In today’s fast-paced, competitive, stress-filled world, getting enough sleep should be our top priority. Unfortunately, that’s rarely ever the case. Ask anyone how well they’re sleeping and it’s unlikely you’ll get a positive reply. Those who do try to get help(if they ever do) get prescribed sleeping pills.
These pills, other than having an addictive quality, can have adverse side effects which include:
Research shows that magnesium can be a great alternative for a sleep aid.
Benefits Of Magnesium
- It has been proven to help improve the quality of sleep.7
- It can help improve levels of the sleep hormone melatonin.8
- It can help reduce
- It works as a muscle relaxant.10
- It helps reduce levels of stress hormone cortisol and can help reduce anxiety.11 12
- It can help effectively treat mood disorders like major depression.13
Why Not A Magnesium Supplement?
Any extra nutritional supplement should be under the guidance of your physician. Magnesium supplements taken orally may also cause diarrhea, an upset stomach, nausea, and stomach cramping.14
Magnesium Chloride Or Magnesium Sulfate?
Magnesium is commonly available in two solid forms. One is as magnesium chloride flakes. The other, magnesium sulfate, will be more familiar to you as Epsom salt. Both compounds are salts made from this mineral. However, the chloride salt may be easier to absorb through the skin while the sulfate salt may be more suitable for ingestion. The sulfate salt may also be more drying on the skin. For this preparation, magnesium chloride is more suitable.
Oil Should You Use?
This recipe includes lavender essential oil which has been proven to help people fall asleep faster and easier. It helps slow activity in the nervous system and promotes sleep quality.15 You can use whatever essential oils help you relax and smell pleasant to you. Some great options include bergamot and chamomile. You can even blend two oils together. Whichever essential oil you use, do a patch test with a few drops of it diluted in coconut oil or olive oil. This is to make sure that your skin is not allergic or sensitive to it.
- ¼ cup of distilled water
- ¼ cup of magnesium chloride flakes
- 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil
- 1 tsp of vodka or glycerin
- Heat the salt and the water in a saucepan over low heat.
- Once the salt is completely dissolved, take it off heat and let it cool down.
- Stir this mixture thoroughly.
- Decant into a spray bottle.
Using The Spray
You can lightly mist your fabrics and bed linen with this mixture, in which case, use the vodka instead of glycerin. It can also be lightly sprayed over the skin directly. Do this shortly before you go to bed. Make sure to avoid delicate areas like the eyes. You may feel a slight tingling sensation when you use the spray for the first time. This is because you may have a magnesium deficiency and your body is getting used to the exposure. This sensation should fade with regular use. It may help to use the spray on your feet where the skin is tougher and you will feel less of a tingling sensation.
- Do not use on children below 12 years old without consulting a pediatrician first.
- Similarly, do not use on pets either without
- Talk to your doctor before using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
The next time you find yourself tossing and turning in bed, before you reach for those pills, try out your homemade magnesium spray instead. You’ll be delighted with the results.
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|↑2, ↑4, ↑5||Triazolam. MedlinePlus|
|↑7, ↑8, ↑9, ↑11||Abbasi, Behnood, Masud Kimiagar, Khosro Sadeghniiat, Minoo M. Shirazi, Mehdi Hedayati, and Bahram Rashidkhani. “The effect of magnesium supplementation on primary insomnia in elderly: A double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial.” Journal of research in medical sciences: the official journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 17, no. 12 (2012): 1161.|
|↑10||Gourgoulianis, K. I., G. Chatziparasidis, A. Chatziefthimiou, and P-A. Molyvdas. “Magnesium as a relaxing factor of airway smooth muscles.” Journal of aerosol medicine 14, no. 3 (2001): 301-307.|
|↑12||Eby, George A., and Karen L. Eby. “Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment.” Medical hypotheses 67, no.
|↑13||Eby, George A., and Karen L. Eby. “Rapid recovery from major depression using magnesium treatment.” Medical hypotheses 67, no. 2 (2006): 362-370.|
|↑14||Magnesium. University Of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑15||Lavender. University Of Maryland Medical Center|