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During pregnancy, expectant mothers are encouraged to take calcium-magnesium supplements to combat the sleeplessness that often comes from having a tiny human kicking at your ribcage. Adults can take oral supplements as well, but topical magnesium is the best way for little ones to get a boost.
You can purchase expensive magnesium lotion, but it’s likely to contain preservatives and stabilizers and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Nothing compares to making your own sleep aid lotion and knowing what each ingredient is. With a few ingredients, you can make a double-strength magnesium lotion to help everyone in your family, from newborns to adults, get a better night's sleep.
1. Collect your ingredients.
- 4oz (½ cup) magnesium chloride flakes
- 2oz (¼ cup) very hot filtered water
- 2 Tbsp plant-based emulsifying wax or beeswax
- 4oz (½ cup) grapeseed oil
- 4oz (½ cup) Shea butter
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 10-12 drops lavender essential oil
2. Make magnesium oil.
Combine magnesium chloride flakes with hot water in a glass jar. Swirl or shake until magnesium flakes are completely dissolved, and set aside.
3. Melt it down.
In a medium sauce pan over low heat, melt the wax in oil. Once the wax is completely melted (it will be clear and liquefied), add the Shea butter in small clumps and allow it to melt.
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