As you all know I love love love Magnesium and what it can do for our bodies. I have written before about making my own Magnesium oil and am currently experimenting with a few other ways to apply Magnesium to my skin. I personally believe dermally is simply the best way for us chronic pain sufferers to get it into us and hopefully directly settle the pain.
Until recently my main alternative to the oil was to have an Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate) bath. It’s cheap, and effective. In a warm bath it helps sooth a flare but recently I was cut short of some salts when I really needed them. It was one of those flares where you can barely move a muscle without triggering a chain of excruciating spasms that shoot through your body. Walking’s out of the question and it became a full bodied nightmare and this time I had no salts to heal me.
To cut the story short, what I did have available was the Magnesium crystals (magnesium chloride) that I use to make my Magnesium Oil. What the heck, I was desperate to try anything, so in they went.
I hopped into the bath and soaked my poor hurting body for about an hour. The warm water always feels so good when I’m suffering and when I turn the jets on; I get a bonus massage as well. I normally only last an hour to hour and a half tops before I get bored. So when it came time to get out I couldn’t believe that my flare had settles almost entirely. I could walk; I was a functioning human being once again. Well, for a CRPS sufferer anyway. There was still pain but the sort I could handle these days.
Suddenly Epsom Baths seemed to lose their shine. I used to think they were magic and now they are what I have when I’m saving my Magnesium Crystals for a special/crappy occasion.
I’m finding that what I’m calling Magnesium Baths are able to calm my flares and able me to function again the majority of times I try them. This morning I woke up to an average flare. Aching joints, spasms, throbbing and shooting pain, the normal deal, I was just a ball of hurt. I was planning to drive to see a friend 40km away later in the day and this was an issue. I’m trying to get out more these days to keep myself mentally healthy. CRPS is such a soul crushing disease. I got up knowing it wasn’t a good sign. If I wake up with pain it means it will only get worse. An average day gives me up to an hour of low pain before it hits me in a mid range of pain. I decided to take action and have a good soak in some Magnesium and Wham Bam Thank You Mam…… I was human again….. Ok, I was CRPS human again!!!
I really do think that for me the Magnesium Baths are helping me calm my flares and turning them into something bearable. I don’t always choose to have them because we are on rain water here and it’s a big bath to fill. Summer can leave our water supply a little stressed. Some days I have to settle for smothering myself with Magnesium Oil and having a warm shower. (Sarcastic) Yayyyyyyy!!!!!!
I do sometimes laugh at how I call my low pain flares “functional”. The only other way I would describe someone’s issues with the word “functional” is if you describe someone as a “functional alcoholic”. Lol. It’s insane what we call “low pain” and a “good day” with CRPS.
But back to the Magnesium Baths, I do love that they are a drug free way of calming a flare. I find that the further into CRPS that I am getting, the more I feel that finding alternative treatments are important. My baths won’t kill off my kidneys, cause me to become a zombie, an addict, stop me driving or give any other nasty side effects it may on the other hand cause me to be a “functional magnesium user”
My bath normally consists of the following:
Water to above the spa jets and deep enough for me to lie in
1 cup Magnesium crystals (replacing the same in Epsom salts)
Essential Oils (I’m starting to play with new oils so watch this space) Lavender, Spearmint and Patchouli
A pot of green rose tea
A scented candle
Something to read
If you try Magnesium Baths for yourself, I would love to hear if they help. We are all different, but I do hope this helps other sufferers.
Hope your pain free today. xx
Can I also point out that I’m not a Doctor or any other practitioner. I am simply passing on to other sufferers what helps me cope with CRPS and what works for me may not work for you. It’s up to you to try for yourself and perhaps quiz your GP about it if you have concerns. I’m not responsible for how you use this information. I do hope you and others get something positive from this. It’s all about helping each other out.
Recently I embarked on how I could manage CRPS in a more natural way I was seeing a limitation to my current meds and was getting sick of the handful of pills that I as taking twice a day. One of the avenues that I looked down was supporting my brain and nervous system through vitamins, minerals and great food. Magnesium was one of the standout minerals and although I already knew that magnesium absorption through Epsom baths and soaking in the ocean was of great benefit to us sufferers I was now learning just how powerful it could be for us and the management of our condition. And in fact many conditions are benefited by supplementing magnesium. This article from Mind Body Green called Why Women Need To Get Enough Magnesium can give some great insight into that.
As I wrote in my post called Magnesium! Oh How I Love You I planned to boost the amount of Mag in my body like this…
Tablets were easy done but it was the Mag Oil that I needed to get my hands on. Looking online I was faced with paying around $30 for a small 120mg bottle and there was no way I could afford that on the small amount that I live off of each week. So I went looking for alternatives and before long I found a recipe on a great post by Wellness Mama called How To Make Your Own Magnesium Oil. Jackpot!!! So I set about buying the ingredients and before long I was cooking up a storm and I have to say that it was so much cheaper this way and so easy it seemed stupid to spend all of that money on a premade product. (Here is an article from Ancient Minerals on the differences between the two. It’s up to you if you’re concerned by this. I’m not personally!)
My Magnesium Oil
I took the instructions that I found online and loosely based my own method on that.
½ cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
½ cup Distilled water.
Saucepan to heat the water
Small spray bottle (plastic or glass)
Essential oils, few drops (optional)
It takes approximately 10min to do.
Boil the water lightly in the saucepan and then remove it from the heat
Put the Mag flakes into the water and stir in with the metal spoon until the flakes completely dissolve.
Add some Essential oils if you would like. I used Lavender for its calming effect but you could use some others that either smell great or have benefits to your condition. For example, Rosemary, clove, chamomile, peppermint etc.
Leave the oil to sit and cool, especially if you’re storing it in a plastic bottle. It may melt or release some chemicals into your oil. Room temp is best.
Pour the oil into the bottle and use.
How To Apply
Spray the oil onto the affected area for pain relief and allow it to absorb. You could also spray it onto other limbs, your stomach and I like to spray it behind my knee after reading somewhere that it absorbs better there. You may feel a little tingle at first but it will settle. Spraying onto any cuts, shaving rash etc. will naturally sting. To be honest, in a flare the sting feels better than the pain. Lol. Use as much as you need but enough sprays to dampen your skin should be fine.
Leave the oil on your skin for about half an hour and wash it off. If you leave it on your skin it will feel oily but hasn’t had any bed effects on my skin. But each person is different.
Ok for my first attempt, I spent $12 for the Magnesium Crystals + $8 p+h on Ebay (it gets cheaper as you buy larger amounts) = $20.00 and $2.95 for the Distilled Water. I also spent $1.50 for some spray bottles from a cheap shop. All up it cost me $24.95
Each batch used approx. a third of the crystals and water and made 300mg of Oil which I put into 100mg bottles. So the 300mg of oil cost approx. $8.30 and each 100mg bottle cost approx. $2.77. Not bad considering I was looking at around $30 for a 120mg bottle.
So here it is my recipe for making Magnesium Oil. Good luck with making your own and I would love to hear about any alterations or discoveries that you make. Xx
Please remember that I’m not a Doctor, Chemist or any qualification of anything. I’m only sharing what I have found within my research over time and what I have found has worked for me. I’m not responsible for what you try from this blog. It is all information that’s available freely online anyway.
I have recently discovered the wonderful benefits of Magnesium for my CRPS. I have always loved the effects of my Epsom Salt Baths and my soaks in the ocean, but I have recently raised the bar and improved my magnesium intake to assist me with dealing with my CRPS.
So how have I done this?
With all of my research in mind I have gone with two new options for adding Magnesium into my routine.
How Magnesium has helped me!
Keeping in mind that this is my experience and everyone will have different results
Before the extra Magnesium was added to my routine, I was tired, fatigued and in one of the worst flares to date. I had lost the use of my left hand and could barely move it. Basically I was a mess and in a lot of pain.
I started with the Magnesium oil just rubbing a little into my left hand and wrist three times a day and a little on my feet. I did my best to stay objective at first, but what I felt was relief, and quite quickly. Within a minute the pain in my hand had halved and I was a very happy girl. The other thing that I noticed was that the next day I felt good within myself. I felt bright, awake and had energy to burn, despite the fact that I had considerable pain. The thing was I felt more able to deal with the pain. I was amazed that it had such a fast effect on me and so far after 2 weeks I still feel great and have been more active and flaring much less. I’m so impressed.
About a week after I added Magnesium tablets to my diet, I wanted to have a more constant supply of magnesium in my body. Now that I am out of my flare and not flaring as much, I don’t use as much mag Oil. Every morning I take one tablet and I have maintained the same fantastic clear feeling.
Over the last month I have been hanging out for my second Ketamine infusion. There had been tears and days in bed unable to move my toes for fear of it triggering cramps and excruciating pain shooting through my body. Now, just over a week from my infusion, I’m wondering if I really need my infusion. Of course I need it. There are still flares and other symptoms to deal with. It’s just that I feel so good. So Magnesium is now permanently a big part of my treatment.
Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor or an nutritionist of any kind. Please consult with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet. I am writing this article from my experience and my understanding of the topic. Please consider doing your own research on this topic.