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Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) is a naturally occurring chemical compound. It is a white crystalline solid, soluble in water but not in ethanol. 

Formula: MgSO₄

Molar mass: 120.366 g/mol

IUPAC ID: Magnesium sulfate

Melting point: 1,124 °C

Soluble in: Water

Classification: Sulfate

Appearance: white crystalline solid

While it resembles table salt, it has a very bitter taste and isn’t really meant to be consumed. Its most popular use is in baths.

Epsom salt bath entails the use of water treated with magnesium sulphate on the skin. It can come in the form of soaking the entire body or parts of the body in the treated water to achieve a specific outcome.

While no clinical trial/scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness, many people say they feel relief for multiple symptoms by soaking in an Epsom salt bath. Also many healthcare providers promote it for its ease of use, ease to find, safety, reasonable price and minimally invasive delivery. 


Most people use Epsom Salt Bath as a way to enhance a relaxing soak in the tub, Epsom Salt Bath is believed to provide several health benefits for people with:

  • muscle pain and stiffness
  • stiff, aching joints
  • arthritis
  • circulation problems
  • headaches
  • anxiety and stress
  • skin conditions, such as eczema
  • dry and itchy skin



The minerals in a detox bath are believed to help remove toxins from the body to improve your health, relieve stress, treat constipation, and assist with weight loss.

Magnesium absorption is another important benefit of Epsom salt detox baths. This may be beneficial to those with a deficiency, such as people with fibromyalgia. A 2004 study of 19 participants found that 17 of them had increased levels of magnesium and sulfate in the blood following Epsom salt baths.

To make a detox bath using Epsom salt:

  1. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt for a standard-size bathtub filled with warm water.
  2. Pour the salt into running water to help it dissolve faster into the bath.
  3. Soak in the tub for at least 12 minutes, or 20 minutes to treat constipation.

Adding essential oils, such as lavender or peppermint, can offer additional aromatherapy benefits, such as relaxation and improved mood.


Bath salts can help with muscle aches by relaxing tense muscles and reducing inflammation.

To make bath salts for muscle pain:

  1. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt for a standard-size bathtub of warm water.
  2. Pour the Epsom salt into the running water to help it dissolve faster. Stirring the water with your hand will help dissolve any remaining grains.
  3. Soak for at least 12 minutes.

Adding a few drops of diluted cinnamon bark essential oil may also help ease muscle pain.


Epson Salt Bath can be used to relieve skin inflammation and irritation caused by eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and athlete’s foot.

To make bath salts to relieve itchy and irritated skin:

  1. Use 1 cup of Epsom salt for a standard-size bathtub.
  2. Pour the salt into the warm running bath water and use your hand to stir the water to help dissolve all the grains.
  3. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes.

Tea tree oil has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that may make it effective for treating eczema and minor skin infections. Essential oils should be diluted before use, but tea tree oil does come in many strengths, some already diluted. Adding 3 or 4 drops to your salt bath can provide additional relief of inflammation and irritation.


You can useEpsom salt bath to relieve dry and itchy skin, including itching caused by insect bites and poison ivy. To do this:

  1. Use 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt and a tablespoon of olive oil for a standard-size bathtub.
  2. Pour the salt into the warm running water to help it dissolve faster.
  3. Add the olive oil and stir the bath water using your hand to help combine the salt and oil.
  4. Soak for at least 12 minutes, 2 or 3 times a week.

You can also add almond oil, oatmeal, or powdered milk to bath salts to soothe and moisturize the skin.


The Arthritis Foundation recommends soaking and stretching in a warm Epsom salt bath to help relieve stiff and aching joints and for relief of muscle soreness after exercising.

To do this:

  1. Use 2 cups of Epsom salt for a standard-size bathtub filled with warm water.
  2. Dissolve the salt faster by pouring it into the running water.
  3. Soak for at least 20 minutes a day as needed or after exercise.

Some essential oils, such as ginger, may have anti-inflammatory benefits. According to a 2016 studyTrusted Source, ginger was shown to have anti-arthritic and joint-protective effects in arthritis. Adding a few drops of diluted ginger essential oil to your bath salts may offer additional benefits.

You can also target specific joints by using bath salts and ginger oil mixed with some warm water to make a paste that can be rubbed on the joint.


There are several benefits to using Epson salt bath in a foot soak. They include:

  • relieve symptoms of athlete’s foot
  • treat toenail fungus
  • relieve gout pain and inflammation
  • eliminate foot odor

To use Epsom Salt in a foot soak:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to a large basin of warm water and stir to dissolve.
  2. Soak your feet for 12 minutes, or 30 minutes for gout relief.
  3. Dry your feet thoroughly with a towel.

Repeat three times daily to treat nail fungus until your symptoms improve. Adding diluted tea tree oil has antifungal effects.

Soaking your feet in a warm salt bath also makes it easier to exfoliate dry, cracked heels. You can use the shower scrub recipe above to help remove dead skin and calluses.


You can still use bath salts and enjoy some of the benefits they provide even if you don’t have a bathtub. To do this, you simply create a shower scrub:

  1. Use 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1/3 cup of almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil.
  2. Mix the ingredients in a bowl, creating a thick paste.
  3. Apply some of the scrub to your body using your hands.
  4. Rinse.

Be sure to use a bowl or container with an airtight lid to store your remaining shower scrub.

You can add 12 drops of your favorite essential oil to your body scrub to enjoy some of the additional benefits listed above. Bath salt scrubs are also great for exfoliating the skin.


Generally, there aren’t any — but there are some instances where caution is advised.

Epsom salt baths aren’t recommended for people with:

  • Severe skin inflammation.
  • Skin infections.
  • Open wounds.
  • Severe burns.


Epsom Salt Bath relaxes and provides a number of cosmetic and health benefits. Though generally safe for most when used properly, we advise you talk to your doctor before using Epsom salt bath if you have medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes.


Oluwafemi O Adekunle (Pharm.D)



Hydrotherapy is a type of bodywork that uses water as a healing agent.

It is the external or internal use of water in any of its forms (liquid, ice, steam) for health promotion or treatment of various diseases with various temperatures, pressure, duration, and site.

It is one of the naturopathic treatment modality used widely in ancient cultures including India, Egypt, China, etc. Though many countries used water to produce different physiological/therapeutic effects on different part of the system for maintaining health, preventing, and treating the diseases, the scientific evidence-based effects are not well documented. 

Hydrotherapy is one of the basic methods of treatment widely used in the system of natural medicine, which is also called as water therapy, aquatic therapy, pool therapy, and balneotherapy.

It uses water in various forms and in various temperatures as this can produce different effects on different system of the body. It can involve water in the form of a liquid, a solid, or a vapor.

Water is used as a stimulus to improve energy levels and resistance to disease.

The manipulation of your blood’s circulation by using hydrotherapy can help many ailments, such as fevers, bronchitis, headaches, sinusitis, colds, insomnia, and various other conditions.

Although it is a gentle means of treatment, hydrotherapy can have profound health benefits and it is an
effective way to stimulate the immune system, optimize circulation, and promote detoxification.

It help people with these condition feels better:

  • Pain.
  • Stiffness.
  • Bruising
  • Swelling.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Menstrual pain.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Neuropathy.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Cerebral palsy.

Hydrotherapy and pregnancy

Hydrotherapy has shown to be beneficial for some pregnant people. One study found that pregnant people with high blood pressure might be able to reduce their risk for complications like preeclampsia with regular hydrotherapy sessions.

Some pregnant people choose to labor in warm water, which can increase your comfort and decrease pain and anxiety.

Talk to your healthcare provider about what you want included in your pregnancy and labor plan.

Hydrotherapy and Weight Loss

Hydrotherapy on its own doesn’t cause, stimulate or improve weight loss. However, exercise plans that include working out in water can help you lose weight and improve your overall health.

Hydrotherapy and Body Itch

Soaking your entire body in a warm water containing Epsom salt for 5 - 10min helps reduce/stop body itch.


The most powerful of the hydrotherapy treatments is constitutional hydrotherapy because it benefits the entire constitution of a person. It;

  1. Optimizes circulation
  2. Detoxifies and purifies the blood
  3. Enhances digestive function and elimination
  4. Tonifies and balances the nervous system
  5. Stimulates and enhances the immune system

Acute conditions: one to two times daily

Chronic conditions: five to seven times weekly

Note: This treatment is best done with the help of an assistant.

  1. The person lies in bed on his or her back.
  2. An assistant covers the bared chest and the abdomen with two thicknesses of towels that had been placed in hot water and wrung out (wet towels can be heated in the microwave). Towels should be hot, yet tolerable. For children, place a small section of the towel on the child first to make sure it is not too hot.
  3. Cover the hot towels with a dry towel.
  4. Cover the person with blankets to prevent the individual from getting chilled. Leave
    the towels on for five minutes.
  5. After five minutes, remove the hot towels and replace with a single thickness of a
    thin towel that has been run under cold water and then wrung out (with some moisture left in the towel).
  6. Place the cold towel on the bared chest and the abdomen. Cover with a dry towel and blankets. Leave on for ten minutes. The towel should be warm after ten minutes. If not, leave it on longer, or do not make the towel so cold or wet next time.
  7. Take cold towel off, and have the person turn over and lie on the stomach. Repeat
    the same procedure on the back. Five minutes of hot towels, followed by ten minutes of a thin cold towel.

The alternation in hot and cold increases the immune system’s white blood cells to
help fight off infections. It also increases circulation to the digestive organs and other
organs of elimination.

A more simple treatment than constitutional hydrotherapy, foot hydrotherapy helps to relieve respiratory congestion, headaches, and insomnia.

Acute conditions: one to two times daily
Chronic conditions: once daily


  1. Sit on a chair or a couch and place both feet in a bucket of warm water (make sure
    it is tolerable, if for a child) for five to ten minutes.

2. Remove your feet from the water and dry them.

3. Put on a pair of cotton socks that had been placed in cold water and wrung out.

4. Cover with a pair of wool socks (or cotton, if wool is not available).

5. Leave the socks on for a half hour or longer. You should be resting now and can
even go to sleep with the socks on.


The foot hydrotherapy works by diverting blood flow to the feet and away from the upper body, thus reducing congestion.

You can alleviate a headache simply by putting your feet in warm water and placing an ice pack around your neck.


This hot-cold water strategy causes blood to move away
from the head toward the feet, relieving the head of congestion and pain


Hydrotherapy is often used as Adjunct/Supportive treatment. It’s never a bad thing to find a safe way to feel better, but you shouldn’t expect hydrotherapy to cure any condition — especially more serious chronic diseases. Despite its numerous health benefits, its not a replacement for your medication therapy and always seek experts advice on matters related to hydrotherapy.


Oluwafemi O Adekunle (Pharm.D)

( Author )

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July has been set apart as “Cord Blood Awareness Month “

Why the Awareness?

The aim is to raise awareness among expectant parents on the importance of saving Umbilical cord blood and its valuable stem cells.

Umbilical Cord

The umbilical cord connects the baby to the mother's placenta. During fetal development in the womb, the umbilical cord is the lifeline to the baby supplying nutrients. After birth, the cord is clamped and cut off.

 Eventually between 1 to 3 weeks the cord will become dry and will naturally fall off.

Cord Blood

Cord blood is the residual blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following childbirth.

Umbilical cord blood is rich in powerful stem cells, similar to those found in the bone marrow.

This Umbilical cord blood contains billions of these stem cells, serving as a valuable medical resource that is already used to treat over 80 different conditions.

Umbilical cord blood stem cells are referred to as the ‘building blocks of life because they are the foundation of all organs, tissues, blood, and the immune system.

These stem cells serve as the internal repair system due to their unique ability to self-renew indefinitely and divide into specialized cells.

This means they can transform into many different cell types within the body to repair, regrow or regenerate damaged cells within the body.

Following the arrival of your baby, the umbilical cord is often thrown away as medical waste along with the precious stem cells that are in it.

However, thanks to scientific research, we are continuing to discover more diseases and conditions that can be successfully treated using umbilical cord blood stem cells.

Trends & facts about umbilical cord blood stem cells;

Umbilical cord blood stem cells were first discovered in 1978

The first successful umbilical cord blood transplant took place in 1988.

 Cord blood transplant did not only work but had several advantages over bone marrow transplantation including a lower risk of graft-versus-host disease.

Since then, more than 40,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide and cord blood continues to be investigated in clinical trials to treat various conditions.

Disease conditions treated with Cord Blood ;

  • Immune Disorder
  • Blood cancer
  • Sickle cell

Umbilical cord stem cells have even been used to treat severely ill COVID-19 cases as well as to treat sporting injuries on famous athletes such as Rafael Nadal, Cristiano Ronaldo, and David Beckham.

Regenerative medicine is an exciting new area of medicine that develops methods to regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, organs, or tissues. Stem cells from the umbilical cord cells are considered to be extremely important for future developments within regenerative medicine

Researchers are investigating the use of umbilical cord blood stem cells to treat a wide array of conditions, including the following:

  • Autism
  • Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Hearing Loss
  • Bone Fractures
  • Burns
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Heart Attack
  • Liver Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Lung Disease

It is often for this regenerative potential that thousands of families across the world choose to store their baby’s cord blood.


Oluwafemi O Adekunle (Pharm.D)

( Author )

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