Epsom Salt Laxative
Constipation is an incredibly common problem in modern society and it will happen to most people at some point throughout their lives. Constipation is the inability to pass stools. The medical definition of constipation is classified as infrequent bowel movements, typically three times or fewer per week. Natural health practitioners would classify it as less frequently than once per day.
Causes of constipation include; effects of medications, poor diet lacking in fiber, dehydration, hormones and heavy metal toxicity. Other causes could include psychological or emotional factors such as increased period of stress or fear of using public toilets.
The effects of constipation are more than just abdominal discomfort. It can lead to distention of the abdomen, loss of appetite and even headaches.
There are several options for treating constipation, both short and long term including the use of laxatives, enemas, changes in dietary habits and even surgery. It is worth noting at this point that constipation is a symptom, not a disease and the cause should be addressed in order to avoid recurrence.
Laxatives are one of the most common methods of treating constipation. They are foods or drugs that are taken to loosen the stools. They can be bought over the counter or can be in the form of home remedies or herbal formulas. The benefit of using herbal formulas is that there tends to be fewer side effects. However, one of the most popular methods of treating constipation is in the form of an Epsom Salts Laxative.
Epsom salt is also known (scientifically) as, Magnesium Sulphate Heptahydrate. It is essentially made up of three elements; Magnesium, Sulfur and Oxygen. There are actually many uses for Epsom Salt which are also described throughout this website, but in brief some of the other uses include Epsom Salts Bath that relieve muscular aches and pains, facial scrubs that exfoliate the skin, treatment of fungal infections and more. The Epsom salts laxative properties make it perfect for not only treating constipation but also for cleansing the colon.
Epsom salts are naturally occurring, named after the town Epsom in Surrey, England where they are distilled from springs. The Magnesium content is what gives Epsom salts their medicinal properties. It also increases the concentration of water in the intestines thus loosening stools that were previously compressed. This is why Epsom salts are such good laxatives. You can easily buy them in health shops or online.
Instructions for Epsom Salt Laxative;
- For children aged 12 or older and for adults measure 1 to 2 tsp. of Epsom salt into a full glass of water. For children aged 6 to 12, use less (about1/2 to 1 tsp.).
- Add some lemon juice into the water to flavor the mixture (as much as it takes to make it palatable for you). Stir the mixture until the ingredients have completely dissolved.
- Drink all of the mixture and remain within distance of a toilet. You should have a bowel movement anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours after you drink the mixture.
- Take a second dose if the mixture does not help you the first time. Wait at least four hours before re-doing the process, however, and limit yourself to two doses a day.
Tips & Warnings for Epsom Salt Laxative
- Do not take Epsom salt as a laxative until you have discussed it with your health care provider.
- Do not use this treatment during pregnancy, if you are nursing, if you have a kidney disease or if you are taking medication (unless directed by a doctor).
- The mixture typically works quickly. It is best to take it when you are able to go to the restroom.
- The use of Epsom salts as a laxative is not recommended for children under the age of 6.
- Negative side effects can occur if you overuse the product’s recommended doses. Only use this product for a period of one week or less.
- Do not use it if you are experiencing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.