It truly is God tier.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (in which case, hello, welcome), you’ll probably know that magnesium is a go-to bath and body ingredient as well as a supplement. It’s been shown to have a bunch of benefits for wellness, supporting everything from your mind to your muscles. Pretty much every cell in your body needs it to thrive, and boosting your stores can make a big difference in how you’re feeling day-to-day. Keen to learn more? Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about our fave high-achieving mineral, magnesium.
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is a major mineral that plays a pretty key role in hundreds of bodily processes (big things like producing energy and contracting your heart), so it’s important to get enough of it. You need quite a bit compared to other trace minerals, but how much depends on your age, sex and life stage. (E.g. pregnant people and athletes need more than the gen pop.) Most of us get it from our diet – it’s found in foods such as whole grains, veggies, nuts and seeds, dairy, meat and chocolate – but you can also absorb it via your skin.
Benefits of magnesium for wellness
- Helps calm a busy mind
- Improves sleep
- Relieves muscle tension
- Softens period pain
- Eases sore joints
- Soothes headaches and migraines
- Aids recovery after exercise
- Reduces inflammation in the body
Side effects of magnesium
You might have heard that taking magnesium can cause ~unpleasant~ tummy issues. (Read: nausea and abdominal cramping.) Good news: there’s a simple workaround. When applied topically (vs taken internally as a supplement), magnesium bypasses your digestive system which helps to avoid disruption to your bowels.
How to use it
We’re all about using natural magnesium topically, which means magnesium flakes and infused-body prods. It’s what’s inside that counts, so ours are clean, good for you and made without anything shady. That means we don’t use parabens, PEGs, sulphates or synthetic fragrances. We’re also cruelty-free, vegan and Australian-made and owned because we’re good like that. (Fun fact: our brand values are grounded in trying to do things better so we can leave the planet better than we found it. Read more about them here.)
The best products with magnesium
The thing about magnesium is it has an almost magical ability to improve multiple areas of your life. Need an energy boost? Done. Can’t sleep? Gotchu. Have muscle cramps? Say less. This lineup is a great place to start.
Best magnesium for boosting energy
Recharge Soak 100% Natural Magnesium Bath Flakes, $15.
These tension-melting bath flakes are scented with zippy citrus – they’re like a refresh button for your brain.
Best magnesium for sleep
Sleep Salts Magnesium Epsom Salts, $13.
A cocktail of sleep-inducing essential oils (feat. heavy hitter lavender) means solid slumber is just a bath away.
Best magnesium for muscle cramps
Soothe Magnesium Epsom Salts, $13.
Sore muscles won’t know what hit ‘em. From pump to Pilates, this bath blend kicks body aches to the curb.
Soothe Soak 100% Natural Magnesium Bath Flakes, $15.
Your bod is the hardest worker you know. Give it a little TLC with these softening, stress-busting bath flakes.
Best magnesium for stress
Calm Soak 100% Natural Magnesium Bath Flakes, $15.
A soothing blend of sweet orange, lavender and geranium relaxes your bod so you can, ahem, not lose it.
Relax Magnesium Epsom Salts, $13.
Had a bad week? These floral-scented salts will take the edge off your worst day. Dim the lights and sink in.
Relax Lotion Magnesium Body Lotion, $14.
This stuff smooths skin, sure, but it also helps dial down stress thanks to the addition of natural essential oils.