients in the MOM they have used. Some brands add sodium hypochlorite which may affect their success. Thank you!
I have really bad acidity problem and have blister in my mouth. No medicine is helping me. I tried to take Milk of Magnesia couple of nights and feeling better in my acidity. Can I take it everyday? or any other guidance how to take safely every day. Should I take potassium pills or banana with it daily? Please help to take it properly
I agree that MOM (milk of magnesia) as a deodorant is great! I have been using it now for about two months. Keeps me odor-free even after sweat-drenching exercise classes, as long as I remember to change out of my exercise clothes. Sometimes the MOM seems a little too drying so I rub in coconut oil as well.
I have used milk of magnesia for canker sores. It take 3 applications and it will start to go away. Try it till it gone.
After going through 6 months of a rash I thought was yeast, doing a yeast cleanse diet with beaucoup supplements, I htought maybe me and my baby had a staph infection and looked here for answers. I stumbled upon the pages where Ted had noted milk of Magnesia's effectiveness against staph. I can't find the original page now but I put the Milk of Magnesia on my skin rash that I suspected was staph. I did this 2-3 times a day and by the 3rd day, it was scabbing and healing, barely itchy. Before, I would wake up at night with my stomach bleeding from itching so much. By the end of the week with the milk of Magnesia, you could barely see where the infection even was. My son who is just 1 year old would get the bumps on his cheeks. I tried many other things before- ACV (in the bath too), absorbine jr (because we tried treating for ringworm), and nothing worked- except for the milk of magnesia. Within 2 day his cheeks started clearing up. I will say that the absobine Jr. Helped to relieve some of the itchy for me, but I'm not sure if it is advisable to use for that- I was just desperate. Thank you for your valuable information here, it is changing lives.
Thats intesting because I put magnesium sulphate cream on a couple of detox boils and it cleared them up, when they seemed to be going on to long.
If I'm not mistaken, all of you and your baby's symptoms can also be symptoms of candida, like thrush, for which MoM is excellent.
Magnesium Water Recipe
I believe I have found a way to make an improvement on the recipe for Magnesium Water from M.O.M. I got to wondering about the undissolved layer of M.O.M. at the bottom of the bottle, and reasoned that the carbonic acid from the seltezer water must not be strong enough to dissolve all of the Magnesium hydroxide into solution, so I added some citric acid powder to the bottle, shook it up and sure enough, it foamed up and the white layer disappeared as the undissolved M.O.M. went into solution. That means that there is even more bio-available magnesium in the water than there was before. I did not measure how much citric acid I added this time, but the next time I make it, I will measure amounts of M.O.M., water and citric acid and should be able to come up with a pretty good guess at how many milligrams of Magnesium there are per ounce of water, if someone else doesn't beat me to it, of course : ) I love this site...home-made science in the public interest!
Generic Milk of Magnesia (MOM) contains calcium, magnesium, sodium, and purified water. Phillips' brand contains magnesium, purified water, and sodium hypochlorite. According to Wikipedia sodium hypochlorite is bleach. Which MOM would you recommend for which applications?
EC: Yikes! Thank you very much for pointing this out... We just sent Bayer HealthCare an email asking why they add sodium hypochlorite to their Phillips' formula. Will post a reply if we get a response.
Not much information on the web about this, other than this one question: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090201110922AA61U9Z
Thanks for the Warning!
FYI: My generic bottle of MOM made by GeriCare, lists its Active Ingredient as Magnesium Hydroxide, then in tiny letters at the very bottom it lists "Inactive Ingredients" as water and sodium hydroxide.
MOM sounded too good to be true, and the bleach bothers me. Thanks for your info, I'm going to CVS and give this a try!!
Maybe YEA, seems the dose and use are paramount.
According to Wikipedia it is the sodium hypochlorite itself that has been used to treat eczema. So, one should research if you want this substance in the MOM you would use to treat eczema or body odor. It seems like you might want it. Maybe you want the CVS brand if you take it internally. I would guess that it could damage gut flora since it is commonly used as a disinfectant.
From wikipedia: Dilute bleach baths have been used for decades to treat moderate to severe eczema in humans,  but it has not been clear why they work. According to work published by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine in November 2013, a very dilute (0.005%) solution of sodium hypochlorite in water was successful in treating skin damage with an inflammatory component caused by radiation therapy, excess sun exposure or aging in laboratory mice. Mice with radiation dermatitis given daily 30-minute baths in bleach solution experienced less severe skin damage and better healing and hair regrowth than animals bathed in water. A molecule called nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kB) is known to play a critical role in inflammation, ageing and response to radiation. The researchers found that if NF-kB activity was blocked in elderly mice by bathing them in bleach solution, the animals' skin began to look younger, going from old and fragile to thicker, with increased cell proliferation. The effect diminished after the baths were stopped, indicating that regular exposure was necessary to maintain skin thickness.
Also noted in wikipedia:
Chlorination of drinking water can oxidize organic contaminants, producing chloroform and other trihalomethanes, which are carcinogenic, and many hundreds of possible disinfection by-products, the vast majority of which are not monitored. So I would definitely not want it in anything I consumed internally.
So although, it may be beneficial for some things in very small amounts, I.e. a .005% solution is a very small amount in a bath to treat eczema, but not great for ingesting. I am not sure of the % in the MOM solution. That information would be helpful to determine an appropriate amount in a bath to treat eczema.