Magnesium Sulfate baths help our kids

Ah, bathtime.

That fun-filled 20 minutes where you child sloshes, splashes, blow bubbles and play with bath toys. That brief respite for a tired parent, where all you need to do it sit by her bath and participate in her watery play.

Why not get some therapeutic effects in then? Having recently read all things great about Magnesium Sulfate baths, I recently got 2kgs of the stuff from an organic shop/wholesaler. We had dabbled in it a little in the past, with some pharmacy-bought MgSO4, but didn’t see much impact as we used too little. You really need to put allot of the stuff in your child’s bath for MgSO4 to work.


Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium has many claims to fame. It is reported to energize you, while at the same time calming nerves and anxiety. It helps you sleep and prevent insomnia. It is even known to aid digestion and relieve constipation, la di da! The most well-known thing about Magnesium is it helps the body absorb nutrients like calcium etc. Look at this long list!


Magnesium supplementation has shown to improved insulin sensitivity for persons at risk for diabetes, prevent complications following heart surgery, seizures in pregnant women with preeclampsia or eclampsia, and even brain damage in premature infants (Oregon State University, Micronutrient Information Center).

Can Magnesium Sulfate relieve autism symptoms?

In a nutshell, yes. Well, at least in the case of Little Star, we have seen improvements in just days of use.

In general, we are looking for the effects of calming her, helping her sleep and aid her chronic constipation problems.

Effect 1 and 3 is not yet noticeable, I have a feeling oral supplement is needed to see concrete changes in those areas.

But man, taking a bath with 1/4 – 1/2 cup of MgSO4 salts, EVERY EVENING, has surely helped her sleep well.

Now it’s not that S suffers from frequents wakings or night terrors. What she is, is a very light sleeper. Any little sound or movement in the room and she is up. Sigh. Seeing as how we co-sleep, this can sometimes be a problem, as the adults do not share the early bedtime of the child. Even noises from outside, especially the yowls of cats, etc. wake her. Or make her fuss.

No more, though. Since we started with the daily baths, she sleeps soundly until morning, about 8pm – 7:30am. She doesn’t even get up at 4a.m. for a drink, which she used to do. And whenever we enter the room, she sleeps right through it. Not a stir. Amazing! This also means she wakes up dry. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are on the way to night potty training at last. We tried day baths as well, but concluded the results are more noticeable when she has the Magnesium Sulfate bath in the evenings.

Magnesium Sulfate is just Epsom Salts

So where to get this magical stuff? Simple. Magnesium Sulfate is just EPSOM SALTS. Long used as a therapeutic soak for feet, it was discovered in the 17th century at a small rural town called, yes, Epsom, England, capitulating it to the first spa towns of its time.  Although easily available in the Western world, Epsom Salts are not so common in the East (or South East). Saying that, we did find ours after some searches on the internet. It is not readily available, but it is available! And at very decent prices.

You can buy small quantities at local pharmacies in Malaysia.

Epsom Salts by Faulding available at Watsons. RM6.07 for 375g.

However, since that would get used up in a jiffy, I searched for a bigger and economical alternative. Enter Matahari Organic Shop and Wholesaler, which was found after scouring through several local blogs on Epsom Salts. In addition to Epsom Salts by the kilo, they also sell organic food stuff, including Little Star’s GFCF crispy brown rice crackers, yay!

1kg bag of generic Epsom Salts for RM13.50 at Matahari Organic Shop, Taman Sea.

No fancy packaging, it’s just a packet of generic white, grainy stuff, that looks like salt or sugar (but actually a mineral compound). At only RM13.50 for 1kg tough, the Epsom Salts are a super affordable.

You can also buy a 5kg package at an even more discounted price, which we may do after our 2kg batch is used up.

Am pretty sure there are other Epsom Salt sellers out there, but Matahari seems like the nearest to our house. So we will stick with them for now.

Here is the address if you fancy a visit:

  • No.24, Jalan SS23/11, Taman Sea 47400, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
  • 603-7804 5861

How to use Epsom Salts

Our preferred method is in Little Star’s evening bath, as she does love her bath time. She has an assortment of fish and a pink elephant watering can that she adores, and will happily play with these for an hour if we let her.

The recommended time for a good soak is 20mins, which is perfect for her. She doesn’t get too pruney and the water is still mildly lukewarm. Or cold, but it isn’t long enough for her to catch a cold.

For an adult, use 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Epsom Salts in your bath (SaltWorks).

As Little Star is, well, little, we reduced it to 1/4 to 1/2 cups. Dissolve the Epsom Salts in a cup of hot water and add it to the bath. We also like to fizz up 1-2 tablespoons of Baking Soda in the hot water for added detox effect, plus it is a great cleaning agent since you should not use soap when bathing with Epsom Salts to better aid absorption. Drop in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, or add some coconut oil for a natural moisturizer and you are good to go.

Epsom Salt a.k.a. Magnesium Sulfate Bath ingredients (child portion)

  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salts, dissolved in some hot water
  • 2 tablespoons Baking Soda, fizzed in some hot water
  • 3-5 drops Lavender essential oil or other oils
  • 1 tub or basin of warm water
  • Bath toys and 1 eager child 🙂

shareThere you go. We are quite low tech at bath time, hmm…. in fact, we removed all the bathtubs from our home as no one used them :p. What we have instead is a very large plastic basin that Little Star splashes and soaks in. Good enough for her apparently, as she is positively happy in it.

Now it is time for you to get some Magnesium Sulfate / Epsom Salts for a good old-fashioned bath.

If you want to know additional uses of Epsom Salts, Care2 has 13 more ways.




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