27 thoughts on “Epsom Salt Soaks For Boils

  1. Epsom salt, does it reall work? How does it work?
    I’m a gymnast and my coached bumped up the training a couple months ago. I’m still REALLY sore, like walking funny and can hardly roll out of bed in the morning sore. I’ve never used epsom salt but a few people have suggested it. I just don’t understand how you can help soreness by soaking in something that only touches the skin so I was just wondering if it really works, and if so, whats the science behind it?

    • Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulphate. Magnesium helps in dissolving the toxins deposits in the body, into the liquids present in the body, and Sulphur has a centrifugal action of throwing out what is not required in the body from inside the body and organs to skin level or outside either through perspiration, boils, vesicles and kind or through excretion, urination etc. The beauty of Mag Sulph is that it can absorb itself into the body through the pores in the skin if you dip yourself in the Epsom Salt bath or dip the leg in there for some time. (For added advantage you can also use Alum which has immense purifying strength vis-a-vis hard water) The soreness must have caused due to some kind of infection and it will be removed by the Sulphur in the Magsulph. Sulphur is the best medicine anyone ever can have for skin ailments. Last of all, Epsom salt has been used from times immemorial as a bathing salt. If one uses Emsom salt bath in serious cancer cases, I am certain that half of the ailment will be cured by this very substance and the bath using it. You should massage it until the slimy skin turns into smooth and exuberant. The complexion and smoothness of the skin increases. I hope it clarified. with best wishes.

  2. How do I heal my infected nose piercing?
    Ive had it in for about 1 month and a half now and its infected. I have a red pimple looking bump growing around it and im pretty sure it might be a keloid? I cant take it out because it hurts too much and I can only push it up so far to clean it. My friend said to use epsom salt and water and spray it on. I just need some help on how to clear this up. Thanks

    • This red bump is a cyst/boil which can also get infected and be filled with pus.

      You know when a piercing is infected if yellow or green fluids or pus is coming out. White and clear discharge is normal and part of the healing process.

      You need to clean it with sea salt soaks 2 times a day until the piercing is fully healed ( 2-3 months )
      This will treat/avoid infections and help the piercing to heal.

      How to do : Warm water (8oz) + non iodized salt (1/4 teaspoon) mixed in a cup. Soak the piercing in for 10 minutes, 2 times a day. Use a q-tip to clean around the piercing thoroughly, rinse with water and pat it dry with a paper towel.
      Non iodized salt is cheap and easy to find.

      Do not touch the piercing, twist the jewelry during the day, play with it, change it or take it out ( not even once) until it’s fully healed.

      It will clean up if you follow the above. You had to do sea salt soaks 2 times a day from day 1 to avoid this, but I guess that your piercer did not inform you and you didn’t not research about the aftercare and healing.

  3. Is there a medication or treatment available ?
    I have had a problem with boils or sores on my rearend. Is this caused by wearing jeans or the detergent i use.Its painful and I would love to get rid of this condition.I am overseas and going to a doctor in this part of the world is useless. Can anyone recommend a medicine?

    • I’m not really sure what’s causing your condition, but I do know of something that may can help it out! If possible, soak in a hot bath! Even use some epsom salts in your bath water. It will help to draw out the infection! Otherwise, just try to keep the area as clean and dry as possible!

  4. What is a natural/ do it at home way to extract blackheads?
    I have blackheads on my nose and they are so irritating, I hate it when I look in the mirror and see them. I’m running out of options here, I don’t know how to get them out I feel like taking some tweezers and digging them out! Ugh!

    Please help.


  5. I have an embedded splinter in my finger. Any solutions to help it work its way out?
    I have been told warm water and baking soda a couple times a day for a few days, also epsom salt and warm water. I would appreciate other suggestions. Someone usually has just the right one.

    • Soak it in tea tree oil for a while (available in vitamin sections at most stores, including wal-mart) to bring it to the surface and disinfect it, then use a sterile needle (soak in boiling water for a few min) to pick it out.

  6. what is the best home remedy to reduce blackheads?
    i have blackheads on my nose and they’re kinda.. really noticeable and i wash my face three times a day and treat it . i have no other acne though (yay) , but whats a home remedy i could do to take them away?


      A nasty beauty enemy, but here’s a remedy:

      Combine 1/4 cup boiling water with one teaspoon of Epsom salt and three drops of iodine. Let mixture cool until it’s comfortable to the touch.

      Soak a cotton ball with this mixture and touch gently on blackheads.
      This will allow them to loosen so they can be easily squeezed with a gauze pad.

  7. what does the magnesium in epsom salts do to your body?
    when you take an epsom salt bath, what does the magnesium do?

    • Did a little finding since this question intrigued me.

      Indications for topical use are

      - Magnesium has been used as an agent for dehydrating (drawing) boils, carbuncles, and abscesses.
      - Magnesium has also been shown to be an effective aid in the fight against blemishes and acne when applied directly to problematic areas, usually in poultice form. If combined with water and made into a cream, it can be applied to the face to remove blackheads.
      - Magnesium, when used through soaking, can soothe muscle pains and help improve rough patches in the skin.
      - Soaking in a warm bath containing Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) can be beneficial to soothe, relax,and relieve herpes outbreak symptoms, such as itching and lesions relating to genital herpes and shingles.

      hope this helps ^_^

  8. How long does it take antibotics to take effect when I have an abscess/boil that is not ready to pop yet?
    My doc gave me some anitbotics and said it was not ready yet. It is very pain and located on inner thigh. It was from legs rubbing together(yes, I know I need to lose weight.) I have also been doing warm compresses with a small towel. Anything I can do to relieve the pain outside of popping or lancing it myself?

    • Firstly the abscess/boil may not pop, there is a small chance that it will shrink and go down.

      The antiobiotics usually take at least 48 hours before they even begin to have an effect but with an abscess it is hard to get the antiobotics to penetrate it so it could be longer.

      Once it starts coming to a head or gets softer so that you know there is pus and stuff underneath then you can go and get it lanced. Opening it up will help relieve the pain almost immediately. Once it is open you can do soaks in the tub with about a cup of epsom salts mixed on the water. 1/2 hr a couple times of day and that will keep it draining and start the healing.

      Until it starts to drain and when you aren’t doing the compresses you could bandage it with gauze and some paper surgical tape. I would put it pretty tight, but I don’t mean wrap the tape around your leg or anything, just tape a couple inches out from the gauze. Bandaging it firmly seems to support it somehow and lessens the pain.

      Good luck , I hope it opens soon.

  9. Why do my feet get hot and burn when I walk? Not the shoes. Not my sugar What can fix this?
    My sugar is in check, I have the right shoes with inserts which are changed frequently yet my feet get boiling hot and burn when I walk. I have tried cooling gel. I have done exercises for plantar fascitist and yet it’s still hot. Worn casts at night to make sure not plantar facicitist. What can I dol?

  10. Ingredients

    Natural Clay: Choose 2 cups of clay suitable for your skin type.
    Dead Sea- Mineral and nutrient enriched for detoxification
    Green Clay- Detoxifies, oily skin, stimulates circulation
    Moroccan Red – Exfoliates, stimulates circulation Fullers Earth -Oily skin, exfoliates and stimulates circulation Red Clay -Stimulated circulation, removes dry skin cells Rose Clay -Exfoliates, stimulates circulation

    Salt: Choose 1 cup of salt

    Epsom Salts -Relaxes the nervous system eases pain and removes toxins

    Sea Salt- Draws toxins from the body

    Dead Sea Salt -Skin tonic, detoxifying, nutrient enriched

    Herbs: 1 cup in total .Try to add at least 2 different herbs
    If the herbs are not already powdered then puree them in a blender.

    Aloe Vera -Soothes and Heals

    Neem Leaves -Anti bacterial, anti fungal

    Rose Petal Powder -Stimulates Circulation

    Alfalfa Leaf powder -Relives muscle and joint pain, fatigue
    Calendula powder- Heals broken skin

    Chamomile Powder -Anti inflammatory, Calming

    Stinging Nettles Powder- Deep cleanser, soothes irritated skin

    Parsley Powder- Detoxifying, soothing

    Peppermint Leaf- Stimulation, soothing, stomach upset

    Rosehip Powder- Vitamin c, nutrients

    St Johns Wart Powder- Healing nutrient

    Kelp Powder: 1 cup
    To detoxify the body and add vital nutrients that help reduce cellulite and increase circulation

    Moisture Agents: Replace the water you will bring to the boil with any of these wetting agents E.g. Add 1 cup of milk, then remove 1 cup of water from the 1.8 liters of spring water.
    You can substitute any of these moisture agents for the water. Try and choose 3 different ones to benefit different areas

    Apple Cider Vinegar -Helps to heal bruises, soothes irritated skin

    Glycerin – Deep skin Moisturizer

    Chamomile- Promotes relaxation and detoxifies

    Witch Hazel- Skin toner and cleanser

    Goats Milk- Balances Ph levels in skin and exfoliates skin cells whilst moisturizing

    Whole Cream Milk- Relieves dry and itchy skin and full of nutrients
    Fruit Juice -Full of vitamins

    Yogurt- Soothes dry and irritated skin

    Lemon Juice- detoxifies and cleanses skin cells These essential oils are used to combat cellulite and detoxify the body

    Essential Oils- 18mls in total combined oils Or 1% of mix

    Lavender Essential Oil -Headaches, stress, insomnia, minor burns, skin rashes, lowers blood pressure. Calmative. Basil Essential Oil- Anti bacterial, headaches, mental alertness, fatigue, stress, Period pains(Blends well with lemon and fennel). Lemon Essential Oil- Cellulite, oily skin, anti bacterial, asthma and other respiratory complaints.

    Patchouli Essential Oil -Tightens pores, combats wrinkles, Mobilizes cellulite, stress reliever, insomnia, relaxant, acne, eczema, psoriasis, sores and minor burns (Blends well with lavender and sandalwood).

    Sandalwood Essential Oil- Calms the mind and spirit, oily skin, soothes irritated skin, and is an aphrodisiac for men. (Blends well with lavender and sandalwood).

    Spearmint Essential Oil- Soothes the skin, calmative, and settles upset tummies.

    Lemon Grass Essential Oil- Skin toner, oily skin, fatigue, muscle aches and gastric infections- (Blends well with tea tree and lavender).

    Tea Tree Essential Oil- Anti- fungal, acne, skin toner. (Blends well with spearmint, sandalwood, lavender, and eucalyptus).
    Juniper Berry Essential Oil -Cellulite, uplifting (Blends well with lavender, patchouli and sandalwood).

    Fennel Essential Oil – Diuretic, circulation. Cleansing oil, indigestion and gas. (Blends well with lavender, lemon, basil and sandalwood).

    Cypress Essential Oil- Diuretic, varicose veins, circulation, coughs and colds. (Blends well with lavender , sandalwood and patchouli)

    Natural Additives: 2 tablespoons of any
    Aloe Vera Gel -moisturizer Rice Bran Powder Fine- Prevents wrinkles, exfoliates skin, absorbs excess oil and dirt

    Honey Powder- Skin cleaners, softener, absorbs dry skin.

    Coconut Milk Powder- Skin softener, full of nutrients

    Moisturizing Oils- 2 tablespoons in total only.

    Almond Oil -mature skin, sensitive or dry skin

    Aloe Vera Oil – anti ageing, skin irritations, cuts and minor burns

    Palm Oil – Moisturizing oil

    Apricot Kernel Oil- Skin irritations, dry inflamed skin. Absorbs quickly.

    Refined Emu Oil- repairs damaged and wrinkled skin, muscle and joint pain, repairs scar tissue.

    Shea Oil – retains skins elasticity, moisturizes dry cracked skin

    Sesame Oil- moisturizing, retains skins elasticity

    Sunflower Oil- moisturizes, regenerate and condition skin

    Soybean Oil- moisturizing oil filled with vitamin E

    Evening primrose Oil- eczema, nourishes dry skin

    Flaxseed Oil – eczema, psoriasis, acne and aging skin

    Olive Oil- regenerate new skin cells, draws moisture to external skin cells

    Macadamia Oil- Penetrates the skin quickly, anti oxidant

    Rapeseed Oil -strengths skin tissue full of vitamins and minerals

    Preparing your ingredients
    Once you have your ingredients ready boil 1.8lts of water in a large stainless steel stockpot. Once it has reached boiling point add the herbs and remove the pot from the heat. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot stir well and allow it to cool down for 10 minutes.

    Application process:
    Dip your bandages or cloth wraps into the mix one by one making sure your mud mix stays warm, you may need to re-heat it if it cools too quickly. Thoroughly soak each bandage into the mix then wrap it around your body starting from your ankles and working your way up. If you are getting help with this one by all means wear underwear it wont make much difference to the outcome. It is however important to stay warm, so if your room is too chilled wrap yourself in a washable blanket lay back and relax for a good 60 minutes.

    • Or you could soak in hot epsom salt baths twice a day for at least 20 minutes until its gone.

  11. What products work to get rid of blackheads?
    I have tried quite a few products to get rid of blackheads, and they don’t work. Any suggestions? If you could, please include the exact name of product and where you bought it? oh, and try to keep it cheap. im on a budget.

    • *combine 1/4 cup boiling water with one teaspoon Epsom salt and three drops of iodine. wait until its cool to the touch, then soak a cotton ball in the mixture and dab onto your blackheads. they should loosen up for easy removal (lightly squeezing or even wiping them away)
      *to squeeze pimples safely (if you must at all) heres how to avoid damaging your skin as much as possible
      A. soak a cotton ball in warm saltwater, press onto the blemish for 3 minutes to dissolve the top.
      B. hold a cotton swab to either side of the blemish
      C. push the swabs toward eachother, squeezing the blemish until flattened.
      D. apply witch hazel immediately to the disturbed skin.
      * apply a home made toner of 1tsp lemon juice and 1/2tsp tepid water after daily cleansing. lemon shrinks pores.
      *dissolve one tablespoon unflavored gelatin in two tablespoons milk over low heat
      when cool,apply to face
      leave on 30 minutes
      peel off the mask, and peel off the blackheads:)
      *to help prevent blackheads, mix vitamin A powder with your cleanser. it helps, minimize pores, and get rid of blackheads by preventing them from clogging.
      hope at least one of these tips is of some help to you!:)

  12. What is a natural way to treat a boil?
    have boils under arm and on stomach. I have been using hot compress.

    • after trips to emergency rooms to have them lanced all the time, someone told me try epsom salts to soak in .. i tried the epsom salts and it works, no more trips to emergency rooms.

  13. Can epsom salt be used to clean a cartilage piercing?
    I just got my cartilage pierced and i’m wondering if epsom salt works just as well as sea salt?

    • No. If you are going to use the salt method, only natural sea salt should be used. Mix 1/4 tsp to 8 oz. of boiled or bottled water and use it to clean and soak the piercing.

      Antibacterial soap is another recommended method. Just a couple of drops to a few oz. of boiled or bottled water and use q-tips (changing the end every time you dip it) and clean the piercing.

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