Magnesium deficiency is a widespread issue. It effects more then half of the US population and it can greatly effect your health. There are some amazing things that have happened for people just from correcting this problem. Magnesium is essential for over 300 different chemical reactions in the body, including maintaining your energy level, helping you relax, and sustaining the health of your heart and blood vessels. If you are wondering if you might be deficient read this post: 17 Warning Signs That You are Magnesium Deficient.
Transdermal Magnesium Therapy
When we think of taking a dietary supplement, we usually think of taking them orally. Transdermal absorbtion – or absorption through the skin – is another way that some supplements and medicines can be taken. The advantages of transdermal absorption are varied including more rapid entry into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract, and increased absorption and bioavailability. Many people have inefficient digestive systems due to poor diet, stress, and medications which makes transdermal absorption a much more effective method of replenishing magnesium in the body. This may seem like a new concept but there are some very common therapies that used this way such as a nicotine patch or a hormone patch.
When a magnesium supplement is taken orally it is not fully absorbed due to its laxative nature. The amount of magnesium that is absorbed from taking a magnesium tablet may only be 10-30% of the amount taken – which isn't very good. Some people cannot take the required amount of magnesium they need to correct their deficiency orally because it can cause diarrhea (for others, the laxative effect may be helpful in the case of constipation).
Using a magnesium lotion, magnesium oil, or adding magnesium flakes to bath water are all great ways to use magnesium transdermally. All of these options can be purchased or you can easily make your own lotion with the magnesium flakes. I do not recommend using the magnesium oil for children because it can irritate their delicate skin but this lotion recipes works wonderfully on my children.
Magnesium Lotion Recipe
- ½ cup magnesium flakes
- 3 tbsp. boiling water
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup shea butter
- 2 tbsp. bees wax pastilles (I recommend the pastilles because they are easier to use and measure as opposed to a bar of bees wax)
Place magnesium flakes in a bowl, pour boiling water over it, mix and set aside. In a glass measuring cup, add the coconut oil, shea butter, and bees wax. Place in a pot as a double boiler with a few inches of water until melted. Use an immersion blender to mix the oils and slowly pour in the dissolved magnesium flakes until all combined. Refrigerate to set lotion, keeps at room temp for 2 months or more.
If you are interested in learning more about transdermal magnesium therapy a great resource is a book by Dr. Mark Sircus, called Transdermal Magnesium Therapy: A New Modality for the Maintenance of Health.
Have you used magnesium transdermally? If so, how has it helped you? Please share in the comments below.
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