Magnesium is necessary for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. It relaxes muscles (great for after a tough workout!), helps stabilize blood sugar, is important for cardiovascular health, and is key in balancing hormones. And since stress burns magnesium stores you need more magnesium during times of increased physical or emotional stress. Most people are deficient in magnesium. Applying this to the skin helps it get directly into your bloodstream faster.
I use this magnesium spray after every shower. Be careful not to apply on fresh shaved areas (STING!).
What is the difference between Epsom salt and magnesium flakes? Magnesium salts (technically called Magnesium Chloride), is the compound you find in all Magnesium supplements and it has a different molecular structure than Epsom salts. The molecular structure of Magnesium Chloride is much more easily absorbed into the body than that of Epsom salt. Magnesium salt typically comes from seawater and is often offered to those with severe magnesium deficiencies. In comparison to Epsom Salts, Magnesium chloride is not recommended to be ingested.
Epsom salt is actually a form of Magnesium. Its compound name is Magnesium Sulfate and looks a lot like salt! Magnesium Sulfate is used to treat all sorts of health issues ranging from strained, sore muscles to mental well-being. It is believed that magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, so while you are relaxing in the bath, your skin will be soaking up the benefits! When Epsom salts are absorbed into your skin it can help build brain tissue, support your joints, and promote the detoxification of your digestive system.
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup magnesium flakes
3 drops Young Living lavender essential oil
Boil the filtered water then pour the water over the flakes in a glass bowl and stir until dissolved. Let cool completely and store in a glass jar. I usually add my drops of essential oil (EO) into the bottle after it has cooled and swirl it around to mix.
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