Are you looking for a way to get more magnesium in your body as well as nourish and hydrate your skin? Then you will love this magnesium body butter recipe! It’s thick, creamy, and with the addition of lavender, extra relaxing. My favorite way to use it is by massaging it in right before bed to let it soak in all night long.
But this lotion came about not as much as a means to moisturize as because I don’t have time to take epsom salt or magnesium baths, and needed a way to get more magnesium into my muscles.
See, as a runner, my legs get tired and heavy, and one of the tricks of the trade for runners is soaking in a hot epsom salt bath. Of course the bath has more benefits than just the magnesium – the pressure of the water helping push fluid out of the legs, carrying lactate with it is a huge boon to recovery.
But as a mom who in addition to being a homemaking is a homeschooler with small farm chores to boot, sitting in a bathtub is a luxury that’s hard to enjoy.
But the main point is absorbing magnesium, and you don’t have to take a bath to get that. And since runners aren’t the only ones with a magnesium deficiency, this is good news!
Not only does this magnesium body butter give you the magnesium without the time spent in a tub, it uses a more absorbable type of magnesium.
Magnesium bath flakes are a concentrated form of the naturally occurring magnesium chloride. Not only are they so much easier to dissolve for lotion making than epsom salt (which is made from magnesium sulfate), they’re said to be up to 75% more bioavailable to the body.
So while you might have to order them from amazon rather than buy them at the local pharmacy, it’s well worth your while!
Magnesium Body Butter Recipe
- ½ cup magnesium flakes (I use Ancient Minerals Brand)
- 3 Tbsp boiling water
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1/8 cup beeswax pellets
- 3 Tbsp shea butter
- Immersion blender
- In a half pint jar or small bowl, pour your boiling water over the magnesium flakes, stir for a minute and set aside. The flakes should dissolve as they sit. If they don’t, try reheating them in the microwave, or a double boiler.
- In a separate double boiler set up, combine coconut oil, beeswax pellets, and shea butter and heat until melted.
- Usually, you will have to get it quite hot to melt the beeswax, so you’ll need to set the mixture aside to cool for about 5 minutes before proceeding with the next step.
- Once the oils have cooled a bit, add in magnesium mixture and 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Using an imserion blender, blend mixture until smooth and opaque. It won’t take long.
- Note: If you don’t have an immersion blender (get one, but failing that) add your melted oils into a blender, then add the magnesium and essential oil on top, cover, and pulse.
- Scrape magnesium butter into a jar quickly before it sets up. Cover, and let cool.
- Use as you would any body butter, but it’s especially good as a “night cream” as it’s a bit heavy, and will absorb overnight potentially improving your sleep, and leaving your skin incredibly moisturized in the morning.