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Whipped Magnesium Cream

Those with low magnesium levels are often prescribed tablets. Research is suggesting that we absorb more magnesium transdermally, hence the growing trend of magnesium oil and cream. As low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms, 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

Nausea

Low blood pressure

Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches

Muscles aches and pains

Hair loss

I love my magnesium oil. It is so easy to make, it is super cheap and it has been my saving grace as this ‘Little Pot’ grows up at a super-speedy rate! With a few sprays of magnesium oil on my abdomen every night before bed, I sleep better and I feel more awake when I am awake – rarely do I have a 3pm slump. I honestly feel a million bucks most of the time (although, I am sure that also has something to do with our lifestyle and the 3-4 litres of water I flush through my body on a daily basis)!

Despite my love for the simple oil spray version, I have been working on the perfect magnesium cream recipe. For some people, it is easier to apply a cream rather than a liquid spray, to specific areas of the body.

According to my research (but do your own of course!), magnesium oil and cream is safe for anyone to use; pregnant women, children, the elderly, etc., and due to the lower percentage of magnesium in this recipe (25% approx. versus 50% in the spray), the cream may be a better option for children (and sensitive adults) as the tingle isn’t quite as strong.

It is best to share a batch of this cream with friends or family if you don’t think you’ll use it within 2-3 months. Despite the fact it contains vitamin E, magnesium and essential oils, which all act as preservatives, it does contain water (although I have kept this to the absolute minimum), and water allows for quicker bacteria growth.

If you’re looking for a lush cream, with the benefits of magnesium, then this is the recipe for you!

Makes: 330g

INGREDIENTS (links provided for ingredients available here at The Inspired Little Pot)

80g magnesium chloride flakes

30g hot water (distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled)

70g coconut oil (pantry item/market/supermarket)

50g carrier oil – fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond or olive oil

40g shea butter

30g beeswax pellets

20g evening primrose oil

10g vitamin e

30-40 drops essential oils of choice – *see notes

Read here for more info on why I choose the essential oils that I do, or to get some for yourself.

METHOD

  1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.
  2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted.
    1. Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently.
    2. Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring until well combined. Set aside to cool.
  4. When mixture is almost set, scrape away from sides of bowl. Use a hand or electric beater, and whip until light and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into a jar or container.

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD

  1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.
  2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to bowl and melt for 4-5 minutes at 70 degrees celsius, low speed, until completely melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and allow to cool.
  4. When mixture is almost set, scrape away from the sides of the bowl and whip for 30-40 seconds on medium/high speed until white and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into a jar or container.

TO USE

  • Using clean fingers, scoop cream and apply to body. It may be helpful to apply to areas that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, but also to sore joints and muscles.
  • Store out of direct sunlight.

RECIPE NOTES

  • Use within 2 months (due to water content). If it smells or looks odd prior to that, discard it.
  • When adding beeswax into bowl, be mindful to avoid leaving pellets on the blades or they may not melt.
  • I choose to use a blend of essential oils called “Ice Blue” which contains Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus, and is excellent for muscle soreness. I also add 5 drops of Rosemary essential oil as it is an excellent preservative. But play around with combo’s that suit your needs.
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