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What are the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

5 warning signs of magnesium deficiency

When it comes to magnesium it plays such an important role on our bodies overall. Many around the world do not understand the importance of magnesium in the same way they understand calcium or iron, for instance. Nonetheless, in my research and it’s proven that adequate magnesium levels are crucial for brain, cardiac and muscle function and it is needed, along with silica and Vitamins D and K to promote bone health. Magnesium deficiency is more common than many people suspect, and it is so worth knowing this inforation for anyone, There is a LOT more than just 5. below are just a few warning signs that could indicate a deficiency in this important mineral.

1. Ringing in the Ears or Hearing Loss


Tinnitus, or a constant, high-pitched ringing in the ears is common symtom of magnesium deficiency, as is hearing loss. There are have been a number of studies done on the relationship between ear health and sufficient magnesium levels. In one Chinese study, it was found that magnesium in sufficient quantities will prevent the formation of the free radicals that can lead to hearing loss. In a study at the Mayo Clinic, it was found that treating patients who had experienced hearing loss with magnesium supplementation often helped restore that loss within three months.

2. Muscle Cramps or Tremors


Magnesium is crucial to optimim muscle function. Without it, the body would be in a state of convulsion, because it is this mineral that allows the muscles to relax. That is why, for instance, a magnesium oxide drip is used to ease women in labor and why magnesium is found in so many sleep-inducing supplements. A lack of sufficient magnesium, therefore, can lead to facial tics, muscle cramping and twitching or cramping of the feet while trying to sleep.

3. Depression


The link between low magnesium levels and depression was understood over a century ago, when doctors would use it to treat this mental health disorder. Modern science has backed this up, with a study at a psychiatric hospital in Croatia finding that many attempted suicide patients had severely low levels of this important mineral. One advantage of magnesium over traditional antidepressants is the lack of side effects sometimes associated with these medications.

4. Abnormal Heart Function


As previously discussed, low magnesium levels can have an effect on muscles throughout the body and this includes the heart muscles. Insufficient magnesium can induce a condition known as a cardiac arrhythmia, in which the heart fails to beat regularly and this, in turn, can cause a greater risk for complications like heart attacks and strokes. That is why, for instance, doctors at the Henry Low Heart Center in Connecticut treat their arrhythmia patients with a medication which contains magnesium.

5. Kidney Stones


Many people believe that kidney stones are caused by an excess of calcium, but in fact it is a lack of magnesium that is the culprit. Magnesium prevents the formation of these stones by inhibiting the binding of calcium with oxalate, the two compounds which make up these stones. Kidney stones can be excruciatingly painful, so it is good to know that something as simple as magnesium supplementation can prevent them!

If experiecing any of these symptoms, consulting with a healthcare practitioner who truly understands these imbalances is a good idea.

Another reason we are so lacking in magnesium levels is that our vegetables are lacking magnesium due to over-pesticide use on our farmlands. 

Try to consume organic and non gmos foods as much as possible.

A great sorce of mg is 1 raw cacao bean contains 9 mg. ground powder with about 15-20 and mix with organic or no antibiotics milk of choice. It’s a little chunky but good sorce of mg boost of around 150-200 mg of magnesium, about 1/3 daily supply. headaches are also a big sign as well. That could technically be the muscle cramp symptom. Magnesium can be used as organic supplement forms. it’s great to drink several glasses of water with organic lemon juice. Avoiding sodas, sugary drinks ect as much as possible.

It is also wise to follow a diet which includes foods like okra, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, soy or black beans, cashews and spinach as these are all natural magnesium sources.

Blessings to all. Maria🌿` The Naturally Blooming

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HOW TO USE GINGER AS A HOME REMEDY (Recipes Included)

Today, we’re going to look at how to use ginger root as a home remedy. While most people know ginger as a remedy for nausea, there are many more amazing simple ways to use this fresh herb. Including how to make homemade ginger ale!

Ginger is useful both as food and as a home remedy. It is a common household ingredient and for good reason.

Fresh ginger is easily accessible (just about every supermarket carries it) and it’s easy to keep and store. If you rarely use fresh ginger, you may want to take a second look at this incredible, healing herb!

Here are some of my favorite ways to use ginger as a home remedy.

Because dried ginger is so hot, you may prefer to stick with fresh ginger when using it as a home remedy.

A strong cup of hot ginger tea can really warm you up. You’ll also notice that the warmth from the ginger spreads throughout your body. This is because ginger is diffusive, moving and dispersing itself throughout the body.

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Ginger will also stimulate sweating and help to cool a fever.
If you are prone to cold extremities, another way to quickly increase the circulation is by using fresh ginger root in a foot or hand bath. Simply make a pot of fresh ginger root tea, let it cool a bit and then soak your hands or feet until the water is cool.

Fresh Ginger Root Tea & Foot Bath

Ingredients:

1 inch knob of fresh ginger (grated or minced)
2 cups water

Directions:

Add the ginger root and water to a small to medium size pan. Simmer for 15-20 minutes over low heat.

Using Ginger for Inflammatory Pain
Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds and is a good home remedy for sore throats, asthma, arthritis, and other conditions that are improved by reducing inflammation. When herbs reduce inflammation, they also ease pain.

When used both topically and in tea, ginger has been shown to reduce the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also relieve muscle pain from working out. Just a word of caution, because ginger is so warming, you should avoid using it on inflamed muscles.

For topical use, ginger essential oil diluted with a carrier oil or an infused ginger oil or salve can be extremely beneficial. I don’t recommend using essential oils internally unless it’s stated that you can on the label.

Homemade Ginger Ale recipe for Nausea & nice bubbly treat

5 ingredients:
Vegetarian • Gluten free • Paleo

Produce:
1/2 cup: Ginger, fresh thin
1: Lemon and lime, fresh

Condiments:
1/4 cup: Honey, raw

Drinks:
1: Sparkling mineral water

Liquids:
1 cup: Water

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh ginger, sliced thin, fresh lemon and lime
1/4-1/2 cup raw honey
sparkling mineral water, unflavored seltzer or organic club soda

Instructions:

Add the ginger root and water to a small to medium size saucepan and simmer over low heat until the liquid had reduced by half, about 20-30 minutes.
Strain the ginger from the liquid and return the liquid to the pan.
Stir in the honey until well combined. (You’ve now made a ginger syrup which you can also use for coughs, colds, sore throats and nausea.)
Allow your ginger syrup to cool completely in the refrigerator.
To make your ginger ale, add 1-2 tbsp of ginger syrup to a cup of cold sparkling mineral water, unflavored seltzer or club soda. Add some fresh lemon and lime juice (to taste) and serve cold.
Your ginger syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least a month and once made, it’s easy to make some ginger ale at a moment’s notice!

What are some of your favorite ways you use ginger root, Recipes/ home remedies? Let me know in the comments section below!

Simple Healing Scrub for your feet

HOW TO MAKE A FOOT SCRUB REMEDY + RECIPES INCLUDED

HOW TO MAKE A  FOOT SCRUB REMEDY + Recipes Included


I love to set out to find great natural remedies that work! Especially as the spring and summer-time is slowly approaching us, when our feet are hopefully barefoot or in minimalist shoes! It’s not something we think about every day, but just like other parts of our body, our feet do need some special care too!

I know it’s hard sometimes with busy schedules, kids, work, breakfast, lunch & dinner on the table for the family, or whatever your days look like, It can wear a person out! Especially this mama! It’s so easy to go a whole day or month! without taking any time out just to recharge and relax. (I know I’m guilty!) While slipping away for an hour-long soak or fancy pampering shower may not be practical some days, how about a quick stress relieving foot soak care & self-love time from a long day?

Dry feet and cracked heels can be a problem we all have to deal with at times and can be really uncomfortable! This can be helped with regular detoxifying foot soaks or a concentrated salve.


Healing Feet Care:

Here are some of the key herbs in this stress relieving foot soak (and why they’re used):

Lavender – This nervine (a fancy way to say it calms the nerves) helps support the nervous system. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe achy, painful, or swollen feet.


Chamomile – Another relaxing nervine that’s useful for restlessness and irritability. It has anti-inflammatory properties, helps calm muscle spasms, and is a mild pain reliever


Rosemary – This herb is a member of the mint family and has some of the same refreshing qualities. It helps to tone and open veins, stimulate circulation, and calm nerves. It’s also a warming herb as well and the concentrated essential oil is especially good at relieving stiffness and soreness in overworked muscles.


Stress-Melting Magnesium
Most foot soak recipes contain Epsom salts, and for good reason.

Although commonly called Epsom salts, the chemical name is actually magnesium sulfate. Magnesium serves as a tonic for the nervous system and is necessary for many functions throughout the body. Magnesium even helps calm convulsions and spasms.

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Cracked Heel Remedy:

A Little TLC ♥️ 

  • Exfoliate with a natural pumice stone or foot file
  • Soak in detoxifying food baths or regular detox baths
  • Add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm foot soak
  • Use magnesium oil on the feet before bed
  • Use a homemade nourishing foot salve (see below) each morning and night
  • Exfoliate feet in the shower with natural foot scrub like my homemade foot scrub

Stress Relieving Foot Soak Recipe:


This recipe makes enough for 4 relaxing foot soaks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP carrier oil of choice (olive or sweet almond both work well)
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • ¼ cup lavender flowers
  • ¼ cup whole chamomile flowers (or 2 TBSP ground)
  • Instructions:
  • In a bowl mix together the liquid carrier oil and rosemary essential oil. Then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  • Store in an airtight glass jar right in the tub or container you plan to use for soaking. I keep it right by my workstation so I remember to use it (when I’m sitting that is!).

How to Use:


Start by filling a container large enough for your feet and fill with very warm water, but not burning hot. Add ½ cup of the bath salt mixture to your foot bath and stir to dissolve.
Soak your feet for about 20 minutes, or until the water becomes cool.

Follow up with this homemade exfoliating foot scrub, some sleepy time foot spray, or salve for cracked heels for extra relaxing and moisturizing benefits!

Note:
The rosemary essential oil is most effective at stimulating circulation for tired feet, but if you don’t have the oils or want to skip them, you can just add ¼ cup of dried rosemary leaves at the beginning of the foot soak recipe along with the lavender and chamomile.

Other Ways to Treat Your Feet


Soothing Magnesium Foot Scrub:

When you need more than a soak!

Barefoot Shoes! Let your feet function the way nature made them and reap the benefits.

DIY Magnesium Foot Scrub Recipe


Epsom salt or magnesium salts would be rough on their own, but the addition of a few other soothing ingredients creates a scrub that is both exfoliating and moisturizing with a cooling sensation to ease dry skin and irritation.

A liquid oil like almond or olive oil moisturizes skin, while the roughness of the magnesium exfoliates. This scrub is naturally unscented, though a variety of essential oils can be added for scent and additional skin benefits.

A pinch of cinnamon powder and a few drops of peppermint essential oil make a festive scrub, or rose petals and lavender oil make a floral version. Some other great combinations would be:

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10 drops citrus essential oil and 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil and 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • If you don’t want a salt/magnesium based scrub or are getting magnesium from other sources, sugar can also be used in place of the salt to make a simple sugar scrub with many custom options for scent and color.

Magnesium Foot Scrub Ingredients

  • 1 cup of epsom salt (a natural source of magnesium), magnesium flakes, or arm & hammer pure baking soda
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
  • Optional: 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I used peppermint)

Simple Foot Scrub

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients and add essential oils or scents until desired scent is achieved.
Store in an airtight jar and use a teaspoon sized amount to exfoliate feet or body as needed. Rinse off after use.

Show your feet and nails some TLC at any time!

Foot Scrubs are such a great way to make a handmade gift for anyone or treat yourself to an relaxing foot scrub. It has many great exfoliating properties and skin beneficial minerals. It gently exfoliates and buffs off dead skin cells. Helping to make skin softer and smoother. It also has Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.

There are many different options to get creative when making an exfoliating scrubs!

I love to mix and try out different scents and organic oils for my foot scrubs, for example peppermint, lavender, and even turmeric powder can be added as well to make the scrub more of an orange color.

Make this for your loved ones or for yourself as well! It will definitely bring some relaxation into their space. Have fun! This foot scrub was easy to make and smells so good!

Ingredients and Steps to make your foot scrub

  • 1 measuring cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1 cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil or Olive oil
  • 10 drops of Essential Oils
  • Teaspoon of water if needed for consistency
  • I personally like to add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top but not necessary

This recipe should be enough for one jar, if you want to make more just double the ingredients as needed.

Mix all the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed, then scoop out unto your jar of choice.

I hope this helps you find a handmade gift idea, or just a creative way to make a foot scrub to treat yourself to an relaxing spa treatment! Enjoy!

Take Care 🌿


Do you have a favorite way to pamper your feet at the end of a long day? Please share!

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