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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:40 pm 
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Can someone give me the run down on Epsom Salts please, this is another old remedy I have heard of for anything from worms to just good health, not sure if this is correct and how much should be used.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:54 pm 
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Sounds like something else to be added to C07's herbal remedy listing. Along with olive oil from another thread :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:08 pm 
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I have my money on it being another old wives tale as a silver bullet for all things bad. If it was that good then it would have a wider application in humans and other animals than it does at the moment.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:09 pm 
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It's good for floating worm eggs in the counting chamber. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:35 pm 
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I have heard epson salts is one treatment for poisoning in both chooks and ducks and that is about all.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:50 pm 
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It doesn't treat any of the effects of absorbed poison. It's a laxitive so it reduces the time any ingested toxins are in the digestive tract, hopefully reducing the absorption.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:13 pm 
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Its not a good laxative at that either. There are others that do a better job with th same neglible side effects.

But none are meant for routine frequent use. Anything that causes smooth muscle contractions, interfers with food abosrption and does nothing to prevent or treat for worms is not a good thing

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:01 pm 
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extremely nice in a human bath though :) - muscle relaxant.

and then bucketed onto the garden. very good for plants.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:48 pm 
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And you can use them to 'relax' woollens that have shrunk in the wash. Not as good as fullers earth, but apparently it works. (Never tried it myself.)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:57 pm 
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Thanks for the info everyone, I think I like the sound of the bath :wink:

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Eosom salts = Magnesium sulphate.
Very good if your Gardenias have yellow leaves ( sign of magnesium deficiency).
Also NEVER buy it at a garden shop, always from a supermarket. The price difference is ludicrous just because its packaged differently and sold as a plant supplement, not some horrid crystal your grandmother made your grandfather drink to cleanse his bowels. Oh , yes, it IS a purgative. :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:52 am 
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Or a chemist. Yes, I'd noticed the price difference as well and wondered whether the plant version had additional "things" until I checked the ingredients of the one in my potting shed with the one in my bathroom cupboard ...


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:wink: Stella I don't know who had the Grandmother but that bit of advise might come in useful next time my OH is trying to kill me with his cooking ( he's decided chilli is the king of all things tasty) I'll slip some into his chilli. :rofl:

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