Most of us have heard that the skin is the largest organ but not many of us know or think about the skin as one of the fastest and most efficient ways to feed your body as everything that is applied to the skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, circulates to our cells and mingles with our mitochondria. This is both good and bad. It’s good when you give your skin natural, beneficial and nutritious substances as you can literally feed our immune system and skin cells but on the other hand, it’s bad when your skin absorbs toxic chemicals from your environment and beauty products.
Most of us know about the importance of minimising exposure to toxins from food but what you put on your skin might be an even greater risk for toxin exposure than what you put in your mouth. A healthy digestive system is better equipped in dealing with toxic chemicals utilising it’s detoxifying pathways. Think about the digestive system as a long tube that separates what’s inside from the rest of your body. Substances can be past through your digestive system without reaching your bloodstream. That’s genius, right! I’m not saying that no toxic chemicals will reach your blood system through your digestive system but a healthy digestive system is a strong barrier from the outside world.
We’ve evolved this way, over millions of years before the industrial revolution, when we were more likely to only encounter natural toxins through what we ate (as we’re living in a natural and a very low toxin environment). It’s therefore very important to look after your skin, naturally. You want everything that goes in and on your body to benefit your cells and your skin.
Healthy, intact skin helps our bodies to retain moisture by “waterproofing” it. Your skin provides a protective barrier from physical stress and strain as well as from environmental pathogens with its slightly acidic pH that neutralises invading bacteria and other contaminants. Beside being your defender and protector, your skin is also your biosensor to the world around you that harmonises with your environment and with nature, for example seasonal environmental challenges.
Your skin’s ecosystem is established at birth and its development is heavily influenced by the method of your delivery. Even healthy human skin hosts a diverse ecosystem of bacteria, fungi, viruses, mites, and archaea (single-celled microorganisms) and it’s estimated that our skin harbors approximately 1 billion microbes per square centimetre.
If you find it difficult to fall asleep or get deep restorative sleep, I highly recommend that you apply topical magnesium oil that’ll quickly be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream and circulated to your cells. You can easily make it yourself from magnesium chloride flakes and by adding essential oils for a calming and relaxing effect, you’ve a natural sleep elixir 😃. Apply the magnesium after your shower and/or during your bedtime routine onto your feet/legs and it’ll help improve your quality of sleep.
Shawn Stevenson says that magnesium is a bonafide anti-stress mineral that helps optimise circulation and blood pressure, balance blood sugar, relax tense muscles, reduce pain, and calm the nervous system. Yet, because it has so many functions, it tends to get depleted from our bodies rather fast. Magnesium deficiency is likely the #1 mineral deficiency in our world today. And getting your magnesium levels up can almost instantly reduce your body’s stress load and improve the quality of your sleep. The best sources are from food like green leafy vegetables, superfood like spirulina and chlorella, and supplements like topical magnesium
1/2 cup magnesium chloride flakes
1/2 cup distilled water
A glass spray bottle
Essential oils (optional) like lavender, vetiver, frankincense and/or cedarwood
Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
Put the magnesium chloride flakes in a glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
Stir well until completely dissolved.
Let cool completely and add 25 drops (in total) of one or a mix of lavender, vetiver, frankincense and/or cedarwood.
Store in the spray bottle and I keep in my bathroom to use daily.
Shake the bottle before applying and you can use coconut oil to moisturise with about 5 minutes later.
It may tingle on the skin the first few times it is used but this is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you.
It can be stored at room temperature for at least six months.
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