I didn’t even know I was deficient in magnesium! Using this homemade DIY magnesium lotion has helped my restless legs, quality of sleep, and it has reduced my anxiety! It’s super easy & fun to make, and it’s affordable too!
I try to use home remedies whenever I can, like healing chapped lips without medication, making elderberry syrup to prevent colds before they even come, and charcoal gummies when someone gets the stomach flu. And these all work!
But I tried every stretch and massage technique you can think of to stop my restless legs from keeping me up at night and nothing worked.
So I decided to go out on a limb and make my own magnesium lotion. Oh my goodness, why in the world did I wait so long?! Here are the Top 5 Reasons That I love it!
- Helps me sleep at night
- Calms my nerves and muscles
- Reduces stress (read here on how magnesium reduces stress)
- It’s fun + really easy to make…
- And it’s more affordable than store-bought!
Read my research and even more about the benefits of magnesium lotion HERE!
Here’s What You Need
- ½ cup magnesium flakes
- 3 Tbsp boiling water
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp beeswax pastilles
- 3 Tbsp shea butter
- 1 quart mason jar
- 2 coffee mugs
- Immersion blender
Notes on Ingredients
Shea Butter. For this recipe, you want unrefined, ivory shea butter. I use this brand because it’s the best quality I’ve tested among shea butters.
Definitely use pastilles (pellets) instead of the brick. The brick is fine if you’re using the whole thing, but when you need just a tablespoon or two, the pastilles make it SO much easier to measure. I use these because I’ve used their other products (including the shea butter mentioned above, and their zinc oxide to make homemade sunscreen) and I trust them to provide great quality.
You want unrefined virgin coconut oil – the kind that is solid at room temperature – not refined coconut oil. I’ve been using this coconut oil for years, but this brand is also really good.
You want magnesium chloride flakes, which is a highly concentrated form of magnesium. This brand is one of the best on the market.
- There are other types of magnesium on the market, so make sure you’re getting the right kind. I explain the most common types of magnesium in this post. For the tutorial below, make sure you get magnesium chloride flakes.
- If this is the first time you’re making magnesium lotion, I recommend starting with this 1.65 lb bag. If you’ve already made the lotion and have fallen in love (like me!), you can upgrade to buying it in bulk. This 8 lb bag has the lowest price per pound – and trust me, I’ve looked at them ALL!
How to Use the Extra Ingredients
- An 8 oz bar of shea butter will make about 4 batches of magnesium lotion. If you are looking for other uses for it, I also use shea butter in homemade shaving cream and in homemade peppermint lip balm.
- If you have extra beeswax to use, consider making homemade citronella candles or use it in homemade dry-skin healing lotion. Otherwise, one bag of beeswax pellets will make 8+ batches of magnesium lotion.
- We use coconut oil all the time in the kitchen, and I also use it in my natural skincare routine to remove make-up naturally and as a daily facial moisturizer.
Ps….Having ingredients on hand for more than one purpose is a great use of your budget! I go more in-depth on making the most of your grocery budget in Grocery Budget Bootcamp. The best thing is, the principles in this course can apply to more than just groceries!
Step 1. Measure magnesium flakes into a mug. Fill another mug halfway with water and microwave on high until it is boiling, about 2-3 minutes. (Alternatively, you can bring water to boil on the stove.) Measure 3 Tbsp of boiling water into the mug with the flakes. Stir until the flakes are dissolved and set aside.
Step 2. In the quart mason jar, measure coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter. Place the jar in a small pan filled with 1-2 inches of water. Place it on the stove and turn the heat to medium high.
Step 3. Allow the solids to melt, swirling the jar occasionally if necessary. (Be sure to wear an oven mitt.)
Step 4. When everything inside the jar is melted, remove it from the pan and let it cool for about 5 minutes.
Step 5. Pour the dissolved magnesium into the quarter mason jar. If it solidifies upon contact, that’s ok. Place the immersion blender at the bottom of the jar and blend everything together really well, moving the blender up and down along the sides of the jar as necessary to incorporate the ingredients.
This makes about 8 ounces of lotion. Store at room temperature for up to 2 months.
Note 1. This magnesium lotion recipe is more of a butter/salve than a liquid, pumpable lotion. It has a slightly waxy, greasy feel because of the combination coconut oil and magnesium. You can use a different oil if you’d like, as long as it’s liquid. Know that this will change the final texture slightly. Also, because of the ingredients used, it will not absorb like we’ve come to expect when using typical over-the-counter lotion. Then again, it’s not supposed to. 🙂
Note 2. If you find the list of ingredients and the idea of making lotion daunting, I HIGHLY recommend making magnesium oil spray. It’s just two ingredients – magnesium and water – and it’s great beginner DIY. It’s also just as effective as magnesium lotion! You can find the tutorial for DIY magnesium spray here.
How to Clean Your Supplies
The hardest part of this tutorial is cleaning your supplies, but I’ve figured a way to make it easier!
- Scrape as much of the lotion off of the immersion blender as possible.
- Fill another quart jar halfway with very hot, soap water. Place the immersion blender inside and let it soak for a few minutes. (I set my kitchen timer for 3 minutes so I don’t forget.)
- Turn the immersion blender on in the jar for about 10 seconds. Dump out the water and repeat step 2, this time adding a couple tablespoons of baking soda. Place the immersion blender inside and let it soak for a few minutes. (Again, I use the kitchen timer.)
- Turn the immersion blender on in the jar. Dump out the water and, at this point, the immersion blender should be fairly clean. If it isn’t, you can use a sponge with dish soap to remove any remaining portions of the lotion.
What is magnesium lotion used for?
People most often use magnesium lotion for improved sleep, relaxation, stress reduction, and magnesium deficiency. This article talks about the importance of magnesium for our bodies.
What is the best magnesium lotion?
My homemade magnesium lotion is the best, of course! It’s much more cost effective to make your own (especially if you use it nightly), and you get to control the quality of the ingredients.
If you don’t want to make the lotion yourself, you can get a similar high quality magnesium lotion here.
Does magnesium lotion help you sleep?
It definitely helps me sleep! After I started using it, I noticed improvement in just a few days. Now I use it on my legs every night before I go to bed. Not only do I fall asleep faster, but I stay asleep the whole night and my restless legs are no more!
You can read more about the sleep benefits of magnesium in this post.
Hi Tiffany -thanks so much for this. I have used a different recipe using a food processor which worked wonderfully the first time, then totally bombed the second and third time (wouldnt emulsify and I couldnt work out why).
Your recipe works beautifully. Given buying the same quantity of commercially made mag lotion costs $77 here in Australia, I love making my own!!
I do not have unrefined shea butter, can I use the regular refined?
Karen @ Team Crumbs
Yes, you can!
I only had a refined coconut oil(I keep refined for my pets) and it turned out great despite that difference. I especially love your added cleaning tips! This cleanup was nothing compared to cleaning up after a diy deodorant. I’m looking forward to the benefits of this lotion 🙏
I absolutely love this recipe! I have RLS and Fibromyalgia, and it has helped immensely! I have given away countless jars of this, and everybody is amazed at how much it helps. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe!💕
As many times as I have made it, it always turns out gritty. Is this normal, or am I doing something wrong? I have whipped it with my immersion blender for several minutes. Any help would be appreciated!