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What is Magnesium Cream Good For?

You may be asking, what exactly is a magnesium lotion or cream, and how could it benefit me? Magnesium cream is a personal care product that has gained popularity in the last few years. It is a safe supplemental cream that can be used by most to improve their well being. It is formulated to be safe for all ages and skin types. Some have even called it a miracle product for the array of benefits that it provides without side effects. 

It is usually used as a cream, lotion, or oil base that contains a safe and effective form of magnesium for supplementation. The most common type of magnesium used is magnesium chloride, or the salt of magnesium. It is a mineral salt that is beneficial to the body, like sodium chloride – the table salt that we use on our food. Other mineral salts that are frequently used include potassium chloride, a popular culinary salt substitute. However, the magnesium chloride in magnesium creams and lotions is absorbed through the body topically, which means applied to the skin. 

What does Magnesium Lotion do? 

Magnesium helps more than three hundred bodily functions, including balancing blood sugar, blood pressure, and immune responses, along with aiding the body in tissue regeneration.  Some of the most immediate functions we may experience in daily life include its support of muscle and nerves. Magnesium (or Mg, as it is abbreviated in its chemical form) also works together with the body’s calcium and helps it to function properly, such as using vitamin D from the sun and obtaining energy from food.

The number one reason magnesium supplementation is growing in popularity is the need for quality sleep. Fast-paced modern lifestyles, along with magnesium deficiency, can cause people to skimp on sleep whether they mean to or not. 

Having enough magnesium in your body can help you feel more calm, focused, mobile, rested, temperature-regulated, and energetic. However, a lack of magnesium can interrupt restful sleep and cause any of these states to become imbalanced. 

How much Magnesium do we need? 

People of all ages benefit from magnesium supplementation, however teens and adults need and use the most per day during normal bodily processes. Those who are pregnant can benefit from extra supplementation to account for a growing baby. 

From birth, an individual may need around 30 mg daily, which then gradually increases over the years to around 400 mg daily for a healthy adult. It is always best to check with your doctor for specific concerns or to determine individual needs. 

Why are we deficient in Magnesium?

Studies have shown that nearly everyone in the world is deficient in magnesium due to soil erosion. Soil erosion means that beneficial minerals and nutrients from the soil that are typically taken up by the plants and crops that we use for food are slowly used up or stripped over time. This means that our food crops, while still healthy food sources, do not always possess the optimal mineral or nutrient content that our bodies need. This can ultimately result in magnesium deficiency along with other nutritional deficiencies. 

Magnesium deficiency can even be a cause of the following commonly experienced symptoms: anxiety, nerve pain, joint pain or arthritis, restless legs, muscle pain or spasms, headaches or migraines, and irritability, among others.

How can I obtain more Magnesium?

A magnesium lotion or cream is a convenient way to give your body a dose of topical magnesium. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy or sticky residue like a magnesium oil or mineral broth might. You don’t have to take a special trip to a hot spring or other saltwater body. There may not always be time or space for an epsom salt bath. And most importantly, you don’t have to take oral magnesium supplements which can cause gastric distress and discomfort. While taking pure encapsulations can be beneficial for a variety of nutrients, don’t forget that your skin is your largest organ, and you can use natural products to help supplement your health and wellness.

It is nearly impossible to take in too much magnesium through topical use. Because of the challenges in obtaining magnesium through diet, people are much more likely to be deficient than to have excess amounts at any given time. 

How do you use Magnesium Cream?

The cream can be applied as you would a normal body lotion. It is best used when applied to arms and legs, the soles of feet, inside of the belly button, elbows, armpits, backs of knees, or directly massaged into sore muscles and joints. The most popular method of application by far is on the soles of feet at bedtime, which doubles as a smoothing and cooling magnesium foot or leg cream. Using it as a “goodnight sleep cream” in your nightly routine is fast becoming the number one use, not only for restless leg cramps but also for total body relaxation. It can also be applied during the day for a gentle calming sensation. 

The Better Shea Butter good night magnesium cream contains gentle moisturizing butters and oils that provide skin-loving nutrients and sink in easily so the benefits are experienced quickly. Please be sure not to use on open wounds, as it is a salt and can sting! 

Whether you choose to use it as a calming cream to help soothe pain in muscles, joints or nerves, for sleep, or during pregnancy, or even as a topical magnesium massage, you are sure to experience benefits that improve your well being and increase the feeling of tranquility in your day to day life.

Long term benefits of Magnesium supplementation

Magnesium deficiency can cause a range of symptoms, and restoring magnesium balance can in turn promote a range of benefits. The most typical physical and emotional benefits can include feeling more calm, reduced or eliminated muscle, nerve, and joint pain, greater ease of mobility, and more restful sleep immediately and over time. 

And as we know, sufficient sleep itself provides many health benefits, such as mental clarity and focus, regulated energy levels, weight control, restoration and repair of the body, and balanced mental health. 

Benefits of Better Shea Butter Magnesium Cream

This cream contains Zechstein magnesium, from the pristine ancient Zechstein seabed located off the coast of the Netherlands. It is completely pure, free of any additives and very high in bioavailable magnesium chloride. 

It also contains unrefined shea butter, mango butter, and apricot oil, which are very popular natural beauty products and skin foods that help rebuild skin over time. These butters and oils contain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that help benefit skin tone, texture, and moisture levels.

This cream comes in popular natural scents including: Unscented, a classic favorite. Peppermint provides a feeling of cooling relaxation during hot nights. Lavender soothes nerves and aids in restful sleep and Vanilla/Rose is a floral gourmand scent that helps encourage a positive state of mind. All of these are scented with 100% pure essential oils only so they do not contain artificial fragrances.

This cream contains roughly 480 mg of magnesium per jar. If you use the recommended dose of 1 tsp, you will receive around 20 mg of magnesium per application. 

I hope this has helped you learn more about magnesium supplementation and why magnesium cream is such a beneficial product to use in your daily personal care routine! Please feel free to comment below with any other questions or feedback you may have. 

Author: Natalie, Natural DIY Enthusiast