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What is better for a sitz bath salt or epsom salts?

What is better for a sitz bath salt or epsom salts?

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

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Sea salt for cleaning out piercings vs. iodized salt, which is better?

Sea salt for cleaning out piercings vs. iodized salt, which is better?

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 more

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Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?

Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?

So the : Water will initially soften the nail and the salt can help kill infection if one is present but at sametime it can also burn. Best bet is to see foot doctor because you risk further infection playing around with it. ...Read more

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When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

1/4 cup: Put warm water into your sitz bath until it's about 1/3 of the way full. Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt. Then add yourself. Hope it helps! ...Read more

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Can I use warm water with salt as a natural enema solution?

Can I use warm water with salt as a natural enema solution?

Yes: Since you are looking to pull water from the blood stream to enter in the colon during an enema, this would be an ok solution to use. ...Read more

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Is Epsom salt or pink salt safe to use as a face scrub ?

Is Epsom salt or pink salt safe to use as a face scrub ?

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

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Can you put himalayan salt or tao salt in a humidifier?

Can you put himalayan salt or tao salt in a humidifier?

Only in cool: Only use in cool mist humidifiers. Not units that create heat. ...Read more

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Is Himalayan salt better than table salt. Does it have the recommended sodium balance?

Is Himalayan salt better than table salt. Does it have the recommended sodium balance?

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

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What are the uses for epsom salts for an eye wash?

What are the uses for epsom salts for an eye wash?

EYE WASH: Best to use a commercially prepared 'eye wash solution' eg. Blinx, dacryose, eye wash in a 4 0z squeeze bottle. Nerver use an eye cup. ...Read more

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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 more

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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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Will soaking in epson salt help spraned ankle?

Will soaking in epson salt help spraned ankle?

Not really: It might help by causing muscle relaxation and relieving the pain. This is not a function of the salt. ...Read more

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Can soaking in epsom salt help hip bursitis and is it safe?

Can soaking in epsom salt help hip bursitis and is it safe?

Not likely to heal.: Epsom salts are safe, but may only provide symptomatic relief for a short time period. Healing usually requires medications and/or physical therapy. ...Read more

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Do you think I can use table salt for bathing instead of epsom salt?

Do you think I can use table salt for bathing instead of epsom salt?

Different: Table salt is sodium chloride, while Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. They are entirely different compounds. While is will not be harmful to bathe in sodium chloride, you will not get the same effects as from magnesium sulfate. ...Read more