So how do epsom salts work
Posted 08 July 2006 - 09:42 AM
Posted 08 July 2006 - 10:31 AM
I was once told how Epsom Salts work - something to do with the magnesium in them - but can't remember the details. I do remember being told though that if your child drinks the Epsom Salt infused bath water, they could poo more! (Epsom Salts are apparently good for constipation).
Posted 08 July 2006 - 07:08 PM
The general idea is to have a vigourous rub down with a flannel before getting into the bath, which makes the skin more receptive to absorb the minerals. Then stick a couple of handfuls of the salts into water that should be as hot as possible for the person. I have read that it is worth going straight to bed after, I guess because it makes you sleepy. A side affect, as mentioned, is that as the minerals are absorbed into the body, you can expect some major bowel movements!
Posted 09 July 2006 - 08:53 PM
Posted 17 July 2006 - 11:15 AM
Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:21 PM
bathed both boys in it tonight,seemed to relax them alot....read some good stuff about them....its the sulphur that is took in through the skin that helps....
going keep at it ...see how it goes...
Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:31 PM
What are Epsom salts and how do they work?
Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. Salts are just molecules that form because the parts have opposite electrical charges that bind together. Magnesium has a positive charge. Sulfate has a negative charge, and performs all sorts of unique biological functions. The two elements dissociate in solution (English translation: break apart and separate in liquid). Epsom salts are available at most local grocers or health food stores, or inexpensively in bulk at agricultural supply stores.
The magnesium and sulfate in the salts are absorbed into the body through the skin. Because the sulfur is already in the sulfate form, it does not need to be converted like other forms of sulfur do. Sulfate is thought to circulate in the body up to about nine hours. Any Epsom salts left on the skin may continue to be absorbed as long as it is still on the skin, offering continuous ?timed-released? input into the bloodstream ? like medications given through skin patches. Many people on a typical ?modern? processed diet are very deficient in magnesium as well, which Epsom salts also supply in a highly available form. Main effects of insufficient magnesium are hyperness, irritability, anxiety, and muscle twitching or spasms. So the salts may provide two-way assistance.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 10:10 PM
If you drink them, they will go through you "like a dose of salts" which is where the phrase comes from.
Posted 20 November 2007 - 10:11 PM
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Posted 20 April 2009 - 10:14 AM
Posted 17 August 2009 - 06:58 PM
I tried to buy more at a few pharmacies and they no longer stock it! Not even the big B...ts shop near us! I've ordered more via internet.
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