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magnesium sulphate is a drawing paste to help treat minor skin infections including boils and reduce swelling.
Simply mix your epsom salts with a small amount of water - a little at first -- and stir until it becomes a paste. You can apply it directly, or as part of a poultice.
Originally posted by freespirit1
Just so you all know, Magnesium sulphate is Epsom Salt.
(just wanted you to be aware of just how common it is)
What are Epsom Salts? Epsom salts (Wiki) are a chemical compound that are made up of three parts. Oxygen, Sulfur and Magnesium. They are also known as Magnesium Sulfate, Epsom salts are their common name. In fact, it is named after the town of Epsom in England (Wiki), where they were harvested from the local springs there
Available in tubes or tubs, this drawing salve has the consistency of a gooey ointment. Some people think it resembles tar or auto grease. Chemists derive its main ingredient, ichthyol or ichthammol (ammonium bituminosulfonate), from the distillation of sulfur-rich oil shale
Today, black ointment acts as a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, speeds healing and helps the body expel foreign objects, such as small splinters or thorns.