Magnesium is vitally important to over 300 processes in our bodies, but very few of us get enough of it. Even those of us with an excellent, nutrient-dense diet are probably not getting enough magnesium. The problem is that our soil is horribly depleted. When a food says that it contains x amount of magnesium, that can be very misleading. In optimal growing conditions and magnesium-rich soil, it might be an accurate number, but that is seldom the situation. On top of a lack of magnesium in the diet, many prescription drugs can actually deplete magnesium. When we’re stressed, we burn through magnesium at an accelerated rate.
Magnesium is need for so many things, including restful sleep, digestion of food, heart health, fertility, strong bones, energy and so much more. If you’d like to learn even more about magnesium, you can do what I am going to do. Order The Magnesium Miracle and dig into all the details explained by Dr. Carolyn Dean.
My own interest in magnesium began when it almost instantly relieved the severe heartburn I was experiencing late in my second pregnancy. That discovering we soon followed by the discovery thatmorning sickness can be controlled and even prevented by magnesium! That is a source of much hope for mamas like me who suffer horribly from morning sickness!! I have also noticed that my arrhythmia happens a lot less often when I’m using my magnesium cream.
Now that you know why I am so thrilled about this humble little mineral, let me share my favorite way of getting plenty of it. First off, I have taken magnesium supplements and sometimes I still do, when I feel I need an extra boost. The problem is that oral magnesium supplements aren’t absorbed very well and can lead to… digestive disturbances. If you take more than you can absorb, let’s just say that it will make it’s way out of your digestive tract more quickly than you’d like. So, to absorb it more quickly and efficiently, I use something called magnesium oil.
No, it’s not actually an oil, it’s just magnesium chloride and water. It is called an “oil” because it has an oily feel to it. You can just rub or spray on a bit of this magnesium oil every day, but I’ve found that it can cause a bit of skin irritation for me. My magnesium lotion, which I’ve been using for about a year, doesn’t cause any irritation! This recipe makes a very thick and luxurious cream/lotion, but you can easily thin it down into a more liquid consistency by reducing the beeswax or even leaving it out completely. You can also use grape seed oil in place of coconut oil, if you tend to have oily skin.
What You’ll Need
- (1 heaping cup) Magnesium Chloride Flakes (this is *not* the same magnesium as you’ll find in epsom salt)
- (14 ounces) Filtered or Purified Water
- (2 cups) Coconut Oil
- (1/4 to 1/3 cup) Beeswax Pastilles, or grated Beeswax
- (10 drops) Rosemary Essential Oil (Optional preservative, but I haven’t found it to be necessary. Avoid using if you are pregnant.)
What To Do
- Bring the water to a simmer, remove from heat and pour in the magnesium flakes. Stir until the flakes dissolve. Now you have “magnesium oil”!
- In a double boiler (or, like me, you can put a smaller saucepan inside a larger saucepan half-filled with water) stir the coconut oil and beeswax over medium-low heat until they are completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool until only slightly warm.
- In a deep, somewhat narrow container, pour the oil/wax and the magnesium oil. Put an immersion blender all the way in and turn it on. Very slowly, lift the immersion blender towards the top of the liquid. Continue moving it up and down until the liquids are well blended. (*Note: If you do not have an immersion blender, put the magnesium oil into a regular blender or food processor and, while it’s running, very slowly pour in the coconut oil/wax mixture.)
- Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours and then blend again. This is when to add the rosemary essential oil, if you’re using it.
I recommend putting about an ounce of the lotion/cream into a container and keeping the rest in the fridge. That way you can just refill your small container as needed and not have to bother with preservatives.
I find that using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of my cream per day is a good amount for me, but everybody is different. It is recommended that people start with a small amount and work their way up until any magnesium deficiency symptoms are gone. If loose stools occur, reduce the amount of magnesium. I like to apply this recipe to my feet, because the soles of the feet are excellent for absorbing what we put on them. It is also very moisturizing and works wonders on dry, rough skin.
Topical magnesium takes 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed, so don’t put it anywhere that you will be washing within half an hour. If you want, you can wash it off after this time.
*Update: I have had several questions about using magnesium lotion, so I thought I’d share some of our favorite ways we use it, in addition to or in place of our regular once-a-day applications.
- Rub into leg/foot to ease and prevent leg and foot cramps.
- Mix with a few teaspoons of almond oil and use as a back massage oil.
- Rub a pea-sized amount at the base of the skull and the back of the neck to relieve a tension headache.
- Massage into lower back to relax injured/sore back muscles.
- Rub onto stomach right before bed for deeper sleep.
- I plan to use it daily to prevent/reduce morning sickness and pregnancy heartburn.
As with any natural product containing coconut oil and beeswax, the temperature will affect the texture. Cold will make it firmer and heat will make it softer. If it gets hot enough to melt, it may separate and need to be blended again once it’s cool. None of this will damage the effectiveness of the magnesium.