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1. Collect your ingredients.

  • 4oz (½ cup) magnesium chloride flakes
  • 2oz (¼ cup) very hot filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp plant-based emulsifying wax or beeswax
  • 4oz (½ cup) grapeseed oil
  • 4oz (½ cup) Shea butter
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
  • 10-12 drops lavender essential oil

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2. Make magnesium oil.

Combine magnesium chloride flakes with hot water in a glass jar. Swirl or shake until magnesium flakes are completely dissolved, and set aside.

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3. Melt it down.

In a medium sauce pan over low heat, melt the wax in oil. Once the wax is completely melted (it will be clear and liquefied), add the Shea butter in small clumps and allow it to melt.

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4. Emulsify mixture to make lotion.

Add magnesium oil and Vitamin E oil (if using) and blend until thoroughly emulsified. You can use an immersion (or “stick”) blender for this step, or pour the mixture into a traditional blender. Start with a low speed and slowly increase the speed until the mixture is consistent, smooth, and a light whitish-yellow shade. If you want to add essential oils, do that now and blend on low speed for 1 minute to combine.

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5. Store in glass jars.

Pour into 4oz glass jars. One batch makes approximately 12oz of lotion or enough for 3 jars. Allow to cool completely for 24-48 hours. The lotion will set and become thick and creamy.

6. Slather on at bedtime.

Apply magnesium lotion just before bedtime. Use it generously on the bottoms of the feet, belly, or back. Reapply as needed throughout the night for wakefulness.

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