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.

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Magnesium Body Balm
Soothing body cream
magnesium body balm and ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
Jar
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
Jar
Ingredients
magnesium body balm and ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put the magnesium flakes into a small bowl and add the boiling water.
  2. Stir until the flakes are dissolved in the water and then leave to one side.
  3. Place a small saucepan of water onto heat and bring to a slow simmer.
  4. Put beeswax, cacao butter and coconut oil into a separate small bowl and place the bowl on the saucepan of water. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water.
  5. Stir the beeswax mixture until everything has melted.
  6. Take the bowl off the saucepan and put in the fridge for 30 mins until solidified.
    beeswax, cacao butter and coconut oil mix with magnesium water
  7. Once the beeswax mixture has solidified, whip it up with an electric beater. With the motor running, slowly add the magnesium water until the water is mixed in well with the beeswax mixture.
  8. Add the essential oils to the whipped mixture and stir through. This can be done with a clean spoon if preferred.
    magnesium body balm mixture and ingredients
  9. Place the balm into a sterilised jar.
Recipe Notes

When the body balm is first whipped, it is quite soft.  As the temperature cools, the body balm will become firmer.

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