Friday, October 23, 2015

Magnesium for Anxiety Reduction and Sounder Sleep(and a giveaway!)

I am a huge proponent of the use of magnesium to help with anxiety reduction and sounder sleep. No supplement/mineral will work for everyone and each individual should talk with their doctor in deciding if magnesium supplementation and transdermal(simply magnesium absorbed through the skin, some studies show that our bodies gather more magnesium via skin versus through diet) use is a good idea for them.

What is magnesium and why is it important?

Magnesium is a vital nutrient that should be found in our body in large amounts. Magnesium is used by your body in many different biochemical reactions. Our ancestors likely kept their magnesium levels high with a steady diet of meat(including organ meats), water that naturally had magnesium in it and vegetables and fruits grown in soil rich with magnesium. In modern times many of us rarely consume organ meat, water processing methods now remove magnesium for our public drinking water and our soil has been depleted of magnesium. The National Institute of Health reports that the recommended daily intake of magnesium for adults is 320-420 mg and the average daily intake in the US is just 250 mg. In addition to the low daily intake of magnesium, stress also causes our bodies to waste magnesium. In our hectic and stressful modern society, I can only imagine that we are wasting magnesium in our bodies at a high rate.

There are many ways that low magnesium can impact the human body. In my personal experience, low magnesium appears to cause depression, anxiety and increased insomnia.

How do I increase my magnesium other than dietary changes?

Epsom Salt Baths

Insomnia is something that I have struggled with since childhood. So, when a friend told me several years ago that she was using epsom salt baths several times per week to increase her magnesium levels for better sleep at the suggestion of her doctor, I decided instantly that I would try it. After all, I loved to soak in the bath with a good book so what did I have to lose?

You can pick up epsom salts online such as at amazon -(Epsoak Epsom Salt 19.75 Lbs - 100% Pure Magnesium Sulfate, Made in USA) - however, you can find it at any drug store or with the over the counter medication in your local grocery store for much cheaper. I don't recommend the scented types as I have yet to find a brand scented with essential oils or other natural scents. I do, however highly recommend adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the epsom salts before putting them in your bath- it just adds to the lovely experience.

For a good epsom soak run your bath water very warm and add a minimum of 2 cups of epsom salts. Soak for a least 20 minutes and hopefully you will be as utterly relaxed as I am after an epsom bath!

Oral Magnesium

I sometimes take oral magnesium at night before bed. It does help me calm down but it does often cause some loose stools, as well(magnesium is also used as a laxative). If you are someone that struggles with constipation, as well, this may be a positive side effect. If not, start with a small dosage to see how your body adapts. I use a brand called Ultra Calm found here- (Natural Vitality Natural Calm Raspberry Lemon 16 oz). I have also tried the generic brand and you can save quite a bit of money that way- I personally found the taste to be terrible on the two generic brands that I tried. I imagine if you added the generic brands to juice instead of water it would be tolerable. 

Magnesium Lotion or Oil

I have not been able to find magnesium oil or lotion in my local area, so I purchase this from amazon. I began using the magnesium oil on my neck and shoulders when I would get tension headaches(which start in my neck). It really helps to relax the muscles and seems to ease the headache, as well. The magnesium oil I use is found here- Magnesium Oil 8 fl oz (237 ml) Liquid. I find that it lasts a very long time.

I started rubbing magnesium oil on my girls' feet before bed to help them sleep(it has been very successful) but they did not like the consistency of the oil so I purchased lotion for them. You can find the type that I used here -(Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion - 8oz Bottle).

After we ran out of the lotion one night, I improvised by adding the magnesium oil to some whipped coconut oil and lavender essential oil and the girls loved it. We did this for several months until I decided to look on Etsy to see if someone was already making a similar product(hey, I'm a working Mom of three- I'll cut corners anyway that I can!)

Low and behold- I found exactly what I was looking for at a cute little shop called Simply Owl Natural. This product is now a standby at my house.

The use of magnesium supplementation has, over time, decreased my anxiety, dramatically decreased my migraines and increased sleep quality for myself and my children. It is something that I recommend everyone research and decide if it would be helpful in your own life. 

Note: I was not paid for my mention of Simply Owl Natural products. All opinions are my own and I am simply a fan of the brand! 

Also, all Amazon links are affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase the item I receive a very small percentage of profits. I am a huge proponent of shopping local so please check your local stores and buy your products anywhere that works well for you!

Giveaway! *******giveaway has now ended- Mama On A Mission is our winner!********

Now, the fun part! I reached out to Simply Owl Natural to tell her that I was including her product in my blog post and they kindly offered to give away a care package for one lucky blog reader! 

The products that one winner will receive are as follows:

2 oz. magnesium lotion
Lip balm
Itch Stick
2 oz. vapor rub

Such a decadent care package for yourself or a loved one for the upcoming cold and flu season. 

Entry is easy! There are two methods of entry and you can do both for two entries into the giveaway. 

1) Favorite Simply Owl Natural's shop on Etsy here and comment below noting that you did so. 
2) Like Simply Owl Natural's Facebook page here and comment below noting that you did so. 

Please use separate comments for each entry. Giveaway will end at 8 pm Central Standard Time on Sunday, November 1st and the winner will be chosen via the random number generator at US entries only at this time, please. 


  1. Rebecka from Bake Craft DIY, I liked your FB page. Thanks for the chance to win, I am most interested in the itch stick.

  2. Replies
    1. Hello there! Just a reminder that you can't be entered unless you like the FB page or etsy shop and comment that you did so. Thank you for stopping by!

    2. I liked their etsy shop and facebook. Also order a couple things on etsy page.

    3. I liked their etsy shop and facebook. Also order a couple things on etsy page.

  3. I knew about the migraines help but not everything else. Thanks for this.

    1. Hi Angie! Just a reminder that you can't be entered unless you like the FB page or etsy shop and comment that you did so. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I entered the giveaway through Etsy & Facebook! So excited! I've heard amazing things about the products!

  5. I entered the giveaway through Etsy & Facebook! So excited! I've heard amazing things about the products!

  6. Like on Facebook and favorited on Etsy. I can't believe how reasonably priced these products are. What a great deal!

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  8. So fascinating! Thanks for the info! I did both, through facebook and etsy. I need to check their products out!
    Jackie Stowell

  9. We use Natural Calm as well. Also marked Natural Owl as a favorite on Etsy.

  10. I favorite Simply Owl Natural's page on Etsy and liked her page on Facebook!

  11. I'm so glad I found this product and this link! Bought the lotion initially for my kids, but I suffer from migraines and was happy to hear this could help. Liked the etsy and FB pages!

  12. Love it, and thanks for the product recommendations! I love taking epsom salt baths.

  13. Hi! I liked the Facebook page since I don't have a etsy account. I have a lot of anxiety and insomnia issues as a result of it.My doctor has me on medication that I don't take every day because all it does is knock me out. I want to look into trying magnesium instead for more natural way. I've taken lot of baths with the Epsom salts but I've been so busy haven't had the I'm to rally relax and take one lately. Thanks for sharing

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  15. I favorited your Etsy shop....awesome products you have in your shop

  16. I favorited the Etsy shop & liked the Facebook page :)

  17. Mama on a Mission, you are the winner! Please e-mail me your mailing address and a contact e-mail. Thank you!

  18. Magnesium in a bath is amazing! You feel so, so good after you have one. We use mag chloride as it's better than epsom salts plus way cheaper.

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  20. My husband is a huge advocate of magnesium. He passes out pills to use most nights, lol. It does help me with muscle cramping but not so much with sleep.
    We found a way to make a cream, I have it pinned if you are ever interested. :)