What is magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that our bodies need to function properly. Magnesium can be found in many food sources such as green, leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish, beans and lentils, and even dark chocolate! I wanted to share why it’s so amazing and a few recipes you can add to your magnesium lotion if you choose to make it! Click here to view the DIY Magnesium Body Pudding
Why do we need it?
Magnesium is responsible for or involved in over 300 functions in your body! Hormones are your body’s messengers, when their function is disrupted so are many of your bodily functions. Being deficient in magnesium can cause mood swings, hormone disruptions, migraines, anxiety, and muscle issues just to name a few. Things can quickly become unbalanced. You may notice weight gain, unwanted hair growth, lack of sexual desire, and other issues. Since your sleep cycle is also regulated by hormones, your good night’s rest may be impacted by low magnesium levels. Muscle health and function is related to magnesium levels, as well. Without enough magnesium you may lose muscle tone, have cramps or tics and may even experience muscle soreness or fatigue.
With soil depletion from crops so common, it can be difficult to consume all the magnesium you need by just eating foods high in the mineral. To balance this, we must turn to supplementation. You have a choice of taking a supplement in pill form. Such pills or capsules are generally highly refined and contains filler and binders. Not your best choice! Let’s look at a better way to get magnesium into your body!
Why use it transdermally (through the skin)?
We already know that the skin is our bodies biggest organ. Responsible for keeping water out and our organs, muscles and bones in. Our skin is truly amazing. Among it’s virtues is the ability to absorb certain things and allow our body the best use of those materials. We learned a bit about how our skin functions in this fashion in a recent post called “Are there driver oils?”
When we use magnesium on our skin, it has near instant access to our bloodstream and can be assimilated by the body! This is the most efficient method for using magnesium. Creating a magnesium lotion or using magnesium flakes in the bath are the two best ways to get it into/onto the skin. To get even more bang for your buck, you can add some calming or relaxing essential oils to the mix and have a good nights sleep or relaxing afternoon!
Click to see Monday’s blog post on how to make a magnesium body pudding. It’s divine and you can customize it with your essential oils! Check out below for a few ideas:
- Calming, an evening blend Use one of our synergies such as Sleep Aid or Relax
- Sore muscle blend Pain Aid or adding Marjoram and Black pepper can be useful for muscle soreness
- Pick me up blend Energy or Citrus Burst or a combination of Lime & Spearmint is lovely.
We hope that this gives you some insight into why magnesium is so amazing. As always, please be in touch with us via email if you have any further questions, concerns or comments. We can be reached at [email protected] You can also join our Facebook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes to share your favorite recipes with like-minded members!