Today's recipe would be the perfect holiday gift if you're feeling DIY-tabulous! I was actually just writing the other day about how I'm convinced magnesium is why I've had no pregnancy sickness to deal with and how it has drastically cut down on my tension headaches as well (it is a muscle relaxer after all)! I take a magnesium supplement every day, but I also try to absorb it topically. Most people do not get enough magnesium through their food (leafy greens, nuts, avocodos, etc.), and while it would be nice if we did... there's nothing wrong with a little extra help! Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin and your body has a much easier time processing it that way. If you want to learn more about magnesium, I suggest reading The Magnesium Miracle. I found it fascinating, but you know, I can be nerdy ;)
So all this to say, I've been spraying homemade magnesium oil on my skin after showers (which definitely will itch/burn the first few times if you're magnesium deficient, but it's not that bad especially once you get going). But I found it hard to remember to do sometimes, so I thought a lotion with magnesium mixed in would be worth a try and would also perform double duty in moisturizing simultaneously. I really like this lotion and, especially if you're new to topical magnesium, I think it's gentler than straight spraying the stuff on you. I know that when the spray was too itchy for me, I'd put some coconut oil on top and found that comforting. And I haven't had any issues with this lotion. It's creamy and festive smelling :)
Full disclosure, the bulk of this recipe comes from Wellness Mama. I had no idea how to go about making magnesium lotion, and she has a ton of great DIY body products to inspire. I just tweaked the scents to make it Christmas-y.
1/2 Cup Magnesium Oil
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Shea Butter
2 Tbsp Emulsifying Wax
5 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Don't worry. Making magnesium oil is easy. Just buy some magnesium flakes. I recommend the Ancient Minerals brand above, but I've never used anything else so what do I know? ;)
Boil 3 Tbsp of water and add it to 1/2 Cup of magnesium flakes. Mix it up and let it cool. Voila, magnesium oil!
While that cools, add the coconut oil, shea butter, and emulsifying wax to a mason jar or a small glass jar and melt it in a pot of boiling water until it's liquid.
Then VERY slowly (like for real) add the magnesium oil to the mixture while blending. Now's a good time to add the essential oils. Obviously you can use whatever oils you want. And be careful, you really don't want to go overboard, especially with cinnamon. It can burn. I add just enough to make a light scent.
Then refrigerate for 15-20 minutes and re-whip to make it nice and fluffy!
Put it in a tiny jar so it looks overflowing and lovely. Then transfer to something more practical that you can actually close and clean the jar you didn't really need in the first place. Voila!
This is one of my favorite recipes I've made so far, so definitely give it a try! I'm sure it would be nice without the magnesium, but that would be silly, so just add the magnesium and make your life a little better ;)