Dr Mark Sircus says of magnesium
“There is no substitute for magnesium; it’s as close as a metal comes to being as necessary as air.”
Magnesium can boast a VERY long list of functions within the body. Here are just a few headliners!
- As Nature’s relaxer, it helps to relax everything – body and mind.
- Relaxes muscles (think muscle cramps or spasms).
- Alleviates asthma (think bronchial spasms).
- Relaxes blood vessels (think blood pressure problems).
- Essential for a healthy heart (which is one big muscle).
- Essential for healthy bones and teeth. Magnesium enables calcium to get into the bones (think osteoporosis). Without sufficient magnesium, calcium is not as soluble in the blood and can settle in places we don’t want it, such as joints (think painful joints, arthritis), also as gallstones or kidney stones.
- Alleviates anxiety and stress (we are more susceptible to both if deficient in magnesium and when anxious / stressed, magnesium will be gobbled up like it’s going out of fashion).
- Acts as a vital cofactor in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the body.
- Essential for the production of energy (ATP) in every cell.
- Magnesium deficiency can result in sluggish bowels and constipation.
- Crucial in detoxification of toxic substances and heavy metals such as aluminium and lead.
- Needed for insulin function (think insulin resistance, diabetes).
Wow, that’s quite some CV!!
Sadly, though, most of us are woefully short of this all essential mineral.
Our soils have been depleted for many decades, magnesium being just one of the casualties of intensive farming. It’s common sense that if we have a magnesium-poor soil, we cannot for instance grow a magnesium-rich broccoli or other crop. What eensy-weensy bit remains in the food, however, tends then to get obliterated in subsequent processing!!
For such an all-singing-all-dancing ingredient in our makeup, it would seem a tad crazy not to pay special attention to providing our body with a regular dose!! A natural organically grown diet plays a big part, but we can also top up our quota with supplements, one of which is the increasingly popular magnesium oil.
Contrary to its name, magnesium oil is not an oil, although it does feel oily to the touch. It is in fact water super-saturated with magnesium chloride. You can buy it already prepared in spray bottles, but for a more economical option, you can make your own. It’s easy-peasy and you can make up small batches at a time. It is used transdermally, which means that you apply to the skin, where it is absorbed quickly to the area most in need. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways of boosting your magnesium levels.
How to make your own magnesium oil
0.5 cups of magnesium chloride flakes
0.5 cups of distilled water (or filtered water – see notes below on where to get ingredients)
Glass spray bottles (I used 1 x 100ml and 1 x 50ml)
Useful to have a funnel for pouring into the final bottles
- Boil the water.
- Place the flakes in a bowl.
- Pour on the water and stir until fully dissolved.
- Allow to cool, then decant into glass bottles. (Makes just under 150ml)
There!!! I told you that it was easy-peasy!!
Where to get ingredients
Magnesium chloride flakes from “Better You” (I use these) or “Ancient Minerals”. Both companies also make up the ready-made sprays.
Distilled water can be bought online. I use filtered water (filtered using the Nikken Waterfall -click on SHOP NOW / Water)
How to use
I use 10 – 30 sprays per day, generally over the legs / arms / body; a few sprays per area, but split this amount into a couple of doses over the day (morning and evening).
Apply to dry or wet skin (perhaps after your shower) and gently massage in. You can wash off after about 30 minutes if you so desire.
As with anything, start small and build up the amount you use. Don’t marinate in it from day 1 !!!! A lot of people find that their skin prickles / tingles when first applying it. This simply shows that their body NEEDS more magnesium. After 10 – 20 minutes the tingles should subside, but if not, apply a little water to the skin or wash off. You can dilute the magnesium oil with water for subsequent applications until you are more used to it.
Don’t use on broken skin. (It will do more than tingle!)
What can it help? LOTS !!!!!
Here are just a few examples that I have tried out ……..
- Muscle cramps. Useful for leg cramps or elsewhere.
- Tight muscles. Helps to relax them. Useful pre / post exercise
- Menstrual cramps. Apply to abdominal area.
- Constipation. Apply to abdominal area.
- Stress or other headaches. Apply to shoulder / neck area or forehead. I’ve sprayed it into my hair and massaged in!!
- Sports injuries / aching joints can be helped with some magnesium oil.
- Poor sleep. Just before bedtime apply to neck / shoulder / trouble-areas (such as legs if susceptible to leg cramps).
- Hair spray. I have used it to give my hair a little but more volume. We aren’t talking bouffants or 1970s crazy hair, but can give a bit more body.
- Some people use it as a deodorant!! It can also be used as a relaxing massage oil!!
THE MIRACLE OF MAGNESIUM – Dr Caroline Dean
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy:A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health – Dr Mark Sircus
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