Magnesium is one of the essential minerals of the body. Every cell in our body needs magnesium. Having in mind that over 300 chemical reactions in the body make use of magnesium, the many benefits of magnesium include:
• Maintains healthy bones
• Can lower your risk of diabetes
• Promotes circulation
• Keeps energy levels balanced
• Helps in the absorption of vitamin D from the sun, and
• Promotes healing and soothing of inflammation and other injuries
Magnesium is very important mineral without any doubt. But an average diet doesn’t give your body enough magnesium. Magnesium deficiency in our body can lead to a variety of illnesses.
So in order to stop the deficiency, how do we get enough magnesium? There’s one way that you may not have thought of: topically.
What is Topical Magnesium?
Did you ever hear of nicotine patches that help people quit smoking? If yes, it’s the same idea. Applying magnesium topically is a great way to reap the benefits of this mineral.
A study by Dr. Norman Shealy of the American Holistic Medical Association had participants use magnesium flake foot soaks and topically applied magnesium oil daily. It was found that after four weeks, 75% of participants displayed a significant increase in their body’s magnesium levels.
Instead of an unhealthy body store-bought moisturizer or cream, you can try this natural moisturizing body butter instead. And you can prepare it by yourself.
Not only does it moisturize and soothe muscles, it also acts as a more natural form of sunblock too! Shea butter and avocado oil have a natural SPF ranging from 4 – 10.
Homemade Moisturizing Magnesium Body Butter
• ½ cup magnesium flakes
• 3 tablespoons boiling water
Magnesium Body Butter
• ½ cup magnesium oil (see above)
• ¼ cup avocado oil (alternatively, you can use sweet almond oil or unrefined coconut oil)
• 2 tablespoons emulsifying wax
• 3 tablespoons shea butter
1. Add boiling water and magnesium flakes to a container and stir to dissolve. Let it cool before continuing.
Magnesium Body Butter
1. Using a small pot, fill it to about a ¼ with water and bring to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat to a simmer and fit a pyrex bowl (or a stainless steel mixing bowl) on top to make a double-boiler. Make sure that the bowl is not reaching the water.
3. Add all ingredients except for the magnesium oil to the bowl and let them melt together. Remove the bowl from heat and let cool to room temperature.
4. Using a hand blender, blend your mixture and slowly incorporate the magnesium oil.
5. When well-mixed, cool in the fridge for 15 minutes. Blend again and now it’s ready!
Your magnesium body butter should keep for up to two months. For best results, store in the fridge for cooling relief.