According to The Journal of the American College of Nutrition, at least 68% of us are magnesium deficient. Lack of sleep, excess stress, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar are all lifestyle factors known to contribute to magnesium deficiencies. And on top of that, many of our natural resources are becoming depleted as well due to over-farming, over-filtering, and the use of pesticides.
Every cell in our body needs magnesium. It is used in over 300 enzyme reactions and plays a key role in maintaining healthy bones, joints, muscles, and teeth as well stress/depression reduction and optimal sleep.
One of the best and easiest ways to replenish your magnesium levels is to apply magnesium oil on a daily basis. You can buy magnesium oil readymade, but it is far less expensive if you make it yourself. It’s super easy, you’ll see!
FYI: did you know that magnesium is actually better absorbed through the skin than it is when you ingest it? So another good reason to try this simple, yet very effective remedy to combat stress, depression, insomnia, and head- or muscle aches.
How To Make Magnesium Oil
First of all, magnesium oil is technically not an oil, but it has been called an “oil” because of its oily feel when applied onto your body.
- ½ cup magnesium chloride flakes
- ½ cup distilled water (to extend the shelf life of the mixture)
- Spray bottle (preferably dark colored, like a blue spray bottle)
- Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Remove from heat and add the magnesium flakes.
- Stir well until all flakes are dissolved.
- Allow to cool before adding it to a spray bottle.
- Sore at room temperature.
FYI: magnesium oil can be stored for at least 6 months on room temperature.
How To Use
Spray the magnesium oil on your arms, legs, and stomach once a day. Lightly rub it into your skin. Best is to apply after a shower or bath. The first few times you may feel a tingling sensation, which is absolutely normal and will go away after 15 to 20 minutes.
If the tingling bothers you too much, add more water or pure Aloe Vera gel to the mixture. Or apply coconut oil or an Aloe Vera based moisturizer after 5 minutes. Click here to learn how to make your own moisturizing lotion with Aloe Vera and coconut oil.
For most people magnesium oil is fully absorbed without leaving residues. If not, you can wash it off after 20-30 minutes.
Build your way up, start with 8 to 10 squirts and gradually increase to 20 to 30 squirts. Magnesium oil will loosen your stool, so you’ll definitely notice when you are using too much of it. When this happens, simply cut back on the oil.
Another happy side effect, next to better sleep and reduced stress levels, is you won’t have to use deodorant anymore. Although you’ll still sweat when using magnesium oil, it won’t smell.
Magnesium Oil VS Epsom Salts
Magnesium oil and Espsom salt are not the same thing. Magnesium oil has magnesium chloride, Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfate. While Epsom salt bath are also great to replenish magnesium, the magnesium chloride in the oil is better absorbed by our skin and the better option for you to choose.
Also read: Are You In Need Of Magnesium
Do you use magnesium oil? Have you noticed a difference after using it?
About the author:
Amy is a life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach. She is the founder of the healthy lifestyle website Body in Balance and creator of the online program, “ThinForever“. After successfully changing her family’s health and happiness, she’s on a mission to help other people achieve the life and body they want. You can find here on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter or get her FREE clean, whole food recipe eBook here.
Sources: Pubmed, GreenMedInfo, Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine d’Auvergne, and Journal Of American Board Of Family Medicine