The Wonders Of Magnesium Oil
I usually do a small review of a product, but with this one, I wanted to take a deeper dive.
What is Magnesium? Magnesium is a chemical element used by almost every organ in the body, especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys. It's essential for over 300 different biochemical reactions and plays a vital part in how nutrients react and interact within the body, helping our bodies to achieve maximum nutrient absorption and balance. Magnesium ions are commonly found in bones as an essential element in how enzymes can break down food into energy. It's also key in calcium absorption which is why calcium food sources are most effective when eaten with magnesium-rich foods.
Why are we deficient in magnesium? No one knows, studies show that two out of three adults are magnesium deficient and that it affects 68% of the population. It's often hard to tell if we are deficient.
We rely on our modern day drinking water to receive the majority of our minerals; the problem is our water taps are often filled with pesticides and other chemicals leaving us no choice but to use water purification to remove these contaminants. However, in doing so, we also remove essential minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Some other reasons that may be related to magnesium deficiency are; decreased minerals in the soil because of pesticide use and over-farming, not eating enough green vegetables, overeating sodium, heavy menstrual periods, prolonged stress and too much calcium and refined, processed foods.
Magnesium deficiency has been linked to Hypertension and cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, metabolic syndrome, stroke, osteoporosis, decreased insulin sensitivity, asthma, migraines, inflammation, impaired exercise performance, and gastrointestinal issues.
Pill vs. Topical: When magnesium is taken in an oral supplement, it is harder for the body to break it down. It can have a laxative effect if taken orally reducing the number of minerals that can be absorbed into the body.
Why it's better to apply topically? Rapid transdermal magnesium spray is the most effective and most natural way of getting pure magnesium into the body and bloodstream. When magnesium is absorbed through the skin, it bypasses the digestive tract making it more bioavailable allowing the body to self-regulate the amount it needs.
Ancient practices: Throughout history people have been using magnesium for mineral baths, herbal compresses, mud packs, steam and sweat lodges.
Recommended amount: 300 mg daily / men 400-420 mg / women 310-320.
How to use magnesium oil: One of the best things about magnesium oil is that it can't be over applied, the body only uses as much as it needs. Apply to sore muscles before bed. Use it 3-5 times a week or daily. Try to monitor its effects and see if you need to increase or decrease usage. Best applied after the shower when skin is free and clear. Rub it in and leave for about 30 minutes after which you can wipe off or leave on the skin. You can apply it straight or dilute it with water or lotion. Put a few drops in the bath. Start by using 6-8 sprays then working your way up.
Avoid putting on your face.
Note: It might sting when you first apply it, this should go away after a couple of minutes and will stop with increased usage.
Uses: Pre/Post workout, use it for a massage, as a sports rub (you can add other oils to it as well), bath soak - I like to add a little to my kid's bath, foot soak, even as a deodorant.
Benefits: It has been said to improve mental health and memory, fight depression and stress as well as reducing anxiety. It can also be used in skin care and has been shown to break apart different fats and oils which helps explain how it can help to reduce oiliness and other stress-related skin issues. Other uses include; aid in the prevention of diabetes, improves overall heart function, helps maintain healthy bones (magnesium is the key mineral for bone health), migraine headache relief, stronger muscles, improves flexibility, eases PMS, stronger teeth, hydration, help osteoporosis, constipation relief and more.
DIY Magnesium oil
1/2 cup of magnesium chloride flakes.
1/2 cup of filtered water.
Bring water to a boil.
Turn off heat and stir in flakes until they dissolve.
When the mixture is cooled, add it to a glass spray bottle.
Note: If you have had kidney problems, or are on dialysis, have cardiac disorders or rare muscle disease, please consult a doctor before taking. Also, individuals with low blood pressure use caution and if you are using anti-anxiety medication. A possible side effect of too much magnesium is loose, watery stools.
Asutra Magnesium Oil Review: This oil is triple filtered for less itch and stinging. This product works well, and the online reviews are amazing as well as the price point. I apply this before bed as its also a sleep aid. It absorbs fast into your skin and does not leave any residue on your clothes. If you want to learn more about magnesium, they offer a free ebook on their site. It was an excellent resource for this article. You can purchase it in a two pack $16.95, buy it here.
Good old fashion Epsom salts in the tub also work great, be sure not to put too much into your bath, you don't want it to have a diuretic effect. Here is an excellent list of things Epsom salts are useful for in and around the house.
For Kids: Kid Safe Magnesium Oil by Raise Them Well
A gentle blend of magnesium oil and aloe vera. This product is great! I tell my kids it's their magic sleep oil and put it on the soles of their feet before bed. This blend is very gentle, although it can tingle a tiny bit so I would only apply to feet this way they don’t really feel the tingle.. Its around $18.99 and you can get it here.
Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals this is only informational. Consult your physician before making any dietary changes.