The next time you sprain an ankle, stub your toe, cut your finger with a knife, or fall on the floor or pavement, if you don’t have any arnica or comparable remedy in your medicine cabinet, you may find that wrapping the affected area with a paper towel soaked in organic sulfur water can help relieve the pain and inflammation quickly.

The medical potential of organic sulfur had its humble beginnings in the early 1960s when Dr. Stanley Jacob and chemist Dr. Robert Herschler were asked by their employer, Crown Zellerbach, to come up with a commercial use for dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), a common waste product of the paper and pulp industry. In July 2007, Life Extension Magazine published a report about Herschler’s and Jacob’s early discoveries about DMSO that contained the following revelation:

Early studies in animals and humans showed that DMSO rapidly penetrates the skin and quickly relieves the pain and inflammation associated with injuries such as ankle sprains… Their first paper on DMSO’s pharmacology, published in the journal Current Therapeutic Research in 1964, drew the attention of a number of pharmaceutical interests and made headlines in Oregon newspapers. It was quickly picked up by the New York Times.

To avoid the unpleasant odor and bladder irritation associated with taking DMSO, Jacob and Herschler developed a derivative product known under several names, including DMSO2, dimethyl sulfone, and methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM. Dr. Jacob noted that patients have a much easier time tolerating DMSO2 and it doesn’t cause the same side effects associated with DMSO. To capitalize on DMSO2’s health benefits, Dr. Herschler began selling it in crystalline form as a food supplement. Consistent with the original DMSO2 product developed by Dr. Herschler and Dr. Jacob, the organic sulfur offered by this website is manufactured from the pulp residue of Louisiana pine trees.

How does it work?

In 1994 Shirley Kengla interviewed Dr. Jacob to learn how DMSO works. A transcript of her interview is readable from the University of Oregon Health Science Center website and an excerpt is provided below.

How does DMSO work? Dr. Jacob describes it as “the most potent free radical scavenger known to man.” He said, “Some molecules produce an unequal number of electrons. The instability of the number causes them to destroy cells. DMSO hooks on to those molecules and then leaves the body holding onto them.”
Source: Kengla, Shirley. “An Interview With Dr. Stanley Jacob: Discussing DMSO.” The Restroom Register, Winter, 1994.

DMSO (and, by extension, DMSO2) contains sulfur. Glutathione (GSH) is a sulfur enzyme that has been called the mother of all antioxidants. Gustavo Bounous, MD, retired professor of surgery at McGill University in Montreal, is quoted as saying that GSH “is the [body’s] most important antioxidant because it’s within the cell.” In this context, Immune Health Science describes how sulfur removes harmful toxins from the body:

Sulfur is also what is responsible for glutathione’s antioxidant and detoxifying powers – free radicals, toxins, heavy metals, etc. “stick” to sulfur to be eliminated from the body.

Dr. Mark Sircus adds the following assessment in his 2012 report entitled, “Cancer, Sulfur, Garlic & Glutathione.”

Glutathione (GSH) and the GSH-replenishing enzymes keep the antioxidant status of normal cells at a level where they can avert oxyradical-derived mutations. When we talk about sulfur pathways and sulfur sufficiency we are at the same time touching on glutathione because glutathione is a sulfur enzyme.

Formula for applying organic sulfur topically

The suggested formula is the same as what I would recommend to anyone who wants to use organic sulfur drops to obtain relief from dry eyes or glaucoma:

Dissolve 1 teaspoon of organic sulfur in 4 ounces of hot water, then let the mixture cool down sufficiently before soaking a paper towel and applying it. Wrap the affected area and keep it in place until you begin to feel a reduction in the pain and inflammation. This can take as little as 10 or 15 minutes. Put any unused solution in a sealable jar or container and leave at room temperature. Officially, organic sulfur has a shelf life of 3 years.

Personal testimony

I had set a spring-loaded mouse trap in the house and was attempting to move it to a different location when it suddenly activated, which caused me to raise my left hand and strike the side of a wooden chair. While I didn’t break any bones or suffer a cut, the area of my hand which hit the chair was noticeably sore and inflamed. I wrapped my hand in organic sulfur water and within 15 minutes, the pain had subsided.


The statements published on this Internet site have not been reviewed by the FDA, and the suggested procedure is intended for use only in non life-threatening situations. Products offered on this site are not meant to detect, address, cure, or avoid any sort of disease. Kindly check with your physician prior to taking organic sulfur.


The Untapped Healing Potential of DMSO
Sue Kovach | Life Extension
July 2007

An Interview With Dr. Stanley Jacob: Discussing DMSO
Shirley Kengla
University of Oregon Health Science Center • Eugene, OR

Cancer, Sulfur, Garlic & Glutathione
Dr. Mark Sircus | June 25, 2012

9 Ways to Boost Glutathione
Dr. Axe

MSM Supplement: the role of sulfur in maintaining glutathione levels
Immune Health Science

Wet towel soaked with organic sulfur water may relieve pain from a sprain or cut
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2 thoughts on “Wet towel soaked with organic sulfur water may relieve pain from a sprain or cut

  • 2018-02-17 at 12:51 pm

    If you bang yourself against an object, applying an ice pack on the affected area for 5–10 minutes can provide relief from the pain and inflammation.

  • 2018-03-09 at 10:08 am

    Quick tip: In addition to applying sulfur water, massage the effected area.


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