Learn how to make easy, natural DIY Magnesium Lotion to help with muscle cramps, headaches, sleep and more.
Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you wake up a lot? Do you get leg and muscle cramps? Do you suffer from anxiety and/or depression? Do you get head aches? If you answered yes to any of these questions your body might be deficient in magnesium.
A few years ago I was having all kinds of trouble with leg and foot cramps, restless leg syndrome, and it would take me forever to fall asleep. Once I was actually asleep, I would wake constantly.
I did some research to see what could help with my problems and realized I might be deficient in magnesium. Did you know that standard diet in the United States only has 50% of the magnesium the body needs which makes a ton of people magnesium deficient? Chances are you could use more magnesium.
Once I started taking magnesium supplements it was a night and day difference. I was falling asleep faster and waking up much less. Those leg and foot cramps lessened and my restless leg syndrome wasn’t bothering me much. It was amazing the difference it made.
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What Does Magnesium Lotion Help With?
Because magnesium is such an important mineral found in the body, being deficient in it can cause a lot of problems. I’ve mentioned a couple of problems magnesium deficiency, also know as hypomagnesemia, can cause such as muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, migraines and sleep problems.
These can effect your daily life but what about long term health problems from a lack of magnesium? The risk of heart failure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and stoke, to name a few, can all be reduced with proper magnesium intake.
Since most people aren’t getting the correct amount of magnesium through food we need to find others ways to get the correct amount the body needs and that’s where magnesium lotion comes into play.
How to Up Your Magnesium Intake
Taking supplements isn’t the only way to give your body magnesium. It’s in lots of vegetables and foods. Soaking in an epsom salt bath, or soaking your feet in an epsom salt bath can help but it will give you lower levels of magnesium then your body probably needs.
I find the best way to get magnesium into your body is to apply it straight to your skin via magnesium oil or magnesium lotion or body butter. When you apply magnesium to your skin it gets absorbed quickly and enters the bloodstream where your body can use it right away.
This is why I love to use magnesium body butter right before bed. The body absorbs it and puts it to good use immediately.
Even if you do not have any of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, anyone can use it. It would still be great to rub on your skin once a week just for added benefits. Plus, it is just so easy to make.
Sounds amazing right? So let’s get started!
How to Make Magnesium Oil (also known as brine)
Making magnesium oil is very simple and a necessary first step when making the lotion. All you need is two ingredients:
- Magnesium chloride
- Distilled water.
Bring 1/3 cup of distilled water to a boil then add a 1/3 cup of magnesium chloride flakes. (You can use equal amounts of water to magnesium flakes but we’ll need 1/3 for our DIY magnesium lotion recipes.) Stir until dissolved. That is it! Wait until cool to use or store in a spray bottle or other container.
You can spray magnesium brine right onto your skin for transdermal magnesium therapy but you will most likely end up with itchy, burning skin. This means your body is very low in magnesium. Your blood vessels are opening quickly to absorb the much needed magnesium your body craves but it does cause agitation under the skin.
With regular use of magnesium brine, you’ll notice the irritation goes away. You can also combat harsh reactions to magnesium oil by combining it with a couple other ingredients to make a simple magnesium lotion that works great without the irritation.
You can always buy magnesium oil instead of making it. We recommend Seven Minerals Pure Magnesium Oil Spray because it’s made from an Ancient Underground Permian Seabed in the USA and is a family owned business.
Making your own magnesium brine is a cheaper option and still gives you amazing benefits. Plus, it’s so easy to make so why not?
Can Epsom Salt be Used to Make Magnesium Oil or Lotion?
You might be wondering if Epsom salt can be used to make magnesium oil or lotion. A lot of people already have epsom salt at home so it’s a great question.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate while magnesium flakes are made from magnesium chloride. While both are forms of magnesium, chloride version is much better for transdermal application because of the much higher quality of magnesium.
How to Make Magnesium Lotion at Home
Enough talk about why we should be using magnesium body butter. Let’s actually make some.
- 4 TB of Shea Butter
- 4 TB of Cocoa Butter
- 3 TB of Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup of magnesium oil (homemade or store bought)
- 10 to 15 drops of essential oil of choice. This is completely optional. I use my body butter to help me sleep so I will be using Lavender Essential oil in mine.
Steps for Making Magnesium Lotion
First, we will start with a double boiler. Do not worry if you don’t have one, I don’t either! Just use a pot of water and then place a glass bowl over it. I like to use my pyrex measuring cup (2 cup) and place it inside the pot of boiling water. Just don’t forget the glass will be HOT so use a hot pad or oven mitt when removing from heat.
Step 1: We are going to melt in the double boiler the; cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. Once those are fully melted into a liquid, take off of the heat and let sit until it becomes more solid and isn’t clear any more.
Step 2: We are going to need to whip the melted concoction with an emersion blender, regular blender, or a hand mixer. I like to use a hand mixer because for me it is the easiest to clean after. Body butters and lotions can be messy to make. Sometimes the hardest part is cleaning everything after wards.
Step 3: Whip until very fluffy. I whipped mine for at least 3 to 5 minutes. Then it is ready to SLOWLY add the magnesium oil.
You want to add a teaspoon or so at a time while still mixing. It took another 1 to 2 minutes for me to get the magnesium whipped in. If you are adding essential oils, you need to also do that at this time.
And your done.
How to Store DIY Magnesium Lotion
Place your freshly made magnesium lotion in some jars. I was able to fill three 4 oz glass jars. Once your jar/s are full, it’s best to keep them in a cool, dry place.
If you live in a place that has humid and hot weather, your magnesium oil might melt, making the whipped part non existent.
You can keep it in the fridge but it does get pretty hard. But, it won’t melt, haha. It is a double edge sword.
Either way the lotion will still work. If you decide to keep it in a cool dry place and it melts simply give it a little stir before using it.
How to Use Homemade Magnesium Lotion
You can rub the magnesium body butter on the bottom of your feet at night just before bed for it to be absorbed the fastest. The skin on the bottom of our feet soak things in faster.
You can also rub it on your calves. Do it just before bed time to help you fall asleep faster, help relieve anxiety so your body can relax, or help restless legs stay still. It also can be rubbed on sore muscles to help relieve pain and can be rubbed on the back of your neck when you feel a stress or tension headache coming on.
The first time you apply, you should only use a small amount just to be sure your body won’t react negatively toward it. A tingling sensation is completely normal but pain or a rash shouldn’t occur.
Can I Use DIY Magnesium Lotion on Kids?
Yes! Magnesium is just as important to kids as it is adults. Kids who have a low level of magnesium can have similar symptoms as adults but can also suffer from:
- Short attention spans
- Low Levels of Energy
- Increased Agitation
- Problems Sleeping
- Growing Pains
Clinical work even shows that magnesium can even help kiddos who suffer from ADHD by decreasing some of the symptoms and help them get better sleep. This body butter is perfectly safe for kids and I would recommend putting it on their feet at night before bed time.
Just keep in mind that children don’t need as much magnesium as adults do. Age is also a factor:
- 1-3 years old needs 80 mg/day
- 4-8 years old needs 130 mg/day
- 9-13 years old needs 240 mg/day
- 14-18 years old female needs 360 mg/day
- 14-18 years old male needs 410 mg/day
Remember that children will get some magnesium through their diet so the magnesium lotion is only there as a supplement.
Can You Use Too Much Magnesium DIY Lotion?
While magnesium lotion can be great for your body, too much will cause problems. Symptoms of too much magnesium can include; diarrhea, nausea, lethargy, low blood pressure, muscle weakness and more.
Make sure to only use a small amount daily. Try using about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon on kids feet and about 1 teaspoon on adults daily. It’s always best to talk to your doctor before you start using DIY magnesium lotion.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Drug and Health administration. While we do our best to provide accurate information based on studies and our own experience, you should always check with a medical professional before trying a new treatment.
DIY Magnesium Body Butter
Some of you might look at the list of ingredients and think it sounds like a lot to buy but you can make tons of products with these simple ingredients and you know exactly what your stuff is made out of. You can never be too careful when putting products on your skin because they go straight into the blood system.
If you’d rather not buy all that stuff you can always stick with the magnesium spray. You’ll get just as much benefit from the spray as you will the lotion. I personally prefer the lotion because you have less of a sting that way and you end up with soft feet and legs as an added bonus.