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…
- Magnesium tablets with added Vitamin B6. I’m taking Bio Organics Magnesium Forte. Is a vego option that I have added to my morning pile of pills. The B6 helps the body absorb the Magnesium.
- Magnesium Oil. So apparently magnesium absorbs better through the skin. I have made my own Mag Oil and it is easier and far far far cheaper than any brought product. I have been rubbing it into my hand daily and arm and feet on bad days. I’m loving this option. I’ll share how I made I soon.
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.
- If the tingling/sting on your skin is too much to bear than you can heat up some more Distilled water and dilute the mixture. On the other hand I have thrown some extra flakes in to strengthen the mix and it’s been fine.
- Perhaps test the oil on a small part of skin just in case it isn’t for your skin.
- Make sure you use Magnesium Chloride because other forms of magnesium such as Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom salts) will not stay soluble.
- The reason for using Distilled Water is to give a longer shelf life. The original Wellness Mama recipe suggests 6 months.
- I purchased my Magnesium Crystals online because I live in a rural area and do not have access to a health shop, large chemist or any other store that sells them. I purchased mine through Ebay, but if you can locate them in a local store at a reasonable price then that is great. I guess shopping around it the best method. I also recommend buying in bulk if you think you can warrant it.
- I have found these flakes to be better in the bath than Epsom salts for relieving a pain flare, but also more pricey. Recently I have used the flakes in the bath when I have been in a major flare and they have worked wonders for me in the way of pain relief and calming down the neuro symptoms etc.
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.