Difficult, Edema w/ Jaundice, Edema Generalized Evenly Throughout Body, Mild Edema & Severe Jaundice

Severe Jaundice / Mild Edema

Concentration 1.25%

Dilution – approx. 8-9 oz. per gallon solution (Using an 20-18 index arterial fluid, respectively). Use Dilution Calculator for all other indexes 

Directions – 

  1. Dissolve 1 cup Epsom Salt completely in 1 gallon of lukewarm water; keep in separate container.
  2. Pour 8-9 oz of 20-18 index arterial into embalming machine tank,
  3. 5-8 oz of capillary conditioner,
  4. 5-8 oz. of drainage chemical and
  5. 4 oz edema chemical. Next,
  6. Add .5-1 oz Dye (add as needed) finally,
  7. Add dissolved salt water up to 1-gallon total solution* (roughly 1/3rd tank using a 3 gal. tank). Pour through nylon stockings to filter un-dissolved salt crystals from entering embalming machine tank.


Repeat as necessary.  Use professional judgment, but approximately 1 gal for every 50 lb. of body weight should be considered.  


*Some manufacturers suggest against the use of Epsom Salt, but I’ve never had an issue with all the most popular machines on the market.


Recommended procedures:

Restricted Cervical Injection 

Possible Semi-lunar incision – allows gravity to drain edema from head, face and neck.

Increase pressure and use restricted drainage (clamp drainage while injecting allowing for internal pressure to build.  This will help flush away the bilirubin) and aid in the diffusion of arterial solution into the tissues. 

Hypodermic treatment to the abdomen, arms, legs, buttocks and back may be necessary with a stronger solution to prevent blistering and decomposition.

Consider using the Airbrush System for more natural cosmetic effect.


Elevate decedent – as vertical as possible allows gravity to work best.