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FAQS

What is DMSO? Please see our blog post.


How do I apply DMSO topically and how much DMSO should I use? Please see our blog post.


Where does DMSO come from?
 Please see our blog post.


How does DMSO work?
 DMSO is most commonly used as a topical pain reliever. Studies suggest that DMSO relieves pain by blocking peripheral nerve C fibers. DMSO reduces inflammation by several mechanisms. It is an antioxidant, a scavenger of the free radicals that gather at the site of injury. 


How often should I use DMSO? 
People have been known to apply DMSO anywhere from 1 to 6 or more times per day. For acute conditions, some sources recommend that you apply it every two hours for six to eight hours immediately after the injury occurs. Then, for the next five days or more, apply DMSO every four to six hours.

Typically the benefit from DMSO uses will come in the first three weeks. For chronic conditions, the effects may take longer. Chronic pain patients often have to apply the substance for 6 weeks before a change occurs, but many report relief to a degree they had not been able to obtain from any other source. Although some notice some easing of pain right away, it may take six to eight weeks, or even six months to a year in rarer cases, for the maximum benefit to be achieved. It depends on the person and the condition. 


Why do you give away free bottles of DMSO
We believe that everyone deserves access to products that empower them to live happier, healthier lives. We hope you have such a great experience that you order from us again.


Why is DMSO commonly mixed with Aloe Vera? Aloe Vera can help to relieve the temporary skin irritation that can occur when DMSO is applied topically. Aloe Vera is also beneficial to skin in a variety of ways and has anti-inflammatory properties.



Are there any side-effects of DMSO?
 Some people have reported a garlic taste and/or the smell of garlic after using DMSO. This effect may last for several minutes (or in some cases several hours) after use. Some people experience a lingering smell after using DMSO at larger doses for a prolonged period of time. To combat this, some people prefer to keep their DMSO in the fridge and/or use scented DMSO like our Peppermint essential oil infused DMSO, since Peppermint essential oil is great for eliminating odors. Every body is different and experiences (or doesn't experience) this differently.

Temporary skin irritation is also normal. This can feel tingly, itchy, or similar to a sunburn, but doesn't last long. To help reduce skin irritation, make sure no excess DMSO sits on your skin for too long (a little goes a long way!) and rinse with cool water if irritation persists. 

 
Does DMSO expire? DMSO has a shelf life of 2 years at room temperature 59°-86° F (15°-30° C). DMSO should be stored in a cool, dry place.

 
How should I store my DMSO? Store DMSO in a sealed container in a cool, dark place (out of direct sunlight). DMSO can be stored in some types of plastics. Since other plastics can be dissolved by DMSO, storing it in glass is the most commonly preferred option. 


If I order the free bottle of DMSO am I going to get charged monthly? 
Absolutely not! Herbal Mana will never place you on a monthly auto-ship unless you specifically request to have products shipped to you each month.

 
My DMSO arrived frozen is that okay? The first thing you have to know is that if the DMSO you received is frozen/crystallized, this is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it is a good indication that the DMSO is actually more than 90% pure, which also means that is it fit for human use. DMSO will only crystallize if it is highly pure and when the temperature is less than ~64° F (18° C).

The simplest method of defrosting the DMSO is to simply fill a bowl or bucket with hot tap water and place the bottle of DMSO in the bowl or bucket. Within seconds the DMSO will begin to defrost. Although the DMSO Herbal Mana uses is 99.99% pure, our 50/50 DMSO blends are not likely to arrive frozen since they are a 50/50 blend of DMSO and Aloe Vera.


My DMSO gel arrived liquidy, is this normal? There are two reasons the gel will liquify quite easily one being, DMSO turns from a solid to a liquid at a much lower temperature, so you'll notice that when the gel touches your hands, it tends to liquify quite quickly. The other reason is that we only use plant-based gelling agents in our products. Most companies that sell DMSO use xanthan gum or copolymer to make the DMSO mixture a gel consistency which can lessen the absorption rate of the DMSO. Whereas we use a plant-based gelling agent so the absorption rate of the DMSO is not negatively affected. The consistency does not have any effect on the effectiveness of DMSO. The only downside is that it does tend to separate a little bit. If you shake the bottle prior to use that will help with this as well.


What should I do with the biodegradable packing peanuts? The biodegradable packing peanuts can be dissolved in water or even added to your compost when you're done with them so they don't end up in the trash! 

How much time will it take for my order to be delivered? We ship orders within 2 business days. U.S. customers can expect to receive your package within 5-7 business days. International orders usually arrive within 1-2 weeks but can take up to six weeks depending on customs. You will receive tracking information when your order is shipped.

What is your return policy? Please visit the shipping & returns page for our full return policy.

I’ve heard DMSO cannot be stored in plastic, why? There are some types of plastics that DMSO will dissolve. There are also some plastics that are not affected by DMSO at all! Herbal Mana’s products are stored and shipped to you in glass jars and bottles. You’ll notice that several of our products do have plastic parts (like the spray bottles and pump bottles). We have carefully done our research to make sure these plastics are safe to use with DMSO so that you don’t have to worry!


Is DMSO safe to mix with other things like essential oils? 
One of the reasons DMSO is so awesome is because it’s a binder and a carrier; meaning the absorption rate of anything you add to it is very strong so you should be careful with anything you’re adding or coming into direct contact with after using DMSO. Herbal Mana offers DMSO with essential oils such as Lavender, Wild Orange, Wintergreen, Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Siberian Fir, and Rosemary.


Where can I get DMSO?
 Dimethyl sulfoxide products are available by prescription for treatment of interstitial cystitis. Over the counter, however, it may only be sold/labeled as a solvent. Nevertheless, it is so widely used by those who know its wonderful pain-relieving properties (including professional athletes).

You can order DMSO in jars, pump bottles, spray bottles, and roller bottles in various blends at herbalmana.com.

If I'm allergic to sulfa can I use DMSO? There is commonly some confusion regarding sulfa allergies and sulfur. Sulfur is an essential element of life and is the eighth most prevalent element in the human body. No one is allergic to sulfur itself. When people say that they are allergic to sulfur they mean sulfites or sulfonamides, not sulfur or sulfates. 

DMSO is an organosulfur compound and does not contain sulfa.

Can I use DMSO on blood thinners or while pregnant or nursing? People on blood thinners or who are pregnant or nursing should not use DMSO. 

 

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. DMSO is sold as a solvent only. We make no recommendations expressed or implied as to the use of this product for any application.