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Uses For Epsom Salt
Hemorrhoids?: Epsom salts are excellent for this purpose. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel ; warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. ...Read more
Little effect: Both will have little if any effect. ...Read more
Don't get conned: Remember your high school chemistry. Oh, you didn't? Well, table salt is sodium chloride. Salt crystals are exactly equal numbers of sodium & chloride ions. Every single sodium & chlorine atom on Earth has been here for >4 billion yr, since the planet formed. It's a fundamental principle: Every atom of every element is chemically identical. From seawater or made in a lab, salt is salt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?
Not exact: But if you add about 1/4 cup of salt to 3-4 inches of water in the tub, that should be fine. ...Read more
Lots of bug bites; pregnant; can I soak in Epsom salt mix with Dead Sea salts? Or Epsom salt w lavender & chamomile and baking soda? Or just ep salt
Yes: Soak away. There should be no problem at all with your soaks. ...Read more
Salts: Epsom salts have been used for years as a face scrub with some benefits,...I am not too familiar/sure about pink salts. ...Read more
Only in cool: Only use in cool mist humidifiers. Not units that create heat. ...Read more
Salt intake: There are no published clinical studies on Himalayan salt comparing it to table salt. Himalayan salt contains 85% sodium chloride and up to 84 trace minerals, including iodine, lead, and plutonium at very low levels. It is speculated that iron content may accounts for its pink color. We get trace elements from other dietary sources, so I think regular salt is just fine. Limit to ...Read more
Is iodized salt better to use than non-iodized salt for a healthy thyroid gland? Is it harmful to use iodized salt daily?
It's a good thing: This is more than just "health chatter' -- around 5 million people per year have been doomed to lifelong mental deficiency because of insufficient iodine in the community diet. Adding iodine to salt is one of the most effective and valuable public-health measures of all time, and mass illness followed in one famous instance when a nation abandoned it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any opinions on a detox bath? Detoxifying your body by laying in a tub with epson salt, ginger, baking soda, and essential oils?
Reasonable to try: There is not much research on this topic, but epsom salt baths are a proven way to get magnesium into our bodies, which most people need more of. Baking soda and essential oils are said to help our bodies to detoxify and I have many patients who tell me they do feel better if they do this when feeling toxic. There is certainly no harm in trying. At the very least soaking in a warm tub is relaxing! ...Read more
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