What is magnesium oil?
Let’s jump right in to this week’s self care Sunday, so you can get your Mag on…or mag up…or Mag-nify yourself… or… that is probably enough attempts at a magnesium joke, let’s get to the business. Magnesium oil is actually a mixture of magnesium chloride flakes and water. It is not an oil, but a water-based solution. However, it has a very slippery feeling, mimicking the feel of an oil on skin.
Magnesium chloride is found naturally in the sea, and has a high rate of absorption due to its solubility in water.
Why apply magnesium to the skin?
When we apply something to our skin, it will be absorbed at different levels and then may enter our bloodstream. This is why we can apply beneficial nutrients, essential oils and other wellness products to our skin, and they can affect our entire system. In the case of magnesium, the skin efficiently absorbs the nutrients and they reach our bloodstream, and we can boost our magnesium levels while bypassing our digestive system.
This absorption and direct line to the bloodstream is also why we have to show caution when choosing products to place on our skin.
Why is magnesium good for us?
There is a widespread deficiency in proper mineral balance for most of us, and magnesium is at the top of the list. The typical American Standard Diet lacks the minerals our bodies need, and even for those of us who are eating a much healthier diet, the growing methods and practices being used have created a lack of proper minerals in our soil, meaning the minerals can not be absorbed and transported to us through our food, even when we are eating healthy.
Just like fruit has been crossbred to be ten times sweeter and more sugary, and American-produced wheat has been genetically modified and now contains much higher amounts of gluten than traditional and European wheat; so our depleted soil and mechanized growing methods have robbed our food of the minerals our bodies need. The proper minerals are also lacking in our fluoridated, chlorinated tap water.
Here are some of the most important roles of and facts about magnesium in our bodies:
- Helps regulate proper mineral balance which is necessary for maintaining cell life.
- Stimulates the hormone that allows your body to accept calcium. (Without magnesium, your body will not be able to absorb calcium well.)
- Required for hormone balance.
- Necessary for stable blood sugar.
- Plays a role in creating RNA and DNA.
- Vital for cardiovascular health.
- Crucial for assisting the nervous system.
- Helps in building and repairing the body’s tissues.
- Key for mood regulation, especially for promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety.
- Magnesium is depleted by stress, so it is no mystery why so many of us find ourselves lacking this important macro nutrient.
- Without magnesium, our muscles would be in a constant state of contraction.
- Magnesium ions act as enzyme cofactors in regulating over 300 biochemical reactions. They also play a vital role in the reactions that generate ATP, our body’s fundamental unit of energy.
- Magnesium is the second most abundant element inside human cells.
- Magnesium is an essential mineral that the body can not produce on its own, but must be supplied in the diet, through supplementation or absorption.
What is magnesium oil good for?
Along with the more scientific and reactive benefits of magnesium, here are a list of some of the specific, immediate benefits magnesium oil may have for us…
- Reduces muscle cramps.
- Improves sleep.
- Decreases and relieves anxiety and depression.
- Helpful for headaches and migraines.
DIY Magnesium Oil Recipe
Now we come to the fun part! Step in to your home lab, and you can quickly make your own magnesium oil. It is just equal parts magnesium chloride flakes to filtered water. You will want to store it in a glass, colored bottle like this one. I had a 2 oz. bottle on hand, so my recipe amounts reflect making a batch for that amount. But, you could easily double the recipe for a 4 oz. bottle.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Turn off the heat.
- Add magnesium flakes to the water and stir until dissolved.
- Pour in to your spray bottle.
How to Use your Magnesium Oil
Spray it on the body as you like, leave it for a minute and then gently rub in to the skin. It may leave a slight residue when completely dry, which you can just rub off.
I use around 5 sprays at a time and try to do several times a day, as I remember. I have read 10-30 sprays recommended per day.
Before you get too spray happy, a word of warning…magnesium oil stings a bit. It isn’t terrible, but it is uncomfortable. It will be worse if applied directly after a shower, or after dry brushing. If the sting bothers you, avoid those times and spray on fatty parts of the body, like the thighs and stomach.
If you give it a try and really don’t like it, don’t worry, the flakes won’t go to waste. You can use them in a bath or a foot soak, just like you would Epsom salt.
My Personal Take on Magnesium Oil
Magnesium oil is not my favorite way to get magnesium, but I do like the convenience of having a quick spray session now and then. With the amazing functions of magnesium, I am happy to add it to my body in any way I can. I made my first magnesium oil about five years ago, but I gave it up while fulltime RVing. It just didn’t make the cut on the road. Now that I have a home again, I wanted to add it back in to my routine and share the recipe with you.
My favorite way to add magnesium to my routine is through a bath. Now that I have a beautiful slipper tub, you better believe I am taking advantage of it! On the road, I love a good foot soak.
Foods High in Magnesium
Now that you have learned more about the importance of magnesium, you may also want to try adding more magnesium-rich foods to your diet. Here is a list:
- Algeas, wheatgrass, and other chlorophyll-rich foods
- Lima & black mung beans
- Brown rice, buckwheat, millet
- Dried seaweed
- Raw cacao (high quality)
- Most nuts & seeds (especially almonds, cashews and sesame seeds)
Sources for further reading…
Magnesium Chloride Benefits by Dr. Sircus