When given orally, magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) is not absorbed but
attracts water into the colon and thus acts as an effective laxative.
Epsom salts in a bath are absorbed slightly and are known to be
relaxing. For injuries, a concentrated solution is used as a compress
to help drain toxins. Magnesium is also thought to reduce lead
toxicity and its buildup, possibly through competing for absorption.
Since magnesium is an alkaline mineral, it is used in several
Anyway – what is often recommended is an epson salt (magnesium sulfate) bath.
This is one to two cups of epson salt in a hot bath. Soak for twenty minutes
(don’t drink since this is a laxative). Many people use it on a regular basis
to calm their autistic spectrum children.
The idea is that the magnesium sulfate crosses the skin barrier and enters the body to calm the autistic child. I found a news group where people with herpes were discussing the use of magnesium sulfate ,Epsom salts, to calm the herpes lesions. Magnesium sulfate is used around the world for various skin problems.
Another nutrient, magnesium, protects your nerves as much as does calcium.
Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, high-strung,
sensitive to noise, hyperexcitable, apprehensive, and beligerent. (SOUND
Here is another reference just to show that magnesium crosses the skin barrier and helps children with autism because of this capability. Magnesium in all of its chemical forms is the great relaxer.
In a bath, magnesium can be absorbed in small concentrations over a large
area — i.e. all the skin that is in contact with the bath water. I
imagine that the longer one can stay in the bath, the more one will be
able to absorb.
***Later today when I have some more time to myself, I will search out and post more substantial information for you regarding the crossing of skin barrier by magnesium sulfate. Remember when you do any search yourself on this subject that magnesium sulfate in not absorbed when taken orally that is why the magnesium citrate is a better choice for the oral. I have a friend who has a degree in chemistry and I may be able to pump her for some information on HOW magnesium sulfate is able to cross the skin barrier, and then be absorbed into the blood in this manner because we know that the sulfate form is not absorbed when taken orally, that is how it accumulates water and causes diarrhea.***