If you learn how to make magnesium oil, you can save yourself a ton of money as you soothe your aches and pains. Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way. Muscle knots that won’t go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues. I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional supplements for inflammation. Like most humans, I have Googled my health issues extensively. Everything I have read indicates that magnesium plays a huge role in muscle health. And making magnesium oil at home in incredibly easy!
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Magnesium Rich Foods
If you suffer from a magnesium deficiency (or assorted muscle pain in general), you want to start adding magnesium rich foods to your diet. Here are a few of the best choices:
Spinach, cooked — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (39 percent DV)
Swiss chard, cooked — 1 cup: 150 milligrams (38 percent DV)
Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24 percent DV)
Pumpkin seeds, dried — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23 percent DV)
Almonds — 1 ounce: 75 milligrams (19 percent DV)
Why should you make magnesium oil?
I take vitamins with magnesium. Shouldn’t that be enough? Well, interestingly enough…magnesium is one of those minerals that is poorly absorbed orally. So, I started with Epsom salt baths. However, Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate, which is actually not the ideal form of magnesium for absorption through the skin. Magnesium chloride flakes are a much better way to absorb magnesium into your body.
How do we maximize magnesium absorption into our bodies? Making magnesium oil using magnesium chloride and applying it topically is a good way to boost your body’s magnesium levels. You can buy magnesium spray already made if you are pressed for time. However, learning how to make magnesium oil at home will save you a ton of money. If you want more easy DIY health products, check out my post on DIY vapor rub!
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So, what are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency? They range from migraines and menstrual cramps to ADHD and asthma. See a full list of possibilities at GrowYouthful.com. Magnesium oil is not actually an oil at all. Magnesium Chloride flakes are dissolved in distilled water and the resulting solution has an oily feel to it, thus they call it an oil.
How does a body become deficient in magnesium? Lack of sleep, excess stress, and consumption of alcohol, caffeine and sugar all play a role in depleting our magnesium supplies. And since our soil is overused and lacking in many vital nutrients, our food doesn’t contain as much as it once did. Supplementing with magnesium oil is an easy way to replenish our body’s magnesium supplies.
Benefits of Magnesium Oil
So, what are a few of the benefits of magnesium oil application? Increasing your body’s magnesium intake has been shown to:
- Help people sleep better
- Relieve stress and calm nerves
- Increase energy levels
- Boost the immune system
- Improve muscle function and relieve aches, pains and muscle spasms
- Reduce symptoms of arthritis
How to Make Magnesium Oil
Making magnesium oil is incredibly easy and takes only a few minutes. Start with really high quality magnesium chloride flakes. I use Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes. It comes in a couple of different sizes, depending on how much you want to make. Once you are ready to get started, you will need:
- 1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
- A glass spray bottle (try to avoid plastic, but it will work okay)
Boil the distilled water. Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl. Pour the boiling water over the top and stir gently until dissolved. Let cool and pour into the glass jar. Store at room temperature for up to 6 months.
How to Apply Magnesium Oil
I will say that the first few times you spray yourself with magnesium oil, you need to be prepared for a bit of a sting! You will get desensitized to it after a while but those first few times were a bit of a shock! The sting will fade after a few minutes. Start with just a few sprays and work up to a full body coating as you become used to it.
Apply the magnesium oil to freshly cleaned (no lotion!) and dry skin. Avoid sensitive bits like arm pits, nipples, etc. Do not use it on your face, in your mouth, eyes, etc. Spray yourself with the magnesium oil and rub in gently. Most absorption takes place in the first 20 minutes so you can shower it off if you don’t like the feel of your skin after the application. Applying it before you work out will help boost your body’s absorption.
Do you take a magnesium supplement for better health?
Have you ever considered using magnesium OIL instead?
(post edited and material added from previously published content)
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.