D.I.Y. Magnesium Oil.

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!)

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My Magnesium Oil

I took the instructions that I found online and loosely based my own method on that.

Recipie

½ cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
½ cup Distilled water.
Saucepan to heat the water
Metal spoon
Small spray bottle (plastic or glass)
Essential oils, few drops (optional)

Method

 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.

Notes

  • 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.

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The Cost

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.

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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.

Magnesium! Oh how I love you.

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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.

Why?

  • I have started to search for alternative and more natural ways to deal with my pain.
  • Magnesium is often used to assist in pain relief and is widely used within the CRPS and chronic pain community
  • I have started to consider how feeding the brain and nervous system can assist me in coping with CRPS and reducing the symptoms I have, other than my pain. Spasms, cramps, tremors etc.
  • I am so tired of being on medication and the fact that they are losing their effect could end up in me needing even more. I am over it!

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.

  • 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.

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.

Sources

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11717/why-women-need-to-get-enough-magnesium.html

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/chronic-pain-relief?page=2

http://www.rsds.org/pdfsall/Collins_Zuuurmond_deLange.pdf

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.