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Top 5 DMSO Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions and we are here to try to provide answers.

Most who visit us here at Pastoral are already aware of DMSO. In fact, a recent survey done of our customers showed that up to 50% had already had experience with DMSO products in the past.

However, there are some who come to Pastoral who are curious about what DMSO is, what it can help with, and why so many Canadians rave about it.

So here are the top five frequently asked questions:

What is DMSO anyway?

Dimethyl Sulfoxide, also known as DMSO, is colourless and translucent. It first rose to prominence in the 1960s due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to penetrate into inflamed muscle tissue and fibre. 

DMSO gained such notoriety in the decades since that it has even been profiled on 60 Minutes (one of the longest continually running television programs in the world). In particular, 60 Minutes focused on how pro athletes were using DMSO in order to reduce their inflammation after games.

In recent decades DMSO has continued to be popular for those seeking localized, temporary relief to inflammation (that can manifest in the forms of arthritis or SI joint pain, for example). 

DMSO is non-toxic and when mixed with a gentle base (for example, aloe gel) is rarely irritating even to the most sensitive skin. 

Pastoral has taken the extra step of adding essential oils to our products to provide not only a pleasant scent, but additional therapeutic properties. 

How Does DMSO Work?

Some peer-reviewed research has shown the capacity for DMSO to down-regulate specific pain and inflammation sensory areas. Further, DMSO has been shown to be able to slow the conduction along pain fibres surrounding joints and muscles.

Because of this down-regulation, relief via DMSO is not permanent. It must be continually reapplied - normally once or twice a day - in order for relief to be maintained. 

How Do You Apply DMSO?

Pastoral provides two kinds of products: gels and liquids.

Pastoral's gel products are in an organic aloe base that soothes the skin and avoids any irritation that concentrated DMSO can cause. The DMSO gel is applied just like any other gel or cream. You should first wash your hands and then apply a small amount to the area in which inflammation / discomfort is felt. 

Pastoral's liquid product can either be sprayed onto the area of discomfort, or you can pour it onto a clean cloth to wrap it around the area of discomfort.

Because Pastoral's DMSO products contain essential oils they can not be ingested and can not be in contact with the eyes. 

Why is DMSO Mixed With Aloe or Distilled Water?

DMSO operates best when it is adequately mixed with aloe gel or distilled water. As previously discussed, doing this diminishes any possibility of DMSO being irritating to the skin.

However, these mixes also allow for the DMSO to be spread over a larger area evenly while not leaving any kind of oily residue. DMSO is inherently oily, but when aloe gel in particular is utilized your skin is left without any oily feeling. This makes the gel perfect for using at the office, for example.

How Do You Store DMSO?

DMSO should be stored in a dark, relatively cool or room temperature place (on your kitchen counter, or in a cabinet, is fine). All of Pastoral's DMSO comes in dark, UV-resistant amber glass jars. DMSO should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time as this has been shown to reduce the effectiveness of the DMSO. 


Well there you have it!

These are the top five most frequently asked questions about DMSO that we receive. 

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us at any time.

Thanks very much for stopping by Pastoral and we wish you all the best. 


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