My integrative doctor once told me that magnesium was needed for 3000 things within the body. As I was paying for his time I didn’t stop to ask what those 3000 things actually were! I got the picture though, magnesium is one important mineral. According to some, perhaps THE most important mineral. I believe however that we need all of our minerals, nicely balanced. Luckily, a good plant based diet with a wide variety of vegetables tends to provide that.
In actual fact, a good plant based diet is quite high in magnesium, especially if you include correctly prepared legumes along with lots of leafy greens. However, a little extra never goes astray, particularly when it comes to aching muscles and the need to relax!
Sometimes I split this recipe and by that, I mean that I add certain essential oils to one batch and different essential oils to another. That way I am using the qualities of each essential oil for a specific reason as well as getting the most out of my magnesium balm. I use one jar for tired or sore muscles and the other jar for a restful sleep. I also often fill a little tiny jar that I can pop into my backpack when hiking, just in case someone might have a cramp or bit of muscle soreness on the hike.
It’s totally up to you which essential oils you use for your body balm. When it comes to using essential oils, use your nose and your senses and if you don’t like any of the oil recommendations below, keep sniffing until you find one that you do!
Some examples are:
Sore muscles: Black Pepper, Grapefruit and Rosemary; Juniper and Peppermint; Wintergreen.
Restful night sleep: Chamomile, Lavender and Orange; Vetiver and Bergamot; Sandalwood.