Benefits of Magnesium Baths
Part of my commitment to myself this year was to take more baths. Baths can be very therapeutic and (with the right ingredients) extremely detoxifying and medically beneficial. Baths can help us replace minerals in the body and pull out heavy metals. This post will focus on magnesium baths. I will post more about magnetic clay baths soon.
An estimated 75% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can’t take a deep breath.There has also been a link found between chronic fatigue / fibromyalgia and magnesium deficiency.
Many doctors will recommend oral magnesium supplementation with a product like Natural Calm. This is great however sometimes ingesting magnesium can cause upset to the stomach when taken in higher doses. Transdermal absorption of magnesium through baths are an excellent and low side effect method of magnesium supplementation. Many people take epsom salt baths but these are not recommended for magnesium supplementation. Epsom salts are rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. It is also more toxic and less absorb-able and retain-able in the body. Effects do not last long which means you need to add more to a bath to get similar results. It also works mainly as a laxative. Its effect, form and toxicity demands it be used in special applications where the sulfur is needed. Epsom salts are not recommended to increase magnesium levels since they are very alkaline and can adversely change the PH balance of the skin.
I use Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Flakes as they are one of the few brands that do not have heavy metals in them. These baths can get pricy if you use the flakes directly. Here is a link to a “single use” pouch: Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes (1.65 lb Bag). I splurged and bought the larger size: Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes (6.5 LBS). In order to save money, you can make your own magnesium oil using the flakes and use that for the baths instead of the flakes directly. This will allow you to get more bang for your buck.
Here is a recipe for magnesium oil:
2 cup magnesium chloride flakes
2 cup distilled water
You can distill water by boiling it. Once that is done, mix in the magnesium chloride flakes until they are dissolved. Make sure to use a glass container when you do this (no metal). This recipe will yield about 16 oz of Magnesium Oil. You can either fill this in a spray bottle and spray it directly onto your body or use 6 0z of it in each of your magnesium baths.
Here is the recipe I use for my magnesium baths. **Note: Please be sure to consult your doctor before you do these baths as there are some contraindications with thyroid medications and antibiotics.:
6 oz Magnesium Oil
2 cups Sodium Bicarbonate (aka Baking Soda: makes your skin soft)
10 drops of Lavender Oil
Before you get in, you can dry brush your body to maximize absorption. It is best if you can sit in the bath between 20 – 40 min. These baths can be taken 1 – 2 times a week. It is best to take these baths at a time where you can rest after. You might find yourself more tired from the detox process. Be sure to allow yourself at least 2-3 hours of rest afterwards while you drink some herbal tea and water.
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