We’ve all come across the concept before: If you start to feel a cold coming on, eat an orange and try to get your vitamin C. If you think you might need to strengthen your bones, go for a glass of milk, and try to meet your calcium requirement for the day.
Well, while it’s true that some vitamins and minerals are abundant in your whole food diet, there are others that remain tougher to get in healthy doses. Magnesium is one of those minerals. And of course, plenty of folks try to supplement their diets with a magnesium capsule, but truth be known: magnesium oil is where it’s at.
Why Does Your Body Need Magnesium?
Turns out, your bones, muscles, teeth, and soft tissues all contain magnesium. And as you age, the magnesium in those cells starts to deplete. So, where your overall health is concerned — magnesium is essential.1
The problem is, magnesium deficiency is a serious concern. There are a few reasons for this deficiency, not the least of which are lack of sleep, alcohol overconsumption, and too much stress. Magnesium levels can also become diminished due to too much salt in your diet, too many sodas, and overdoing it on your coffee intake.2
So, how do you keep your magnesium levels up?
Magnesium on the Menu
Again, there are foods rich in magnesium, and you can start by adding more of those foods to your diet, but there’s a theory out there that magnesium levels in foods are getting lower due to pollutants and chemicals in the soil. Still, some magnesium-rich, Plant Paradox-friendly foods are:
- Wild-caught salmon
- Broccoli 3
Topical Magnesium Oil
Interestingly, magnesium oil might be able to permeate the lymphatic system underneath your skin and enter your circulatory system — bypassing your GI tract altogether. The result would be an increased absorption of magnesium.4
In this case, you’d simply pump a little magnesium oil spray onto your skin after a nice bath. No need to massage it into your skin, just let it soak in. If you add a topical magnesium oil spray to your skincare regimen, you’ll be able to get your mg without needing to digest it.
Here are just a few reasons magnesium oil might help benefit your body:
More Sheep to Count
A 2012 study showed that improved magnesium intake seemed to improve symptoms of insomnia in elderly patients. Things like sleep efficiency, sleep time, and early morning awakening were measured, and it turns out that with the supplementation of magnesium, these measures improved.5 So, give it a shot, you may find that you can sleep more easily and maybe experience a deeper, longer sleep.
More Comfortable Muscles (even after a workout)
If you workout regularly and often feel sore muscles after you exercise, you may want to try rubbing magnesium oil on post-workout. Lots of athletic competitors swear by magnesium. But, even if you are simply experiencing sore muscles, fatigue, or tenderness in localized areas… transdermal magnesium chloride flakes could help. In one study, transdermal magnesium chloride was proposed to be beneficial when applied to both upper and lower limbs.6
Supported Blood Pressure
Magnesium as a way to handle high pressure isn’t new. But research has shown, and continues to show, that there’s an antihypertensive effect when magnesium is administered to those who seem to have a magnesium deficiency.7 Of course, it should be mentioned that the effect is somewhat modest here, and should not be tried without consulting a medical professional first.
Now, when you take a bath in magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt, your skin barrier function improves. But also, your skin hydration can become enhanced, and you can even reduce puffy, dry skin.8 So, it seems that a little bit of magnesium spray after your evening shower or just before bed could potentially help your skin stay silky-feeling and free of redness and bumps. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll definitely want to try this in moderation to start.
Topical Magnesium Oil: How to Use It
Most of the time, you’ll find this oil in a pump. Simply spray it on once a day. A few pumps should do the trick, and you’ll likely feel your skin tingle. If the sensation is a little too much for you, try adding some water to your mg oil. Once it’s on, you’re good to go.
Of course, you can find magnesium oil in several drug stores, or in health food stores in the supplement section. But, if you’re up for a bit of an experiment — you can make your own!
Topical Magnesium Spray Recipe
It’s super easy.
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 a cup of magnesium chloride flakes
- 1/2 a cup of distilled water
- A measuring cup
What to Do:
- First, put the distilled water in a pot, and boil it.
- Next, shake your magnesium chloride flakes into the measuring cup. Once it’s boiled, pour the distilled water in, and stir until the flakes are totally dissolved.
- Let the mixture sit until it reaches room temperature. At that point, you can fill your spray bottle and use the mixture for months on end.
In The End…
Magnesium oil could be the answer to some of your discomfort, but as with anything, you’ll want to consult your doctor before adding the oil — whether homemade or store-bought — to your health regimen.
Again, if you’re interested in helping to restore the magnesium levels in your bones, muscles, teeth, and soft tissues, try magnesium oil. Your body will thank you.