Being that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, you could say that it is kind of important. Magnesium has several functions in the body and brain. Most people, however, do not get enough of this mineral. While there are plant-based, magnesium-rich foods you can consume, we are bringing you a magnesium body butter to help replenish magnesium levels, which works to improve sleep and reduce anxiety.
The majority of magnesium in the body is found in bones, while the rest is found in soft tissues, fluids, and muscles. Magnesium is necessary for cells to function properly. Involved in more than 600 biochemical reactions in the body, magnesium aids with protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements, nervous system regulation, and energy creation. The bottom line is that magnesium is necessary for a healthy body, but most people don’t get the amount they require.
What Is A Magnesium Deficiency?
About 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium, but they don’t know it. Some people mistake symptoms of magnesium deficiency as part of natural life or other health conditions. General fatigue, poor sleep, regular headaches, digestive troubles, or feelings of stress or anxiety are common symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Causes of Magnesium Deficiency
- Consuming too much caffeine
- Eating junk food (especially processed sugars)
- Excess stress
- Poor sleep patterns
Benefits of Magnesium
- Reduces stress
- Increases energy
- Soothes muscle cramps
- Improves sleep quality
- Calms nerves
Ingredients For Magnesium Body Butter
- ½ cup unrefined cocoa butter
- ½ cup virgin coconut oil
- ¼ cup magnesium oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 10 drops frankincense essential oil
- double boiler
- 4oz glass jars for storing body butter
- Using a double boiler, melt the cocoa butter. Once it is melted, add the coconut oil and melt.
- Add the magnesium oil, mix well, remove from the heat, and allow the mixture to cool for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator. The mixture should be completely solid.
- Remove the mixture from the fridge and add to a mixing bowl or cake mixer. Whip the mixture for 3-5 minutes.
- Add the essential oils and whip for an additional 5 minutes, or until you have a light and fluffy consistency like whipped cream.
How To Use
For Muscle Cramps
Massage one teaspoon of body butter on the affected area to relieve tension.
For Relaxing Sleep
Before bedtime, massage 1 teaspoon of body butter on the bottom of each foot, and rub a thumbnail size amount on the back of the neck.
For Stress & Headaches
Massage a small amount of the body butter on the back of your neck near the base of your skull. It is also beneficial to massage a small amount on the temples and forehead, but be careful to avoid getting the body butter in your eyes.