Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Whipped Magnesium Body Butter


If you have not yet read the introduction to why make a magnesium body butter, then read this article first

There are two variations to this recipe. One is a body butter and one is a spray. The recipe actually makes both, because you technically have to make the spray before you can make the butter. I will explain more after the recipe.

*Warning: This makes a ginormous batch so you may want to halve it to begin with! Unless you have 12 children. Then you may proceed with the full batch. Or I guess this would make a great gift... 

Whipped Magnesium Body Butter:
Print recipe here
  • 1 cup HOT water
  • 2 cups magnesium chloride flakes (not epsom salt!)
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter (mango or cocoa butter also would work)
  • 3 tablespoons beeswax
  • 25 drops grapeseed extract (optional for a longer shelf life, but may not be necessary if you keep it in the fridge)

1) Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer. Combine the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax in a glass jar and set it in the saucepan, creating a "double boiler." Another option is to use a designated old pot that you only use for things like this as I have done in the picture below. Just be careful to heat it very gently if you use that method. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from the heat. 




2) While your oils are melting, measure out the 2 cups of magnesium flakes. Pour the hot water over the top and stir until completely dissolved.

3) Slowly and carefully pour the hot melted oil mixture into a bowl. Now you must become ambidextrous. With one hand you will use a hand beater (or immersion mixture, OR you can pour it into a blender but I'm warning you it's hard to clean out!) and with the other you will SLOWLY pour in the magnesium/water mixture into the oil mixture while you blend on low speed.

**If you have a third hand, now would be the time to add in the grapeseed extract. :)

4) Continue to drizzle the magnesium/water combo into the oil combo. It will begin to stiffen instantly making it easier to mix.

5) Once all the oil is drizzled in, continue to whip the butter up until nice and fluffy.

6) Spoon into small containers and allow it to cool completely before using. 

7) I prefer to keep one jar out at all times and store the remainder in the fridge. That increases the shelf life. 

Where to buy magnesium flakes:

This is the brand I buy, simply because I can buy it at my local health food store. I have also heard that this brand is excellent as well. 


To use the body butter:

  • Scoop out a small amount from the jar and rub on the desired area. 
  • Massage into the skin until it's completely absorbed. 
  • It may sting at first because of the Magnesium (a salt). It's best to not apply when you are too warm or your pores will be wide open. Also be sure to avoid any open wounds or cuts.
  • This can stain clothing or bedding, so it's best to wear old clothes or be sure to wash clothing appropriately afterwards.

To make and use a spray:
  • If you prefer, you can make a spray instead of the body butter. Simply mix up the water and magnesium and pour into a spray bottle. 
  • To use, spray a few sprays on the affected area and allow it to air dry.
  • This still can still sting, but it does not cause fabric stains like the body butter. However, it does take awhile to dry, so it is a bit more inconvenient (in my opinion.) 
  • Using the spray is also cheaper because of all the added ingredients (but they do make your skin soft.) 



NOTE: Both of these methods only need about 30 minutes to fully absorb into your skin. This means, that if you wish, you can wipe it off after that time, or even take a shower. 

Where to purchase all other ingredients:

**For a great place to purchase the beeswax, shea butter, etc. I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. If you choose to purchase through my link I will make a nickel or two for which I am grateful. Thank you!


Bethany
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2 comments:

  1. Both yesterday's and today's blogs were so interesting and helpful, Bethany. You certainly researched this very well! One thing caught my eye concerning what magnesium is good for: Panic or anxiety attacks. Grandpa's sister, Elda, has (in the past) suffered from these attacks and perhaps she was (and may still be) deficient in Mg. Thanks for being such a good teacher of all things that are good for us!!!
    Love you, Grandma

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  2. Thanks! So glad you liked them. Been wanting to write these for awhile but it was a little daunting. So glad I finally finished them! That's really interesting with Elda. Would be curious if it was a magnesium deficient.

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