DMSO or dimethyl sulfoxide is derived from wood and has high skin-penetrating and healing capabilities. It has many uses, and it is distinguished by the relief it provides to muscle and joint pain. According to WebMD, "DMSO is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, burns, and muscle and skeletal injuries. DMSO is also used topically to treat painful conditions such as headache, inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and severe facial pain called tic douloureux." DMSO is available in both a liquid form and a cream-based form. The liquid solution can be easily added to creams for convenient use, and it can also increase the potency of other substances when mixed.
Measure 1 oz. of DMSO and add it to 3 oz. of aloe vera cream. Mix the two in a bowl, or use the cream container.
Pour the mixture in another container for ease of use and storage. Store it in an air-tight container away from heat or sunlight. The best type of container to use is a glass container with a dark surface, such as cobalt. This will keep the sunlight and any other light or heat away from the DMSO cream. Keep this container in a cool area.
Apply the DMSO cream to the affected area. Make sure to wash the skin thoroughly before applying, as the absorbency of DMSO might absorb other germs or bacteria into the skin along with the cream.
Apply an additional amount after around one hour of the first application. You might notice a slight redness, but this usually tends to fade away after a while. The DMSO quickly penetrates the skin. According to DMSOCream.com, the sooner it is applied after the injury, the more effective it is in relieving pain.
- Always test a small area of your skin before application to check your level of sensitivity.
- Ask your doctor or health care practitioner before applying DMSO if you have a condition, such as high blood pressure, or if you are using any prescription medication.
- Pregnant women should not use DMSO.
- Use the cream as often as you want until the pain subsides.
- DMSO is best administered in a diluted form in either water or cream.
- You may also use other creams with DMSO, such as natural rose cream or lavender cream. The use of aromatic creams will also help cover up the garlic-like smell of DMSO.
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