Never Heard Of Magnesium Sulfate?
Maybe you haven’t heard of Magnesium Sulfate, or maybe you have but just did not know what it was used for. Magnesium Sulfate is the combination of the minerals Magnesium and Sulfate. It is a widely used combination of minerals, that you may know by its common name Epsom Salt.
Epsom Salt Is Magnesium Sulfate
I would guess that there are very few people who have not heard of Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt is a common home remedy with many uses and benefits, from a laxative to a garden supplement.
In medicine, Magnesium Sulfate is one of the first things given to someone having a heart attack. Magnesium relaxes contracted muscles and is often used as an additive to a hot bath soak for sore muscles after a workout.
Medical Conditions With Low Magnesium Levels
Blood testing has shown that people with the conditions below have low levels of Magnesium, and would benefit from supplementation.
- Heart Disease
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Home Uses For Epsom Salt
Soaking in a bath with 1-2 cups of Epsom Salt has been used for most of these conditions and uses.
- Anti-Inflammatory – Reduces pain and swelling.
- Athletes Foot
- Sun Burn
- Sprains & Bruises
- Toenail Fungus – A foot soak with a handful of Epsom Salt 3 times a day.
- Ease Gout
- Exfoliant Face & Body – Use dry salts with oil or liquid soap and rub gently to remove dead skin.
- Remove Foot Odor – A foot soak with Epsom Salt.
- Laxative – For dosage read the package label.
- Relax Muscles – A warm bath soak with Epsom Salt.
- Sleep Inducer – A warm bath before bed with Epsom Salt.
- Anxiety Reducer
- Hairspray Remover – 1 gallon of water, 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup Epsom Salt, mix let stand overnight to dissolve, apply to hair for 20 minutes before shampooing.
Foods High In Magnesium
In the order of the most to the least
- Nuts & Seeds: Squash & Pumpkin have the most, then Sesame, Brazil Nuts, Almonds, Cashews, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Pecans & Walnuts
- Dark Chocolate
- Fish: Mackerel with the most then, Pollock, Turbot & Tuna
- Beans & Lentils: Soy Beans with the most, then White Beans, French Beans, Black-eyed Peas, Kidney Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils & Pinto Beans
- Dried Fruit: Figs then, Prunes, Apricots, Dates & Raisins
- Leafy Greens: Spinach with the most then Swiss Chard & Kale
- Whole Grains: Brown Rice, then Quinoa, Millet, Bulgur, Buckwheat, Wild Rice, Barley & Oats
- Fats: Avocados
- Low-Fat Dairy: Plain Non-Fat Yogurt then, Goat Cheese & Non-Fat Mozzarella
How To Supplement With Epsom Salt
Externally – Magnesium Sulfate is one of those minerals that can be absorbed through the skin as well as through the stomach, a bath with 1-2 cups of Epsom Salt is a gentle way to increase your magnesium levels, if you don’t have a bathtub a foot soak will work just as well.
Internally – There are a couple of drawbacks to taking Epsom Salt by mouth, it tastes bad and if you take too much it can upset your stomach and give you diarrhea. But in some cases you will want to know how much you are getting and Epsom Salt is an inexpensive way to get the amount you need. For dosage recommendations read the label on the package of Epsom Salt.
I have heard that Magnesium Sulfate can stop a heart attack, for a long time every time I had pain near my heart I took a spoonful of an expensive liquid Magnesium supplement just in case, lately I have not been able to afford it. Because of researching Epsom Salt for this post I feel comfortable with the idea of taking inexpensive Epsom Salt instead.
Another thing I have learned over the years is that most of us are deficient in Magnesium, and people like me with MCS have a higher rate of deficiency than normal…
Why Store Magnesium Sulfate or Epsom Salt
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzyme activities in our bodies, it regulates electrolytes, muscle relaxation, and can be used for so many things. I have only touched the surface of uses for Epsom Salt. The main reason I would like to stress is that if we were not able to get the Magnesium we need from our food, we would need a way to supplement it. Epsom Salt is a very inexpensive way to provide needed Magnesium, having it could mean the difference between surviving a prolonged food shortage or not.
Do you think that I provided enough reason for storing Magnesium Sulfate or Epsom Salt? Please leave me a comment below…
Storing Epsom Salt For Everyday Emergencies
When you plan your emergency storage, be sure to include Epsom Salt it can be stored for up to 5 years in an unopened container, and 1 year in an opened one. I would guess that it might even be good for longer periods, it is a mineral after all and salt can last forever if properly stored. As with any item, you store you always want to keep it in a cool dark location away sunlight.
Warning Symptoms & What To Do
When using Epsom Salt if you have any of these reactions; hives, difficulty breathing, swelling in your face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If you have lesser symptoms of diarrhea or stomach upset it may signal that you have taken to much, and will usually pass without any medical intervention. Seek Medical attention if you continue to experience vomiting and diarrhea after you have stopped taking Magnesium.
Be sure to read the warning label on Epsom Salt package before use, there are some reasons not to use Magnesium Sulfate, that are not listed here.
I am not trying to list every possible side effect if you have side effects not listed here call your doctor for medical advice. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
I am not a doctor, please seek medical attention before treating with Epsom Salt. In some situations, a doctor may not be available and it would be good to know that there is something that could help, but I don’t want you to neglect your health over something I shared with you.