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One of my favourite topics at the moment is magnesium. Honestly, I’m amazed by the benefits of magnesium oil spray and have been sharing it with anyone who’ll listen. After stumbling across this mighty mineral it’s been something that comes up in conversation time and time again.
The benefits are so diverse yet seemingly little known about. Almost everyone I talk to seems like they could do with magnesium in their life. The truth is we all need it. Yet it’s estimated 80% of us are deficient. That’s a pretty staggering number really.
When we consider modern diets filled with processed food and industrial agriculture practices it becomes easy to see why deficiency is so widespread.
The soils are depleted and polluted, the food is lacking in nutrients as a result. Processed food offers practically zero nutritional value and our water had the magnesium sucked out of it when it was chlorinated to ‘clean’ it. Its little wonder we’re all lacking in the magnesium department.
In continuation of sharing the knowledge, I’ll share with you the benefits of magnesium oil spray for 6 reasons you should keep a bottle of handy. There’s even a DIY recipe thrown in to help you on your way. But first things first…
What is magnesium? Why use an oil spray?
Magnesium is a crucial mineral for the body that no one seems to talk about. It’s required for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and plays a role in everything from muscle contraction to brain function. It’s not something the human body can synthesize. We need to take it in through food, water or otherwise.
So why don’t we hear about magnesium? One reason is that there’s no test to accurately illustrate the level of magnesium in the body. At least 60% of magnesium is stored in the bones with the rest residing in intracellular space and only a small amount in the blood. Blood tests are therefore not a reliable reading.
When applied transdermally (via the skin) magnesium oil is rapidly and effectively absorbed directly into the bloodstream. When magnesium levels are optimal you’ll simply stop absorbing it so there’s no room for magnesium toxicity except where there’s kidney impairment. Using topically is also a perfect way to administer this precious mineral to babies, young children or those who have problems swallowing or simply don’t like tablets.
#1 Aids sleep and insomnia
Find yourself climbing the walls at 3 am unable to sleep? Or struggling to drift off at night? Spray a little magnesium oil on yourself.
Many folks talk about melatonin for sleep but did you know magnesium regulates melatonin production? With sufficient intake of magnesium, melatonin would synthesize properly without the need for supplementation.
Magnesium has a relaxing effect on the muscles and induces that sleepy feeling. It calms the body allowing you to drift off to sleep effortlessly. Melatonin can then synthesize and do it’s thing effectively without the need for supplementation. In 2012 sciencey people found that increasing magnesium levels produced better quality longer sleep.
What are you waiting for? Quality sleep could be coming to a bedroom near you!
#2 Relieves muscle cramps, aches and spasms
Ever get a cramp in your calf during the night? It’s excruciating. Often it’ll leave you hobbling and sore in the morning too. I know, I’ve been there. It’s not pleasant. If that’s not familiar, perhaps you’re a keen on playing sports? Enjoy the gym but hate the post-workout ache? Or, if you’re anything like my husband you just wake up and plain old ache?!
What if I told you there’s a way to help prevent the post-workout ache and even improve your performance? And I’m not talking performance enhancing, bit shrinking drugs. I’m talking a simple pre and/or post-workout spray of magnesium oil. Magnesium plays a major role in the movement of calcium within the muscles and their contractions. Muscle aches, pains, cramps and spasms are indicative of a lack of magnesium.
Spray it on the affected area and let it work its magic. Bye bye, aches and pains!
#3 Prevent a migraine and headaches
Migraines can be crippling and headaches are no fun either but before you pop a paracetamol or reach for the amitriptyline consider this; repletion of magnesium could see these problems go away.
A 2012 study found all the migraine suffers had decreased levels of magnesium and increasing the levels was extremely effective in relieving migraines. The study concluded it would make sense to treat all a migraine suffers from magnesium as it’s safe, effective and affordable. Sadly not many people are talking about this awesome suggestion so I’m sharing it with you.
Simply spray magnesium oil at the base of the skull and/or where the pain is. Let your migraine melt away and stay away. Happy days!
#4 Helps prevent osteoporosis
In older folks, hip fractures and broken bones are all too common, especially in women. These injuries can be absolutely devastating and can often take away independent self-care leading to care home admission. Often the breaks are put down to an open-and-shut case of osteoporosis. You get old and your bones get brittle and break easily, right? Nope. That’s not what should be happening at all and there’s something we can do to help ourselves avoid it.
In order for bones to develop and maintain their health magnesium is crucial. Being deficient in magnesium will contribute to brittle bones that fracture easily. By increasing your uptake of magnesium you’ll be strengthening and nurturing your bone health. The result? Decreased risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Get spraying!
#5 Improve Mood
Mood disorders, anxiety, depression, low mood, addictive behaviour? If you could do with enhancing your mood and reducing mood-related problems, magnesium could help you.
So what’s the deal here? Well, magnesium is required for proper brain function. It stimulates and regulates hormone synthesis and biochemical reactions in the brain. If magnesium is in short supply these reactions are impaired or absent. This results in negative emotional state and poor cognitive function.
Studies have shown rapid improvement (in as little as 7 days) in a variety of mental illness and behaviours, including addiction and mood disorders, simply by repletion of magnesium. So much so, immediate further research was called for. Sounds positive to me. Well worth a shot if this resonates with you.
#6 Keep your heart happy
These days heart disease and cardiovascular problems are rife. When we consider the role magnesium has to play in heart health it’s hardly surprising. You’ll have noted from #2 magnesium plays a huge role in muscle contraction and our heart is, of course, a muscle. Magnesium maintains healthy heart rhythm, controls cholesterol production and helps regulate blood pressure. After all, without the dear thump thump, we are no more. Looking after it should be a priority.
If magnesium is low the contracting and relaxing of the heart can become impaired leading to arrhythmia, heart disease and even cardiac arrest. Pretty serious stuff. Ensuring we are getting enough magnesium is therefore essential for optimal heart health. Maintaining the health of the heart and circulatory system helps keep cardiovascular disease at bay.
DIY Magnesium Oil Spray
I love this super easy home magnesium oil spray. So much so, I’ve given a bottle to a family and friends. This recipe makes about 200ml. Of course, if you use large cups it’ll make more so have enough bottles on hand so nothing is wasted.
- 1 cup boiling filtered water
- 1 cup magnesium flakes
- 100ml amber glass bottle(s)
- Dissolve the magnesium flakes your cup of freshly boiled water and allow to completely cool.
- Transfer to an amber glass bottle with atomizer closure.
Shake before use and store in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
Yes, it’s that simple.
Spray on affected area or for the general application we spray on soles of feet, rib cage or arms. You may find the spray makes your skin tingle or slightly burn. That’s normal. Start with a little and build up. I personally have no sensation once applied except in certain circumstances I’ll share with you next.
Reuse your glass bottle for the next batch.
Some words of caution ⚠
Ultimately, the responsibility of what you put in and on your body lies with you. As with all things like I always say; do your due diligence. Here are a few points to note before you get stuck in.
If you have impaired renal function it’s best to consult with your healthcare provider before using magnesium.
Girls, this is one for us mainly. Do NOT spray magnesium oil on your skin within 24 hours or so of shaving. Dear God, it burns! It burns like crazy. You will live to tell the tale, your skin won’t melt or anything but it’s a fiery experience. You can’t wash it off once it’s on either. I know, I tried! Never again.
Magnesium oil in a nutshell
In a nutshell, magnesium is absolutely crucial for healthy human function. This mighty mineral maintains internal balance and is necessary for other hormones and biochemical reactions to work. With depleted soils and modern diets not making the mark for sufficient magnesium intake, it’s up to us to ensure we’re getting enough.
When magnesium levels are optimal we are happier and healthier. Many common complaints from poor sleep to muscle aches and pains can greatly improve or disappear completely if optimum levels are maintained. Repletion of magnesium has the potential to rid you of imbalances, allowing you to produce hormones naturally as they should be. What’s more magnesium oil is completely safe and can be used for all the family? If that’s not a reason to give this amazing mineral a go I don’t know what is.
Have you tried magnesium oil? I’d love to hear your stories and experiences of it. If you have a question or a comment below, I’d be happy to help.