Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Natural Muscle Pain Relief

I heard him before I even saw him.  It was the middle of the night and I could hear my 6 year old son crying as he came up the stairs.

Having the trained ear of having know him for 6 years I knew he was in a great deal of pain.  Did he fall of his bed again!?  Hit his head on something!?

He reached the top of the stairs and was wailing in agony.  It took a minute to get him even slightly calmed down enough to tell me that his legs hurt.

He told me he'd barely been able to even get up the stairs he was in so much pain in his legs.  This was a bit of a shock because I couldn't remember him ever having leg pain before.  However, it does run in the family, so I could only guess it was from that.

After listening to him tell me, to the best of his ability, what was wrong I noticed the tendons behind his knee were very, very tight to the point that he couldn't even straighten his legs.  That's what had made the stairs so painful.

My gut took over and I started trying whatever I thought might help.  Having never dealt with this before I was making educated guesses.

Thankfully I had just made my first batch of magnesium oil.  If you aren't familiar with it it isn't actually an oil, it's just magnesium chloride flakes dissolved in water.

He was in more pain than I had ever seen him in, including the time he'd broken his arm.  The tears kept pouring down his face as it was tense with his look of agony.

I sprayed the magnesium oil on and quickly rubbed it in all over his legs.  Then I though if this doesn't work I should give him some pain medicine because it will take half an hour before it starts working.

Next I grabbed some eucalyptus oil and rubbed a few drops straight into his skin.  (Not all essential oils can be directly applied to the skin, but eucalyptus oil can.)  I've used it before on it's own for sore muscles and had decent success with it.

What happened next shocked me as much as him coming up the stairs screaming in pain had.

After having quickly applied the magnesium oil and then the eucalyptus oil he calmed down immediately.  So fast I was almost in disbelief that he could be okay already.

Eucalyptus Oil
It couldn't have been the pain reliever because it had only been about 2 minutes since I'd given him that.

He stopped crying.  Smiled, said his legs felt better, then skipped off back to bed with no signs of pain at all.  Totally shocked, but totally relieved, I went back to bed.

A couple of weeks later I had the chance to try out the great combination of oils again.  My husband's legs were in extreme pain so I quickly got the magnesium oil and eucalyptus oil out.  I rubbed each of them into his legs and in just a few minutes he was perfectly fine.

From what I've studied Restless Leg Syndrome could likely be the result of a lack of magnesium in the diet.  If you have RLS you may want to consider adding more magnesium to your diet.  It seems that taking a magnesium supplement can be of help, however it can sometimes cause internal issues for people.  The magnesium spray seems to be the preferred method for the body to receive the magnesium.

Magnesium oil can be purchased, but if you plan on using it long term it is much more affordable to make you own.

Here are the very simple steps for how to make magnesium oil...

Magnesium Oil

1/2 cup of Magnesium Flakes  (find them here, I bought the Ancient Minerals brand)
1/2 cup of Water (ideally purified or distilled)
Misting spray bottle  (like this one, or I found mine much cheaper at the local health food store)

Heat the water to boiling.  Stir in the magnesium flakes until they dissolve.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool.  Pour into a glass spray bottle.

It's that easy!

To apply the magnesium oil daily spray it on your arms, legs, and stomach.  These are areas where the skin is thinner allowing for better absorption.  You may feel a little tingling at first, but this will go way after using it for a little while.

I would personally apply the spray to any muscles that are in pain, including my neck and my back.

Magnesium is a mineral that most of us are deficient in, so adding more is a good idea.  You probably won't find yourself adding too much of it, but your body would tell you that it's hit the too much mark with very loose bowel movements.  It's unlikely that would happen, but if it does just use the oil less often.  Foods high in magnesium, like bananas, could help as well.

I hope that this is helpful to you, and that those you love can find relief in it.   Enjoy how easy and effective magnesium oil can be!

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Disclaimer:  None of this should be taken as medical advice, it is shared for the sole purpose of education.  You and your doctor are responsible for your health and your decisions regarding it.  That being said, I have obviously used them on my family and myself and am comfortable recommending them to whom ever wishes to try them.

1 comment:

Nancy said...

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