Oils have generated quite a buzz in the health industry. Coconut oil, krill oil, olive oil, and fish oil are proving to be quite popular supplements that a lot of people swear to their delivery of some serious health benefits. A lesser known “oil” packing quite a health punch but seemingly underrated so far is magnesium oil.
Magnesium oil isn’t actually oil, in the strictest sense of the word. It is a suspension of sodium chloride in water. The fact that the mixture has an oily texture contributes to popular perception of it as oil.
Magnesium occurs in a wide variety of food sources yet magnesium deficiency is a problem among Australians. A CSIRO study has deemed 89% of the population magnesium deficient with 50% of Aussie men and 39% of Aussie women lacking in this very important electrolyte. Why is magnesium deficiency so prevalent? A lot has to do with lifestyle and the modern diet. A diet low in magnesium is one where processed food and sugar form a good percentage while rich-magnesium foods such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables hardly take any prominence. Additionally, constant stress; lack of sleep; alcohol/sugar/caffeine consumption; and even age can contribute to depleted magnesium levels.
It is also worth noting that our environmental resources are becoming less of a magnesium provider. Over-farming and pesticide use are slowly stripping magnesium from the soil. Water filtration systems also decrease the level of magnesium that occurs naturally in water.
You may be magnesium deficient and not even know it. After potassium, magnesium must be the second most prevalent mineral present in your cells. Magnesium is responsible for 300 metabolic functions in our body; so, should magnesium levels fall inadequately, the body starts signalling its distress with any of these symptoms:
- Nervousness, anxiety
- Mood changes; irritability
- Poor memory
- Poor attention span; loss of focus
- High blood pressure
- Muscle cramps and spasms — most telling symptom of magnesium deficiency
- Muscle weakness; aching and stiff muscles
- Back pain
- Profuse perspiration
- Irregular heartbeat
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Migraines; headaches
- Chocolate and caffeine cravings
- Adrenal exhaustion / chronic fatigue
- Kidney Stones
- Bone and joint pain/ discomfort
If left untreated, a chronic magnesium deficiency can cause a number of serious illnesses such as osteoporosis, diabetes, depression, and cardiovascular issues.
The quickest way to supplement our magnesium intake is to apply the nutrient topically in addition to getting the most of it from our diet. The truth is magnesium is more easily absorbed through the skin rather than through our digestive system. Transdermal application allows magnesium to bypass liver processing and enter the bloodstream and tissues directly. This is why transdermal magnesium therapy is a good idea and quite inexpensive. All you need to do is make your own magnesium oil spray.
Making Your Own Magnesium Oil Spray
Homemade magnesium oil is easy to make.
½ cup magnesium chloride flakes
½ cup distilled water. Distilled water extends shelf life of the magnesium oil product
1 tempered glass bowl
1 spray bottle
Do the following:
- Pour the distilled water into a pan and bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile, put the magnesium chloride flakes in the bowl.
- When the water boils, pour it over the magnesium flakes in the bowl. Stir until the flakes dissolve completely.
- Let the mixture cool and then transfer it to the spray bottle. Voila! You have just made your own magnesium oil spray. This concoction keeps about six months at room temperature.
How to Use Magnesium Oil as a Spray:
Spray liberally all over the body…arms, legs, stomach…everyday. You may apply 6 to 8 spritzes in a day and build the frequency up to 20 if you wish. You may leave on or rinse it off after 30 minutes.
The first few times of spraying will leave you with a tingly or itchy sensation. After some time of routinely applying magnesium oil, these sensations will not be felt anymore. If the sensations bother you, you can dilute the mixture further with distilled water.
The Benefits of Magnesium Oil
Magnesium oil is also available commercially. Healing centres and health spas use magnesium oil in their therapies and many health professionals are beginning to recognise its therapeutic benefits.
Magnesium oil can improve skin conditions, especially those stressed out with acne and rosacea. In most cases, these skin irritations are caused by lack of sleep or stress, which magnesium oil can help relieve as well.
Another thing magnesium oil has been credited for is solving the problem of body odour. Although one may sweat a lot, supplementing with magnesium oil spray has taken away the bad odour from the sweat. For this alone, magnesium oil is worth trying.
Spraying magnesium oil on the body can enhance athletic performance. It can help increase flexibility, strength, and endurance. Transdermal magnesium therapy is actually practiced in sports medicine in some countries. The sore Achilles tendon, for example, is simply treated with magnesium oil to decrease swelling and to facilitate fast recovery.
Indeed magnesium oil is a good pain reliever. It can significantly decrease arthritic pain, muscle cramps, as well as pain from fibromyalgia and various injuries. Massage therapists use magnesium oil to relieve feelings of stress and to help detoxify the body.
Magnesium oil can also help people with a thinning hair problem. When it is applied on the scalp, it can help remove calcium blockages that are preventing hair follicles from growing. It may also help treat dandruff. Some report that magnesium oil has transformed gray hair back to its original colour after a few weeks of treatment.
Because magnesium is one of the most abundantly present nutrients in the body, it definitely has a myriad health benefits for various major anatomical systems. It is difficult to overdose on magnesium so trying a daily magnesium oil spray is more sure to be of benefit than not. Besides, if a homemade magnesium oil spray is quick and inexpensive, why not see what health benefits your efforts can bring?