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DIY Calming Magnesium Body Butter {with essential oils}

This homemade magnesium body butter helps replace the magnesium that our bodies need to thrive.  I apply a little to my feet and shoulders before bed to help me relax and get a great night’s sleep.  I’m going to show you how I make it (it’s pretty easy), but first, I thought it would be helpful to share a little bit about what a magnesium deficiency is, what causes magnesium deficiency, and the benefits of using a magnesium body butter like this.

 

What is a magnesium deficiency?

More than 80% of us may have a magnesium deficiency, but most of us don’t know we’re deficient.  That’s because the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are common symptoms of many other conditions as well- feeling tired and run down, not sleeping well, getting headaches, digestive issues, and feeling stressed and anxious are just a few of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency.

 

What causes magnesium deficiency?

Many aspects of our modern American life can lower our magnesium levels:

  • too much caffeine
  • junk food (especially processed sugar)
  • excess stress
  • and poor sleep

just to name a few

 

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

What are the benefits of magnesium?

  • Helps fall asleep and improve sleep quality
  • Reduces stress
  • Calms nerves and anxious feelings
  • Increases energy
  • Eases muscle twitching and cramps
  • Soothes aches and pains

 

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

What’s in homemade magnesium body butter?

magnesium oil – Magnesium oil is actually not an oil.  It is a brine made from magnesium and water.  There are several different kinds of magnesium.  The kind I use (find it here) is made from magnesium chloride.  Unlike the more common magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salt, magnesium chloride is very readily absorbed into the skin and transported to the cells in a form that is highly bioavailable to the body.  Additionally, magnesium chloride seems to be the least irritating, and the one that I use is triple filtered for less itch and less sting ( a VERY good thing for my super sensitive skin).

unrefined cocoa butter– Cocoa butter is a hard, brittle butter that adds a rich and creamy texture to this whipped body butter.  It’s emollient and moisturizing, and has a velvety texture on skin.

extra virgin organic coconut oil Acts as a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.  Diluting essential oils when used topically is beneficial because it both (1) makes it safer (less risk of skin reactions and overuse sensitivity) and (2) increases the effectiveness of the essential oils by slowing evaporation and improving absorption.

lavender essential oil– Lavender has a sweet, floral, slightly herbal scent.  Lavender is calming and soothing.  It slows activity in the nervous system to promote relaxation, lift mood, and improve sleep quality.

cedarwood essential oil– Cedarwood has a warm, woodsy and slightly sweet scent that stabilizing & grounding.   Cedarwood works in the brain to stimulates both the limbic region of the brain (which is the center of emotions) and the pineal gland (which releases melatonin to help calm and regulate the circadian rhythm for restful sleep).

frankincense essential oil– Frankincense oil has a warm, earthy scent that is slightly fruity and sweet.  Frankincense promotes deep positive and grounding feelings as well as a true sense of purpose.  It also helps to calm and collect your thoughts.

 

How to make calming magnesium body butter?

Get a free printable of the calming magnesium body butter – click here

step 1:  cut cocoa butter into small pieces and add 1/2 cup to a heat-safe glass measuring cup (or heat-safe glass bowl)

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 2:  melt cocoa butter using double boiler method.

Do this by placing heat-safe glass measuring cup/bowl inside a pot that has 1-2 inches of simmering water.  Heat over medium heat and stir occasionally until cocoa butter is completely melted.

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 3:  remove the cocoa butter from heat, and add 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil to the melted cocoa butter.  The heat of the cocoa butter will be enough to melt the coconut oil.  Stir until completely melted.

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 4:  add 1/4 cup magnesium oil and mix to combine

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 5:  place the mixture in the refrigerator to cool for about 30 minutes

Note: magnesium oil is not actually an oil; it is a brine (or water based).  And as we know, water and oil do not mix.  So the magnesium oil will likely separate from the cocoa butter and coconut oil during this phase.  That’s okay.  When you whip it in the next steps, it will eventually emulsify and hold together.

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 6:  after the mixture is chilled all the way through it will be solid.  Scoop it out of the measuring cup and use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip it.  Start on low and increase speed slowly.  Whip for about 3-5 minutes.

note:  As I said above, magnesium oil is not actually an oil; it is water based.  And since water and oil don’t easily mix, you will likely see droplets of the magnesium oil separating from the butter/oil mixture initially.  Those magnesium droplets may get flung out to the edge of the bowl.  That’s okay, they will eventually get mixed in with the butter/oil mixture and stayed mixed.  It just takes a little while.

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 7:  add in 10 drops each of lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, and frankincense essential oil.  (note: This sounds like a lot of essential oils, but because 1 cup of butter and oil is used, it is less than a 1% dilution (0.6%) .

Then scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue whipping for another 5 minutes or so, until the magnesium body butter is light and fluffy.  A sign to look for to let you know that it’s getting close to being ready – the color of the magnesium body butter will change from yellow to a pale ivory, almost white.

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

step 9:  scoop the magnesium body butter into glass jars.

This recipe makes enough for two 4 oz. glass jars or four 2 oz. glass jars.

homemade magnesium body butter {with essential oils} to improve sleep, reduce stress, calm mood, increase energy, and soothe cramps & aches

 

Get a free printable of the calming magnesium body butter recipe- click here

 

How to make magnesium body butter?

  1. use a double boiler to melt 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  2. add 1/2 cup of coconut oil and melt
  3. add 1/4 cup magnesium oil
  4. cool for 30 minutes in refrigerator
  5. whip for 3-5 minutes
  6. add 10 drops each of lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, and frankincense essential oil
  7. whip for another 5 minutes or so until magnesium body butter is light and fluffy

 

How to use calming magnesium body butter?

I use this magnesium body butter for several different things:  (1) relaxing/sleep, (2) headaches, and (3) muscle cramps.

For Relaxing & Sleep:  at bedtime, massage into feet and the back of neck

For Stress & Headaches:  gently massage a small amount of body butter on the back of neck at the base of the skull as well as on the forehead and temples, being careful to not get any into your eyes

For Muscle Cramps:  apply to the effected area

Things to keep in mind:

  • Magnesium can cause itching and stinging, especially the first few times you use it.  Only use a very small amount until your body gets used to it.  Use caution until you know how your body reacts.
  • Do not apply to freshly shaven skin, open wounds, or broken skin.
  • Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees.  If your home is warmer than that, you’ll want to keep your body butter in the refrigerator.  It will get very firm and hard in the fridge, but just scoop a little out when you need it and it will melt almost instantly once in contact with your skin.

 

Where to get supplies?

magnesium oil (buy here)

cocoa butter (buy here)

extra virgin coconut oil (buy here)

4 oz. glass jars (buy here) or 2 oz. glass jars (buy here)

 

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13 Comments

  1. D. Felton April 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I ordered the magnesium “oil” and look forward to trying the body butter. I already make my luxurious body butter creams and love it! And I love essential oils, too. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. Sienna May 2, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Do you think you could substitute coconut mana for the cocoa butter? Or something eles? I’m anaphylactic to cocoa butter but this looks like a great thing!

    • Sarah Lewis May 9, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi Sienna,
      Kokum butter is a good substitute fro cocoa butter. Like cocoa butter, it’s a hard, brittle butter with a high melting point.
      To use kokum instead of cocoa butter, I would add 1 tablespoon of a liquid carrier oil (like sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil) to the recipe to help it stay soft and melt well into the skin.
      I get my kokum butter on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2q2rasR
      Sarah

  3. Ryan May 5, 2017 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Is the cedarwood oil necessary? I have the other too oils already and don’t want to buy cedarwood.

    • Sarah Lewis May 9, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Hi Ryan,
      The cedarwood is optional. If you’d like, you could substitute more lavender, vetiver, chamomile, or sandalwood for the cedarwood. Or you can just leave it out.
      Sarah

  4. Jennifer May 9, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    I’m severely allergic to latex, so I have to avoid all things coconut. Is there a substitute oil for the coconut oil?

    • Sarah Lewis May 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      I would substitute 1/4 cup of a soft butter (like shea butter or mango butter) and 1/4 cup of a liquid carrier oil (like sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil) in place of the 1/2 cup of coconut oil. That way the consistency of the body butter will still be fairly soft.

  5. Mimi May 15, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah. Can I replace cocoa butter with shea butter instead? I have shea butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil on hand (no cocoa butter). Thanks.

    • Sarah Lewis May 15, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      Hi Mimi,
      Yes, you can substitute shea butter for the cocoa butter. However, since shea butter is a much softer consistency and has a lower melting point than cocoa butter, if you substitute it one for one in this recipe, the body butter will likely be much softer and possibly runny/liquidy, if your home is warmer than 76 degrees.
      If your home is warmer than 76 degrees (the melting point of coconut oil), you may want to adjust the recipe slightly. Maybe something like this:
      3/4 cup shea butter
      1/4 cup of coconut oil
      1/4 cup magnesium oil
      10 drops each of lavender essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, and frankincense essential oil

  6. Cindy May 28, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Any thoughts as to if we can use magnesium flakes instead of the oil? I saw our local co-op had these. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Cindy,
      There might be two options for using the flakes:
      1) you can make magnesium oil yourself from the flakes. Here’s how to do it: 1) boil 1/2 cup distilled water, 2) pour that boiling water over 1/2 cup of magnesium flakes, 3) stir until completely dissolved.
      2) I haven’t tried this, but someone else suggested possibly trying to use the flakes dry in the body butter. If you try this, I believe that you’d want to grind the flakes up as fine as you can because I don’t think the flakes dissolve well in butter/oil (they are water soluble, but I don’t think they’re oil soluble.
      Sarah

  7. Jodi May 30, 2017 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I was wondering of you could use the magnesium flakes on place of the the brine. I live in a high humidity area and have a lot of trouble with emulsifying water into lotions and butters. I know it wouldn’t be as fluffy but do you think it would still be effective?

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 6:26 pm - Reply

      I haven’t done that but sounds like it’s worth a try. I don’t know if the flakes will dissolve in the butter and oil, so you may want to try grinding up the flakes as fine as you can before adding the ground flakes to the butter/oil mixture. That should help minimize any grainy feel from the flakes in the body butter.

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