I have frequently recommended using magnesium oil for muscle cramps. As I began researching other possible benefits I found that there are many.
First a little about what magnesium does, it is essential for over 300 enzyme body functions. Magnesium is important for:
- bone health
- cellular energy
- muscle contraction
- nervous system balance
- decreasing the inflammation response
- controlling blood sugar
Deficiency of this mineral is related to a host of chronic health conditions including heart disease, stroke, migraine, asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis, and insomnia.
A common symptom of magnesium deficiency is an enhanced “startle” response such as jumping when hearing an unexpected loud noise.
Oral magnesium isn’t always easily absorbed, so applying it topically gets the magnesium directly into the bloodstream without it having to go through the digestive system.
Always apply magnesium oil to clean skin.
To use for muscle aches and cramps (including fibromyalgia pain) or restless leg syndrome, spray onto the affected area and rub in.
For general health benefits and/or to boost your magnesium levels, apply to the soles of your feet each night before bed.
Caution: Magnesium can have a laxative effect so begin with a few sprays and gradually increase your dosage if you don’t have any digestive symptoms.
If you think you are magnesium deficient, ask your doctor to include your magnesium level the next time you have blood work done.
Spinach, Swiss chard, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, black beans, quinoa, cashews, and sunflower seeds are some good food sources of magnesium.
Contraindications for supplementing with magnesium (click on the Interactions button). If you are taking any of these medications, check with your healthcare provider before using magnesium oil.