Ramblings of an old farmer – Magnesium and DMSO Rub

Oldster’s Magnesium and DMSO Rub

Good Monday everyone, hope you had a great weekend. Mrs. Oldster and I were helping out at our local fair last week and her bad knees are really acting up. I thought I would surprise her with a fresh batch of my Magnesium and DMSO rub. Both Magnesium and DMSO have pain relieving properties plus DMSO acts as an anti-inflammatory. The rub is almost odor free and leaves your skin nice and soft where applied. *** Warning*** While DMSO has been used in pain relief for decades it is not approved by the FDA. DMSO is a powerful solvent and is able to easily pass through the skin and take whatever else is there with it. It is very important that this rub only be applied to clean skin to avoid any possibilities of getting toxins into your body. It is equally important to only purchase pharmaceutical grade DMSO and not some industrial grade product. Here is a like to a source I use DMSO Link I want to acknowledge Aunty Mossy for her research on the benefits of magnesium for pain relief and how most of us are deficient in it. It was her information on magnesium baths and sprays that inspired me to find a neat and easy way to apply it without any dry skin issues. Magnesium info The recipe is pretty simple and makes about 1 cup of finished rub DMSO   ¼ cup Shea Butter ¼ cup saturated magnesium chloride solution ¼ cup 99% DMSO (use a metal measuring cup with the DMSO) 1 tablespoon of avocado oil *you could probably substitute coconut oil for the shea butter and any oil that is liquid at room temperature for the avocado oil. I make the saturated magnesium chloride by adding distilled water to a jar filled about ¾ of the way with magnesium chloride flakes. Allow to sit for about an hour before use so that as much magnesium chloride as possible is dissolved. There should always be some solid magnesium chloride left on the bottom so you know that you have a saturated solution Place the Shea Butter in at least a 16 oz wide mouth jar (this avoids it going everywhere as you whip it) and place in the microwave on low until it is mostly melted. Remove from the microwave and allow it to sit until any remaining lumps have melted. This avoids getting the Shea Butter any hotter then necessary and will allow the rub to set up faster. Melted Shea Butter Add the DMSO and saturated magnesium chloride solution to the shea butter, place the jar in a bowl of ice and water and start to whip it. I use a mini-whisk that I took the handle off of in an electric drill but you could also use a mixer. Rub in Ice bath Whisk Whip the mixture until you start to see what sort of looks like milk curds starting to form. The mixture should hold its shape at this point like soft serve ice cream. If you whip too long the mixture will start to separate again. If this does happen just warm it back up and whip it again. Finished DMSO Rub Place the finished rub in a glass jar (DMSO dissolves some plastics) and keep in a cool (not cold) place to store. Apply to any sore joint or muscle and rub in well, you should start to feel relief in about 10 minutes. Avoid any open wounds as the magnesium will burn just like if you got salt in the wound. That’s it, hope you like this rub as much as we do.

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