Magnesium body lotion naturally eases muscle cramps and stiffness, aids sleep, and alleviates anxiety. An all-natural version is easy to make at home!
According to Magnesium: The Master Mineral by Katie Wells, publisher of the wellness and nutrition blog wellnessmama.com, magnesium is an essential mineral responsible for over 350 life-providing reactions in our bodies that is deficient in 99% of Americans. A short list of symptoms of magnesium deficiency includes trouble sleeping, muscle cramps, anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure, inability to cope with stress, and several others.
I highly recommend subscribing to wellnessmama.com and reading Magnesium: The Master Mineral for yourself to learn more about the importance of getting enough magnesium into your body and the various ways you can do that. It’s a great resource.
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Magnesium tablets are available to take orally. These can be helpful, but magnesium is a natural laxative when taken in pill form. I have found, at least in my case, the benefits of magnesium are better when absorbed topically through the skin.
Epsom salt baths are a common way to get magnesium. I love a good Epsom salt bath, especially a bath with Epsom salts scented with lavender or spearmint or other fragrances. After bathing in lavender scented Epsom salts, you will sleep like a baby. It’s amazing how soothing magnesium is.
Magnesium lotions are available to purchase. These are a good option if you don’t wish to make your own. I like making my own because it saves money and is fun. And my recipe has a chocolate fragrance. ?
How to Make Homemade Magnesium Body Lotion
But I don’t have time for a long soak every evening. My favorite way to get magnesium into my body every day is with homemade body lotion. The following recipe is adapted from the one in Magnesium: The Master Mineral to make a larger batch. I prefer cocoa butter to shea butter because it has a chocolate fragrance, and I added vitamin E oil to thin it out a bit. It’s best to use this body lotion before bedtime because it will make you sleepy.
And if you would like a body lotion to use in the morning that doesn’t contain magnesium, this recipe can be altered for that, too. Just omit the magnesium flakes dissolved in water. You will get a lovely body lotion that moisturizes wonderfully for use in the morning that won’t make you sleepy. Just melt the oils and waxes together, pour into a jar and let it set.