We offer our magnesium lotion in two varieties:
The lavender, of course, has the naturally soothing properties of lavender with a very subtle scent.
The red tea-infused lotion is very allergy-friendly and skin-soothing. If you need an “unscented” version, this should be perfect.
Grape seed oil, magnesium chloride, coconut oil, herbal tincture (either red tea or lavender, as indicated by the label), organic beeswax, citric acid (**Please see note below) and natural vitamin E.
**Citric Acid: Most citric acid these days is produced using GMO black mold and should be avoided when possible. The citric acid we use comes from fermented non-GMO fruit sugar or cane sugar, which has been done since the late 1700’s. We use it for two reasons. First, to balance the PH of the lotion for those with extremely sensitive skin. The second reason is to extend the shelf-life of the lotion for those who tend to order several bottles at once. The amount used is about 0.1% of the product. With the excellent sources we have found (here and/or here) and all of my research into this product, we are comfortable using this natural product in our magnesium lotion for our family.
Magnesium is vitally important to over 300 processes in our bodies, but very few of us get enough of it. Even those of us with an excellent, nutrient-dense diet are probably not getting enough magnesium. The problem is that our soil is horribly depleted. When a food says that it contains x amount of magnesium, that can be very misleading. In optimal growing conditions and magnesium-rich soil, it might be an accurate number, but that is seldom the situation. On top of a lack of magnesium in the diet, many prescription drugs can actually deplete magnesium. When we’re stressed, pregnant or suffering from chronic illness, we burn through magnesium at an accelerated rate.
Magnesium is needed for so many things, including restful sleep, digestion of food, muscle function, heart health, fertility, strong bones, energy and so much more. If you’d like to learn even more about magnesium, you can order The Magnesium Miracle and dig into all the details explained by Dr. Carolyn Dean.
My own interest in magnesium began when it almost instantly relieved the severe heartburn I was suffering from late in my second pregnancy. That experience was soon followed by the discovery that for many women morning sickness can be controlled and even prevented by magnesium! That is a source of much hope for mamas like me who suffer horribly from morning sickness! I have also noticed that my arrhythmia happens a lot less often when I’m using my magnesium lotion.
Why Topical Magnesium?
I began by taking oral magnesium, but oral magnesium supplements aren’t absorbed very well and can lead to… digestive disturbances. If you take more than you can absorb, let’s just say that it will make it’s way out of your digestive tract more quickly than you’d like. So, to absorb it more quickly and efficiently, I use something called magnesium oil. Magnesium oil can be absorbed through the skin, rather than needing to be taken internally.
No, it’s not actually an oil, it’s just magnesium chloride and water. It is called an “oil” because it has an oily feel to it. You can just rub or spray on a bit of this magnesium oil every day, but I’ve found that it can cause a lot of skin irritation. To avoid the itching and burning, I turned it into a lotion. My magnesium lotion, which I’ve been using for almost two years, doesn’t cause any irritation for us!
How To Use Magnesium Lotion
Topical magnesium takes 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed, so don’t put it anywhere that you will be washing within half an hour. If you want, you can wash it off after this time.
Each person has their own individual magnesium level that they need to function well. Apart from that, I can’t “prescribe” a set amount for other people (the FDA doesn’t like that). What I *can* do is tell you how much we use in our family. We have determined these amounts by starting with a tiny bit and increasing until we are sleeping better and have no symptoms of magnesium deficiency, such as arrhythmia, leg/foot cramps and insomnia.
- For adults, we use at least 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon every single day. During times of high stress, we’ll double that amount.
- During pregnancy, I expect to use at least a half teaspoon every day to try to prevent morning sickness and heartburn. According to other pregnant mamas who have used our lotion, 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon seems to be a good amount.
- For children, we use about 1/4 teaspoon.
According to the company that I order the magnesium from, overdosing on magnesium through the skin isn’t a danger because the skin regulates how much is absorbed according to what is needed. I haven’t tested that out, but I certainly wouldn’t panic if one of my girls rubbed a ton of magnesium lotion on. Just be sure your littles can’t get into the bottles to eat the lotion. This lotion is for external use only.
Below I’ve listed some of our favorite ways to use magnesium lotion, apart from our regular daily use.
- Rub into leg/foot to ease and prevent leg and foot cramps.
- Mix with a few teaspoons of almond oil and use as a back massage oil.
- Rub a pea-sized amount at the base of the skull and the back of the neck to relieve a tension headache.
- Massage into lower back to relax injured/sore back muscles.
- Rub onto the stomach right before bed for deeper sleep.
- I plan to use it daily to prevent/reduce morning sickness and pregnancy heartburn.
*Disclaimer: The statements and products referred to throughout this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician or your alternative health care provider.