Magnesium is the latest “It” supplement. There was a time in the 1960s that magnesium was not considered important to health, and remained quietly in the background for decades. The past few years has seen a surge of interest in magnesium, and science is quickly catching up, discovering that magnesium plays a far more important role than ever imagined.
Of course, the importance of magnesium is an old story for anybody who studied biochemistry. Over 100 years ago, Dr. Schuessler made magnesium phosphate one of his essential tissue salts when he discovered and documented its enormous importance in everyday life, including protection against heart attacks.
Here are just a few ways magnesium has an incredible impact on our health:
- Necessary for over 300 enzyme reactions
- Important for hormone metabolism
- Influences the adrenaline distribution
- Prevents cramps (including menstrual)
- Prevents migraines
- Protection against heart attack
- Lowers cholesterol
- Can ease morning sickness (some moms swear by it)
- Prevents cavities…better than fluoride
- Aids the thyroid gland to produce the hormone Thyroxin
- Aids in relieving depression and stress
- The body cannot utilize calcium without magnesium. The ratio of calcium to magnesium in the body should be 2:1
Magnesium can be found in seeds, nuts, legumes, cocoa (chocolate craving anyone?), dried fruit, cheese and green, leafy vegetables. But, over the years the soil contains less and less magnesium, and therefore, so do our foods.
In addition to taking the Schuessler tissue salt, magnesium phosphate (tissue salt number 7), and including as much magnesium rich foods as possible, there is one more way we can add magnesium to our health repertoire: trans-dermal magnesium oil. Since what we put on our skin ends up in our bodies, it has been found that using magnesium oil on the skin can help with maintaining or replenishing magnesium levels. Magnesium oil can be found in health food stores and pharmacies, but can be pricey. However, making your own is simple and easier on the purse as well.
How to use magnesium oil:
You can use magnesium oil after every shower by spraying it on my arms, legs and stomach. It is not actually an oil, but has an oily feel. You can even use it as deodorant. If you find it itches or stings at first, start with a minimum amount and work your way up to several sprays a day. Try putting it on your kids’ feet at night as well to help them sleep.
What you need:
½ cup magnesium chloride flakes
½ cup purified or distilled water (distilled will make the oil last longer)
Boil the water. Pour it over the flakes and stir until dissolved. Let it cool and add it to a spray bottle.
Where can I get the magnesium chloride flakes from?
Glad you asked. While many recipes on the internet link to Ancient Mineral bath salts, I wasn’t going to order from the US. I found Nigari, which is a coagulant used in tofu, in the Organic Store. Nigari is also magnesium chloride, as you can see in the picture at the top of the post. If it’s good enough to eat, then it’s good enough to put on my skin.
I hope this helps. Will you be making this or do you already use the oil? Let me know in the comments below.