I’m so excited to tell you about something I learned recently. As you might know, I love my probiotic deodorant recipe and I feel like it’s a great natural deodorant that really works. But I’ve learned of another ingredient that makes deodorant even better!!
Really, it’s not an oil at all but a 1:1 ratio of magnesium chloride flakes with water. The resulting liquid is very ‘oily’ thus it’s called magnesium oil.
As I researched about magnesium oil, I found out a ton of amazing facts about magnesium itself. Some benefits include:
- Healthy bones and teeth
- Aids in weight loss
- Promotes restful sleep
- Healthy, strong muscles
- Great deodorizer
- Helps maintain normal blood pressure
- Balances hormones
- Healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems
Hey, those benefits sound great to me! Who doesn’t want to be less stressed, with a stronger, healthier body, that gets restful sleep at night and doesn’t deal with crazy hormone-induced personality swings??
Unfortunately, many people (up to an estimated 80% of Americans!) have some sort of magnesium deficiency. The best way to get any needed mineral is through a healthy diet. The food that we put into our bodies plays a HUGE role in how we function and feel. I found this article which lists many foods that are a great source of magnesium:
- Sunflower seeds, dry-roasted, ¼ cup: 128 milligrams
- Almonds, dry-roasted, ¼ cup: 105 milligrams
- Sesame seeds, roasted whole, 1 oz: 101 milligrams
- Spinach, boiled, 1 cup: 78 milligrams
- Cashews, dry-roasted, 1 oz: 74 milligrams
- Shredded wheat cereal, two large biscuits: 61 milligrams
- Soymilk, plain, 1 cup: 61 milligrams
- Black beans, cooked, ½ cup: 60 milligrams
- Oatmeal, cooked, 1 cup: 58 milligrams
- Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 51 milligrams
- Edamame, shelled, cooked, ½ cup: 50 milligrams
- Peanut butter, smooth, 2 tablespoons: 49 milligrams
- Shrimp, raw, 4 oz: 48 milligrams
- Black-eyed peas, cooked, ½ cup: 46 milligrams
- Brown rice, cooked, ½ cup: 42 milligrams
- Kidney beans, canned, ½ cup: 35 milligrams
- Milk, whole, 1 cup: 33 milligrams
- Banana, one medium: 33 milligrams
- Bread, whole-wheat, one slice: 23 milligrams.
Some additional foods that I’ve found that are high in magnesium are:
- Cocoa powder
- Dried pumpkin seeds
While a healthy diet is key to getting a large part of the necessary minerals, many people are questioning modern farming techniques that use mineral-depleted soil. Intensive agricultural farming is stripping the soil of nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that our food is grown in. While produce is still good for us, it is not as nutrient rich as it was decades ago. Therefore, many people have looked for a way to supplement extra magnesium – this can be done with magnesium flakes in a bath, taking oral supplements, or by topical application of magnesium oil.
After a trial run with adding magnesium oil to my deodorants, I’m a believer! At least with the deodorizing claims. My probiotic deodorant works even better and lasts even longer. And if I can get the additional health benefits of magnesium by a daily application of deodorant, well, even better!
I’m using the Ancient Minerals brand of magnesium oil for my Probiotic deodorants since I sell them to the public but I’m very interested in making my own oil for personal use. You can find a great recipe on this post from Wellness Mama.
If nothing else, I think I’ll be getting some magnesium flakes for baths. Hello, calmer-stronger-healthier me! Here I come!