DIY Magnesium Oil Spray: Benefits & Uses

How to make magnesium oil right at home! The recipe is super simple and inexpensive.

So, I finally got around to running again last week, after 2 years of NOTHING (I ran three half-marathons in one year and thought I’d take a break from running after that). My legs didn’t know what hit them, and my muscles were SUPER tight, sore, and cramped (you should have seen me try and walk upstairs). To help with this, I had a relaxing Epsom salts bath, but I also had to continuously apply magnesium oil spray during the day to prevent them cramping again.

I usually get mine from my local health food store, but a wonderful, natural option to buy online is this one. If you’re a DIY-type like me, then this homemade spray is perfect for you!

Fun fact: Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body in some way. It’s essential for teeth, bones, muscle and joint health, good sleep, and reducing stress. However, majority of the population are deficient in this mineral.

Lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep, alcohol, caffeine, sugar consumption, medications, or constant stress will deplete what little stores we have left of this nutrient in our bodies. Furthermore, many natural sources of magnesium are becoming depleted. Water filtration systems also remove a lot of the naturally occurring magnesium in water. Soil depletion due to over-farming, high use of pesticides, soil erosion, runoff, leaching and burning of crop remnants, has resulted in food today being almost completely stripped of certain vital nutrients.

Magnesium chloride is used to make magnesium oil sprays such as this homemade version.

The ocean is a wonderful source of many minerals, including magnesium. However, if you don’t have regular access to a beach, applying a magnesium oil spray, or taking regular Epsom Salts baths can be very effective ways at boosting magnesium levels in the body.

Magnesium Oil Benefits

Magnesium oil helps to increase magnesium levels in the body, and for those who have trouble absorbing magnesium internally, magnesium oil may prove more effective than supplements as it bypasses the digestive system, being absorbed straight into the bloodstream from the skin. Simply spray on after a shower, let it soak into the skin, and voila! It’s done.

Magnesium chloride, found in magnesium oil sprays, is a type of salt that’s a combination of magnesium and chloride, and can naturally be obtained when the sun evaporates seawater from your skin, leaving you with that white salt.

According to Dr. Axe;

According to the National Institutes of Health, not every magnesium supplement is created equal, and some forms are more bioavailable than others. If you compare magnesium chloride vs. magnesium citrate benefits or magnesium chloride vs. magnesium sulfate uses, chloride and citrate forms are believed to be better absorbed by the body than the magnesium sulfate or oxide forms.

Some of the benefits of having sufficient magnesium levels in the body, include:

Prevention of Muscle Soreness

It’s great for post-workout recovery, and many athletes swear by it, saying it helps boost energy and endurance. According to Wellness Mama;

Studies indicate that magnesium spray may help reduce muscle cramping and replenish magnesium levels lost through sweat.

Better Sleep

Magnesium may positively affect GABA receptors in the brain, which help a person to relax and sleep better.

According to the National Sleep Foundation;

Small studies have found that magnesium supplements may help elderly people fall asleep faster and can also help those with restless legs syndrome log more sleep time. Other research shows that magnesium increases the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which is responsible for slowing your thinking down and helping you fall asleep.

Epsom salt baths are a great way to relax before bed.

When first applying magnesium oil spray, it can tingle on the skin a little, which is completely normal. This will fade after a few uses; but if it bothers you, dilute the oil in more water.

Prevents Magnesium Deficiency

Fun fact: As we age, our kidneys excrete more magnesium while absorption of magnesium in the gut decreases.

This is where supplementation can be important. Along with eating magnesium-rich foods like dark leafy greens, using a magnesium oil can help boost levels and maintain a healthy balance of magnesium in the body.

Helps with Headaches and Migraines

There is a lot of research showing how magnesium may help in relieving headache and migraine symptoms. According to Wellness Mama;

Studies indicate that those who have optimal levels of cellular magnesium have fewer instances of headaches and migraines.

Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Magnesium helps in managing insulin and carbohydrate metabolism in the body. It’s assists in the regulating the secretion of insulin and may help cells use insulin more effectively. The over-consumption of sugar can actually deplete magnesium levels, and according to Wellness Mama;

Having unbalanced blood sugar and insulin levels may deplete magnesium. This, in turn, makes it more difficult to properly balance blood sugar and insulin.

Boost Stomach Acid Production

Stomach acid (a.k.a gastric acid) is essential in proper digestion, as it helps break down food so the body can more easily absorb it. Without enough stomach acid, malabsorption of nutrients can occur. Furthermore, stomach acid also helps prevent foreign bacteria from entering the gut and populating there.

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DIY Magnesium Oil Spray

Did you know: Magnesium oil doesn’t actually contain oil. The name comes from the oily feel left on your skin from the magnesium and water.

Ingredients:

Optional:

To make:

  1. Bring water to a boil, then turn off heat and stir in the magnesium flakes until dissolved.
  2. When completely cool, transfer the oil to a glass spray bottle. Store at room temperature, will keep for at least 6 months. I keep mine in the bathroom to use daily.

To use:

  1. Spray the oil on your arms, legs, and stomach daily. It will tingle on the skin a little the first few times you use it, which is completely normal. This will fade after a few uses, but if it bothers you, dilute the oil in more water.
  2. 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 after about 5 minutes. If you do not like the sticky feel of it on your skin, try applying it before your shower and rinse off while showering, or at night before you go to bed where you won’t notice it as much.

Learn how to make your own magnesium oil deodorant here.

Using a magnesium spray means you can bypass the digestive system; so the magnesium goes straight into the bloodstream. This can be beneficial for those struggling to absorb nutrients from food properly (like those with an inflamed or leaky gut, for instance).

Other Natural Sources of Magnesium

Here are some natural food sources to help increase magnesium levels in the body, naturally:

  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Yoghurt
  • Almonds
  • Black beans
  • Avocado
  • Figs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Bananas

Other magnesium-rich food sources here.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you used magnesium oil spray before? How did it help you? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa

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