A significant number of Americans have trouble with insomnia, just as most Americans get less than half of their daily recommend allotment of magnesium. That may not be a coincidence.
Magnesium is a co-factor in a wide range of body processes, and some researchers say magnesium depletion in the body may be a risk factor for increased insomnia incidence.
Magnesium’s pretty wonderful, in that various research has shown it effective for each of the following problems:
- Muscle Cramps
- Various Psychosis, and, of course,
- INSOMNIA – one of the culprits in a number of diseases including depression, heart disease, diabetes, chronic inflammation, hypertension, and even a shortened life expectancy.
Signs of magnesium deficiency may include anxiousness, low energy, and of course, poor sleep.
An easy fix? This DIY magnesium-based skin balm!
- Magnesium chloride flakes (highly concentrated, preferably)
- Coconut oil (preferably unrefined and virgin, so that’s it still solid at room temperature)
- Beeswax pellets
- Shea butter (again, preferably unrefined)
- Boiling water
- Quart-sized mason jars (for storage)
- Small-to-medium-sized pan (for double boiler)
- Measuring cup
- Mixing bowls
- Immersion blender
- Any essential oils desired for scenting purposes
You should be able to find most, if not all, of these ingredients at your local health food store, but if not, all of them are easily ordered online. As always, higher quality ingredients are important – which is why we recommend making this balm yourself, rather than purchasing any of the pre-made magnesium butters available online, as it’s always better to know what’s in the product you’re using.
If you choose to use an essential oil for scenting purposes, we recommend lavender or chamomile, as both contain additional calming qualities that can also help you sleep.
This recipe makes roughly 8 ounces, and should keep at room temperature for up to two months.
- Pour 1/2 cup magnesium flakes into first bowl. Fill second bowl with 1/2 c boiling water.
- From second bowl, measure 3 tbsp boiling water into first bowl (with magnesium flakes). Stir flakes into bowling water until they dissolve.
- In your quart mason jar, measure 2 tbsp each of coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter. Place the jar in small pan filled with 1 inch of water, making a double boiler. Place your double boiler on the stove and heat at medium-high heat.
- Coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter should melt in the jar. Swirl jar occasionally to help mix (you’ll need an oven mitt to protect your skin from the hot glass).
- Once your jar contents have fully melted and mixed, remove from pan and let cool roughly 5 minutes.
- Pour dissolved magnesium into the mason jar, add any essential oils desired, and mix with immersion blender.
Use your magnesium balm roughly an hour before bed, and enjoy your newly improved sleep!