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Magnesium Sulphate – Explained!

The best way to explain the benefits of Magnesium Sulphate and how the “salts” work is to break it up into various components:

Magnesium – Sulphate – Children

Once you can understand the basics of each and in each category, it’s easy to then understand the bigger picture.  When it comes to answering questions that you have not heard before – it simply comes down to slotting it into the relevant category and from there explain / answer the question.



A    Muscle Relaxant       

B    Anti-inflammatory   

C    Vital Mineral in body               

D    Absorbs Calcium       

E    Absorbs Omega’s     

F    Stimulates Serotonin              

G    Muscle Maintenance             

H    Anti Septic  



Rids body of artificial additives found in foods, medicines, alcoholic drinks and cigarettes, such as preservatives, flavourings, caffeine and nicotine.



Magnesium is a Natural Muscle Relaxant that has been used for Centuries for the treatments of injuries to muscle.

In Children:        

Due to our poor “modern diets” children are also found to be deficient in Magnesium, this can result in them also being subjected to sore tired muscles and headaches which can cause them to be restless in their sleep as well as irritable due to not being able to express their discomfort from a headache etc.


Magnesium is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory that has been used for centuries as a treatment of injuries causing inflammation and infections.

In Children:        

General bang-ups on the school play ground, sports injuries and bruising can be alleviated by increased Magnesium levels both prior to, during and after the injury.



Magnesium is a vital mineral our bodies require for the catalytic action of over 300 enzymes in our body.

In Children:


Many children that are diagnosed ADHD / Autistic have been shown to have poor digestive systems which reduces the absorption of many vital elements they require for proper brain and body function.  Increased Magnesium assists with enzyme function allowing their bodies to better process the good foods they eat.


Magnesium is required by the body for the absorption of Calcium.

In Children:        

Everyone knows that Calcium is required to ensure strong, healthy bones and teeth.


Magnesium is vital for the absorption of Omegas – the food our brains need to function properly.

In Children:        

The first sign of ADD / ADHD by the teacher, results in the instruction to the parent to put their kids onto “Brain foods” such as Omega tablets.  This is all good and well and a definite must in our day and age of poor diets, however, our bodies require Magnesium in order to absorb sufficient levels of Omega’s.


Magnesium is one of the vital elements in our body that is required for the stimulation of Serotonin which is better known as the “happy hormone”.

In Children:        

So many kids these days are found to be overly aggressive, suffer from depression and generally more prone to tantrums and poor behaviour.  This can very safely be blamed due to poor diet which results in poor absorption of Magnesium which reduces the production of Serotonin.  Increasing Magnesium stimulates Serotonin which in turn equals happy children.


Muscle spasm and general aches and pains or even Fibromyalgia are a result of insufficient mineral and salt intake such as Magnesium. 

In Children:        

Some children may experience growing pains at certain times of their growth spurts, maintained and increased Magnesium levels can assist in alleviating these aches.


Magnesium Sulphate as a combined structure is know to act as a natural antiseptic and disinfectant

In Children:        

From the time our children start at day-care or school they are exposed to so many different colds and flu, bacterial and fungal infections.  We don’t always want to keep them “clean” by using expensive and harsh disinfectants in the house, so a simple solution is to have a salt bath every day and this can help rid the body of germs.  Be sure to wash the face, nose, ears and hands well with the salt water.  Some negatives to “modern” household disinfectants and soaps is that they don’t just kill the bad germs; they also kill the good germs which opens them up to being a target for infection.


Summary of Benefits of Magnesium:

In Children:

In general Magnesium helps for good brain development

Reduces hyper-activity

Improves sleep patterns


Summary of the benefits of Sulphate:

Our bodies, in their natural state require Sulphate to break down any artificial or contaminated things.  Most “modern day” foods we eat are so intoxicated with Flavourings, Colourants and preservatives and these tend to cause a toxic build up in our bodies.  Because naturally, our bodies only have a small quantity of Sulphate available for the break down of these toxins we end up with what is termed the “bottle-neck” effect.  Insufficient Sulphate means that our bodies can not break down these toxins and as such in children this is what causes them to be hyperactive, restless, have poor concentration and memory and poor sleep patterns.  By increasing the Sulphate levels, we are able to break down more of the toxic build up and as such reduce the hyperactivity.  With this, sleep patterns are improved, concentration and memory are increased and children tend to become more tolerable and sociable.

In children:

Hyperactivity is reduces, concentration is improved and memory increases.  Sleep patterns lengthen and are seen to be more of a deep sleep with less restlessness.


What makes Kiddy-Calm / Mai-Thaim so different?

The Therific Naturals range of bath salts have the primary ingredient of Magnesium Sulphate.  Added to this we have a fragrance, colourant and bubbles so that it becomes a fun and enjoyable bath for both children and adults.

A common question thrown at us is this:  “if we are bathing in the salts to rid the body of the artificial additives in foods such as colourants and flavourants, then are we not contradicting the purpose of bathing in the salts by adding colouring and fragrance?”


The answer is – NO!

We have taken careful care to use ingredients that are not harmful to us and that won’t contradict the purpose of the bath. 



We use SLS ( Sodium Lauryl Sulphate ).  For years this has been a controversial ingredient in the cosmetic range as it was shown to have a long list of side effects.  This has since been ruled out if the product is used in the correct manner.  Please see the diagram below for a better description of SLS and why it is actually good for us.


SLS – Good or bad?

The best way to describe the good vs. the bad of SLS is to break it up into its three components.


is a mineral or a derivative of salt.  Our bodies require Sodium on a daily basis and it is classed as one of the 5 vital minerals we need.



is a fatty plant extract more commonly found from palms or milk bearing plants. 



is a mineral that our bodies require and is classed as one of the 5 vital minerals we need on a daily basis.  We are already obtaining Sulphate from the Magnesium Sulphate, obtaining it in the SLS is just increasing our chance of absorption and therefore benefiting us.


The combination of the 3 provides us with a substance that when added to water creates and abundance of bubbles.  It is an alkaline substance which is termed as 99.98% biodegradable.  Although it is an alkaline substance, in its dry, concentrated form it can irritate the skin if left on for long periods of time.  This irritation is due to a drying of the skin area which in turn leaves the skin red and flaky.  It has also been suggested that it can cause hair loss.  This is due to the product being left on to irritate the skin and burn the hair follicle.


If SLS is used in the correct dosage and is rinsed off properly with water ( even when dissolved or diluted in water ) it wont cause any drying or irritation and is perfectly safe to use.


A great description of the level of concentration / irritation is to compare it to lemon juice.  Lemon juice is a great natural product, can add flavour to juices, meats and fish and is a good source of vitamin C however, pour some in a glass and leave a chicken bone in it over night and come morning there is no bone!  The same applies to the SLS – if used correctly can be beneficial, if used incorrectly can be detrimental.


To end off:

Why use Therific Naturals Bath salts instead of plain Magnesium Sulphate?

Its simple….  Kids perceive plain Magnesium Sulphate to be a “medicine bath”.  Providing bubbles and colour and fragrance turns it into a BUBBLE BATH – with benefits!


In addition to this, Magnesium Sulphate can be very drying on the skin.  Adding baby oil to the bath can make it slippery and dangerous, leaves a dirt ring and hair can’t be washed.  The SLS and ingredients in our salts help to soften the water and therefore the need for oils and creams after the bath is not necessary.


Plain Magnesium Sulphate                                         Therific Naturals Bath Salts

Dries the skin                                                            SLS Softens the water and reduces drying
Baby Oil leaves a ring                                                 Helps to soften the skin and improve absorption
Baby Oil is slippery and dangerous                              Bubbles, colour and fragrance to make if fun
Hair can’t be washed in baby oil                                  Creates job opportunities for workers and moms
Slow absorption rate of Magnesium Sulphate                Grows a network of moms with problematic kids