Dealing with a magnesium deficiency can be hard…but you can help supplement this vital nutrient with homemade magnesium lotion.
Do you have low magnesium symptoms? Would you know if you have a magnesium deficiency? Low magnesium symptoms can be:
- being restless
- having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- experiencing fibromyalgia pain, which can be in the form of sore joints, achy knees, and stiff shoulders.
All of those magnesium deficiency symptoms were right up my alley. I had them. Big time.
I had about 9 months where I haven’t had a good night’s sleep. Losing sleep is unusual for me, and even more so by the fact that I don’t have a toddler or baby to keep me awake. Stress, not eating a proper diet, and lack of exercise were playing a role in my declining health. I was getting somewhat frustrated by the fact that I wasn’t sleeping well.
I do drink 3-4 cups of coffee daily, and that can lead to a magnesium deficiency. Not to mention having a more caffeine viscous cycle. Lack of sleep makes you drowsy, which can make you turn to more caffeine and sugar to stay awake. Both caffeine and sugar are thought to contribute to magnesium deficiency.
I went to the doctor to have my magnesium levels checked.
Not one to always turn first to modern medicine, I had tried everything I knew myself. It was no surprise that my magnesium levels were way below normal, and the doctor suggested magnesium supplements. But how? I am not a big “pill” fan, even of vitamins. I don’t like swallowing them. Yeah, that’s the 6-year-old in me coming out. A magnesium supplement shouldn’t be hard to take, right?
That’s where this magnesium lotion comes in. It’s a great way to get magnesium into your body through the skin. Since what we place on the skin is absorbed in 26 seconds, the magnesium can make its way into your bloodstream without a pill.
(Is this the best way to supplement magnesium? I am not a doctor, nor do I play on one TV, so I can’t say for sure this will work for you. I just know it has helped me. The lotion still feels good on the skin and it won’t hurt you. Ask your doctor to be sure what magnesium supplement is right for you!)
To make this magnesium balm recipe, you’ll need:
1 Cup Double Strength Magnesium Oil made with magnesium flakes (see below)
4 T. Coconut Oil
6 T. Shea Butter
4 T Bees Wax
5 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (used as inflammatory and help joint pain)
5 Drops Clove Essential Oil (can help relieve stress)
Make Double Strength Magnesium Oil
To make Double Strength Magnesium Oil bring one cup of distilled water to a boil in a small saucepan. Then add 2 cups of Magnesium Flakes Stir until the magnesium flakes have dissolved. Now you have your Magnesium oil.
Turn the heat down to low, add all of the other ingredients, and stir until everything dissolves into a liquid. It’s going to be somewhat on the thick side as you are working with it.
Remove from the stove to let cool.
Combine the ingredients
Next, whip the magnesium oil, shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in a saucepan with a stick blender or hand mixer until well blended into a thick consistency.
I did this right in the glass measuring jar, and this step took all of 8 seconds to do. The texture of it reminded me of “trace” when making homemade soap, like the texture of thick vanilla pudding.
Add the essential oils and stir in completely.
How to store Magnesium oil
Store homemade magnesium oil in an airtight container. This recipe makes about 2 cups of lotion and keeps for about 6 months.
My daughter and I use this every single night, and during our cycles, it has helped us decrease cramps quite a bit. We simply scoop approximately a tablespoon out of our jar and rub it into the soles of our feet, or on our tummies at bedtime.
I am in love with this lotion, and I truly feel it has helped me.
Adding magnesium-rich foods like eggs, raw whole milk, pastured chicken, and soaked almonds have also helped. A better diet and revving up the exercise routine has given me more energy and helped me fall asleep and stay asleep at night. I have also reduced the amount of gluten in my diet to help alleviate symptoms.
What’s your favorite way to make sure you are getting enough magnesium? Will you try this lotion?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.