FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Magnesium Oil?
Magnesium oil isn't an oil,
but rather a mixture of
magnesium chloride hexahydrate suspended in distilled water.
It feels oily when applied to skin.
Why is it called
Transdermal Magnesium Oil?
'Transdermal' just means
'application through the skin',
so you're getting the magnesium
through your skin rather than orally.
How important is it to use
food grade magnesium chloride?
It's pretty important.
Anything less than food grade may contain contaminants, which you wouldn't want to rub into your skin.
Why can't I just take a magnesium supplement?
The magnesium found in oral supplements is usually a different form of magnesium, such as magnesium oxide or citrate; the absorption into one's body (called 'bioavailability') from these different forms can vary, with magnesium oxide having the lowest amount of bioavailability.
Oral magnesium supplementation has been known to cause diarrhea (it's a primary ingredient in most laxatives), and is therefore not as readily absorbed into the cells as transdermal magnesium. Receiving magnesium topically allows it to saturate the cells without interference from the digestive tract, different foods and even medications.
Do I need to dilute it before use?
There's no need to dilute our oil, but if you have sensitive skin it's fine to dilute it a little. If you're new to magnesium, it's best to build up to the recommended daily amounts.
Does the oil help with hot flashes?
Studies show that during menopause our magnesium levels drop. During a hot flash our blood vessels constrict, and magnesium helps them to relax, so it's vital to have enough magnesium in our systems at all times.
To simplify a bit of a complex answer, excess estrogen is involved with hot flashes. Magnesium is involved in the manufacture of hormones like estrogen and progesterone, and it also regulates them, so when you have adequate levels of magnesium in your body, it keeps estrogen from getting out of control.
Magnesium also helps with anxiety, which many women experience as a hot flash starts.
Can men use this too?
Men can most definitely benefit from magnesium.
There's been several studies showing that magnesium helps to boost testosterone levels in men. Besides that, magnesium helps our hearts and our digestive systems, helps to regulate our blood sugar levels and lower cortisol levels, helps our muscles to relax, and to get better sleep.
Both men and women need this important mineral, yet it's estimated that close to 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium.
Will this help with sleep?
Yes, it definitely can. Magnesium helps to decrease cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone. In fact, one of the possible causes of insomnia is a lack of magnesium.
Magnesium helps our muscles to relax, and consequently, helps us to relax.
How much should I use each day?
We recommend a minimum of 30 sprays per day (equals 1 teaspoon if you're pouring).
This provides around 300 mg of magnesium to your body, which is still less than the Recommended Daily Allowance from the National Institutes of Health.
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