How to Make Magnesium Oil

how to make magnesium oil

Want to know how to make magnesium oil? The Journal of the American College of Nutrition says that at least 68% of us are magnesium deficient (most likely more), leading to a host of health problems — including insomnia, depression, and fatigue. Topically-applied magnesium oil is perhaps the best tool we’ve got to combat that deficiency and improve our health and wellness.

While it’s true you can buy magnesium oil already made, it’s far less expensive to make magnesium oil yourself (and surprisingly easy)!

What is magnesium oil?

First, I should clarify: magnesium oil is not an oil. It’s simply called magnesium “oil” because of the oily feel of magnesium chloride suspended in water. (Please note that this is not the same magnesium found in Epsom salt. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. This is magnesium chloride and is better suited for transdermal absorption.)

You’ll usually apply magnesium oil to your skin with a spray bottle, then rub it in and let your skin absorb it over the next half hour or so.

Why use magnesium oil?

It’s simple, really. Like basic arithmetic.

1) Most of us have a magnesium deficiency. Where we used to get magnesium from our soil and water supplies, we’ve now depleted our soil and scoured our water supply clean of trace minerals. So, we can either make the extra effort to eat more magnesium-rich foods like nuts, grains, and seeds, or we can supplement with magnesium.

2) Did you know magnesium is more easily absorbed transdermally through the skin than it is internally?

1 + 2 = 3

3) Magnesium oil is a useful, inexpensive, and simple way to apply magnesium to your skin. It only makes sense to learn how to make magnesium oil!

How to Make Magnesium Oil

Magnesium Oil: The Players

Magnesium Oil: The How-To

1. Bring the water to a boil.

2. Add the magnesium flakes and stir well until completely dissolved.

3. Remove from heat and allow to cool, then transfer into a glass spray bottle. I use this one.

(where to buy a nifty blue glass spray bottle)

How to Apply Magnesium Oil

how to make magnesium oilSpray magnesium oil on your arms, legs, and stomach daily.

You may experience a tingling sensation when you first start using it. That’s perfectly normal and short-lived; the effect fades after 10 to 20 minutes. After a while of routinely applying magnesium oil, you likely won’t experience the tingling sensation any more.

Use the magnesium oil liberally, starting with 6 to 8 squirts a day and building up to as many as 20. Magnesium oil will loosen your stool, so the test to determine how much you need to apply is to simply watch your bowel movements. If they turn too loose, then back off the magnesium a little.

Benefits of Using Magnesium Oil

Since I’ve started using magnesium oil regularly, I’ve noticed immediate improvement in several areas.

1) I sleep more easily at night. This is by far one of the best benefits! I’m trying to prioritize sleep this year, and this is one more excellent tool to add to my tool belt.

2) I don’t need to use deodorant. A while back Ann Marie at Cheeseslave wrote a post on how she quit using deodorant with magnesium. She swore that when she supplements with magnesium, her sweat smells … clean. That’s been my experience, too. I may sweat, but it doesn’t smell bad anymore!

3) I’m more calm. As a work-at-home momma homeschooling three children, I often think “stress” could be my middle name. When I regularly supplement with magnesium oil, the stress is less! I don’t jump out of my skin at surprises. I’m less likely to lose my temper. I’m able to stay happy and focused.

how to make magnesium oil

Where to Get Magnesium Chloride Flakes and Magnesium Oil

According to most in-the-know experts on this sort of thing (like Dr. Mark Sircus, who wrote the book on transdermal magnesium therapy), Ancient Minerals is the best brand of magnesium flakes and magnesium oil available on the market.

I buy my Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes from Radiant Life. I pay a little less than $6/lb and it will make about 32oz of magnesium oil.

If I didn’t make my own magnesium oil, I could just as easily buy it, but I’d be paying $60 to get 32oz of magnesium oil!

So, why not make it yourself? It’s so easy!

Click here to buy magnesium chloride flakes.

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    • KristenM says

      NO! Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. It’s less easily absorbed by your body than magnesium chloride.

      You can still enjoy Epsom salt baths, but just know that for therapeutic purposes the best topical magnesium is magnesium chloride.

      Hope that helps!

      • Katrina says

        I agree the Mag. Chloride would be the better choice, but the difference in magnesium available for absorption is only 2% according to the National Institutes of Health. Are there other reasons to only use the Magnesium Chloride to make the “Oil”?
        (Sorry, not trying to be a pain. Just want to see if I can start with ingredients I have on hand already, and make an educated decision. :) )

        • KristenM says

          From what I’ve read, the magnesium sulfate is less readily USED by the body. It’s better for triggering the detox (sulfation) pathway. So, if you started spraying with it, you’d likely get very loose stools quickly before your body had a chance to breakdown and use the magnesium.

          • Katrina says

            So, even though your body is taking it in, that doesn’t mean it can use it all or in the same way. Thank you so much Kristen!

      • Kathy says

        Question: I’m only able to buy magnesium chloride powder where I’m living. Should I use about half the amount – in other words 1/4 cup magnesium powder to 1/2 cup water?

    • Paul says

      I’m not understanding the science behind the difference between MgSO4 & MgCl with respect to absorption. Both are what are called ionic salts. Ionic salts dissolve into ions in water. That is – you have either Mg2+ ions and SO42- ions when MgSO4 is dissolved or Mg2+ ions and 2 Cl- ions for MgCl2. If the active component is Mg2+ and that’s what’s absorbed into your skin, why does it matter what other half of the salt is? Just based on that basic chemistry, it seems like epsom salts would have the exact same benefit. Is there a way to quantitatively test this? Has it been done?

  1. Katrina says

    I had the same Q. about using Epsom Salt. Also, could it be dissolved in another “carrier” if the flakes/granuals are small enough? Such as a carrier oil or aloe vera for example. I like to avoid using water in my recipes, even if purified distilled.

    • KristenM says

      As I wrote in response to Joshua above, this is NOT the same magnesium as Epsom salt. So, you can not use Epsom salt to make magnesium oil.

      Also, I’ve never heard of dissolving magnesium chloride flakes in anything other than water. And, if you did so, the final result certainly wouldn’t be magnesium oil (which, by definition, is magnesium chloride dissolved in water). It’d be something else — whatever you’d concocted.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Alisha says

    I have well water at our house. Could that work as well as the distilled water? Or is distilled the only thing that works?

  3. Becky says

    Do you have any information about topical vs. oral magnesium? My husband recently started using natural calm brand magnesium powder supplement for leg cramps and has had great results. Is there any reason for him to consider switching to a topical preparation? Thank you!

  4. Megan says

    Are the blue glass bottles necessary? I’m OJ a super tight budget, and I’d rather buy a 99¢ bottle. Thanks for the tip!

      • Leah says

        I would bet the cheap plastic bottles would be fine. If you buy the premade magnesium oil from Ancient Minerals, it actually comes in a plastic bottle. We all know plastic has a tendency to leach. I’d suggest finding a BPA free bottle and switching to glass later when budget allows.

    • KristenM says

      I don’t think they’re necessary. I just like using as little plastic as possible, and blue and amber glass can help give tinctures and other homemade remedies a longer shelf life.

  5. Leah says

    Benefit #4: relieves morning sickness! I am now 14 weeks pregnant…morning sickness knocked me on my tush at 5.5 weeks. After suffering in misery for a solid week, not knowing how I was going to survive, I consulted the chapter in your Beautiful Babies book. I started supplementing with a B complex vitamin, a prenatal, and magnesium oil. I felt 1,000 times better overnight. I attribute the initial improvement to the B vitamins, but then I noticed if I slacked off with the magnesium oil, I’d still feel pretty bad. A couple weeks ago, I decided, enough nonsense! I refuse to skip the magnesium oil before bed no matter how tired I am, and I am feeling SO much better. Just thought I’d share my story and thank you for your book. You saved me!

    • Bina says

      Thank you for sharing this! I am 6 wks pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, lack of sleep, and fatigue. I remember it was the same with my first pregnancy. I really am looking forward to making this and feeling the difference!

    • KristenM says

      YES! I often wonder why I’m the only one preaching the benefits of magnesium (in combination with B vitamins) to combat morning sickness.

      I’m glad you found Beautiful Babies so helpful!

      Speaking of that, if you feel so strongly about how helpful it’s been, would you mind going and leaving a positive review/comment on Amazon to that effect? The more positive reviews, the merrier!

      Thank you. :)

  6. Rose says

    I have read that NIGARI Solution is the same thing and much cheaper. Do you know anything about this?
    Thank you!

  7. says

    I’ve been doing this for several months now, and have experienced similar results. I put it on right before bed, and it really helps me sleep better. Also, for those who asked, I put mine in a plastic bottle with no horrible results. Just wait until it cools to put it in the bottle. The best option? No, but it’s what I had…maybe someday I’ll actually buy a glass spray bottle. :)

  8. Linda says

    I’ve never heard of mag. oil applied topically causing loose stools. I’m not saying it can’t, but it’s my understanding than applying it to skin, aside from the fact that it’s likely better absorbed, another benefit is bypassing the digestive tract and avoiding GI issues. That’s been the case for me as well.

    Also, mag. oil makes a magnificent pain reliever for sore muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. It works for me almost immediately. I separated my shoulder a month ago and mag. oil was my savior.

    • KristenM says

      This is true as far as it goes. If you’re trying to take therapeutic doses of magnesium, taking it transdermally in the form of magnesium chloride will ensure you get MORE magnesium before you start to get loose stools. (See my conversation with Katrina above.)

      But, trust me, when you’re taking therapeutic doses, you WILL get loose stools. So, at that point you need to back off a bit.

  9. Sherry says

    If you buy it as “nigari” which is pure food grade magnesium chloride flakes/powder it is sooooo much cheaper. It is used to make tofu. Price difference between Ancient Minerals vs. nigari is $.44/oz vs $.22/oz on amazon but if you live near any kind of Asian grocery store it is even cheaper since you are not paying for shipping.

  10. Rachel says

    Sorry if someone already asked this and I missed it. Is this safe for kids? Starting at what age? Should I use less?

    • KristenM says

      Absolutely! In fact, it will help prevent a lot of pregnancy maladies.

      Everything from morning sickness to muscle cramps to restless leg syndrome to constipation can be helped by supplementing with magnesium!

  11. Patty Chambers says

    Is it a problem if I store my magnesium oil in a small stainless steel spray bottle? Thanks!

  12. Sharla says

    I have the same question about stainless. The small stainless steel bottle is half the cost of glass and won’t break when dropped. I made some magnesium oil today and put it in a stainless steel bottle. Hope this is okay.

  13. Mary says

    what is the shelf life of mag oil once made, i read another comment about mag oil for pain should you apply right where it hurts?
    i made this today am going to put on my plantar facitis

    • Mary says

      this is such an interesting subject why did it stop here..hopefully i am getting the right information, my questions were not answered. i did apply to my foot with pretty good results

    • Kathy says

      Hi Mary,
      I made my last batch of magnesium oil using this method at least 4-5 years ago & it’s still fine. We’re still using it. Lately I’ve been using it on my 11 year old dog who had calcium oxide crystals in his urine. We rub it on his belly & sent him outside w/it on. His last urine test showed no crystals! We could also tell by his demeanor that it made him feel better. More lively & less grumpy.

  14. Danielle says

    Hi Kristen –

    The directions say to wipe/rinse off after 20 minutes on the ancient minerals oil – is this necessary? I’d be much better about using it if I just was able to go to bed after applying!


    • says

      I never wipe it off, but I understand why some do. It can leave a light filmy feeling afterwards as the salts in the oil dry on your skin. I’ve found that the feeling passes quickly and doesn’t really bother me, others don’t like it and want to remove it as soon as possible.

  15. Trish says

    Hi Kristin,
    My order of magnesium flakes arrived yesterday and I am ready to make my magnesium oil. Question: does it have to be made using distilled water or can regular tap or filtered water suffice? We have a well so there is nothing added to the water we use.

    Thanks for posting this! My 82 year old mother-in-law suffers horribly from restless leg syndrome among other maladies. I hope this will help her!

  16. Kristi says

    Do you know of another place that sells the magnesium flakes? That radiant life website charges $72 to ship a $10 bag of flakes. That is beyond absurd!

    • Rachelle says

      I’m in Canada and bought mine from Good Health Naturally out of California. Not sure how I found them; must have used a link somewhere or search engine. They said they would contact me (for international orders) to let me know the shipping charge, but then they just shipped the items and didn’t charge me for shipping, which I thought was most wonderful!

    • jan says

      I got 10 kilo’s for £40 from works out to $4 per kilo. Cheapest I could find anywhere and shipping was only £2.95 and arrived within 48 hrs brilliant stuff!

  17. Patricia says

    Thank you so much for this great tip! I’ve been thinking on buying some Magnesium oil but price is a bit over my budget. Hubby and I will begin trying to get pregnant in the next two months and this is going to be great to build up my magnesium levels. I am so happy I can now make my own!! I just ordered the Magnesium flakes and even the little cute blue glass bottle!!

  18. Honora says

    Not sure if I’ll get an answer for this but here goes…I’ve got magnesium carbonate (climber’s chalk). Anyone know if this is OK to use instead of magnesium chloride?

    • Tami says

      I have the same question as Sherry and Rose, Can you use NIGARI Tofu-Makers Purified Magnesium Chloride? Is it the same? It cost $2.85 for 8 oz at the health food store. I wish I knew!! Thanks for all of the other info!

    • Honora says

      Well, I guess I could give it a go and see if I get that tingling feeling. An earlier poster said that the Magnesium will go into the ionic form (Mg 2+) in water so I’ll see what happens.

  19. amber says

    any idea why magnesium oil would make my skin itch? I tried applying it in several places and had to stop because it drove me nuts after a few minutes. I don’t usually have super sensitive skin so it’s weird. also, what is your opinion about taking magnesium alone without the other things like calcium or potassium needed to process it?

    • Sheila says

      I’m told itching and burning are signs you are low in magnesium. I had it too. I kept applying it and that went away. I also take a mag supplement now and use the vitacost version of Calm. So I’m feeling wonderful! Wish I’d known about mag during my pregnancies!

  20. bobbie joh says

    thank you for this recipe. i have used it extensively, given it to friends and really benefitted from the daily magnesium spray. LOVE IT!

  21. says

    Will this help (in addition to diet and exercise) for menstrual cramps? I have terrible cramps every cycle and I am looking to add more magnesium in hopes that it will help out.

    • Karen says

      Mg with Vitamin D3 for periods. Vit D will lower Mg so make sure you take enough Mg to cover. This has helped my daughter. Wish I had known about this 40 Years ago when I had such horrible periiods

  22. Maria says

    Other than not getting enough magnesium through our diet, what depletes our bodies’ magnesium supply? vices? stress? ect?

  23. Nancee says

    I just started making my oil last night and had the first application. My RLS was nearly non-existent, thank goodness! I slept like a baby. My hubby has PLMD and I rubbed his legs with the oil and he also slept well. I did a bit of research on the distilled water. Distilled has all the minerals and other things removed from it, but will allow the oil a longer shelf life. My theory is that if you make small enough batches and use regular well/tap water that still has trace minerals in it (something our bodies need anyway), we would be able to use regular water and get the benefits. The oil would then be serving a dual purpose. Comments, thoughts on this?

  24. says

    Is it really necessary to heat the water to boil? I did not and just shaking it. Will wait till the flakes all dissolve. Thoughts? Just in writing tis they are dissolved.

  25. says

    We bought 2.75 # Life flo Magnesium chloride brine
    (flakes) from amazon, looks enough to make a gallon, we are going to bottle it up and sell it through our school apothecary. Great price and good reviews.

  26. Melinda says

    Using transdermal magnesium does not cause the same effect as orally. So I have never had the magnesium oil cause loose stools. It is a wonderful way to get your magnesium. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. christine says

    Hi, thanks for the recipe.
    I haven’t been able to get hold of distilled water, only de ionised water, used for car batteries and irons as a substitute for distilled water. Do you know if this is suitable for use on the skin?

  28. sia says

    if magnesium chloride provides magnesium then wouldn’t it
    also add chloride ions in the body. that would be very harmful
    , please reply as it would add chlorine in our bodies and would not be a good idea at all.

  29. Luana Leonard says

    I am wondering if it would work the same if I put a carrier oil in with it. I find it dries out my skin, horribly and no matter how many times I have used it, it leaves my skin burning, itchy and dry. Any thoughts?

    • says

      Luana, I recently ready about the health benefits of magnesium oil and got some for my wife b/c she’s been dealing with lots of stress and having problems sleeping. She wouldn’t use it b/c it dried out her skin, so I’m wondering the same thing.

      Thanks for a great article Kristen!

  30. mickey says

    i will be making the magnesium oil today but im wondering if scented oils can be added? also, some say that it leaves a dryness on them…could a few drops of baby oil help that?

  31. says

    Hi Kristen,
    I just wrote this post to spread the news and I wanted to share it with you and your readers:
    For years one of my goals and great desires has been curing my painful menstrual cramps. I promised myself (and god, as I cried out for help to handle the pain) that if I could cure them, I would share my solution to help as many other women as possible. After several months of testing, I can say that I have finally found a cure that works for me. I have tried so many things before this. In my quest, I came across a lot of dietary advice recommending strict changes (cut out sugar, for example) that were hard for me to follow. In fact, I’m not sure I want to live my life completely free of sugar, or if that’s even possible. Suggesting these kinds of radical lifestyle changes to otherwise healthy women who experience painful menstrual cramps seems cruel and irresponsible since there are very few scientific studies on curing menstrual pain and therefore no proof these changes work. Suggesting a woman take strong pain medication each month also seems to be a band-aid, not a cure for the root cause. It is an outrage that the female reproductive system is still such a mystery to the medical community, and that doctors insist on prescribing artificial hormones for just about every problem that could occur within the system. Going on the pill often simply covers up hormonal problems and fertility issues that will have to be dealt with and understood later, when the woman goes off the pill. The pill can also cause mood alterations. I have almost felt like I had a different personality on the pill. On top of this, the pill may blunt a woman’s ability to instinctively select a genetically appropriate mate. But I digress. I know so many women who suffer monthly from overwhelmingly painful menstrual cramps. Some have passed out from the pain, many stay home vomiting, hoping that it will be better next month and that they will have enough sick days to cover them for the year. My pain was never as bad as throwing up or passing out, but I’ve spent 2-3 days per month silenced by the pain, staying home, or forgetting to breath as family and friends asked me if I was ok as my face was turning white and blotchy during a cramp. It turns out that for me, the solution is a topical application of magnesium chloride solution, more commonly called magnesium oil. Magnesium deficiency is extremely common and responsible for a wide assortment of symptoms and diseases. Every day, I apply magnesium oil all over my skin so that it can be absorbed transdermally. I followed these instructions to make and apply magnesium: Now each month, I still can feel my menstrual cramps slightly, but the experience is no longer intense and torturous. It feels natural. I still take ibuprofen to blunt the pain sometimes, but it’s no longer an absolute necessity. Please pass this cure along, ask me if you have any questions, and good luck. Every women’s body is different so this may not work for everyone, but if you’ve been suffering it’s worth a try.

    • Karen says

      Yes, Mg helps with painful periods. Wish I had known that 35 years ago, but I didn’t. I look up medical literature and actually back in the early 80’s they did know about Mg and painful periods and diabetes, but as is 35 years later, the ‘medical establishment’ won’t take the 1000s of studies and put it all together and say ‘yes’ this works, let’s do it. Also, you can find out more about Mg in book Magnesium Miracle and more about how Mg works with Vit D and K2. Daughter takes these and has almost no pain. We have tested her levels and she is below normal on Mg and Vit D. So we are working to get her levels up. for Mg RBC (red blood cell test) and try to get levels above 6.0. vit D3 levels 50 and above. One thing I did learn is that high doses of Vit D3 deplete Mg so it is a balancing act when you have both low.

  32. Caitlin says

    Thanks for your interesting posts.
    I am wondering what the difference between filtered and distilled water is… We have a basic water filter at home (remove chlorine and other things but not fluoride, not an RO). Would this work for the Mg oil?
    My mum has Mg deficiency and osteoporosis – should the use of Mg oil be coupled with calcium tablets to even it out?

    Thank you for your help

    • Karen says

      YES YES. Actually if your mom can take calcium via “food” instead of the supplementation it is better absorbed. Also look into Vitamin K2 and Vitamin (Hormone) D3 in conjunction with Mg and Ca. They all work together. Read the book: Vitamin K2, the Calcium Paradox. Excellent information.

  33. Beth says

    Hi, this looks great and i’d like to give it a go making it. I live in the UK and distilled water is not easily available here. I’m wondering why distilled water needs to be used? If I used boiled tap water would that somehow reduce the effectiveness of the magnesium? Would be really grateful for advice. Thanks :)

  34. ildiko says

    1. I’m in my 50’s and have only now heard of this ancient magnesuim oil. On what I have read I believe I have suffered all my life with a deficiency – bad cramping and vomiting from my periods, and now hot flashes, an upper back problem due to manual work and stress, also migraines with aura to name some. Please advise if I am on the right track to ellivate my problems.
    2. Also my sister-in-law suffered a bad migraine which put her in hospital for almost a week which left her with a slight speech impairment and has problems walking properly (in our eyes like a sort of a stroke -but was told it wasn’t due to all their testing). Will ancient magnisium oil help her recovery.
    3. My daughter stopped breast feeding about 10 months ago and her periods have not resumed. She has had blood tests and all is apparently ok. Will ancient magnisium oil help her get her periods again.
    4. How does it help type 1 diabetes?
    5. Why does the ancient magnesium oil need to be wash off after half and hour?

    • Adriana says

      Magnesium tablets stopped my migraines in minutes and were more effective than the Maxalt prescription meds that my doctor recommended with no residual hangover feeling. (FYI – Once I cut out wheat from my diet the migraines disappeared altogether).

      I recently starting taking a new medication and headaches are a known side effect. When I take the pills together with a Bluebonnet magnesium tablet I don’t get the headache.

  35. gbear says

    Magnesium ‘oil’ is termed due to the oily feel of the substance,especially the flakes. It is magnesium chloride & available from many sources.Dead sea salts are a inexpensive source as are others. Zechstein flakes are processed using heat as stated on their site. Does anyone know exactly how much magnesium is contained in the “1/2 cup” spray solution or is it measured by weight,(of the 1/2 cup)? Is the Zechstein 100% magnesium or are there other minerals in it? Regards tap water,the salts or flakes are ‘recommended’ for bath use so I assume distilled water is impractical unless there is a filter in the water supply.

  36. Danielle says

    Magnesium has helped me so much through this pregnancy with morning sickness and muscle spasms – I can’t believe the difference it has made! I’ve been taking an oral supplement, but want to try the oil.

    My question is, can I use powdered magnesium in place of the flakes? I have Magnesium Calcium powder that I use in a toothpaste recipe and wondered if I could use that.

    Thanks so much!

  37. Elizabeth says

    Could anyone comment on whether magnesium oil can be used for children? What would be a baseline dose and what symptoms would cause you to try magnesium oil?

    • Paul B says

      Magnesium deficiency is very hard to test or spot. Children are not likely deficient but if you want to administer magnesium oil this is safe as the body (kidneys) will expel any overload. I would try very little and diluted to start with on less sensitive part of the body as it may be uncomfortable and may sting on the child’s skin until there is a tolerance developed. You can try the sorbolene method described below. Look for loos stool as this is a sign that the body has reached tolerance level for the time beeing. Many medication can be administered transdermal (through the skin) this way.
      Children need many minerals and trace elements magnesium is only one. Look at delivering the equivalent of multi vitamin mineral mix this way and your child will grow healthy and strong. Do heed the warnings when over dose is possible. Unlike magnesium some other trace elements or vitamins are not easily removed by the body. Good Luck and happy child rearing Paul B

  38. pamela says

    how do i keep the oil from feeling “flaky?” even after mixing, as it cools, it is flaky. i use it in my body butter and would like it to be smoother. i don’t want to buy the oil b/c from what i have read it is not as potent as the flakes.

    • Paul B says

      Hi when the machnesium oil feels flaky the magnesium chloride is not dissolved enough in water. You need to use more water. If you want to use it as a cream I would mix with sorbolene this makes it nicer to apply however the effect may possibly be slowed. Sorbolene is a water-soluble oil mix. The magnesium chloride needs to be dissolved in water any other carrier needs to be water friendly. The name magnesium oil is very misleading, it is not an oil!. Many vitamin creams(A or E)are sorbolene based and can be used this way. For children this method is very good, use it sparingly at first, see if the child is not reacting to it. In time you can increase the dosage. hope this was o use cheers Paul B

  39. Kelly Rogers via Facebook says

    OK, question. I loved using mag oil, but it got to the point where I itched constantly and ended up with raw places. When I stopped using it, I cleared up, but my energy levels are definitely lower. Help???

  40. Andrea Ennis via Facebook says

    Cheryl, I had been using it for a while before pregnancy, but during pregnancy I lost my bottle (apparently rolled under my bathroom vanity lol) and didn’t make a new batch right away. I started feeling tired, getting achy and not sleeping. I made another batch, and also found the missing bottle. Ever since, I have lots of energy, no pain and sleep the whole night. I am 40 weeks tomorrow and still going strong!

  41. Jeanette says

    I just read that ancient mineral flakes has higher sodium content than those flakes from the dead sea. Is the sodium content high in ancient mineral flakes and how will that affect blood pressure?

  42. Tessin says

    Forgive me if I have overlooked this question previously answered, but I was wondering if you have an estimate of how much magnesium is contained in this mixture per dose? How does it compare to the magnesium oil spray sold by Ancient Minerals?

  43. says

    My husband began sleeping extremely well using daily Epsom salt baths. Then he ran out and didn’t mention it. He spent two weeks sleeping horribly until I realized he was out. Thankfully my magnesium chloride flakes arrived in the mail that very day. Not only does he sleep much better, it has helped his chronic back pain tremendously. I’ve been recommending this to everyone!

  44. Kate Hudgens via Facebook says

    I was having muscle cramps in my legs so I started using the recipe I found on the Food Renegade blog with the magnesium chloride flakes. I had been using the spray for several months without an issue, but occasionally I would have a reaction whenever I ate certain foods. Then when I switched to fermented skate liver oil (with added orange, lemon & clove oil from green pastures, the itching & burning became very intense and it was just too much. I switched to using Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in the recipe. I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks and so far it seems to be working just as well. I know that Dr. Sircus doesn’t agree that it’s as effective, but I will continue to experiment with it. At least until the current bottle of orange fermented skate liver oil is gone!

  45. Mamacita R says

    I saw this reply on a recent post on another wonderful blog about Mag Oil made from Ancient Minerals…

    “… it seems the magnesium flakes are not as pure as the oil (more by-products in the flakes), so Ancient Minerals does not recommend making your own magnesium oil.

    “… we do not recommend that our bath flakes be utilized to “create” an oil, as that would significantly increase the concentration of those by-products, and therefore increase your direct exposure to them.”

    More on their blog:

    I would love to know your thoughts?

  46. Espri says

    What about milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)? I already use it as a deodorant (works great!) and it’s already in a form that I can spread it on my skin easily. Will it make loose stools more quickly for the amt of magnesium you absorb or anything like that?

  47. SLM says

    Thanks! This information has proven to be very very useful. I too made the mistake of buying magnesium oxide which made my stomach feel kind of odd. I’m not sure that I got more than maybe 40 to 80mg from taking 400mg twice daily.

  48. Rashmi Michael via Facebook says

    Anyone have any idea on how to deal with the stickiness? It also burns like the fires of hell! :-( But Ancient Minerals has been on of my best investments so far. Completely eliminates the tummy upheaval caused by ingesting magnesium in any form.

  49. says

    It’s not as complicated as you people are making it. Any water you’d put on your skin is fine. I mix mine with tap water, which here is well water with gobs of calcium. I shower in it, so it’s good enough. I only mix 1/4 cup magnesium chloride in 2 cups water, so don’t have to heat it, just use a bit more spray since it’s a bit more diluted. It feels itchy and dry cause it’s a salt, same reason you feel that way after swimming in the ocean. If that bothered me, I’d spray it on an hour before showering instead of after. As it is, I spray a BUNCH of skin, usually my whole belly and thighs, after every shower. And the dry/itch feeling is how I remembered I did it, which is crucial for me to avoid fatigue. I dunno, comforting somehow. Epsom salts work too, though you’d need a different amount to get the same concentration as it has a different molecular weight. IME, neither cause the runs even when slathered on at high doses daily, as long as not taken internally. And there’s no point in not adding epsom salt to every bath or pool you get into all the time. Mg is good stuff.

  50. Katheryn Barrett via Facebook says

    That stuff is TORTURE to apply. It’s like burning, itching acid. I tried (per your book) during my last pregnancy and thought I was melting.

  51. Mari Morgan via Facebook says

    I had much the same experience as Katheryn, it was absolutely horrible on my skin, even diluted with _quadruple_ the usual amount of water. I wanted to claw my skin off. I use a powder I mix with juice instead, SuperMag from Nutrina which is similar to Natural Calm but unflavored, and occasionally take a bath with epsom salts although I have to rinse off afterward. If I let the bathwater residue dry on my skin it itches like mad even if I slather on oil or lotion.

  52. Katheryn Barrett via Facebook says

    Mari, I will definitely check out the Natural Calm alternative. I don’t like the stevia and won’t give it to the kids.
    Anyone else just have a hard time with baths? I just dislike them.

  53. says

    I’ve read you shouldn’t wash off the Epsom salts as it dilutes the outcome since it’s absorbed thru the skin. Also if there is too much residue on the body, I’ve read all the crystals are not dissolved. I can’t give links or sources, just remember these little idiosyncrasies of Epsom salts and try to work around them.

  54. Cherish Cough-fee via Facebook says

    I would think that rinsing off would be a good idea, once your out of the bath I don’t think you’ll be absorbing much more. I mix epsom salts into boiling water to make sure it gets all dissolved :)

  55. Denise Stone Benner via Facebook says

    If itching and pain occur, water down the oil or just apply to the soles of your feet, I always tell folks soles first, least sensitive and largest pores.

  56. Denise Stone Benner via Facebook says

    Tami, magnesium chloride flakes mixed with water is just that, water and magnesium, it “feels” oily.

  57. Denise Stone Benner via Facebook says

    We were also taught to apply the mag oil, leave on for 20-30 minutes and shower. My husband applies his to his feet nightly.

  58. Sandi Chai Brown via Facebook says

    It doesn’t burn me, but I don’t much like the residue :(. I made it, but haven’t used it for a while.

  59. Kate Hudgens via Facebook says

    I have been using this recipe for mag oil for almost a year now. What I found that was when I ate certain food the mag oil burned when applied. when I eliminated those foods I had zero issues with burning. I always apply 20 mins before I hop in the shower or I will wipe off with a damp rag after 20 mins to get rid of that oily feeling.

  60. says

    If I spray magnesium on my shoulders or chest, I break out rather severely. It seems to be pulling toxins out of my glands and maybe my heart? Has any else experienced this?

  61. Diana Curtis via Facebook says

    Carrie … its helped me, and its fun stuff to make, and you can give it a scent with essential oils. Lavender is my fave.

  62. Renee Hogan via Facebook says

    Awesomesauce! I have a 9 year old that I have been thinking needs more magnesium…now after reading this, I am sure of it!!! Emma, I think you would enjoy this article.

    • suresh says

      Dear Peggy , So sorry to hear about the pain. I really hope the magnesium therapy has helped. Shall pray for your recovery. suresh India

  63. Ellen says

    I made some “magnesium oil” a while back but don’t like the “coating” that’s left on my skin–I suspect I’d experience that from the ready-made magnesium “oil” as well. Will be trying a different magnesium oil and hope that residue doesn’t remain on my skin.

  64. says

    On the Ancient Minerals Web site, they have an article titled “Magnesium Bath Flakes vs Magnesium Oil” that tells why we shouldn’t use their bath flakes (the same ones you recommend above) to make our own magnesium oil. Their flakes are the only ones I’ve ever used to make magnesium oil. What are your thoughts on that article and their reasoning behind not using their flakes to make the oil?

    Thank you, Kristen!

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