Wellbeing with Nutrition
Nurturing the Mind and Body

Stress, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances are all common factors contributing to muscular and nerve-related aches and pains. 

There is often a build up of calcium within tissues, which triggers muscle and/or nerve-related pain. This results in abnormal muscle/nerve contraction and the hardening of structures (calcification). The mineral magnesium is required to reverse this situation, it prevents calcium from coming out of solution and causing calcification.

Magnesium can really help contracted nerves and muscles to relax. Magnesium may be taken orally but tends to be poorly absorbed. Transdermal magnesium is the best form of magnesium to take for easing muscles and nerves. Also known as magnesium oil, transdermal magnesium is naturally derived from sea water in the form of magnesium chloride and may be rubbed directly onto the skin or used in a bath or compress. I have used transdermal magnesium to ease aches and pains and had good results for easing tension in my lower legs from long periods of standing. I often recommend its use to friends, family and clients, for easing muscle/nerve related tension.

As the skin is the largest organ, it may be used to absorb magnesium directly into the body by rubbing transdermal magnesium all over and concentrating where there are aches and pains. 

When the body is deficient in magnesium, there is often a slight stinging sensation when transdermal magnesium is rubbed on the skin. To avoid irritation, dilute 1 part of transdermal magnesium with 3 parts warm water. (if this solution is still too strong then dilute it further by adding more water)

Suggested Transdermal Magnesium Rub Treatment:

  1. Mix 5 ml (1 teaspoons) of transdermal magnesium with 10ml (2 teaspoons of water).
  2. Next, pour some of the solution onto your hands and massage into your legs,  As your hands dry apply more of the solution and continue massaging the entire body until the skin dries.

It takes around 30 minutes for the magnesium to be absorbed through the skin. At this stage, you may wash the solution off.

As you get used to using transdermal magnesium, you may reduce the amount of dilution water.

Avoid rubbing damaged or infected areas of skin with transdermal magnesium, as it may cause irritation.

To support the body further, include plenty of mineral rich foods in the diet such as leafy green vegetables/green juices, sprouted whole grains, nuts and seeds and consider adding mineral-rich broths made from vegetables, seaweeds and organic bones in the diet.