Sooooo I finally got around to running again last week, after 2 years of nada (I ran 2 half marathons in a year and thought I’d take a break from running after that – I’d sort of burned myself out) and had a great time, but my legs on the other hand didn’t know what hit them and so my muscles the next day were sooooo tight, sore, and cramped (you should have seen me try to walk up the stairs 😂 I virtually had my whole body leaning on the hand rails – I reckon I needed that chair the man from the movie “Up” had on his stair case). So I had a relaxing Epsom salts bath (as it’s rich in magnesium, which is great for helping to relieve cramped muscles), but I wanted something I could carry around with me during the day (when my legs would cramp up again) to spray on them and provide a bit of relief.
And what popped into my head was magnesium oil! I usually get mine from my local health food store, but a wonderful, natural option to get online is this one. If you’re a DIY type like me, then this homemade spray is definitely for you!
An interesting fact is many people often don’t get enough of this vital mineral which the body uses for hundreds of reactions. Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body in some way. It’s essential for teeth, bones, muscle and joint health (as I found out with running 😉), good sleep, and reducing stress.
What’s Causing Us to Lack Magnesium?
Magnesium deficiency has become a common occurrence worldwide because many of us have lifestyle factors that deplete our levels of this important nutrient, like lack of sleep, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar consumption, or constant stress (any of these sound familiar to you?). What’s more, many natural sources we’d usually get our magnesium intake from are slowly becoming drained. Filtration systems for water also remove a lot of the magnesium that naturally occurs in water. Over-farming and the high use of pesticides (among other things) depletes the soil of vital nutrients where our food grows.
The ocean is a wonderful source of many minerals, including magnesium. However, if you’re like me and don’t have regular access to a beach, applying magnesium oil spray to your skin can be a very effective way at increasing magnesium levels in your body.
Benefits of Magnesium Oil
Magnesium oil is great for boosting magnesium levels in the body, as it’s so quick and easy to use! Simply spray on after your shower, let it soak into the skin, and voila! It’s done. Plus it bypasses the digestive system for better absorption.
There are many supplements that can be taken internally, but quite a few people have trouble absorbing magnesium internally and find applying it topically to be more effective.
Here are some of the many benefits that healthy magnesium levels bring:
Reduced Muscle Soreness
This was a huuuuge benefit for me when I started back running. It’s great for post-workout recovery, and many athletes use it. Studies have shown that magnesium spray can help to reduce muscle cramping and aid in replenishing magnesium levels lost through sweat.
Magnesium may positively affect GABA receptors in the brain, which help a person to relax and sleep better. Epsom salt baths are a great way to relax before bed. There are a small amount of people that find the opposite to be true for magnesium supplementation, where they wake up rather than feel relaxed and sleepy. For these people, it is probably best not to take magnesium at night.
Helps with Headaches and Migraines
There is a lot of research showing how magnesium may help in relieving headache and migraine symptoms. While it isn’t a treatment for severe symptom relief, studies have shown that people with optimal levels of magnesium have had fewer cases of headaches and migraines.
Balanced Blood Sugar
As I mentioned earlier, consuming an excess amount of sugar can deplete levels of magnesium in the body. Magnesium is not a treatment for diabetes or imbalanced blood sugar, but studies reveal that magnesium may play an important part in a holistic approach to managing blood sugar.
DIY Magnesium Oil Spray Recipe
- Boil the distilled water. The reason it’s important to use distilled water is it helps to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
- Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
- Stir well until it has completely dissolved.
- Let the mixture cool completely and then store it in the spray bottle. It can be stored at room temperature for at least 6 months. I keep mine in the bathroom to use daily.
How to Use
Simply spray the oil on your arms, legs, and stomach daily. It will tingle on the skin a bit the first few times you use it, don’t worry though, that’s normal. It’ll start to fade after a few uses, but if it bothers you, dilute it with more water.
After applying it, you can leave it on your skin to soak in, or wash it off after 30 minutes. I normally apply it after my shower, then rub body butter or coconut oil on my skin to moisturise about 5 minutes later. If you do not like the sticky feel of it on your skin, try applying it before your shower and rinse off, or at night before you go to bed where you won’t notice it as much.
Other Natural Sources
Here are some natural food sources to boost your magnesium levels naturally:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Black beans
- Dark chocolate
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Have you used magnesium oil spray before? How did it help you? Share below!
Wells, Katie. (January 23, 2019). Magnesium Oil Benefits & How to Use It. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/5804/magnesium-oil/
Magnesium Oil 101: How to Make and Use It. (February 24, 2014). Empowered Sustenance. Retrieved from https://empoweredsustenance.com/magnesium-oil-uses/