Muscle and joint pain is something that everyone experiences in their lives. Even children as young as 3 are affected by it: 25%-40% of them are afflicted with a growing pains phenomenon, mainly during two periods – early childhood (3-5 years) and later (8-12 years).
The majority of children state that raising pains happen mainly to their legs, specifically in their calves, in front of their thighs or behind the knees.
Growing pains happen most often during the late afternoon or early evening, just before putting the kids to bed. Pain intensity is usually at an individual level, but it has been shown to be strong enough to wake the child from sleep.
Luckily, there’s an answer to this plight. There is a recipe for a magnesium-based ointment mentioned in the numerous homeopathic and alternative health communities and lot of people have been saying that it’s effective at dealing with muscle and joint pain in general.
1.5 ounces of aloe vera gel
1.5 ounces of shea butter
1.5 ounces of magnesium oil
Half an ounce of stearic acid
Half an ounce of beeswax
3 ounces of comfrey infused oil and arnica
Put two tablespoons of dried arnica flowers and two tbs of dried comfrey leaves in a jar to make the infused oil. Then fill the jar with approximately 6 ounces of olive oil, stir and place it in a pot with around two inches of water in it. Keep the pan on low heat for 2-3 hours and make sure the water doesn’t evaporate and the herbs don’t get fried.
Place the comfrey and arnica infused oil, beeswax and stearic acid into a measuring cup or heatproof bowl. Place the bowl in a pan containing a few inches of water and keep it on a medium-low heat until the beeswax has melted.
Turn off the heat and stir the shea butter until it melts and then take the pan off the hotplate, remove the measuring cup or bowl from the pan and let it cool down until a layer shows at the top.
When both the mixtures are approximately at a body temperature, combine them. Pour the magnesium/aloe compound into the wax mixture while stirring with a mixer for 3-5 minutes, until it becomes thick and cools down.
After you have finished mixing, place it into a container that’s not made from metal (because it can cause it to rust). It’s best to put it into a squeezable container for easier usage.
Magnesium oil, which is the main ingredient for this concoction, is used to treat growing pains. They (and other muscle/joint pain) are usually caused by mineral deficiency in the bones. For example collagen, which bonds with calcium to form bone structures. If a child is magnesium deficient, calcium in the bones is not stable and causes cramps known as growing pains.
Magnesium oil has been used in treating these pains by many people, but since it could start to irritate the skin over time, we’ve included other components to moderate this effect.