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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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147 Responses to How to Make Magnesium Oil
  1. -joshua!
    May 31, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Could you use epsom salt in place of the magnesium flakes?

    • KristenM
      May 31, 2013 | 9:32 am

      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
        May 31, 2013 | 9:50 am

        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
          May 31, 2013 | 9:59 am

          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
            May 31, 2013 | 10:07 am

            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!

    • Paul
      November 6, 2013 | 7:46 pm

      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?

  2. Holly
    May 31, 2013 | 9:31 am

    Where would you suggest purchasing a blue glass bottle?

    • KristenM
      May 31, 2013 | 9:33 am

      The link is in the post, although perhaps it’s not as obvious as it could be! LOL.

      Here it is again:

      I’ll go see if I can edit the post to make the link more obvious. Thanks!

  3. Katrina
    May 31, 2013 | 9:39 am

    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
      May 31, 2013 | 9:46 am

      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!

  4. Christine
    May 31, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Thanks for this! I’ve been putting off using magnesium oil because of the cost… now I don’t need to anymore!

  5. Alisha
    May 31, 2013 | 10:57 am

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

  6. Becky
    May 31, 2013 | 11:28 am

    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!

  7. Joyce Guidry
    May 31, 2013 | 11:32 am

    I bought 400 mg Ionic Magnesium at the health food store. I am to take 3/4 tsp. in water. It tastes hot. could I spray this on my skin?

  8. Megan
    May 31, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    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!

    • Megan
      May 31, 2013 | 2:07 pm


      • Leah
        May 31, 2013 | 8:06 pm

        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
      June 2, 2013 | 12:50 am

      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.

  9. Leah
    May 31, 2013 | 8:02 pm

    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
      June 2, 2013 | 12:26 am

      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
      June 2, 2013 | 12:48 am

      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. :)

  10. Marissa
    June 1, 2013 | 9:40 am

    About how long will one 1/2 C flakes + 1/2 C water batch last for the average user?

  11. Mary
    June 1, 2013 | 10:05 am

    So, do you rinse the oil off after letting it soak in? Is the oil drying to the skin?

  12. Rose
    June 1, 2013 | 11:21 am

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

  13. Brittany
    June 1, 2013 | 11:42 am

    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. :)

  14. Linda
    June 1, 2013 | 2:54 pm

    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
      June 2, 2013 | 12:53 am

      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.

  15. Sherry
    June 1, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    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.

  16. Rachel
    June 4, 2013 | 10:08 am

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

  17. Laura
    June 6, 2013 | 8:09 pm

    Do you know if this is safe to use while pregnant?

    • KristenM
      June 6, 2013 | 9:36 pm

      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!

  18. Patty Chambers
    June 7, 2013 | 5:33 pm

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

    • Kristen
      June 13, 2013 | 4:01 pm

      I don’t think it’d be a problem.

  19. Sharla
    June 8, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    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.

  20. Mary
    June 10, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    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
      June 22, 2013 | 8:06 pm

      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
      September 8, 2013 | 11:07 am

      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.

  21. Jenny
    June 13, 2013 | 7:19 am

    I want to start making this, and am wondering how much to use on my kids, ages 6 and 8? Thank you!

  22. Danielle
    June 13, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    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!


    • Kristen
      June 13, 2013 | 4:00 pm

      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.

  23. Trish
    June 18, 2013 | 9:22 am

    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!

    • Kathy
      September 8, 2013 | 11:10 am

      The directions say purified or distilled water. I just used spring water. It came out fine.

  24. Kristi
    July 2, 2013 | 6:53 am

    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
      August 17, 2013 | 11:54 am

      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
      September 9, 2013 | 2:36 pm

      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!

  25. Jacinta
    July 8, 2013 | 1:31 am

    Why not magnesium malate?

  26. Patricia
    July 23, 2013 | 8:33 pm

    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!!

  27. Honora
    August 1, 2013 | 2:24 am

    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
      August 3, 2013 | 4:32 pm

      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!

      • Kathy
        September 8, 2013 | 11:15 am

        That’s what I have used for years & it works great!

    • Honora
      April 2, 2014 | 7:34 pm

      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.

  28. amber
    August 6, 2013 | 5:33 pm

    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
      November 13, 2013 | 7:03 pm

      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!

  29. bobbie joh
    August 22, 2013 | 3:07 pm

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

  30. Erika
    August 30, 2013 | 2:16 am

    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.

  31. Maria
    September 1, 2013 | 7:30 am

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

    • Kathy
      September 8, 2013 | 11:18 am

      I know stress does. There are other things too but I’m not sure what else w/o researching it.

  32. Maria
    September 9, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    I applied my first application today. How long did it take until you noticed the benefits?

  33. Maria
    September 10, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    do i store the oil at room temperature? thanks.

  34. Nancee
    September 26, 2013 | 7:11 am

    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?

  35. mary light
    September 30, 2013 | 5:14 pm

    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.

  36. mary light
    September 30, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    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.

  37. Melinda
    September 30, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    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!

  38. christine
    October 10, 2013 | 11:18 am

    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?

  39. sia
    November 9, 2013 | 6:15 pm

    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.

    • Ellen
      April 1, 2014 | 11:30 am

      Chloride does not equal chlorine.

  40. Luana Leonard
    November 15, 2013 | 11:06 pm

    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?

    • Tony Green REALTOR
      December 3, 2013 | 2:43 pm

      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!

    • Diana
      January 12, 2014 | 1:22 am


  41. mickey
    November 20, 2013 | 11:22 am

    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?

    • Ellen
      April 1, 2014 | 11:31 am

      Baby oil is mineral oil which has NO place on or in humans or animals.

  42. Genevieve Parker Hill
    December 4, 2013 | 8:46 am

    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
      May 2, 2014 | 7:53 am

      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.

  43. Caitlin
    December 16, 2013 | 5:35 am

    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
      May 2, 2014 | 7:45 am

      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.

  44. Beth
    January 3, 2014 | 9:00 am

    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 :)

  45. ildiko
    January 4, 2014 | 4:32 pm

    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
      April 1, 2014 | 12:43 pm

      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.

  46. Carol
    January 7, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    Hi will this work ok with tap water. I am from the uk

  47. gbear
    January 10, 2014 | 5:10 pm

    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.

  48. Danielle
    January 13, 2014 | 8:48 am

    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!

  49. Elizabeth
    January 16, 2014 | 12:45 am

    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
      February 4, 2014 | 1:09 am

      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

  50. pamela
    January 22, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    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
      February 4, 2014 | 12:34 am

      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

  51. gail
    February 6, 2014 | 9:06 pm

    do you know how many mgs are in this version of mag oil?

  52. Leslie Jackson via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 8:01 pm

    Nadezhka B-w

  53. Brandy Racca Nicholson via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 8:58 pm

    Where is the best place to apply it? Legs, arms?

  54. Food Renegade via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 9:42 pm

    I do arms and torso, Brandy.

  55. Cheryl McKibbin via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 10:12 pm

    is it ok for pregnacy? i am havibg horrible insomnia and am at 28 weeks.

  56. Kelly Rogers via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 10:17 pm

    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???

  57. Andrea Ennis via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 10:20 pm

    Ryan Oppenheim this is what I was telling you

  58. Maggie Goodman Russell via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 10:25 pm

    its great for people recovering from colorectal surgery. It relaxes the gut & rectal muscles even when they are damaged….A Mother who was nursing her baby recommended it to me & now I use it every day.

  59. Andrea Ennis via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 10:26 pm

    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!

  60. Eric Stösur via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 10:55 pm

    You can also take Calm. It’s a magnesium supplement that is non gmo, vegan, gluten free.

  61. Kim Zincke Schulz via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 11:46 pm

    Kathy Pleasants, maybe this would help?

  62. Kathy Pleasants via Facebook
    February 10, 2014 | 11:48 pm


  63. Green-Living Ladies via Facebook
    February 11, 2014 | 11:01 am

    My best friend gave me magnesium oil several months ago-It is fabulous.

  64. Jeanette
    March 2, 2014 | 1:00 am

    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?

  65. Angie
    March 11, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    Is there a best time of day to spray on the magnesium or does it not matter? Thanks!

  66. Tessin
    March 19, 2014 | 7:47 am

    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?

  67. Hayley
    March 29, 2014 | 10:24 pm

    I believe people living in artificially fluoridated areas can suffer from magnesium deficiency because fluoride binds to magnesium and prevents absorption.

  68. Merri MerriBlue via Facebook
    March 30, 2014 | 11:06 am

    Been reading about magnesium lately..this is so timely…Thanks

  69. Cindy Newman via Facebook
    March 30, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    I take magnesium daily and in the evening have a cup of Tulsi tea.

  70. Jamie Klaman via Facebook
    March 30, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    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!

    • Adriana
      April 1, 2014 | 12:45 pm

      Jamie do you spray his back? How many times a day?

      How about elbow tendonitis?

  71. Kate Hudgens via Facebook
    March 30, 2014 | 8:53 pm

    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!

  72. Mamacita R
    April 1, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    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?

  73. Espri
    April 7, 2014 | 10:14 am

    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?

  74. Bethany
    April 12, 2014 | 10:48 pm

    Can I use it on my children ages 9&4? And if so what is the best way of doing so?

  75. Anonymous
    April 28, 2014 | 10:21 am


    I buy reverse osmosis water. Will that work for making making magnesium oil? Thanks.

  76. SLM
    May 24, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    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.

  77. Rashmi Michael via Facebook
    May 25, 2014 | 10:35 pm

    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.

  78. Jackie Patti
    May 27, 2014 | 7:58 pm

    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.

  79. Marjorie Winship Durbrow via Facebook
    May 28, 2014 | 10:45 am

    Have to try this! Thanks :-)

  80. Mari
    July 5, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Simple explanation to make the mag oil. Thank you!

  81. Katheryn Barrett via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 7:01 pm

    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.

  82. Katheryn Barrett via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 7:04 pm

    But I do recommend your book to all my friends.

  83. Cherish Cough-fee via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 7:08 pm

    Katheryn Barrett: mix it into lotion so it isn’t so strong on your skin

  84. Cherish Cough-fee via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 7:08 pm

    I make my own & have gotten a couple of neighbors into using mag oil also

  85. Mari Morgan via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 7:18 pm

    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.

  86. Lindy's Page via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 7:52 pm


  87. Tina Incolorado via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 8:48 pm

    But it’ll burn you let someone set you on fire.

  88. Faith Epp via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 8:59 pm

    Great stuff.

  89. Katheryn Barrett via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 9:15 pm

    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.

  90. Vickie Walker via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 10:47 pm

    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.

  91. Tami
    July 25, 2014 | 10:56 pm

    Is there any oil in the “magnesium oil”?

  92. Cherish Cough-fee via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 11:32 pm

    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 :)

  93. Angela Knoth Gioffre via Facebook
    July 25, 2014 | 11:53 pm

    April Maggio

  94. Tami O'Brien via Facebook
    July 26, 2014 | 12:11 am

    Is there oil in this “magnesium oil”?

  95. Denise Stone Benner via Facebook
    July 26, 2014 | 1:44 am

    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.

  96. Denise Stone Benner via Facebook
    July 26, 2014 | 1:45 am

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

  97. Denise Stone Benner via Facebook
    July 26, 2014 | 1:47 am

    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.

  98. Sandi Chai Brown via Facebook
    July 26, 2014 | 2:53 am

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

  99. Cherish Cough-fee via Facebook
    July 26, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Sandi Chai Brown: neither do I, I usually put some lotion on afterwards

  100. Kate Hudgens via Facebook
    July 27, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    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.

    • Kaylee
      July 28, 2014 | 2:30 pm

      Which foods in particular did you noticing caused burning when combined with taking the mag oil?

  101. Tiffani
    September 1, 2014 | 3:14 pm

    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?

  102. Joyce Moore via Facebook
    September 21, 2014 | 7:03 pm

    I take a supplement for muscle cramps. May try this, thanks.

  103. Ophelia Smootchenheimer via Facebook
    September 21, 2014 | 8:52 pm

    So could magnesium flakes also be Epsom salt?

  104. Kelly
    October 6, 2014 | 9:39 pm

    Can I use this on my children? They’re 11 and 8.

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