This homemade magnesium body butter helps replace the magnesium that our bodies need to thrive. I apply a little to my feet and shoulders before bed to help me relax and get a great night’s sleep.
What is a magnesium deficiency?
More than 80% of us may have a magnesium deficiency, but most of us don’t know we’re deficient. That’s because the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are common symptoms of many other conditions as well- feeling tired and run down, not sleeping well, getting headaches, digestive issues, and feeling stressed and anxious are just a few of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
What causes magnesium deficiency?
Many aspects of our modern American life can lower our magnesium levels:
- too much caffeine
- junk food (especially processed sugar)
- excess stress
- and poor sleep
just to name a few
What are the benefits of magnesium?
- Helps fall asleep and improve sleep quality
- Reduces stress
- Calms nerves and anxious feelings
- Increases energy
- Eases muscle twitching and cramps
- Soothes aches and pains
What’s in homemade magnesium body butter?
magnesium oil – Magnesium oil is actually not an oil. It is a brine made from magnesium and water. There are several different kinds of magnesium. The kind I use is made from magnesium chloride. Unlike the more common magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salt, magnesium chloride is very readily absorbed into the skin and transported to the cells in a form that is highly bioavailable to the body. Additionally, magnesium chloride seems to be the least irritating, and the one that I use is triple filtered for less itch and less sting ( a VERY good thing for my super sensitive skin).
unrefined cocoa butter– Cocoa butter is a hard, brittle butter that adds a rich and creamy texture to this whipped body butter. It’s emollient and moisturizing, and has a velvety texture on skin.
extra virgin organic coconut oil– Acts as a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils. Diluting essential oils when used topically is beneficial because it both (1) makes it safer (less risk of skin reactions and overuse sensitivity) and (2) increases the effectiveness of the essential oils by slowing evaporation and improving absorption.
lavender essential oil– Lavender has a sweet, floral, slightly herbal scent. Lavender is calming and soothing. It slows activity in the nervous system to promote relaxation, lift mood, and improve sleep quality.
cedarwood essential oil– Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy and slightly sweet scent that stabilizing & grounding. Cedarwood works in the brain to stimulates both the limbic region of the brain (which is the center of emotions) and the pineal gland (which releases melatonin to help calm and regulate the circadian rhythm for restful sleep).
frankincense essential oil– Frankincense oil has a warm, earthy scent that is slightly fruity and sweet. Frankincense promotes deep positive and grounding feelings as well as a true sense of purpose. It also helps to calm and collect your thoughts.
How to make calming magnesium body butter?
step 1: cut cocoa butter into small pieces and add 1/2 cup to a heat-safe glass measuring cup (or heat-safe glass bowl)
step 2: melt cocoa butter using double boiler method.
Do this by placing heat-safe glass measuring cup/bowl inside a pot that has 1-2 inches of simmering water. Heat over medium heat and stir occasionally until cocoa butter is completely melted.
step 3: remove the cocoa butter from heat, and add 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil to the melted cocoa butter. The heat of the cocoa butter will be enough to melt the coconut oil. Stir until completely melted.
step 4: add 1/4 cup magnesium oil and mix to combine
step 5: place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool for about 30 minutes
Note: magnesium oil is not actually an oil; it is a brine (or water based). And as we know, water and oil do not mix. So the magnesium oil will likely separate from the cocoa butter and coconut oil during this phase. That’s okay. When you whip it in the next steps, it will eventually emulsify and hold together.
step 6: after the mixture is chilled all the way through it will be solid. Scoop it out of the measuring cup and use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip it. Start on low and increase speed slowly. Whip for about 3-5 minutes.
note: As I said above, magnesium oil is not actually an oil; it is water based. And since water and oil don’t easily mix, you will likely see droplets of the magnesium oil separating from the butter/oil mixture initially. Those magnesium droplets may get flung out to the edge of the bowl. That’s okay, they will eventually get mixed in with the butter/oil mixture and stayed mixed. It just takes a little while.
step 7: add in 10 drops each of lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, and frankincense essential oil. (note: This sounds like a lot of essential oils, but because 1 cup of butter and oil is used, it is less than a 1% dilution (0.6%) .
Then scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue whipping for another 5 minutes or so, until the magnesium body butter is light and fluffy. A sign to look for to let you know that it’s getting close to being ready – the color of the magnesium body butter will change from yellow to a pale ivory, almost white.
step 9: scoop the magnesium body butter into glass jars.
This recipe makes enough for two 4 oz. glass jars or four 2 oz. glass jars.
How to make magnesium body butter?
- use a double boiler to melt 1/2 cup cocoa butter
- add 1/2 cup of coconut oil and melt
- add 1/4 cup magnesium oil
- cool for 30 minutes in refrigerator
- whip for 3-5 minutes
- add 10 drops each of lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, and frankincense essential oil
- whip for another 5 minutes or so until magnesium body butter is light and fluffy
How to use calming magnesium body butter?
I use this magnesium body butter for several different things: (1) relaxing/sleep, (2) headaches, and (3) muscle cramps.
For Relaxing & Sleep: at bedtime, massage into feet and the back of neck
For Stress & Headaches: gently massage a small amount of body butter on the back of neck at the base of the skull as well as on the forehead and temples, being careful to not get any into your eyes
For Muscle Cramps: apply to the effected area
Things to keep in mind:
- Magnesium can cause itching and stinging, especially the first few times you use it. Only use a very small amount until your body gets used to it. Use caution until you know how your body reacts.
- Do not apply to freshly shaven skin, open wounds, or broken skin.
- Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees. If your home is warmer than that, you’ll want to keep your body butter in the refrigerator. It will get very firm and hard in the fridge, but just scoop a little out when you need it and it will melt almost instantly once in contact with your skin.