Use This Homemade Magnesium Spray To Help You Sleep Better

Use this spray to help you sleep better

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.

Pills can have adverse health effects

These pills, other than having an addictive quality, can have adverse side effects which include:

  • increased risk of stroke1
  • nausea2
  • mental health issues3 4
  • mood disorders5
  • sleep walking6

Research shows that magnesium can be a great alternative for a sleep aid.

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Magnesium is an essential mineral and we normally get it from our diet. But, we may experience a magnesium deficiency. Using magnesium in this spray form helps us absorb it directly into our bloodstream through the skin.

Benefits Of Magnesium

Magnesium has stress relieving properties

  • 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
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    levels of the hormone renin. This reduces the need to urinate in the middle of the night, waking you up less.9
  • 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 chloride is more suitable for this preparation

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.

Which Essential
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Oil Should You Use?

Lavender helps slow down activity in the nervous system

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.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of distilled water
  • ¼ cup of magnesium chloride flakes
  • 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 tsp of vodka or glycerin

Directions

  1. Heat the salt and the water in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Once the salt is completely dissolved, take it off heat and let it cool down.
  3. Add
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    the drops of essential oil along with the vodka or glycerin.
  4. Stir this mixture thoroughly.
  5. Decant into a spray bottle.

Using The Spray

Spray directly on skin or lightly mist over bed linens.

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.

Caution

  • Do not use on children below 12 years old without consulting a pediatrician first.
  • Similarly, do not use on pets either without
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    consulting the veterinarian.
  • 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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