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Uses for Milk of Magnesia

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In addition to its primary use for gastrointestinal maladies, there are many home remedy uses for milk of magnesia. This is a guide about uses for milk of magnesia.



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May 10, 201213 found this helpful

This sounds really weird but it actually works! Okay, part of my pre-torture preparation for a colonoscopy includes three days of taking Milk of Magnesia prior to the actual day. Have never taken it before in my life and needless to say am not a happy camper to have had to pay about $8.00 for a 12 ounce bottle of a product for which only need a total of 6 tablespoons. So what to do with the rest of the bottle? Go online and search for uses of Milk of Magnesia!

I was so skeptical when reading people say it works as a deodorant substitute. I read all of the testimonials and then proceeded to call the nurse at my gastroenterologist's office. I asked if she had ever heard any such thing. Indeed she had and apparently over 90% of the people she has ever talked to about it that have tried it say it works great for them. Of course, I had to test it myself. My official deodorant will now be Milk of Magnesia!

The reason it works so well is because it is an alkaline suspension which neutralizes anything acidic. Perspiration is acidic. Makes sense to me since Milk of Magnesia is used to reduce stomach acids.

Besides the fact that it does not contain aluminum like standard deodorant, it also turns out to cost far less per fluid ounce. It's unscented and I find it does not stain clothing. Simply dab it on with a cotton ball or a finger or you can purchase disposable roll-on bottles. I found several bottles online on eBay and Amazon at really good prices but am happy to not even bother to spend the money and simply dab it on ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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May 13, 20120 found this helpful

I have an upcoming colonoscopy as well but don't know if my preparation torture will include the milk of magnesia but I plan on buying it anyway as it sounds like it may work better than the expensive ones I have been trying. Thanks for this idea!

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May 13, 20120 found this helpful

Wow, who would have thought it! Personal items like deodorant are becoming more and more expensive, so I'll use MOM from now on!

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May 18, 20120 found this helpful

It is not just the cost but also the aluminum content of many underarm deodorants that make it a good idea to find a substitute. Check ebay for "deodorant stone" or "deodorant crystal", or look at your local health food store.

I do not know how these work but they are effective in fighting odor. Unless you drop it on the floor and thus break it into many pieces, it should last several years.

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May 18, 20120 found this helpful

My mom had colon-rector cancer, and had to have radiation treatments at MD Anderson in Houston. Her skin was burned from the treatment and they recommended her to use Milk of Magnesia on the burn. She came home with a small case of it that they had given her for the burn. She said it sure soothed the burn too! Another use of Milk of Magnesia.

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April 14, 2008

For adults or teens with an oily T-zone on their face; there are lots of cosmetic items that help with oil control, but a very inexpensive item that does the job very well is Milk of Magnesia. A generic brand will suffice and is even less expensive. Just put a cotton ball's worth of the milk of magnesia on the oily areas. Let it dry for a few minutes, and then wipe off. It really absorbs the oil for hours and hours and is very cheap to use!


By Tracey from Westerville, Ohio

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April 15, 20080 found this helpful

You can also use calamine lotion as a face mask.

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

Wow, that sounds pretty wild! But I guess if Milk of Magnesia absorbs all the yucky stuff in your tummy, it'll take care of oily skin. I may have to give it a try!

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August 16, 2006

This is a great tip! I am 43 years old and have acne. As a teenager I didn't have this problem. A few days ago I was cleaning my bathroom and I notice a bottle of Milk of Magnesia. I thought that if this will help a upset stomach then it might help the inflammation from the zits. I took a cotton ball and dabbed a bit of the good ol' Milk of Magnesia on my zits and decided to sleep with this on my face. It worked wonderfully. Be sure and shake the bottle really well first. I bet this would be good for a sunburn too. It is cool and soothing.


By Susie from Buckhead, GA

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August 17, 20060 found this helpful

What is milk magnesia? Does it help pimples? Where can I buy it. I'd like to try it. Thanks a lot.

Editor's Note: Milk of Magnesia is sold in the pharmacy or drug store. It is for heart burn or upset stomach. It's usually in a blue bottle with a white label.

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September 25, 20160 found this helpful

Some over the counter medications can be administered to pets. Check with your vet. This is a guide about, "Can I give milk of magnesia to my dog?".

Basset Hound with first aid kit and stethoscope

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May 25, 20121 found this helpful

Why have the chemists taken this product off the shelves?

By Mrs J O'connor

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May 25, 20120 found this helpful

Milk of Magnesia is still available. If store does'nt have any why not ask the manager. If you want to talk to some one at Phillips there phone number is 1-800-986-0369 or you could sent them an e-mail.

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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

You use the word chemist so I'm going to assume you are in the UK-so am I, and it is available at Boots, SemiChem, SuperDrug, and Lloyd's in my town.

Ask at the chemist if you don't see it on the shelves, the staff may have moved it behind the till for some reason-usually done to prevent theft or inappropriate use.

Remember when peroxide was on the shelf? They've moved to behind the till now because people were using it for hair colouring and then burning their skin with it.

Also, products normal people would never abuse had to be moved behind the till because the ingredients could be used in illicit drugs making.

Might be something local to you. Here in my area of Scotland, though, MoM is still on the shelves. Again, ask the chemist for it.

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