As some of you may have gathered by now, I like to experiment with different things for health or pain relief and mag oil is very useful as a topical pain reliever and muscle relaxant, but another one I like to use is topical ibuprofen which is not commonly found in the US, so I make my own version at home very easily.
I take just about any common body lotion and prescription ibuprofen. The reason I use prescription ibuprofen is because the prescription pills have no color coating while the store bought pills generally have a color coating that will color the lotion and discolor clothing and bedding or anything else that you happen to rub against. I take one cup of lotion and if I want it to be scent free, I generally will use Cetaphil Lotion and if I want it to have a scent, I will use Olay Quench body lotion. I take 14 prescription ibuprofen tablets that are 400mg each or I use 7 tablets if it is the 800 mg strength. Store bought ibuprofen is generally 200mg per tablet or softgel.
I throw the tablets into a "bullet type" blender and grind them up into a super fine powder and I add this powder to the cup of lotion and stir this mix. I then put the lid on the container and shake well. I let it sit overnight and shake well the next day and start using it for most pains I get by applying it to the painful area. I usually get relief in about 5 minutes or less.
This topical mix has benefit over oral ibuprofen because significantly less is sent into the general circulation and the topical application is much less likely to cause gastric issues than the oral version while allowing higher local tissue concentrations to be reached, in the painful area, levels that are higher than the highest standard dose oral ibuprofen can reach.
I have also used naproxen in place of the ibuprofen, which for me works better for pain relief, but being allergic to naproxen, I can't use that version. I have also tried aspirin in place of the ibuprofen and I think they work similarly, but what I found is that with the aspirin, as my body heats up, the aspirin seems to take on the smell of vinegar because of the acid content of the aspirin I assume. One advantage to the aspirin mix is that since aspirin is antiviral, it can be very helpful for shingles because it significantly slows the replication process of the virus while offering pain relief in the area of the lesions.
The first time I made the ibuprofen topical, so as to not waste money or too much time on something that may not work, I just took a store bought ibuprofen "soft gel capsule" , punctured it with a round pointed toothpick and squeezed the contents into a half ounce of lotion and mixed it. I applied this mix to a painful area and it worked well, so I made the larger container of lotion with a pump top. Oddly, these type of lotions are more commonly available outside of the US even though ibuprofen is quite popular here.
I have used this for pains of all types and it has worked very well for sprains also. I had a friend who lost his balance in my driveway and fell, but he twisted his ankle while trying to keep his balance. His ankle quickly swelled to twice its normal size and he couldn't walk on it. He applied the ibuprofen lotion to his ankle and within 5 minutes it was back to normal size and he could walk on it again! I asked him what it felt like and he said it felt like he had injured it, but the pain was reduced to almost nothing and he could walk on it with just minor discomfort.
Obviously this is not something that anybody should try without consulting and getting the approval and supervision of their doctor or health care provider in case the person can not tolerate it or it might interfere with any drugs being taken. And while talking to your doctor , that would be a good time to get a prescription for the ibuprofen!