How to take epsom salts for constipation

Epsom salt is the common name for the chemical magnesium sulphate. Epsom salt is often used as a natural remedy for numerous health conditions, including migraines, muscle pain, cramps and to flush toxins from the body. Additionally, some people use Epsom salt as a way to relieve constipation. Under the care of your physician, you can take Epsom salt for its effects as a laxative.

Purchase Epsom salt from any pharmacy. Some manufacturers that make Epsom salt include Rite Aid and Swan. Review the package instructions before using the product internally as a laxative.

Measure out four ounces of cold water. Dissolve one teaspoon of the Epsom salt into the water by mixing thoroughly.

Add a small amount of lemon juice to the solution. This will not change its effectiveness and can help improve the taste of the drink.

Consume the entire solution in one sitting. If needed, you can repeat the dose after four to six hours. However, it is recommended that you use Epsom salt only twice in a 24-hour period to treat constipation. If you find one teaspoon is ineffective, you can use as much as two teaspoons of Epsom salt per dose.


These instructions are intended for adults 12 years or older. Consult your doctor if you wish to use Epsom salt to treat constipation in children under 12.


Stop using Epsom salt if you develop any side effects. Potential side effects include abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea. You should also notify a doctor if you find that you need to use magnesium sulphate as a laxative for more than two weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Epsom salt
  • 113gr cold water
  • Lemon juice
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