I have been using Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil for six months. It was recommended to me by a close GAPS friend. My goal is to use it every night before going to sleep, but I have probably been faithful to that about 5 of 7 nights. The first container I bought was 8 ounces, and with free shipping from Amazon it cost me $15.99. I have about three ounces in the bottle left, so I am thinking if I used it faithfully every night I would probably have used eight ounces by now. Eight sprays is 100mgs
However, the price for eight ounces has jumped to $23.99! (UPDATE: The price today is $19.99, it seems this product really varies in price from one week to the next!). I was shocked by that, since I thought $15.99 was pretty expensive as it was.
Then I noticed you can buy the half gallon container for
$83.99. UPDATE: I just noticed today (3-3-12) that the price has increased to $104.95. That drops the price per 8 ounces to $10.50 $13.11.
That is a huge savings, and shipping is free through Amazon when you choose super saver shipping (and of course when you have Amazon Prime it will ship even more quickly). If my calculations are correct, I am using about one eight ounce bottle in six months, this purchase would last me for four years, and would save me $108.92. And that’s not even taking into consideration that this product is likely to rise in cost since it has already gone from $15.99 to $20.99 to $23.99 in just six months.
If you are already using this product for your family, this is definitely a bulk purchase to consider. My mom wants to start using this product and for about an hour I researched how to make our own, especially after we saw the price for the eight ounces. But as I was looking into it and telling my mom the products we would need we both realized it just felt overwhelming to our weary brains and we decided to go in halves and split the cost of this half gallon jug.
Here are the signs of low magnesium from the Ancient Minerals site:
- Behavioral disturbances
- Irritability and anxiety
- Impaired memory and cognitive function
- Anorexia or loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle spasms (tetany)
- Muscle cramps
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Impaired muscle coordination (ataxia)
- Involuntary eye movements and vertigo
- Difficulty swallowing
- Increased intracellular calcium
- Calcium deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Irregular or rapid heartbeat
- Coronary spasms
- Growth retardation or “failure to thrive”
I began using this product because of the trouble I was having sleeping and staying asleep through the night. Some people find they sleep better at night when they take magnesium. It does seem to help me sleep better. I should pay closer attention to the nights that I use it vs. the nights I don’t and determine if I’m sleeping better.
Now this product does state that it may sting slightly when you first begin using it, and that did happen to me. You can dilute the product with 50% water – be sure to use “clean” water. You don’t want contaminated water absorbing into your skin. Spray the magnesium oil spray onto your skin (now with the half gallon jug you will need to use your own spray bottle), rub it in and it disappears pretty quickly. Some people wait for twenty minutes and rinse or shower. I usually spray it on after showering or taking my detox bath which is usually just before I go to bed, and then go to sleep with it on my skin. Patty from Loving Our Guts says:
“When I am detoxing I get a lot of muscle cramps and spasms and spraying magnesium oil spray right onto those areas helps to relax the muscles. It can sting when you first start using it. If it does and you can’t bear it simply dilute it and over time as your levels get higher it won’t sting any more.”
At Patty’s advice on her blog I tried using Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil for muscle spasms, in fact yesterday my neck was hurting as if I had strained it, and I tried spraying the magnesium oil on my neck and it helped quite a bit.
If you have digestive problems it can be easier to get your magnesium by absorbing it through the skin, and magnesium is one of the minerals you should supplement if you have the genetic mutation MTHFR. This is the most reasonable price I’ve found and while I could likely save money making my own I have heard this product is much nicer than the homemade versions. I wanted to share this with you in case you use it because it is such a significant savings. I promise to write a daily report soon and update you to what’s been going on with me.
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