In the era of self-care, magnesium has become a household ingredient, lauded for its many benefits and a key ingredient in many of our relaxing bath soaks. Some of the benefits include reduced muscle soreness and cramping, improved sleep, relief of skin conditions such as eczema and improved mood and energy levels.
Magnesium also happens to be one of the most common mineral deficiencies in adults across the world with many health professionals recommending some form of supplementation. Over the past 40 years, it’s estimated that the magnesium content in our fruits and vegetables has decreased by more than 30% due to deficiencies in our soil. A magnesium deficiency will present itself in a variety of different ways from person to person but what’s important is understanding how you can raise your magnesium levels back to a healthy balance.
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays an important role in the repair and recovery of the muscles and joints in our body as well as the physiological function of our brain and heart. It is responsible for more than 300 biochemical functions in the body.
The most common forms of magnesium available is actually magnesium chloride that is harvested from natural deposits in the earth and saltwater.
Where does our magnesium come from?
Under the small town of Veendam in the Northern Netherlands, you’ll find one of the world’s purest deposits of magnesium chloride. It was formed over 200 years ago when the ancient inland Zechstein sea evaporated. Layers of sand and clay that formed over the salt beds protected the magnesium chloride from pollutants and contamination from the modern world.
In the late 1990’s this deposit was discovered in the Netherlands and Zechstein Magnesium Chloride was produced. At The Salt Box, we’re the only stockists of Zechstein Magnesium Chloride in Australia.
So, how can you raise your magnesium levels?
You can choose to take ingestible magnesium supplements however we love transdermal absorption methods. Our skin is very porous allowing for the release of oils, toxins and sweat, as well as the absorption of substances. By applying magnesium products topically, our dermis can absorb them into the body to get the full range of benefits of the mineral.
Magnesium salt baths are one of the most popular ways to use magnesium topically and arguably one the most relaxing ways to use it. A long soak in a warm, but not hot bath provides all of the therapeutic benefits of magnesium chloride as well as well as the mental break in taking some time out.
For a relaxing bath soak, add roughly two cups of magnesium flakes to warm water in a standard-sized bathtub. Double the amount for an oversized garden tub. Soak for 20 minutes or more. For specific symptoms, repeat 3 times per week for 2-4 weeks.
You can also use magnesium oil by rubbing and massaging it into specific areas that are causing muscular pain or simply all over for a total body treatment.
Magnesium chloride is generally the preferred form of magnesium because of its greater levels of effectiveness compared to other formats. Both bath soaks and magnesium oils have shown to be great ways to increase your magnesium levels and they’re simple and enjoyable to use.
Be sure to check out our full range of magnesium options here and if you have any questions about magnesium or using products from our range, don’t hesitate to get in touch.