Weakness, tiredness, state of general exhaustion, body slowing down: a magnesium deficiency can be the cause of many discomforts. We can’t often identify the source of discomfort, if not through irresistible cravings of chocolate. The deficiency in mg is influenced by 3 factors: insufficient intake, increased needs and cell leakage.
The mg is eliminated through the kidneys and the skin; sweating, heat and sport also deplete our resources, as do other factors (kidney disease, alcohol, coffee, drugs). It is a fundamental mineral for our body to function properly, it is essential for the muscular and nervous balance, unabling a serene neuronal atmosphere. To evacuate the toxins, the body takes in its resources in mg. Given the highly polluted modern environment we live in, the majority of the population is deficient. One of the other major functions of the mg is to allow us to switch to the rest mode. It then works in complementarity with calcium to allow muscle relaxation following the contraction. In the absence of mg, the body remains perpetually blocked in action; the body gradually becomes exhausted.
How do I take it?
An intake of at least 6 mg per kg is interesting, only a small part of the mg we ingest will be absorbed in the small intestine. It might help to go from action to rest mode and to feel more relaxed at bedtime, while still being alert during the day, energetic and with clear ideas. A magnesium oil can be sprayed and massage onto the body as well for the ones who are in detoxification mode and struggling with their magnesium levels.
Originally discovered in 1618 in Epsom, England, the source of Epsom became popular for the relieving actions of its waters and especially for its laxative and purgative properties. Now, these salts are also well known for the bioavailability of their sulfate and magnesium.
Today, in our countries, magnesium deficiencies are common and make it uneasy to deal with daily stress. The causes are diverse: changes in agriculture, depletion of soil, poor diets depleting the body. Sulphate contributes to the formation of cerebral and digestive tissue and detoxifies the body of environmental contaminants.
Sulfate and magnesium are rapidly absorbed through the skin when mixed with water; a bath can increase their levels; an ideal formula for: detoxification by perspiration, elimination of harmful substances and heavy metals, relaxation of muscular tension, regulation of heart rate, improvement of circulation and of the body’s ability to use insulin and nerve functions, maintenance of appropriate levels of calcium in the blood and absorption of nutrients, relief of migraines, reduction of inflammation, etc.
How to use it? By pouring between 200g and 1kg of salts in a hot bath. To exfoliate dead cells, epsom salts can also be used in remineralizing peels. Other optional elements can be added to the bath: ground ginger, lemon, dried herbs (lavender, vanilla pod, flower petals), coconut oil, drops of essential oils (rose, chamomile, mint, lavender), a handful of baking soda, a few drops of turpentine.
Charcoal is an incredible absorbent agent. The Egyptians knew about this natural remedy and were using it to purify their waters. Anti-poison, it will fit in travel kits to cope with food poisoning, digestive disorder or transit irregularities.
Its powder is obtained at very high temperature and in the absence of air by a long calcination of residual vegetable organic matter (wood of trees such as willow, linden or poplar, coconut husks, olive stones). It is then activated during another heating operation, in the presence of vapor, in order to develop its porosity and a micro-pores network: it then becomes able to absorb impressive volumes of toxins. Thanks to this microporous structure, charcoal acts like a sponge and takes out of the body numerous poisoning agents (food additives, pesticide residues, heavy metals, drug wastes) which disturb the functioning of the intestine. Its action is selective: charcoal only fixes harmful substances, respecting the proper assimilation of nutrients.
How do I take it?
Depending on the intended goal, it can be used during detox or punctual intake. The dosage can easily be increased while making sure to stay hydrated during a supplementation with charcoal. If you take any medication or oral contraception, it is better to do so at least 2 hours apart to prevent their effects from being absorbed by the charcoal. In its powdery form, charcoal can be added to smoothies (at very small doses in order not to ruin the smoothie) or it can be taken in a glass of lemon water. The powder can be used for teeth (it is a natural whitening agent) with a disinfectant action.
In Europe, in the wild or in the gardens, the borage is recognizable by its pretty bright blue flowers forming a star shape. Its seeds are pressed to extract an exceptionally rich oil in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), the highest rate in the vegetable world (20 to 24%) and fatty essential acids (saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated).
GLA is a regenerating and anti-inflammatory acid that greatly contributes to the beauty of the skin (elasticity, flexibility, vitality, tone). This oil limits the loss of water in the upper layers of the skin, helps keep the skin hydrated. It has a calming effect on rashes and redness, improves the dry and rough appearance in places where the skin is damaged, promotes healing and supports the action of zinc in acne problems. It will be a valuable ally to limit the risk of stretch marks for pregnant women or to prepare the skin for sun exposure. It is also very beneficial to strengthen the hair, emphasize their glare, stimulate their growth and limit the fall. Its action also benefits the mood and regulates the hormonal system (premenstrual symptoms and menopause, hot episodes). The results obtained vary from one person to another according to the degree of sensitivity (assimilation of the GLA, lipid metabolism). Characterized by its very particular smell, I could appreciate, in internal and external use, its revitalizing and rehydrating action on the skin and the improvement of its texture: a 100% natural beauty asset. Applied on the tip of the hair (in small quantities to prevent them remaining greasy), it gave them a shine.
A little extra for the road
Borage also brought courage to the Celts who called it borrach (“man of courage”). In addition to its mostly cosmetic applications, borage can also be used in organic floral elixir (Deva) (3 drops under the tongue or diluted in a glass of water) to restore confidence and support emotions of sorrow, sadness and discouragement. The therapeutic action of floritherapy is subtle and energetic, linking the plant psyche and the human psyche.
How do I take it?
It can be consumed internally or in pure application on small skin surfaces such as the face: a test on a cm of skin will allow you to check your tolerance. For larger areas, it might be good to dilute it into 10% of another vegetable oil such as evening primrose, burdock, carrot or wheat germ oil. A few drops of essential oil (damask rose, ho wood, rose geranium) will act in synergy. In capsules, the use is easy. If you supplement with caspules, make sure to choose an organic borage oil (green manure, crop rotation, pesticide-free) and a cold pressing (at a temperature below 60°C).