Internal Uses for Epsom Salts

Updated February 28, 2017

Epsom salt is primarily made up of magnesium and sulphate. Magnesium is a mineral found in many different foods, helps absorb calcium and potassium and is involved in energy production. Unfortunately, people usually don't ingest the recommended amounts throughout the day. Sulphate helps with nutrient absorption and helps to remove toxins from the body. You can use Epsom salts for external use, such as for minor sprains and bruises. However, you can also use Epsom salts for internal use.


People often use Epsom salt to treat their constipation. Both children and adults can benefit from it. Mix Epsom salt with water, stir until completely dissolved, then drink the mixture. You should receive relief within thirty minutes to six hours. If you want to improve the taste, then you can add lemon juice to your drink. This method works because the salt promotes moisture build-up in the intestines to help get things moving.


Many people use Epsom salt to treat enemas. You can mix four tablespoons of Epsom salt with two quarts of water. Heat the mixture to 39.4 degrees C before placing it in the enema bottle. Consult your doctor before attempting this internal procedure.

Gall Bladder and Liver Flush

Epsom salts have been used in gall bladder and liver flushes. Dr. Hulda Regehr Clark has come up with a concoction of Epsom salts mixed with water, olive oil, ornithine and a black walnut tincture for this kind of cleanse. You should consult your doctor or naturopath for further instruction on this type of Epsom salt use to make sure this flush is appropriate and safe for you.


Always talk to your doctor before using Epsom salt internally if you have kidney disease, a magnesium-restricted diet or if you are taking medications. Contact the doctor if you have abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rectal bleeding or have noticed a sudden change in your bowel habits that last more than two weeks. Do not use Epsom salt internally if you are pregnant or nursing.

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