I’ve been talking about magnesium for awhile now, and how necessary I think it is for many people.
But I discovered something unfortunate: the magnesium “oil” spray (which is really a salt solution, not an oil) dried my skin out in these winter months and made it unbearably itchy. Every night I was torn between using it — knowing I’d benefit with more restful sleep and a better mood — and not using it, so I could avoid the insane itching! I’d use it for a couple nights, then skip a night or two, and so on. It was helping, but not as much as if I were consistent.
I decided I had to find a new way.
I’ve made lotion before, and I know there are commercial magnesium lotions on the market. They are expensive. I decided it could not be that hard to make my own!
And it wasn’t. I didn’t do anything fancy this time — I didn’t infuse any herbs or even add any essential oils. This is completely unscented. In fact, it’s sort of grayish and weird-looking, and it smells a bit like latex (because of the unrefined shea butter). If you want to infuse some herbs or add some essential oils, try lavender, rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, comfrey, calendula, or whatever else you like. In this particular case I was mostly after a nourishing lotion that contained magnesium and nothing else.
This is simple, requires only a few ingredients, and can be made in less than 15 minutes.
- 1/2 c. double-strength magnesium oil* (1 c. magnesium chloride flakes + 1/2 c. water)
- 1/2 c. avocado oil
- 1/2 c. unrefined shea butter
- 2 tbsp. beeswax
*Yes, that amount has been updated if you are checking back at the recipe. It’s been doubled. I have made this a number of times and I think the lotion is smoother, creamier, and has a way better texture with this amount. Really, texture-wise, it’s the best lotion I’ve ever used. And of course it doubles the amount of magnesium you’re getting so it’s really effective. I seriously love this lotion. Even if I were going for different properties — no magnesium, infusing herbs, etc. — I’d still use these same oils in these same proportions. It’s just awesome.
Make your magnesium oil, if you haven’t already. Find the directions here. You will not use all of it for this recipe, so save the rest for another batch.
Melt the avocado oil, shea butter, and beeswax in a small saucepan. (If you want to infuse any herbs, do it in the avocado oil alone, strain, then melt the infused oil with the shea butter and beeswax.)
At this point you could add some essential oils to the melted oil mix if you want, 10 – 12 drops. I didn’t bother.
Pour the oils into a blender. (Sorry for the crappy blender pics; it was dark in my kitchen and I couldn’t get these to shoot well.)
Turn it on low and stream in the magnesium oil.
Put the lid on and turn it up higher. It will turn into an opaque, cream-colored liquid. That is when the emulsification is complete, and you have your lotion!
Pour the lotion into a glass jar. This makes around 12 – 13 oz. of lotion so I used a 16-oz. glass mason jar.
Allow your lotion to cool completely. It will solidify and become very thick and creamy, more like a “body butter” than a lotion. You might try using twice as much magnesium oil if you want a thinner lotion — I ended up liking mine the way it was, although I might try that next time.
Use as with any normal lotion, spreading especially over thin-skinned areas. It absorbs very easily and fairly quickly and doesn’t dry out the skin. It shouldn’t cause any stinging or tingling, like the plain oil can. I like to use this just before bed, and I put it on my legs and belly. It is nice for pregnant bellies too.
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