Just for you, mod, magnesium…

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
over-the-counter antacids.



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.***

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15 thoughts on “Just for you, mod, magnesium…

  1. a post just for me , really you shouldn’t have.

    Just let me read the stuff I’ll be back to you ok

  2. Well I read your stuff, and I have to say you were right about it, sorry I guess I jumped too quick on it,

    Your smarter than me

  3. mod,
    Just because I know about magnesium sulfate doesn’t mean I am smarter than you.

    I know about it because I have had more than one doctor suggest I use it to help relieve muscle pain that was caused by muscle spasms. I had a bad accident in the past, and a part of what happened to me was I got terrible muscle spasms because of the injuries. Epsom salts helped ease the muscle spasms, and in turn eased the pain associated with the spasms

    I am ok now but I still enjoy the Epsom salts baths because they are so relaxing.

    It was when I read Nat’s post where she said she used Epsom salts to get rid of her body acne that I realized this stuff relieved skin problems.

  4. Does all this means the epsoms salts can be used on the face pimples and cysts to relieve imflammation?

  5. πŸ˜€ Mimi,
    You know it makes sense that Epsom salts would make facial acne go away since it makes body acne go away, and even makes broken capillaries on the surface of the skin to almost go away but I don’t know quite how you could let your face soak in this stuff unless you were to somehow mix up a small amount, and soak a cloth or a cotton square or cotton ball in the solution, and just gently apply the solution to your skin. Perhaps placing a warm facecloth that has been dipped in this solution, over your face and repeating this procedure? Not sure if the Epsom salts would be able to penetrate into the acne lesions this way? I think a part of why Epsom salts baths work is because they are taken in warm water so the pores in the skin open up and the magnesium is somehow able to penetrate through the open pores. So you would probably have to use warm water also because the magnesium crystals need warm water to dissolve.

    If I were you I would keep the Epsom salts solution away from my eyes because I don’t know if it could be a problem there but I am thinking that when I soak in the Epsom salts baths I often take a washcloth and wipe my face, and some must have gotten in the corner of my eyes at some time but I never got any sort of irritation with my eyes from this stuff…but still I would advise to not let this solution drip into your eyes just to be on the safe side.

    My skin has been behaving but I do so many good things for myself right now to keep it clear that I can’t tell if any one thing is the reason WHY. I do take additional oral magnesium in the citrate form in the evening, and after meals I take a really good multi-mineral formula from Nature’s Life. This particular multi-mineral that I take is in a gelatin capsule instead of a hard pill. I know the gelatin capsule dissolves in my stomach plus there is an acid in this particular formula that makes it possible to absorb the minerals. This is in addition to using magnesium sulfate in my bath.

    Please let me know what you decide to do, and how it all goes for you.

  6. Solomio – sometimes I think you have missed your calling to be a Naturopath (never too late mind!). You are so knowledgeable, I am in awe of your posts – I don’t post much here any more, but know that I come here often and read most of your great posts. πŸ˜€

  7. Hmm… I have one of those things for swiming that you put in your mouth and a tube sticks up out of the water and allows you to breathe.. :lol Haha I suppose that would be a bit odd though, sticking your face in a sink full of warm epsom salts for 30-60 minutes… :lol

  8. Solomio- my main face issue are the dark/brown marks left by pimples, not really active acne itself. So if anything i’d put the epsoms salts on the individual pimples that do crop up here and there, and not all over unless it prevents acne which it doesn’t allude to in this thread. I’m trying to find the fastest way possible to get rid of pimples so they don’t leave a mark.

    What’s the difference between epsom salts and baking soda? I use baking soda as a scrub and a mask and also on any pimples that come up, but i’ve never heard of it being used as a muscle relaxer or have the same attributes as epsom salts.

  9. Ooops.
    πŸ˜€ Mimi,
    Please see my reply to your post further down the page.

  10. Mimi,
    Baking soda, sodium bicarbonate, is abrasive and is used in the manufacturing of toothpast because it removes the plaque on teeth so it makes sense that it will remove dry surface skin from the face when you rub it on your skin.

    Epsom salts, magnesium sulfate, is used to calm the skin when it is inflammed from acne or some other skin condition.

    I have used up to a cup of Epsom salts in a warm bath to relax in the evening. This amount makes me quite sleepy.

    As I said I also take oral doses of extra calcium and magnesium citrate before bed for relaxiation.

    I noted that some web sites advised using up to 2 cups of Epsom salts in a bath! That should really make you sleepy!

    The main difference, in regards to the skin, between the two substances is that baking soda uses a mechanical action, removal of dry surface skin, and Epsom salts goes into the skin, in small amounts, and calms the inflammation that has been caused by pimples and other skin conditions.

    I hope the following information will clarify these points:


    Baking soda has an abrasive action good for brushing the teeth, and it makes sense to use baking soda to remove dry facial skin.


    When companies process and produce soda ash, a number of other sodium compounds are made as co- products, including sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda), sodium sulfite, sodium tripolyphosphate, and chemical caustic soda.

    Baking Soda Fact that has nothing to do with acne:
    The ancient Egyptians used a mineral called β€˜natron’ to mummify their dead. Natron is composed of Sodium Carbonate, 17% sodium bicarbonate, which is baking soda, and a small amount of sodium sulfate plus some sodium chloride, which is plain table salt. Soooo, in theory, you can produce a ‘mummy’ using baking soda because it removes the water in cells leaving the cells dry. I think you could probably use layers of baking soda between layers of flowers to ‘dry’ flowers? Anyone ever use it in this way?


    Action/Kinetics: Magnesium is an essential element for muscle contraction, certain enzyme systems, and nerve transmission. Extracellular fluid levels: 1.5-2.5 mEq/L. Mg depresses the CNS and controls convulsions by blocking release of acetylcholine at the myoneural junction. Also, Mg decreases the sensitivity of the motor end plate to acetylcholine and decreases the excitability of the motor membrane. Therapeutic serum levels: 4-6 mEq/L (normal Mg levels: 1.5-3.0 mEq/L). Onset: IM, 1 hr; IV, immediate. Duration: IM, 3-4 hr; IV, 30 min. Excreted by the kidneys.


    Magnesium sulfate’s medicinal uses were discovered from mineral waters at Epsom, England from where epsom salt and epsomite get their names.


  11. Thanks for the info Solomio.

    I’m trying to figure out how much epsoms salts to water to use to put on the individual pimples that i might get but it’s hard to know when the espoms salts dissolves in the water and leaves no scent , so i’m at lost as to if the mixture i do will actually do anything. Or should i wet the pimple and then put a few of the salt particles on it? Maybe the latter would make more sense.

  12. Hi Mimi,
    Recentily I was browsing a web site devoted to make-up and came across an interesting post by someone who posts here, and goes by the web name Ritzvin.

    Ritzvin was talking about using another form of magnesium called magnesium hydroxide, which is also known as Milk of Magnesia. She said that she has been putting M of M on her skin, letting it dry, and then putting on her make-up. The purpose of doing this drill is to stop her skin from being so oily!

    I wonder if putting the M of M on the skin may do more than stop the oil?

    I just thought that I would pass this info on to you perhaps it may be useful for your purposes.


    Below are a couple of web sites on magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia), which is also used as an osmotic laxative

    movement of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane (as of a living cell) into a solution of higher solute concentration that tends to equalize the concentrations of solute on the two sides of the membrane

    much like magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) is used.

    Quote was from Webster’s Dictionary.

    I figured that it would be useful to understand what M of M and Epsom salts does by reading these web sites.

    Phillips Milk of Magnesia web site.

    Family Practice Notebook.com
    The book is Gastroenterology, and the chapter is Pharmacology

  13. I think i read on Paula Begoun’s site that Milk of Magnesia is reccommended as a mask.

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