Magnesium plays a fascinating, yet sometimes overlooked, role in nutrition. It is the 11th most abundant element by mass in the human body and is considered essential to all cells of all known living organisms! Hundreds of enzymes require magnesium ions for their catalytic action.
Although human magnesium deficiency is “officially” considered uncommon (curiously), it is reported that only 32% of people in the USA have enough magnesium intake to meet the RDA. Natural magnesium in soil is becoming depleted, reportedly due to over farming and pesticide use. Pesticides, according to some, kill the microorganisms in the soil which transforms (chelate) the minerals from the rocks into bioavailable form.
Deficiency in magnesium has been linked to osteoporosis, asthma and diabetes. Magnesium also plays a role in the prevention of heart attack, stroke and many other scenarios.
If you are not aware of the use of magnesium oil (typically made with magnesium chloride), you may not know that magnesium can be absorbed through the skin. This, it is claimed, allows for its rapid absorption by cells. Swimming in the ocean will also, it is said, give you some magnesium.
Here’s a fantastic tutorial for making your own homemade magnesium oil. It’s unbelievably simple and tells you not only how to make it but how to apply it and what to expect.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
- A glass spray bottle (plastic will work too)
What to do:
Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture. Put the Magnesium Chloride Flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the bowling water over it.
Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months.
Tip: Keep in the bathroom to use daily.
Spray on arms, legs, and stomach daily (10-20 sprays/day). It will tingle on the skin the first few times it is used, and this is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you too much.
You can leave on the skin or wash off after 20-30 minutes. The best time to apply it would be after a shower and then use coconut oil or a lotion bar to moisturize about 5 minutes later.
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