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Magnesium is vitally important to over 300 processes in our bodies, but very few of us get enough of it. Even those of us with an excellent, nutrient-dense diet are probably not getting enough magnesium. The problem is that our soil is horribly depleted. When a food says that it contains x amount of magnesium, that can be very misleading. In optimal growing conditions and magnesium-rich soil, it might be an accurate number, but that is seldom the situation. On top of a lack of magnesium in the diet, many prescription drugs can actually deplete magnesium. When we’re stressed or pregnant, we burn through magnesium at an accelerated rate.
Magnesium is needed for so many things, including restful sleep, digestion of food, heart health, fertility, strong bones, energy and so much more. If you’d like to learn even more about magnesium, you can do what I am going to do. Order The Magnesium Miracle and dig into all the details explained by Dr. Carolyn Dean.
My own interest in magnesium began when it almost instantly relieved the severe heartburn I was suffering from late in my second pregnancy. That experience was soon followed by the discovery that for many women morning sickness can be controlled and even prevented by magnesium! That is a source of much hope for mamas like me who suffer horribly from morning sickness! I have also noticed that my arrhythmia happens a lot less often when I’m using my magnesium lotion.
Why Topical Magnesium?
I began by taking oral magnesium, but oral magnesium supplements aren’t absorbed very well and can lead to… digestive disturbances. If you take more than you can absorb, let’s just say that it will make it’s way out of your digestive tract more quickly than you’d like. So, to absorb it more quickly and efficiently, I use something called magnesium oil. Magnesium oil can be absorbed through the skin, rather than needing to be taken internally.
No, it’s not actually an oil, it’s just magnesium chloride and water. It is called an “oil” because it has an oily feel to it. You can just rub or spray on a bit of this magnesium oil every day, but I’ve found that it can cause a bit of skin irritation for me. My magnesium lotion, which I’ve been using for about a year, doesn’t cause any irritation!
How To Use Magnesium Lotion
Topical magnesium takes 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed, so don’t put it anywhere that you will be washing within half an hour. If you want, you can wash it off after this time.
Each person has their own individual magnesium level that they need to function well. Apart from that, I can’t “prescribe” a set amount for other people (the FDA doesn’t like that). What I *can* do is tell you how much we use in our family. We have determined these amounts by starting with a tiny bit and increasing until we are sleeping better and have no symptoms of magnesium deficiency, such as arrhythmia, leg/foot cramps and insomnia.
- For adults, we use at least a kidney bean-sized amount of the regular strength every single day. During times of high stress, we’ll double that amount.
- During pregnancy, I expect to use at least a grape-sized amount of the double-strength every day.
- For children, we use a pea-sized amount on the baby and a tad more on our five-year-old.
According to the company that I order the magnesium from, overdosing on magnesium through the skin isn’t a danger because the skin regulates how much is absorbed according to what is needed. I haven’t tested that out, but I certainly wouldn’t panic if one of my girls rubbed a ton of magnesium lotion on. Just be sure your littles can’t get into the bottles to eat the lotion. This type of magnesium should not be taken internally in large amounts.
Below I’ve listed some of our favorite ways to use magnesium lotion, apart from our regular daily use.
- Rub into leg/foot to ease and prevent leg and foot cramps.
- Mix with a few teaspoons of almond oil and use as a back massage oil.
- Rub a pea-sized amount at the base of the skull and the back of the neck to relieve a tension headache.
- Massage into lower back to relax injured/sore back muscles.
- Rub onto the stomach right before bed for deeper sleep.
- I plan to use it daily to prevent/reduce morning sickness and pregnancy heartburn.
This is a thinner version of my recipe, so it separates more easily than the thick creams. This is not a cause for concern and does not affect the effectiveness of the product. The lotion comes in a bottle, so that it can be easily shaken before each use.
*NOTE* (Oct 28th, 2013) The formula has recently been updated and there is now only one concentration, rather than the regular and double strength. If you’ve ordered before, it might help to know that this new concentration is halfway between the old regular and double strengths.
In addition, the water has been replaced with herbal tinctures to extend the shelf life. The Calendula is especially for sensitive skin and the Lavender is to help promote deeper sleep. Please select whichever one best suits your needs.
Organic grape seed oil, magnesium chloride, organic coconut oil, herbal tincture (either calendula or lavender, as indicated by the label), organic beeswax.
*Disclaimer: The statements and products referred to throughout this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician or your alternative health care provider.