Before making this “oil”, there are quite a few things you need to know. Read all of my notes here first. You will save a great deal of money making your own magnesium oil, and reap the rewards of topical magnesium application.
Did you know that 80% of us are deficient in magnesium? It is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. “It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein. There is ongoing research into the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes” (source). While it is naturally present in many foods, unfortunately our soils are not as mineral-rich as they used to be, due to over-farming; this means our crops are lacking in nutrient density. Caffeine, alcohol, medications and processed food may also affect our body’s ability to absorb and maintain magnesium levels.
Low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms as it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:
- Depression and anxiety
- High stress levels
- Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
- Restless legs
- Low blood pressure
- Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
- Muscles aches and pains
- Hair loss
Magnesium oil isn’t actually an oil, rather magnesium suspended in water. Magnesium is absorbed much more effectively transdermally, and there are studies proving that levels are boosted after topical application.
I have read about the success people have experienced with commercial magnesium oil. I have no doubt that these products are probably highly concentrated and possibly more effective. However, considering the price of the product (up to $30 for 250ml), I prefer to make my own for a fraction of the cost.
(links provided for ingredients available here at The Inspired Little Pot)
150g warm water (distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled slightly)
30 drops lavender essential oil
30 drops lemon essential oil
- Add all ingredients to a bowl, and stir until magnesium is completely dissolved.
- Pour into a glass bottle with a trigger spray.
- Start with 6-8 sprays – all over body but particularly the abdomen. You may feel a little tingle or even a burning. If it bothers you, wash it off after 15-20 min, but it is fine to leave on. You can also spray directly on ailments for relief.
- Increase the number of sprays if required and tolerated.
- Store out of direct sunlight.
- Recipe can be halved or doubled, and glass is best to store the oil in. Get them here.
- Check out my new Whipped Magnesium Cream recipe too!