The Incomparable Benefits of Naturally Sourced Magnesium Chloride
Let’s talk about magnesium for a minute. It has come up so much in conversation lately I thought it was worth a plug.
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and yet more than half of us are deficient in it (even if we eat a healthy diet) simply because the quality of the soil our food is grown in has diminished substantially over the last 100 years.
Magnesium supports hundreds of chemical reactions in the body including energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movement and nervous system regulation.
Supplementing with magnesium may reduce symptoms of depression, and in some cases the results can be dramatic. It has also been shown to lower blood sugar, reduce blood pressure and fight inflammation as well as prevent/treat migraines and symptoms of PMS. It can ease muscle cramps, soothe sore muscles and even improve athletic performance. The evidence-based findings are endless.
If you are not getting enough magnesium from diet or supplementation, you can increase your levels safely and easily by transdermal absorption, that is through the skin.
There are many commercial "Magnesium Oils" on the market designed specifically for this purpose but they are easily replicated at home for a fraction of the cost. It's important to recognise that they aren't actually an "Oil of Magnesium" but simply a mixture of Magnesium Chloride and water, which has an oily consistency, but is not actually an oil!
Magnesium Chloride is known to be more bioavailable than Magnesium Sulfate (otherwise known as Epsom salts). Also noteworthy is that naturally sourced Magnesium Chloride flakes are far better absorbed by our bodies than manmade Magnesium Chloride. Both are available at different price points, so make sure you check the packaging and if there's no mention of where it's sourced, it's most likely produced in a lab.
If you have access to a bath, and the time to enjoy one, dissolve 1-2 cups of magnesium chloride flakes in a warm bath (half a cup for children under 12) and soak for 20-30 minutes (repeat 2-3 times per week). This method is simple and effective providing you soak for a minimum of 20 minutes.
If a spray is more convenient, daily application is equally as beneficial and takes no time at all. You can make a magnesium spray laced with uplifting oils and apply to sore muscles (or all over) — up to 15 sprays a day for adults (5 for children under 12) and simply allow it to dry naturally after a shower when pores are open. Don't rinse! Allow all those wonderful minerals to be absorbed. It may tingle for a short time but you can apply a natural moisturiser over the top to reduce any discomfort.
Simply add Magnesium Chloride flakes to an empty glass spray bottle until it's approximately one third to one half full (this can be done by eye).
Top the bottle off with hot water (tap or distilled will both work), distilled is preferable to extend the life of your product. Shake to dissolve the flakes.
The more magnesium chloride is used, the more concentrated your end product will be. If the tingling sensation is too strong for you, you can dilute it further with more hot water.
When the mixture has cooled, add approximately 20 drops of essential oils per 500ml magnesium spray to a tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil (or any carrier oil) and then transfer to your spray bottle. This will ensure the essential oils are bound to a carrier oil to protect your skin.
I like to use equal quantities of dōTERRA Elevation and Citrus Bliss in my mixture. You could try Lavender and Wild Orange, Lime and Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Grapefruit or any combination you like!
If you are local, please visit me in store where I sell 700g bags of naturally sourced Food Grade Magnesium Chloride harvested from the Tibetan Plateau for only $12.
Be mindful that citrus oils can cause photosensitivity in the sun so any direct contact with the sun should be avoided for 12 hours after application.