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.
When you first start to use a magnesium body lotion, you will feel a slight tingling in your skin. This will only last a couple of minutes. I've noticed it lessened as I've been using the magnesium body lotion regularly. Just know that this is normal and not an allergic reaction. As magnesium levels increase in your body, this tingling will disappear.
Ingredients and Instructions:
1 cup of magnesium flakes + 1/3 cup boiling water
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 emulsifying wax
1/3 cup unrefined cocoa butter This cocoa butter comes in a brick that will need to be grated.
1 Tbs. vitamin E oil
Pour boiling water over magnesium flakes and stir until dissolved.
In a double boiler, combine coconut oil, emulsifying wax, cocoa butter and vitamin E oil. Warm and stir over medium heat until all ingredients melt.
Remove from heat, pour melted oils into a large mixing bowl and let everything cool to room temp.
When everything is room temp, slowly at first, drizzle the magnesium liquid into the oil/wax mixture while blending on slow speed with a stick blender.
It will look like an oily mess at first, but keep going. As the mixture starts to thicken, you can start pouring the magnesium liquid and the mixture will suddenly emulsify while blending.
Blend it thoroughly for about another minute, adding your favorite essential oil for fragrance if you want (try lavender or peppermint). Using a spatula, put it into a container. It will keep for about 2 months outside the fridge.
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.
UPDATE 4/30/18: The first couple of times I made body lotion this way, simply omitting the magnesium and whipping up the oils, it made a beautiful body lotion that made my skin so soft. But now, I'm having trouble getting a consistent emulsification. I don't know why. I'm going to try the body lotion recipe at Farmhouse on Boone. It has mostly the same ingredients, but in different amounts and she puts it in the freezer to set a bit before whipping it up. When the ingredients arrive and I get a few batches made (to test for a consistent outcome) I'll write about it.
UPDATE 6/8/18: Problem solved with the non-magnesium body lotion. It was a temperature issue. I needed to cool the oils and wax more before blending them. I also changed the recipe a bit for a lighter, whipped body butter that can be used anytime. Here's the recipe:
½ cup each of coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter
¼ cup each olive oil, vitamin E oil, and beeswax
1/3 cup water
5 drops of tea tree oil (to keep it from spoiling) plus any other essential oil you like for fragrance
Melt together the oils and the beeswax in a large bowl. Stir to mix well and place the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes until it is cloudy and set, but still soft.
With a stick blender, slowly whip in the water and essential oils to desired consistency. Store it in a glass or plastic container of your choice and use as often as you like.
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All the best,