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, heart disease, and fatigue. Applying it topically to our skin 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 it 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 it 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 it?
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 (source 1, source 2). 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? (source)
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 at Home
- 1/2 C. Magnesium chloride flakes (where to buy magnesium flakes)
- 1/2 C. purified or distilled water (where to buy water purifiers)
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.
How to Apply It
Spray 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 It
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. The link between magnesium supplementation and improved sleep quality has long been proven (source).
2) I don’t need to use deodorant. When I started supplementing with magnesium oil spray, I noticed my sweat smells … clean. I may sweat, but it doesn’t smell bad anymore! Did you know that not using deodorant can actually benefit the microbiome of your armpit and reduce the number of pathogens there? I’m serious! Researchers have actually studied this stuff (source).
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. It turns out scientists have been studying this effect of magnesium on stress levels, mild anxiety, cortisol responses, and more (source), so I’m not alone in feeling this way!
4) I’m lowering my risk of heart disease. In the last few years, researchers have been increasingly interested in the effect of magnesium on heart health. They’ve found an astonishing correlation between low magnesium levels in the body and increased incidence of heart disease (source). It’s even led some researchers to suggest we start re-introducing magnesium to our public water supplies (source)!
In short, making my own magnesium oil has been one of the easiest, most cost-effective, beneficial things I’ve done for my health in a while.