Reprinted from Foodrenegade.com.
Want to know how to make magnesium oil? The Journal of the American College of Nutrition says that at least 68% of us are magnesium deficient (most likely more), leading to a host of health problems — including insomnia, depression, and fatigue. Topically-applied magnesium oil is perhaps the best tool we’ve got to combat that deficiency and improve our health and wellness.
While it’s true you can buy magnesium oil already made, it’s far less expensive to make magnesium oil yourself (and surprisingly easy)!
What is magnesium oil?
First, I should clarify: magnesium oil is not an oil. It’s simply called magnesium “oil” because of the oily feel of magnesium chloride suspended in water. (Please note that this is not the same magnesium found in Epsom salt. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. This is magnesium chloride and is better suited for transdermal absorption.)
You’ll usually apply magnesium oil to your skin with a spray bottle, then rub it in and let your skin absorb it over the next half hour or so.
Why use magnesium oil?
It’s simple, really. Like basic arithmetic.
1) Most of us are magnesium deficient. Where we used to get magnesium from our soil and water supplies, we’ve now depleted our soil and scoured our water supply clean of trace minerals. So, we can either make the extra effort to eat more magnesium-rich foods like nuts, grains, and seeds, or we can supplement with magnesium.
2) Did you know magnesium is more easily absorbed transdermally through the skin than it is internally?
1 + 2 = 3
3) Magnesium oil is a useful, inexpensive, and simple way to apply magnesium to your skin. It only makes sense to learn how to make magnesium oil!
How to Make Magnesium Oil
Magnesium Oil: The Players
- 1/2 C. Magnesium chloride flakes (where to buy magnesium flakes)
- 1/2 C. purified or distilled water (where to buy water purifiers)
Magnesium Oil: The How-To
1. Bring the water to a boil.
2. Add the magnesium flakes and stir well until completely dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then transfer into a glass spray bottle. I use this one.
How to Apply Magnesium Oil
Spray magnesium oil on your arms, legs, and stomach daily.
You may experience a tingling sensation when you first start using it. That’s perfectly normal and short-lived; the effect fades after 10 to 20 minutes. After a while of routinely applying magnesium oil, you likely won’t experience the tingling sensation any more.
Use the magnesium oil liberally, starting with 6 to 8 squirts a day and building up to as many as 20. Magnesium oil will loosen your stool, so the test to determine how much you need to apply is to simply watch your bowel movements. If they turn too loose, then back off the magnesium a little.
Benefits of Using Magnesium Oil
Since I’ve started using magnesium oil regularly, I’ve noticed immediate improvement in several areas.
1) I sleep more easily at night. This is by far one of the best benefits! I’m trying to prioritize sleep this year, and this is one more excellent tool to add to my tool belt.
2) I don’t need to use deodorant. A while back Ann Marie at Cheeseslave wrote a post on how she quit using deodorant with magnesium. She swore that when she supplements with magnesium, her sweat smells … clean. That’s been my experience, too. I may sweat, but it doesn’t smell bad anymore!
3) I’m more calm. As a work-at-home momma homeschooling three children, I often think “stress” could be my middle name. When I regularly supplement with magnesium oil, the stress is less! I don’t jump out of my skin at surprises. I’m less likely to lose my temper. I’m able to stay happy and focused.
Where to Get Magnesium Chloride Flakes and Magnesium Oil
According to most in-the-know experts on this sort of thing (like Dr. Mark Sircus, who wrote the book on transdermal magnesium therapy), Ancient Minerals is the best brand of magnesium flakes and magnesium oil available on the market.
I buy my Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes from Radiant Life. I pay a little less than $6/lb and it will make about 32oz of magnesium oil.
If I didn’t make my own magnesium oil, I could just as easily buy it, but I’d be paying $60 to get 32oz of magnesium oil!
So, why not make it yourself? It’s so easy!
Magnesium Body ButterPrep time is 5 mins; cook time is 10 from Wellness Mama
- Pour 3 tablespoons of boiling water in to the magnesium flakes in a small container and stir until it dissolves. This will create a thick liquid. Set aside to cool.
- In a quart size mason jar inside a small pan with 1 inch of water, combine the coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter and turn on medium heat.
- When melted, remove the jar from the pan and let the mixture cool until room temp and slightly opaque. At this point, put in to a medium bowl or into a blender.
- If in a bowl, use a hand blender or immersion blender on medium speed and start blending the oil mixture.
- Slowly (starting with a drop at a time) add the dissolved magnesium mixture to the oil mixture while continuing blending until all of the magnesium mix is added and it is well-mixed.
- Put in the fridge for 15 minutes and re-blend to get body butter consistency.
- Store in fridge for a cooling lotion (best consistency) or at room temp for up to two months.