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Those with low magnesium levels are often prescribed tablets. Research is suggesting that we absorb more magnesium transdermally, hence the growing trend of magnesium oil and cream.

As low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms, it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High stress levels
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Muscles aches and pains
  • Hair loss

I love my magnesium oil.

It is so easy to make, it is super cheap and it has been my saving grace as this ‘Little Pot’ grows up at a super-speedy rate! With a few sprays of magnesium oil on my abdomen every night before bed, I sleep better and I feel more awake when I am awake – rarely do I have a 3pm slump.

I honestly feel a million bucks most of the time (although, I am sure that also has something to do with our lifestyle and the huge amount of water I flush through my body on a daily basis)!

Despite my love for the simple oil spray version, I have been working on the perfect magnesium cream recipe. For some people, it is easier to apply a cream rather than a liquid spray, to specific areas of the body.

According to my research (but do your own of course!), magnesium oil and cream is safe for anyone to use; pregnant women, children, the elderly, etc., and due to the lower percentage of magnesium in this recipe (25% approx. versus 50% in the spray), the cream may be a better option for children (and sensitive adults) as the tingle isn’t quite as strong.

It is best to share a batch of this cream with friends or family if you don’t think you’ll use it within a month or two.

Despite the fact it contains vitamin E, magnesium and essential oils, which all act as preservatives, it does contain water (although I have kept this to the absolute minimum), and water allows for quicker bacteria growth.

If you’re looking for a lush cream, with the benefits of magnesium, then this is the recipe for you!

 

 

Makes: 330 g | 11.6 oz Prep time: < 10 min. (plus setting time)

 

INGREDIENTS

80 g | 2.8 oz magnesium chloride flakes

30 g | 1.1 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

70 g | 2.5 oz coconut oil

50 g | 1.8 oz carrier oil  (fractionated coconut oil and sweet almond oil are popular choices)

40 g | 1.4 oz shea butter

30 g | 1.1 oz beeswax pellets

20 g | 0.7 oz evening primrose oil

10 g | 0.4 oz vitamin E oil

30-40 drops of essential oils

 

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are wintergreen, peppermint and frankincense, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.

 

METHOD
  1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.
  2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to a glass bowl and heat until completely melted. (Double boiler method – place bowl on a pot of gently simmering water and stir frequently; Microwave method – heat in short bursts on low, stopping and stirring frequently).
  3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients including the magnesium mixture, stirring until well combined. Set aside to cool (you might like to pop your bowl in the fridge).
  4. When the mixture is almost set, scrape away from sides of the bowl. Use a hand or electric beater, and whip until light and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into container of choice.
  6. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time).

 

THERMAL APPLIANCE METHOD
  1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and hot water in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved and set aside.
  2. Add coconut oil, carrier oil, shea butter and beeswax to thermal appliance bowl and melt: 4-5 minutes | approx. 70˚C (158˚F) | low speed. Extend time if required, until ingredients have completely melted.
  3. Add remaining ingredients including the magnesium mixture and mix on low speed until well combined. Set aside to cool (you might like to pop your bowl in the fridge).
  4. When the mixture is almost set, scrape away from the sides of the bowl and whip for 30-40 seconds on medium/high speed until white and fluffy.
  5. Transfer into container of choice.
  6. Place into the fridge or freezer to set (this will reduce the chance of graininess developing over time). 

TO USE

Using clean fingers, scoop cream and apply to body. It may be helpful to apply to areas that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, but also to sore joints and muscles.

 

RECIPE NOTES
  • Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.
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