Nosh Rocking Health tips: Transdermal Magnesium ‘Oil’
What on earth is Magnesium Oil I hear you say… Well, that was my reaction anyway when a Naturopath recommended it for me recently as he told me that I could be lacking in magnesium. Turns out, most of us are actually lacking in this essential mineral.
At first I looked at magnesium tablets but these apparently have side-effects on our digestive system and our bodies can’t absorb enough. I then came across many articles on Magnesium ‘Oil’ and Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. I checked the internet and at about £20 for a small plastic bottle for magnesium ‘oil’, I was reluctant to buy any in case it did not work for me.
The good news though is that it is so easy to sort out a magnesium deficiency by making and using your own magnesium oil and it doesn’t have to break the bank.
- 1 cup pure magnesium chloride flakes- no added chemicals or oils
- 1 cup of pure filtered or food-grade distilled water
- Bring the water to the boil in a glass, stainless steel or ceramic pan
- Stir in the magnesium flakes until you have a clear liquid, leave to cool and pour into a glass spray bottle. That is it…
What is magnesium oil?
Basically, it is a form of salty water. It is not actually an oil but it has the texture of oil but won’t leave oily marks. Note that when you first start to use it, it can feel ‘itchy’ until you’re magnesium levels are optimised. If it is too uncomfortable, dilute it with more water.
Why use it?
Magnesium is essential for many body functions including sleep and mood regulation, calcium absorption, metabolism, energy conversion etc More specifically it is thought to help with the following issues:
- Decrease hypertension.
- Protects against osteoporosis
- Reduce arthritic pain when massaged onto joints
- Improve sleep
- Improve energy production (ATP)
- Improve memory
- Decrease cramps
- Helps with anxiety
Check out the link below or google ‘magnesium oil benefits’.
Don’t forget that animals can have the same issues as humans and in fact it is well known in horse circles for calming horses and reducing inflammation.
How to use it?
20 Sprays on your body, morning and evening. It may feel tingly to start so better to test and perhaps start of with 5 sprays at a time, just in the morning. Can wash off after 20 mins if too uncomfortable.
- Even if you think that you are not magnesium deficient, you can still use it as a non-toxic natural deodorant. Just add a few drops of essential oils. However, make sure you do not react to the essential oil and that it is not sun sensitive. E.g. citrus oils should not be used. Personally, I use citronella which is not part of the citrus family but it has a double use in the summer as a mozzie repellent.
- You can also use it is a relaxing foot spa or in your bath
Where do I find magnesium chloride flakes?
Of course, you can buy it online but your local chemist or organic food shop is probably your best bet. Usually costs around £5 or €5 for a 1kg bag.
So what have you got to lose?