Did you know magnesium oil is something that you can make yourself? It’s true! But let’s back up just a bit and talk about why you’d want to make it…and why it’s name is misleading. Then I’ll show you how *easy* it is to make and how to use it.
We’ve been talking a lot about how important magnesium is for the body, and how common it is to be deficient. I’ve shared these recipes for a daily mag supplement here (heavy duty deficiency) and here (maintenance & gentler). Many of my friends swear by the benefits of taking epsom salt baths for relaxation and better sleep. But some people don’t do well with oral magnesium. If you’re one of those who either doesn’t do well with magnesium supplements, or if you just don’t have time to take epsom salt baths daily, I have great news: Magnesium oil is a great alternative.
This sprayable magnesium concentrate is not actually an oil at all. The name is based on the somewhat slick feeling of the mineral suspended in water. Magnesium oil is easy to make and you can’t get much easier than just spritzing on your supplements!
I spritz on and rub it into my skin…the mineral makes the water feel slippery but magnesium oil doesn’t actually contain any oil.
Magnesium Oil Recipe
This is just SO basic and simple. You want to use a distilled (mineral free) or a good filtered water for the recipe, and the magnesium of your choice.
Heat your water to boiling…not absolutely necessary but it may speed up the melting of the magnesium a bit.
Then add in the magnesium. I’m using the magnesium chloride flakes here.
Stir to dissolve the magnesium into the water, and you’re done!
Let cool and pour into a small spray bottle or two. Label and enjoy!
Here’s your printable magnesium oil recipe:
- ½ cup magnesium chloride flakes or magnesium sulfate (epsom salts)
- 1 cup distilled water (mineral free water)
- 1 small spray bottle, optional but nice to have
- Warm water if desired, or simply mix in magnesium flakes or crystals.
- Stir until dissolved.
- Pour magnesium blend into a spray bottle.
Spritz onto body and rub in. There is no need to rinse off. If stinging occurs with the magnesium chloride, try the magnesium sulfate instead. You can also use lotion or oil on the skin before or after for sensitive skin, as magnesium can be drying. Some sources recommend starting with about 100 mg, which would be approx 16 sprays of the mag chloride blend or 8 sprays of the mag sulfate.
If you develop a negative reaction, discontinue use, or try the other form of magnesium salts. Some people tolerate one better than the other.
To Use Magnesium Oil Spray
If you’ve tracked along on the magnesium series, you’ll remember that it’s not easy to measure magnesium in lab testing, since your serum levels are not what matter. It’s the cellular or tissue levels that matter most. So I really can’t give you a definitive dosage on this, nor can you get tested.
It’s really best to look over the magnesium deficiency list and sort of gauge for yourself the likelihood of how much you need magnesium and then work from there, dosing from 3 to 20 sprays per day. One magnesium oil company recommends around 100 grams of magnesium per dose. For this recipe, that would be around 16 sprays of the magnesium chloride or about 8 sprays of the magnesium sulfate.
There is no need to rinse off the magnesium oil, but if the feel of it bothers you, you can apply it 20-30 minutes prior to showering. Or you may try using lotion before or after applying your magnesium if you find that your skin is sensitive or that it’s too drying.
Can I Take Too Much?
Yes. Well, technically with *anything* (including pure clean water) there is a “too much” point. Your body strives for balance. So while it’s great to use a little more of a substance when you’re showing signs of deficiency, it’s unwise to consistently use it forever and always without re-evaluating your need for it.
The main minerals that your body needs to be in balance are calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Some sources suggest a 5:1 Calcium to Magnesium ratio is a healthy range to shoot for. If you’re low carbing, or are dairy free, then you’ll want to assess your calcium and potassium intake as well if you’re showing signs of mineral imbalance. (In other words, it’s not *always* simply a magnesium deficiency.)
Magnesium has a handy way of letting you know when you’re no longer deficient. It causes loose bowels. So you’ll want to keep that in mind as you figure out the perfect dosage amount…when you hit bowel tolerance give yourself a few days off and then cut back to just one or two sprays a day to maintain.
Warning: Please remember that magnesium supplementation is not recommended for those with kidney diseases or kidney health issues. If that’s you, then please talk with your doctor prior to using any products with magnesium. Healthy kidneys can excrete excess magnesium, but compromised kidneys will struggle with it.
What If It Stings My Skin?
Some people find that the mag chloride spray stings after applying. If this is the case for you, try switching over to the epsom salt spray or baths and see if you still have pain or stinging. I’ll write more next week about the best form of magnesium to take or use.
Where Is The Best Place To Apply Magnesium Oil?
According to the book Transdermal Magnesium by Mark Sircus (affiliate link), the mucous membranes are the best place to absorb magnesium oil. That includes private parts, belly button, or even in the mouth (but not swallowing…just absorbing through the tissues or under the tongue.) Some have good results applying to the armpits or behind the knees. The face or trunk of the body is also recommended, with the arms and legs being the least effective spots.
Did I cover everything? Have any other magnesium oil questions for me? Drop me a line in the comments below.
More Reading on Magnesium Oil:
Magnesium Chloride Best price here- same source as the pricier brands and FREE shipping! (this isn’t an affiliate link…just the best price I could find for you!
Epsom salts & distilled water- purchase at your local drug store or grocery store pharmacy section.
Blue glass spray bottles (4 pack -Amazon affiliate link)
Cute labels (Amazon affiliate link)