DMSO: Safety, Handling, & Recipes (UPDATED)

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DMSO is an abbreviation for Dimethyl Sulfoxide and it is a 100% natural substance. Every tree has Dimethyl Sulfoxide in it and the substance is extracted by the paper industry. It is a colorless liquid which freezes at the temperature of 68 F. When applied to the skin Dimethyl Sulfoxide penetrates deep into tissues and will carry anything applied together into the bloodstream in seconds (which makes it powerful!).dmso Dimethyl Sulfoxide

DMSO is rich in sulfur and sulfur is a major building block of collagen. Billions of people worldwide have used DMSO for pain relief, stroke, toothaches, acne, head injuries, headaches, burns, hemorrhoids, treating scars, arthritis, and many other ailments. It has been documented as a safe substance for long-term use, however, it is not approved for medical use in the USA and sold as a solvent only. You can read more about Dimethyl Sulfoxide here.

The below information is for research purposes only and not intended to diagnose or cure any disease.




DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide): how to use, safety and handling

Dimethyl Sulfoxide is a 100% natural product which is documented as a safe substance. However, some precautions are needed when using it. It may irritate and wrinkle the skin if handled improperly. It carries different kinds of molecules through the skin when applied together. This means you need to handle dimethylsulfoxide with care using clean instruments and tools, pay attention to the substances you apply to the skin together with dimethylsulfoxide. DMSO is non-toxic and 7 times safer than aspirin.

Here are general safety rules about handling dimethylsulfoxide:

  • Do NOT use DMSO when pregnant, planning pregnancy or nursing.
  • Eye damage in laboratory animals has not been confirmed, however, avoid contact with eyes to be on a safe side.
  • Dilute it with distilled water prior to use. 50%-70% dilution is often suggested. Fair-skinned people should use precautions with the strength they use as they are more prone to skin irritations. It is best to begin with 50% dilution.
  • When DMSO is applied to the skin and is still wet do not come in contact with any substance or clothing. Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes.
  • Use gloves when applying DMSO to the skin to avoid temporary skin wrinkling on the palm. Soak the tip of your glove in DMSO for 24 hours and see if any damage occurred. If there is no damage, you can use those gloves to apply DMSO on your skin.
  • Use clean or sterile bottles and mixing equipment.
  • Temporal skin irritation, redness, itching, wrinkling of the palm may occur when not diluted properly. These kinds of irritations disappear within hours. Wrinkling will disappear within a few days (which can be avoided by proper dilution and using gloves as stated above).
  • A very few people with weak liver may react to DMSO. First, test for DMSO allergy by rubbing a drop of DMSO to clean and dried arm allowing to soak for 15 minutes. Watch for pain in the liver for the next 24 hours. If you have a pain in the liver area avoid using DMSO and improve liver function before using it. Cleanse your liver and retest for DMSO allergy. If there is no pain, then DMSO is safe to use.
  • If using bare hands to apply, do not wear nail polish.
  • You can wear a plastic bag (sandwich bag) to apply DMSO to skin. Test the plastic bag first same as testing gloves described above.
  • Use chemical-free soap to wash application areas and hands before applying DMSO.

DMSO compatibility with plastics and what kind of jars, sprayers to use

Can DMSO be stored in plastic? Well, yes, but not all plastic types are compatible with DMSO. It is okay to use the below-listed types of plastic.

Dimethyl Sulfoxide is non-reactive to these types of plastic:

  • PETE (1)
  • HDPE (2)
  • LDPE (4)
  • PP (5)
  • Nylon
  • PTFE

These containers are safe to use with dimethylsulfoxide:

  • Glass containers
  • Glass jars
  • Stainless steel
  • Wooden containers
  • Ceramic
  • Rigid plastic in the form of spray bottles. A rigid-plastic is a hard plastic which exhibits no elastic deformation.

Of course, it is best to buy DMSO in a glass bottle. I got this set for myself which includes sprayers, roll-on bottles, and others: Amber glass spray bottles set

Recipes with DMSO: how to dilute and how to mix

I collected all the recipes below from different sources like reviews, books, articles, blogs. I did not test them on myself so I don’t know if they work or not. This information is for research purposes only and not intended to treat or prevent diseases. The list will be updated regularly.




How to Dilute DMSO

You will often need to dilute DMSO with distilled water prior to use. 50%-70% dilution is often suggested. Fair-skinned people should use precautions with the strength they use as they are more prone to skin irritations. It is best to start with 50% dilution.

Use clean or sterile bottles and mixing equipment.

  1. 1M DMSO solution recipe. Mix 8.6 ml of Dimethyl Sulfoxide with 91.4 ml of distilled water.
  2. 50% DMSO solution. Mix distilled water with Dimethyl Sulfoxide in 1:1 ratio and add a small amount of MSM.
  3. DMSO in a roller bottle. Mix Dimethyl Sulfoxide and pure organic carrier oil in a glass roller bottle.
  4. DMSO solution with less side-effects (for less body odor, itching, bad breath, etc). Mix it with magnesium chloride solution and/or organic raw honey.

DMSO Recipes for Pain Management

  1. Muscle pain relief. Mix 1 oz of Dimethyl Sulfoxide and about 3 oz of aloe vera or jojoba oil in a spray bottle. Add a couple of drops of organic peppermint essential oil and menthol. Spray on stiff muscles for instant relief. Make sure your skin is clean before spraying.
  2. Pain relief (joint pain, arthritis, strains, and others). Mix organic Castor oil with Dimethyl Sulfoxide in 1:1 ratio. Make sure that hands and the skin are clean before applying the mixture. Apply a few times a week or as needed.
  3. Spinal Stenosis Pain Relief. Mix Dimethyl Sulfoxide with distilled water in 2:1 ration. Make sure that hands and the skin are clean before applying the mixture. Apply to the painful area with a clean cotton cloth. Rub for 5 minutes, re-wet the cloth 2-3 times with the solution. It may itch for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Intense headache. Apply to clean forehead and temples for fast relief. Use diluted (%30-%50 DMSO mixed with 70%-%50 distilled water). Use clean fingers to apply. Due to Ogden (1967) a 90% solution is more effective, which may give burning sensation for several minutes.
  5. Hemorrhoids. Apply a 70% solution to the affected area for quick pain relief.
  6. Bee/wasp stings. Immediately apply to the affected area to stop the pain.
  7. Broken Toe. Immediately apply Dimethyl Sulfoxide and do it so every hour. Mix DMSO with magnesium oil and apply that too.
  8. Pain management mixture. 50% DMSO solution mixed with 50% Arnica Montana gel with the addition of some aloe vera and coconut oil to be highly effective in almost instantly alleviating pain from sore muscles from over-exercising or bring about instant relief from joint, back or arthritic pain or discomfort.
  9. Knee pain. Rub a drop or 2 of Peppermint Essential Oil on the knee, followed by rubbing some 100% DMSO gel, followed by rubbing Emu Oil. The combination is FANTASTIC!!!!! Emu oil is one of the only agents to penetrate all layers of the skin like DMSO does. The Peppermint Essential Oil has a cooling effect and the smell is pure bliss.

DMSO Recipes for Skin conditions

  1. Antibiotics for cuts and scrapes. Mix Dimethyl Sulfoxide with Iodine or Iodide in 1:1 ratio.
  2. Acne treatment. Mix Dimethyl Sulfoxide with Aloe vera juice (or distilled water) in 7:3 ratio. Use as a spot treatment.
  3. Bruises and swelling. Apply diluted (or 90%) Dimethyl Sulfoxide to the affected area quickly and the swelling goes down in minutes and may help with bruising in couple days (or even overnight). Apply 2-4 times a day.
  4. Poison Ivy blisters. Apply diluted Dimethyl Sulfoxide on the affected area. Most of the blisters be gone in a few days (or overnight).
  5. Burns. Apply a %50-%100 solution quickly to the affected area to ease the pain and diminish scarring.
  6. Toenail fungus. Use it with pure tea tree oil.
  7. Raised scar. Use %50-%80 diluted Dimethyl Sulfoxide 2-3 times a day.
  8. Inflamed lymph node. Apply 50% diluted solution.
  9. Varicose veins. Apply diluted solution to the affected area. Make sure the skin is clean.

How to Make DMSO Gel, Cream, and Lotions

  1. DMSO Lotion Recipe. Mix 1 oz of Dimethyl Sulfoxide with 3 oz Aloe vera gel.
  2. Amish Pain Relief Salve: 1/2 cup coconut oil, 2 teaspoons organic beeswax pellets (or chunks), 2 teaspoons camphor crystals or 5 drops camphor essential oil, 2 teaspoons menthol crystals or 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil, 1 teaspoon DMSO. Full recipe: Amish Pain Relief Salve Recipe with DMSO (coming soon)

DMSO better than Botox

  1. Better than Botox for face: Spray magnesium oil on a clean and washed face with closed eyes. Then spray a 99% DMSO. Do not mix magnesium oil with DMSO in a bottle, just spray Magnesium oil first, and then the DMSO.  Do at night before sleep. This recipe is from Chris Savage.

Popular Products with DMSO

  1. Cream with DMSO for Pain Management and Recovery: PENETREX with ARNICA MONTANA MSM/DMSO2 

 

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Hi! My name is Feruza. I am from sunny Uzbekistan. Currently, I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful boys and have a wonderful supportive husband. I hold Masters' degree in Multimedia Engineering, but at this moment, I am just a Mom. With all my love to my family, I try to nourish them with wholesome foods always trying and experimenting new recipes. My hobbies are languages, healthy lifestyle, nourishing food, books, sewing, knitting, DIYs, homeschooling, and much more! I felt the need of my own corner where I could collect all of my favorite recipes and information without losing them. And here it is! Enjoy!

33 Comments:

  1. My dog has had ulcérations/calcifications on his skin from prolonged use of Prednisone.

    What may I use to soften these up?

    • Hi, Julia! I am sorry for your dog and hope he heals and gets better soon. I am afraid I cannot be helpful in this matter. I would not use DMSO for open wounds and ulceration. Hope you can find a solution soon. Thank you for visiting my blog and have a nice day!

  2. Hi. Can i use stailess still with it? Thanks. To Julia. Try green clay. Another wonderfull healer. Do your own research on how to apply it.

  3. I’ve been using dmso for all types of health benefits for over five years now. I eventually found that I was growing new hair on my scalp, so I started researching, and found that it’s been used for that for quite awhile, growing new hair! But it only recovers what you lost in the past couple years. I’m still bald! lol Just with more hair now.

    Helps with looking younger, using it on my face, scalp and chest, it gets rid of liver spots and other blemishes, acne, etc… I believe that if you are careful, using it in a resoponsible way, that it can help with many ailments. Just make sure you NEVER use colored clothing over top of it right after use!

    Rather, use white, non colored clothing, and you should be fine, as it is a transfer agent of ANYTHING you put on your skin! So beware! But don’t let these people that believe everything their gov’t tells them that it’s too dangerous. I believe that DMSO can be of great value to your health, and maybe even save your life.

    But you need to do the research!

    • What’s your method to using it on your fac?

    • Hi Allan,

      I have severe liver spots and nothing has made a significant difference. Would you mind sharing the protocol for applying to the face.

      I used DMSO on my horses many years ago. Did not know of the exceptional value of DMSO.

      Thanks
      Mercia

  4. You advise to use in glass, stainless steel, wooden, ceramic and rigid plastic in the form of spray bottles. My question is the straw used in spray bottles, how do I know it’s safe to use. I’ve only used a glass dropper in a glass bottles before. Thank you kindly!

    • Hi, Lindielle! I had the same question before. It is not easy to find out the plastic type of the spray straw, but I assume it is a rigid plastic. Rigid plastic is hard and cannot be easily scratched in my understanding. I avoid using any plastic with DMSO anyway. Glass bottle with glass dropper sounds safe, however not easy to apply. I myself use glass roller with stainless rolling ball which still has a hard plastic attached to the stainless moving ball. I do try to keep it upright to minimize contact with plastic. I think it is much easier to use a roller bottle to apply DMSO than using a dropper or a spray.

  5. where do you get glass stainless ball bottles and how do you fill them?

  6. Hi! I just purchased some nearly pure DMSO. I wish to make an anti cancer ointment, with capsaicin, garlic, ginger, aloe, and marijuana. Any suggestions on the concentration of DMSO? Thank You! You may email me any suggestions! uncleb79@gmail.com

  7. Thanks for sharing this informative post!
    I am using DMSO liquid for my joint pain. I will keep in mind all suggestions when I will use this product.

  8. I have been exploring mixing DMSO with oils for topical use, but I have found that it does not mix well with them – even oils regarded as relatively polar. Within 5 to 30 minutes the DMSO has begun to settle on the bottom, depending on the oil and the dilution. DMSO is miscible with castor oil, but that is the only oil I’ve found that it does that with. Regarding using DMSO for pain relief, I learned that it is miscible with methyl salicylate, which is the primary pain relieving constituent in wintergreen essential oil; it should be possible to mix DMSO with wintergreen oil to boost both the pain relieving effects and the transdermal absorption rate.

  9. I just started using DMSO in the roller bottle 70% and 30% aloe for my knee joints and I wash the area with the dove unscented soap and water. You mentioned a chemical free soap where do I find that? And thank you for answering the questions were all wondering about

  10. I used DMSO for the first time yesterday. I need a knee replacement and have been putting it off. I don’t ant to continue taking pain meds. I made a solution of 50/50 using coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint oil. I have it in a glass rollerball. I do have to hake before use as it separates but, it is working already! I am amazed at how much less pain I am in.

  11. I’ve been searching for an answer to this question for some time now. I understand DMSO is a transferring agent, but when using it with oils or ointments what is the application process? Do you apply the oil or ointment first and the the DMSO or is it the reverse. Thanks in advance, as I’ve not found a real definitive answer.

    • Hi, William! DMSO mixes well with castor oil, so I think it will with any other oil too. Just be careful with essential oils. It’s better to use essential oils and DMSO at different times, as I know. I am not an expert, but sharing what I know. Hope it helps, Feruza.

  12. Hi friends,

    Just bought a liter of pure DMSO in a plastic bottle.
    It’s crystalised and I can not get it out of the bottle.
    How do I do that?

  13. Hi, very informative advice, thanks. I have just seen somewhere you can get DMSO already mixed ready to use, would this help me? I have really bad lower back pain due to bulging discs L4/L5, and also a bit of neck pain, is this safe to use and any advice on how to use it for the most benefit etc, and if there are any side effects? many thanks Paul

  14. Hi, after using DMSO, should the area be cleaned with only warm water? After that should I continue to worry about possible transfer of substances at the site, or can I just put socks on and go about my day? Should I clean with warm water, and then clean with a mild soap?

    • organicbiomama

      Hi, James George! To my knowledge, you will need to cleanse the skin before you apply DMSO. Wash your skin with some natural castile soap without fragrances, then dry it with a natural clean fabric. After applying DMSO to the clean skin, it needs to penetrate the skin (about 20 minutes) before clothing (or anything) can touch that area.

  15. And thank you very much for being so attentive with this group! There is a wealth of quality information on this page!

  16. Michael Hawkins

    For those of you asking about the who what and the whys of DMSO read this book. It goes through alot of details about this chemical.
    Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) in Trauma and Disease
    Stanley W. Jacob, Jack C. de la Torre
    Kindle Edition
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

  17. Im wondering, if i can mix dmso in a recipe im making for cbd oil gummies? I can’t find any jnfo on cooking with it or if you can, what the shelf life is. I take it internally and gave made rubs and eye drops

    • Hi, Cynthia! I never tried to use DMSO for cooking, so maybe the ones who tried could respond in this thread. Just curious, how do you make eye drops? Thank you beforehand! Feruza.

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