Most of us have a magnesium deficiency whether we know it or not. We used to get our magnesium from our soil and water, however we have been depleting those, as well as other trace minerals, for a long time now. There are ways for us to get these very important trace elements back into our bodies so our systems can function the way they were intended…to heal themselves.
One way we can get magnesium is to take supplements. Magnesium glycinate is a very good form to take but also very expensive and not to mention another freakin’ pill to take! You can purchase various warm drinks such as Natural Calm which work well and can be very relaxing before bed (because they are warm). You can take daily baths in magnesium chloride flakes, however the amount needed for each bath would be outrageous on your budget…think $20+ a day!! And you can buy magnesium chloride spray but again…the expense is huge for the tiny amount. The cheapest and easiest way though is to make your own “oil” or spray. I have recently made my own and it was easy, made a ton and will be used for the whole family. It is also a much faster way to get magnesium into a 4 year old who sometimes doesn’t want to drink ALL of her bedtime “tea.”
What you need
- Magnesium chloride flakes (yes an expensive purchase, but it will last you forever!)
- distilled water
- either a glass spray bottle or an eye dropper bottle
- stainless steel pot
- glass mason jar (sized to hold remaining oil)
All you need to do is measure equal amounts of water and magnesium flakes into a pot and heat on quite low until they are dissolved completely. Stir it occasionally to help it along. Let it cool and put into well labeled and dated bottles. Distilled water is very important because it helps to keep your “oil” from going rancid and it shouldn’t cost you more than $2 for a huge bottle at the grocery store.
A spray bottle will probably be easier for application but I didn’t want to go and buy something just to make this so I used an old medicine dropper bottle and stored the rest in an old glass vitamin bottle. I didn’t want to make too much because I was not sure how long it would take us to go through it so I only used 1/2 cup of each.
As for application, you can put it anywhere you want. Remember…start with a small amount and work up. High doses can cause diarrhea and who wants that in the middle of the night! If you do get loose bowels, cut your dose back a bit until you don’t. That would be your ideal amount. I would recommend using it at bed time as it does help with a more restful sleep and I have read that for people with very sensitive skin, do not use right after a bath or shower and also try applying it only to lower back. There are also reports of some people having a tingling sensation for the first week or so of using it. It does go away.