How To Make Your Own Magnesium Oil

How to make your own magnesium oil to improve sleep and reduce stress

I’ve written before about how I use magnesium daily and why I feel it is such a vital part of overall wellness. Many people are deficient in this vital mineral that the body uses for hundreds of reactions. Every cell in the body needs magnesium in some way, and it is vital for bone, tooth, muscle, and joint health as well as for optimal sleep and stress reduction.

Deficiency of magnesium is widespread because many of us have lifestyle factors that actively deplete magnesium such as lack of sleep, excess stress, or alcohol/caffeine/sugar consumption. On top of that, many natural sources of magnesium are becoming depleted (such as the soil due to over-farming and high pesticide use) and water filtration systems remove much of the naturally occurring magnesium in water.

The ocean is still a wonderful source of magnesium and trace minerals, but for those of us who don’t have daily access to a beach, transdermal magnesium oil can be the easiest and most effective way to increase magnesium levels. I’ve recently seen some research that adequate magnesium can do everything from reduce stress to improve sleep and even eliminate morning sickness!

I take magnesium internally and use it on my skin daily in the form of magnesium oil. A brilliant reader recently shared with me how she saved a lot of money by making her own magnesium oil, and I wanted to pass on her recipe to you…

[Note: Ancient Minerals, maker of the Magnesium Oil I use, recently posted about the small differences between homemade magnesium oil made from magnesium flakes and their pre-made magnesium oil. I’d still feel comfortable using a homemade version, especially if the alternative was not taking/using magnesium at all, but you can read the differences here.]


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How To Make Your Own Magnesium Oil
Simple homemade magnesium oil made with magnesium chloride flakes helps improve sleep and stress levels.
Recipe type: Remedy
  • ½ cup Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • A glass bowl or glass measuring cup
  • A glass spray bottle (plastic will work too)
  1. Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture. Put the Magnesium Chloride Flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  2. Stir well until completely dissolved. Let cool completely and store in the spray bottle. Can be stored at room temperature for at least six months. I keep in my bathroom to use daily.

To Use:

Spray on arms, legs, and stomach daily. I use 10-20 sprays per day. It will tingle on the skin the first few times it is used, and this is normal. It should fade after a few applications, but you can dilute with more water if it bothers you too much.

You can leave on the skin or wash off after 20-30 minutes. I usually apply after a shower and then use coconut oil or a lotion bar to moisturize about 5 minutes later.

Have you tried magnesium to help reduce stress, improve sleep or for another reason? Ever tried to make your own? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Lef says

    Two of my children take a supplement of magnesium, zinc and B6 which has eliminated their ADHD symptoms and (for one of them) tics.

      • Lisa says

        I have tried Natural Calm and the Bluebonnet brand of Liquid Calcium Magnesium Citrate with Vitamin D3. What do you use and what have you found works best?

          • Donna says

            You’re amazing Wellness Mama! Just want to add I use Milk of Magnesia for deodorant. Put in a clean roll on container, and add essential oils. Works like a charm! The same or better than the natural solid deodorant I made, which is similar to the one on your blog. Keeps you a bit drier I think. Don’t use the flavored MOM!!! Full of chemicals. The plain one is also just magnesium and purified water. Another way to get this vital mineral.

          • Eric J. Stoner says

            Milk of Magnesia is Magnesium hydroxide, just another salt of Magnesium. It’s probably the easiest way to consume Magnesium salts. There is no side effect or problem with using fluoridate water either. Whatever small solubility advantage you might get from the ‘citrate’ salt will be more than offset by the price and savings that way.

          • Krista Overly says

            What about Milk of Magnesium’s laxative element? Or are you only using it in a spray? Could it still cause diarrhea?

          • Del Sharp says

            Depends on the fluoride complex that is added to the water, and you can bet it isn’t calcium fluoride, which is the naturally occurring fluoride. If it is a variation of sodium fluoride, which is a toxic industry waste by-product, it is poison, and most definitely a problem.

          • Jenn says

            I have a 17 yr old daughter w severe anxiety. I’d like to try to wean her off Zoloft somewhat by giving her supplements and I’ve heard that the B6 & magnesium combination is really helpful. I myself took CALM for a while, but unfortunately it absolutely did a number on my stomach – really bad – I guess I just could not handle the mag citrate and have since discovered that I need to stay away from citric acid in general. Anyway, I’m very reluctant to give my daughter CALM……will try the oil but any advice you may have I’d appreciate! I know different forms of mag absorb very differently. Also how much B6 and I’ve heard you should only stay on B6 for 2 mos. or so, then go off for a while to give your liver/kidneys a break. Thanks in advance for your help……

          • KCC says

            I used to use Milk of Magnesia as a deodorant also (with good results) until I read that one of the inactive ingredients was bleach. Not something I wanted to use on my body. Thanks for the magnesium oil recipe. Can’t wait to give it a try!

          • Nikki says

            I was wondering how early in age can you use the magnesium oil? My son is 16 months and I’m seeing signs of anxiety right before his meltdowns. Is it safe to spray the oil on his skin?

    • Lisa says

      Do you use a liquid form of magnesium, zinc and B6 or whatever? Where do you get yours? I have a son who has ADHD symptoms and I am going to get him tested soon.

      • Judy Messenger says

        Our granddaughter has seizure, tic’s and ADHD which have been helped considerably by keeping her on a food coloring/preservative/and low gluten diet, along with vitamin D3 and magnesium chloride in our food, water and on skin. Stick that in your … ear big pharma!

        • Sarah Batson says

          I do sooo love your response. I am so glad to have found this blog and others like myself who prefer natural health remedies and prevention and have a healthy distaste for big pharma!!!

        • Kimberly says

          You are a good grandma. Although these things help with the symptoms one thing lots of people overlook is what’s causing them. Tics, OCD and ADHD symptoms in children can be associated with an infection such a strep. My daughter had this problem – it is called Pandas syndrome. Your very first line of defense is to insist on a strep test (blood test – you are looking for elevated titers) to see if an underlying infection is causing the symptoms. A great book to read is childhood interrupted by Beth Maloney. It literally saved our 10-year-old daughter’s life. Good luck!

          • Mandy says

            Wow, I’m completely blown away from your comment. My 7 y/o son was just diagnosed with PANDAS three months ago. His antibody levels were through the roof! I had never heard of it before. He also has ADHD, PDD-NOS, as well as other issues unrelated to these psychiatric disorders. There is a lot of controversy about PANDAS and I consider us to be very lucky to have such an awesome child psychiatrist. Thank you so very much for the book recommendation, I’m going to search iBooks right now. Take care :)

          • Judy Messenger says


            Thank you for that! Yes I do mean free from food coloring and preservatives and as little GMO as we can find; which is becoming more difficult. She seems to do better when we make unpasteurized organic kefir smoothies.


            Thank you, thank you! Her tics have returned; we WILL go for that strep titre.

        • Chrissie says

          Hi! Just a comment about “low-gluten”, I have had 20 years of issues with gluten and I’m pretty sure that if there is a sensitivity, it has to be gluten free. It may appear that you are getting away with small doses only to find other insidious adverse effects are actually occurring, often malabsorption of everything else leading to a whole spectrum of deficiencies and neurological imbalances. All the best xxxx

          • brandi says

            Hopefully I can help!! Whoever said kefir grains is on the right track( from what I believe, having had issues with ocd since I was a teenager? Not fun.. Gut flora has so much to do with mental health! Unless it is just me these issues seem to be more and more common, I think the underlying issue is really nutrition, or lack thereof in our society today. Look up where serotonin is made it is not just in your brain, it is mostly made in your gut. Fermented foods have been known to be a great alternative to all these pharmaceuticals, and you can make them yourself. Just a thought hope it helps!

        • Dan says

          Just another suggestion. Please check the person’s PH level.
          Acidosis can cause a multitude of problems such as the ones described. Under 7.365 ?, try to normalize by eating alkaline foods: broccoli, asparagus, cucumber, avocado, or 3 teaspoons of mineral salts in 4-6 oz of water. You’ll see a huge change in a matter of moments.
          Best regards,

      • Gary says

        B 6 and magnesium together are a great calming combination. There is however a possibility in some cases that an individual may need only the magnesium. If the need is for magnesium only then the B 6 will often cause irritability. The rule of thumb of determining is dream recall. If one has dream recall 2 to 3 times a week it is unlikely that there is a B 6 deficiency. The lack of dream recall is a strong sign of B 6 deficiency.

    • vegtbull says

      Would love to know the product you are giving your children. I have a child with epilepsy and tourettes syndrome that could benefit.

    • MotivationalMe says

      Yes I hear when You add Magnesium with B6 it will eliminate ADD/ADHD. My daughter and I need to try this. However, I am reading a book by Dr. Sircus that says that taking the supplements research has proven that the body doesn’t absorb the Magnesium well. I’m wondering!

      • Marilyn Riso says

        I had read of the benefits of Magnesium for nervous system calming but to avoid the cheaper Magnesium Oxides (hydroxide) forms as they are absorbed so poorly. Just now going to try this recipe so I don’t know from experience but this is what I read.

    • Marilyn Riso says

      I have been reading all I can of natural ways to help my 12 year old son with Asperger’s and facial tics that have increased lately (moving from some awkward eye blinking for the last several years to increased grimacing and shoulder shrugging within the last 6 months). Recently I had read of the benefits of Magnesium and Zinc for calming tics and have been on a mission to find something appropriate for my son. Most of the supplements I have found are Mg oxides but I read that oxide forms of Mg are the cheapest and least absorbed by the body. I have been perusing this website any chance I get for the last couple of months for ways to transform our home into a more natural, earth friendly and less toxic one and just found this recipe! Thank you! We will be trying it as soon as I can get my hands on the ingredients. I’ll let you know:)

        • Marilyn Riso says

          We live in California, USA. We do get filtered water (started because of my hypothyroid and desire to stay away from fluoridated water). We have been giving my son 200mg of magnesium citrate for maybe a week and a half and don’t really see any changes in tics or ability to get to sleep at night yet.

          • Regina says

            my readings are that magenesium oil is the fastest acting and most absorbable. recipe is as above in Wellness mama site

          • Catelyn says

            This is a late comment. Did any thing help with the tics? I used to get them. It turned out to be a calcium deficiency. Once I started taking taking calcium they went away.

        • Herbert says

          I am just curious but in what way is the Magnesium “Oil” described in this exchange an Oil ? It seems just to be a solution of mag chloride in distilled water. Where does the oil come in ?

        • Corin says

          You can get them for $2.50/lb or 5lb for $10.99 from Called Mitoku Nigari, this is food grade magnesium chloride used for making tofu but it’s the same stuff… Just got ten pounds in the mail today! This way I have enough to make oil AND use as bath salt!

      • Tea says

        Hey Marilyn,
        my niece is 8 years old and has many of the same exact tics as you described your son having, except hers have been getting worse lately, like biting her tongue and cheek, it was mostly squinting her eyes and shrugging…poor thing is on 2 or 3 different heavy drugs to help combat that and her ADHD…. she has to be home schooled because of teasing.. :/ My question to you is, how should I approach her mother in giving her this info about the magnesium and B6 supplements? Her parents are very medical minded and do not really have much regard for “natural” remedies… I just want to help the poor girl! Her life seems miserable right now and she is so young!

    • Karen Green says

      Are the brands of suppliments Magnesium, Zinc, and B6 for ADD/(tics is the one I’m dealing with along with picking her skin, face, etc.) pure and where do you get them from without fillers and preservatives, dairy, etc. I am on a budget for now on SSDI.

      Thanks Much,
      God Bless you:)

    • Betty says

      I would like to know more about this as I have a grandson with ADD. Could you please explain further with any info you have and how you take your supplements?

  2. Tommel says

    Love it! We use is for bruises, smashed fingers and toes. It will take the throbbing. Don’t get it in a cut though. It will sting like crazy.

    • Tommel says

      Correction – it will take the throbbing away. I smashed my toe and couldn’t stand for the sheets to touch it so I wrapped my toes in a piece of gauze that I soaked in Magnesium oil. It took the throbbing out. We have done it with smashed fingers too.

  3. Karyn says

    I was working on upping the number of sprays from magnesium spray I got on Amazon; on night three I woke up and vomited! I’m assuming it was a stomach bug but no one else got sick and ever since then I’ve been afraid to use it! Bummer, because I think I could benefit from it. 

    • says

      If you are not used to taking a magnesium suppliment you need to start out slow, trying to add to much to your system at one time will cause nausea… I found that out after taking a magnesium based medicine, doctor and pharmacist said that was natural.

    • Dora Gonzalez says

      Wow magnesium keeps the bowels regular…kinda funny that it came up instead of out….maybe there’s a kink or stoppage somewhere…just a thought….

      • Lydia says

        I have been using magnesium capsules for over 20 years. If I skip a day I’m constipated and I have leg-cramps during the night. I wonder if the magnesium spray will have the same effect.

        • Charla says

          If you have been taking oral magnesium supplements for 20 yrs. and still have cramps if you miss a day, you have not come close to correcting what appears to be a SEVERE magnesium deficiency. Magnesium oil should definitely help. If it stings too much, either dilute it a bit or wash off in 20 min. Ancient people valued hot mineral springs because most were high in magnesium. Transdermally is the BEST way to get magnesium.

    • Brenda says

      If you were “upping” the number of sprays, rather than not use it alt all go to “undering” the number of sprays, do just 1 spray for a week, then two the next. Do not go over the recomended number of sprays on the bottle or go back the the number of sprays you were using before you got sick. And it is possible that could have had a bug that no one else in your house got.

    • Betty says

      My daughter made me the spray with Mag. and I was using it on my feet, legs and arms. One night I sprayed it across my back and stomach. I woke up in the night and had diarrhea and I vomited once and broke out in a sweat. Was up off and on all night with diarrhea. Now I am afraid to use it anymore and a friend had the same reactions. I am all for using natural things instead of all the pills that are given out for this and that. My daughter thought it would help with the circulation in my legs. Maybe if I didn’t use it as often but it still scares me now as I was so sick. Thanks for any info you can give me. I guess I will stick to the magnesium tablets.

    • says

      From all the research I’ve read, it’s almost impossible to get enough from diet, since even high quality organic foods come from depleted soil. Seafood is one good source, so if you eat wild caught seafood more than twice a day, you are probably fine… Blood tests are also a poor way to tell, since only a tiny amount of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood…

    • Liz Sabin Jaconelli says

      Magnesium sulfide does not last very long in the body. Mag. chloride lasts much longr in the body.

      • Eric J. Stoner says

        Codswallop. Once in water, the magnesium is completely ionized. In your stomach, there will be no difference, the sulfate will no longer be associated with the magnesium in any useful way.

        • Liz Sabin Jaconelli says

          codswallop… lol I’m stealing that.
          It wouldn’t be going in my stomach. Mag oil is used transdermally because it gets absorbed better that way. Does that change anything?

          • Eric J. Stoner says

            Not at all. I’m just saying there is a less expensive source you can use. Epsom salts have been used for this very treatment for centuries. Soak your feet or take a bath with it. This is just a variation on a very old treatment.

          • Liz Sabin Jaconelli says

            Hmmmm, I wonder than if epsom salt can be made into a concentrated spray. If you dissolve mag. chloride in water (about 16$ for a whole container of mag oil- a years supply + for my family) and use it concentrated on the skin it seems much cheaper than a 6$ bag of epsom salts for a couple baths.

          • Eric J. Stoner says

            If you use it for baths, obviously most will go down the drain. But you should be able to spray a solution of Epsom salts too. Use them as a substitute for magnesium chloride. I was merely pointing out that there is a cheaper alternative.

          • Al says

            Hello. I’m curious – would it be possible to quantify/measure the amount of elemental magnesium per amount of liquid in this “oil”?

            Some sort of materials chart, perhaps?

            This looks useful, but a close friend made a very good point: without knowledge of how much magnesium is in a particular amount of liquid (especially a hyperconcentrated liquid), daily transdermal applications could result in hypermagnesemia.

        • LeeAnn says

          I have high hopes of ditching plans to ingest it w/acid reflux!

          Will try Epsom salt or the mag citrate caps be in cream/rub on 1st with natural mineral water.

          • janine says

            Try Swedish Bitters for acid reflux. It works for me! Get the non-alcoholic pills or liquid also drink apple cider vinegar with water first thing in the morning.

      • james says

        it’s just about solubility. Mag chloride is much more soluble in water at a lower temp, so you can make “oil” with it with more magnesium/water and have it stay in solution. You can make a saturated epsom salt solution, but some will fall back out of solution to the bottom of your container. You’d just need to use more that way. There are some benefits to mag sulfate as well. Sulfur helps to heal and bind proteins, so it helps a lot with joint/muscle inflammation. We use both! mag sulfate is also much cheaper to use in the bath, where you have a higher temperature and can make it more soluble.

    • Melanie Hartley says

      Magnesium is essential for detoxing and you can get a rash. If no muscle soreness, fever, headaches are also present that’s what it is. I was happy to continue with mag chloride oil usage once I’d confirmed it was detox and not a bad reaction or illness. I also use mag chloride oil for deodorant, cold sore outbreaks, muscle, joint,, bone, tooth, skin, nail health but as an acupuncturist I also learnt that magnesium deficiency can cause seizures and prescribe it to my patients who suffer such. You will get no increase in peristalsis to the point of diarrhoea with transdermal application as the mag is not stimulating gut peristalsis. You can also forget about internal supplementation with transdermal therapy. It’s your number one treatment option and won’t see you flushing your hard earned cash down the toilet (literally)! Can apparently help teeth recalcify and rebuild tooth decay (dentists do not recommend-no money there). Good luck and enjoy.

      • Nita H says

        Melanie, what dosage do you recommend for tooth /dental health? I get horrible canker sores on my gums frequently & my tooth seems to be loosening as a result. THank you, Nita

        • Christina says

          I’m not sure if cold sores and canker sores are caused by the same virus, but for cold sores, taking a lysine supplement really helps to avoid getting one in the first place. I take lysine when I get over a cold which is when I tend to get a coldsore, always external much to my chagrin. 500 mg per day, for a few days does it for me.

      • BRENDA says

        I have been using the spray on my legs and I have venous insufficiency that causes leg swelling and redness. About 2 wks ago my left leg got really red, hot, and painful could this have been caused by the mag oil? I thought I had cellulitus and maybe a clot which was ruled out with a negative DVT ultrasound study. I didn’t connect using the mag oil for about 3 wks prior to this happening on my leg. Any input would be appreciated. And yes I am following up with a vascular doc but not until December. I did some research on venous insufficiency and found that horse chestnut is very good for the veins so I am now taking that but not using mag on on my legs.

        • Sue M says

          Brenda, the reason your leg got hot was because your body was finally able to get sufficient blood to your leg to help it heal. My Mom gets the same thing. The mag oil is helping your circulation, which is what you want. Keep your legs elevated, continue with the mag oil (or soak in the tub with epsom salt and vinegar). You will notice a difference once your body can absorb enough magnesium to improve your circulation.

      • Lisa says

        I had a loose front tooth and started taking Natural Calm to help me sleep. That loose tooth firmed up. I can’t believe it but the bone regrew! My dentist will be pleased.

    • Tina says

      I use it as a deodorant too. I took an old roll on bottle and popped the ball out. Poured some of my homemade magnesium oil in it and now roll it on my underarms every morning. I get a dose of magnesium oil and it really helps prevent any odor.

      • April says

        I would be really curious to know how you popped the ball out of a deodorant roll-on. I’ve tried this many times, and have yet to get one out.
        Thanks !

      • Sylvia says

        Thank you so much for the info. I will now be on a mission for a magnisium deodorant . I’m 50 and lacking.

  4. Iryna says

    So, how can I know that I am not getting enough magnesium in my diet and need to supplement? For those of us who have good diets, I am afraid to just make the assumption that my body is deprived of it, because if it’s not I would be overloading it with magnesium and that can’t be good either, right?

    • NewlyNatural says

      It’s very rare and hard to overload on magnesium…your body has a built in system to rid itself of excess magnesium in the form of vomit/diahrrea, so if you don’t have stomach issues with it, you are fine.

    • Beverly Sadler says

      The best thing to do is start out with a very small amount. Use if for a few days, and if you have no stomach issues as mentioned than you can increase a little bit the next few days.

      • Cathy A says

        I was diagnosed with very acute anemia prescribed a High dosage of Iron. Since iron is a constipator, and magnisuim is an instigator I take both of them and it all evens out! Not very scientific, but effective.

  5. Peg obrien says

    I think you caused a run on the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Flakes, the first vendor apparently ran out, took a little bit for the listing to catch up and a different one take over. The ones who got there first got a slightly better price!

    • Sally says

      Magnesium chloride does have chlorine in it.
      it is magnesiun chloride hexahydrate which means for every mag atom there are 2 chlorine atoms and 6 water. just an FYI you body can use a little chlorine but not a lot. Magnesium sulfate or Epsom salts has one sulfur atom to one mag and then some water as well. Mag oxide is one to one with oxygen with no water atoms most likely. (MGO) Of all these Magnesiums with water is probably most absorbable by your body.

    • Paula Perry says

      I see that you are now playing with your little one but for other pregnant women:
      Magnesium can be taken orally. Magnesium is also absorbed through the skin whether it is in you foot bath, bath water or sprayed on. Your doctor should be aware of any source of Magnesium you are using while pregnant.

    • Deb says

      Do not use any magnesium except magnesium gluconate while pregnant, as it can cause diarrhea, which can spur on miscarriage.

  6. Venia says

    Because I’m allergic to high-level of magnesium I can only take it in small quantities in my multi vitamins. however, I was told thatbthis is not normal, is this true?

  7. Christine says

    I began taking magnesium about 2 weeks ago, just our local grocery store brand, after my husband found that when supplementing with vitamin D3 magnesium is needed. My D3 levels have been very low. A few months ago, I started feeling my heart flutter. I thought it was menopause. I hadn’t been sleeping well either. But since beginning the magnesium supplement about 2 weeks ago, my fluttery heart is gone and I’m sleeping better than I’ve slept in months. The results for me were almost immediate.

    • Liz Walton says

      What a revalation reading this! I was low on D3 and have been taking supplements. I have had the exact same issues. I never put 2 and 2 together and am sure I never would have. I thought it was anxiety from EMDR therapy which I started about the same time I started the D3 supplement. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to go get my magnesium!

  8. Andrea says

    Is distilled the same as reverse osmosis….or can it be used interchangeably? We have an RO system in our house, and didn’t want to buy water if I didn’t have to.

      • Annie says

        I think you have to keep changing your Osmosis filters after acouple of years, to make sure your still not filtering in the bad stuff..

        I have an Osmosis system in my home, and that is what we where told to do..Of course they want to sell you the filters, so I think you can wait longer, but it does work well..We have ours tested.

        • Annie says

          P.S. I mean replacing those tubes after a couple of years..and yes it can be pricy.
          Although you do not have to change them out all at once.

          Take Care,

  9. Thomas A. says

    I took an OTC sleeping pill that contained magnesium and I slept well, so I’m thinking that I might be deficient in Mg. I take melatonin so I know what that does to me but I’ve never tried mg.

  10. Leigh says

    I’m wondering what the concentration of your recipe is vs the magnesium oil ancient minerals sells. Just looking at cost benefit analysis. I already bought the oil from them while I was pregnant and the lotion. The oil is much more concentrated than the lotion. I have heard that applying the oil or lotion or taking a bath (so absorbing magnesium through the skin) vs taking orally you will absorb it much more readily through your skin. It also works as a great way to detox your body!Thanks for sharing sharing your recipe!

    • Pat Viands says

      Where do you get your flakes,and if you don’t mind me asking how much did you pay. For what amount, thanks in advance .

          • Heather says

            I made this today with Epsom salt and it totally left a residu and was drying lil. Guess I need to spring for the right thing! :)

          • Michele says

            I have not tried the mag citrate oil yet so I don’t have that to compare to, but I tried this with Epsom salt since I had that on hand and YES it DOES leave a white powdery residue which is very annoying. Does the mag oil made with magnesium flakes leave a residue? I would love to know. If it doesn’t then that would be worth a switch on it’s own! I haven’t noticed it drying out my skin. I boiled water and added an equal portion of Epsom salts to the water and kept it simmering while I stirred until it was all dissolved. once cooled I put some of it in a spray bottle, and some in a jar. I liked it better in the jar. I could just dip a few fingers in and then rub it on, versus spraying and my sprayer getting clogged. ( I think I need a new spray bottle because it did this before also) I’m not sure how long the mag oil made with mag flakes takes to work, but the Epsom salt kind works very fast in the bathroom department so keep that in mind. I have Hashimotos so for me this is absolutely FANTASTICO!! Also, I saw someone say that Epsom salts do not sting/tingle like mag flakes do, but mine definitely does! Maybe they were referring to when they use them in a bath? I honestly don’t see anything wrong with using the Epsom salts as a spray if you are willing to bathe in it. It’s just a more efficient way of getting it into your skin (meaning you use a lot less with more effect). However if the mag flakes don’t leave a residue then I think they are definitely worth the switch.

  11. Guest says

    My doctor put me on Magnesium because I could not get up in the mornings and my immune system was so low! After a few days I started to feel so much better! I have shared this with friends and they have been amazed at how much better they have felt!

  12. Cynthia says

    I have used the Ancient Minerals Mag Oil that you recommended. I assume you take a shower and towel off and then spray the Oil on. After 5 minutes, it would still be quite oiley or wet. How do you moisturize and get dressed in that case?

    • says

      Mine absorbs in pretty fast… I would guess it might take longer on some people though… If you make your own mag oil, you could make it stronger and use less so it absorbs faster…

      • Cynthia says

        thanks…this morning I realized that I have been using a LOT more of the oil. I will cut back to 10-20 sprays! I did that this morning and it did soak in.

        • curious says

          I understand that this could be obvious… but can you use this as a rub? And can you rub it in or do you just spray it on and let it soak in.. thanks for any feedback.

  13. says

    So, I decided to make my own b/c it would be much cheaper than trying to buy enough for 5 people, and I have been using it for 3 days now. I’m happy to report that I woke up this morning feeling energized and had NO stiff neck, neck pain, or lingering headache (which I usually wake up with everyday, due to herniated discs). :) I don’t know if it’s the magnesium or the uptick in coconut oil….I don’t care….I’m not stopping! THANK YOU for this wonderful site! I love it!

    • says

      If this happens to me I can’t begin to tell you how ecstatic I will be. I always wake up with a headache and stiff neck and it really takes a toll on your life. I really hope this also helps me get a goodnight sleep and stay asleep. My son as well he wonders at night and I doubt he is getting much sleep as well.

      • Jessica Olejnik says

        Rebecca- any update on the neck and head issues after using mag oil? I wake up the same way- and plan on starting my new mag regimen tonight!

  14. Fred Lamb says

    I eat Raw Cacao it has no bad side effects and has many other beneficial effects on the body as well. Check it out.

    • says

      I take Natural Calm or Ionic Magnesium (not magnesium oil!) internally. I usually drink one glass of Natural Calm or 1 serving of the ionic magnesium daily (the serving size varies…)

  15. Kendall1020 says

    I would love to try this. I get horrible leg cramps during pregnancy, any reason this wouldn’t be safe during pregnancy?

  16. Melissa says

    Thank you so much for this post!! I’ve been using the spray morning/night for 10 days. I’m a 3 year breast cancer survivor and the gifts of chemo keep giving. One of the things I’ve struggled with is constipation. I’ve tried calm several times and nothing..but topically..we’ll let just say, magical. Waiting for my cod liver delivery. Be Well WM :)

  17. Jmillund says

    I have had whiplash twice as a child and have suffered from debilitating tension headaches. In the last few years I started to get them every month or so and it would take me down for days. I was using Magnesium to help the inflammation so I switched to supplementing a low level every day and not only do I rarely get those headaches anymore but a eye twitch I had developed stopped too. My one warning is that Magnesium is a stool softener, low levels are great, and if you have been recommended to take a high amount break it up over the day. It is easier on the system to take 100/200 mg 3 times a day than all at once. Magnesium is an essential mineral, I agree with wellness mama, it is good for pregnant women, just remember everything in moderation, OK? I work in a health food store selling vitamins and I have spoken to one or two people who have had problems with magnesium but the majority of people I have spoken to have found it to be very, very helpful. Especially the ones who are constipated ; )

      • Jan says

        I have to ask, what is the point of boiling the water, I have just heard people stating that they boil it first and am confused?

        I started out using the ready made spray for about a year. But, have been making my own, for over a year now, and I’ve been using distilled water, @ room temp, and have not noticed a difference between the two. Is there a reason to boil distilled water, I assumed anyone boiling it was not using distilled. So confused!

  18. says

    Ok, someone at the local health food store (which, I recognize that doesn’t mean anything…1/2 the time I go in there and they have no clue what I’m talking about) told me that if you boil the salt, it kills off some of the nutrients. Is this true? Should I be purchasing the pre-done spray, or do you think I’m getting enough by making my own?

    • Sharon says

      Hi Andrea, If I’ve read the instructions correctly, you are steeping the salt. Just like tea should be made. You are not adding the salt to the boiling water. You are adding the boiling water to the salt. It’s just like “temporing” when cooking. I don’t think that you are loosing that many nutrients in doing this (if any at all). Any nutrients using this formula should be enough and if you feel you need more then just give yourself an extra spray. I would start with the minimun amount of sprays suggested and increase the dose if warrented. I hope this helps.

    • says

      I don’t think boiling water gets hot enough to damage the minerals. It’s minerals, not vitamins–minerals are basically rock. Think about how much heat and pressure you need to change rock from one form to another. You’ll be fine.

    • Jan says

      I’m pretty sure that Magnesium is not destroyed by heating it in this manner. It’s fairly stable. It’s a mineral, not a “nutrient” which is more unstable. There would not be any other nutrients to kill off in this case. :)

      • Leeman says

        My friend, Magnesium is not a “Mineral” it is a “Metal”, and a very special one at that.
        It is an earth alkaline metal, just like sodium, and calcium.
        The common calcium most all speak of is calcium carbonate “lime stone”, this is a mineral.

        Magnesium, in its metallic ionic atomic state is a “fuel generator” that is used by our cells mitochondria to produce energy, and magnesium is required to help balance our calcium levels, and force our bones to re absorb calcium.

        Magnesium plays a major role in our nervous system. Magnesium conducts electricity, and our nerves utilize electrical impulse to send signals, and if the magnesium is low, our nerves “misfire” kinda like a cars engine that misfires and runs poorly.

        Magnesium chloride is the preferred delivery vehicle to introduce magnesium into the body’s tissues for storage.
        If you need more magnesium entering into the blood stream then add a small amount of DMSO which will carry the Magnesium into he blood stream.

  19. Monica says

    Hi Andrea,

    If I can’t find magnesium flakes locally, do you think I can adapt the recipe to use magnesium caps instead? (The ones I am looking at contain 400mg of magnesium oxide).

    I really appreciate your articles on this topic! I have many symptoms of magnesium deficiency, probably connected with my problems absorbing calcium and vitamin D, so hopefully topically-applied magnesium will make a difference.

    • says

      I haven’t tried it… If you’re able, I’d order the flakes online… A little goes a long way and it’s definitely a cheaper option … If not, you could try the capsules and see how it goes…

  20. Nicole says

    Whoa, this is so cool! I had no idea you could make your own. I use Natural Calm but it gets pricey. Definitely going to give this a try! Thanks!

    • barbara says

      I’ve been using magnesium malate for migraines and fibromyalgia pain and it works great! Basically magnesium is good for any pain. I can’t wait to try this magnesium oil. Thanks wellness mama!

      • LeeAnn says

        With this special combination:
        -lots of chronic injuries, fatigue & inflammation + wasted Epsom salt baths
        -restless anxiety, prone to insomnia
        -so-awful-they’re-a joke DIY multi-magnesium chews…

        I have high hopes of ditching plans to ingest the magnesium caps i’ve been too wary to take. Diet + a basic prenatal wallowing me on applesauce for weeks :(!

        [Frugal-creedo dictates my giant tub of Epsom salt or the mag citrate caps be tested in cream/rub on like this 1st. My natural mineral water stash should work if this is just about tap water too]

  21. Tabitha says

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I have grain sensitivities so I figured I was magnesium deficient. Oral supplementation helps, but this seemed like a better delivery system for my damaged gut. It stung like razor burn on my legs, but didn’t bother me on stomach. I felt fine and seemed to have better bowel motility. Otherwise didn’t notice much difference until my period. I didn’t even know it had started because I wasn’t crampy or having backaches. My period was 1 day shorter and lighter than it has been since baby #2. Also I seem to be shedding less hair. I did buy a bottle of magnesium oil at Sprouts so I could try it out right away and spray it on my sleep-deprived, Charlie-horse suffering husband. I’m ordering some flakes today to continue on the homemade version. I’ve been using your homemade toothpaste recipe (minus diatamaceous earth) and having great results. Again, thank you so much.

  22. says

    Does anybody know if this would be safe to use for children as well? Both of my kids (5 & 2 1/2) are very restless sleepers, suffer from night terrors etc etc etc…which in turn means poor mum gets very little sleep along with them too..!

    • says

      I use this on my kids, just dilute at first and start out slow or the skin tingling will annoy them.. any make sure it isn’t in any place that they can wipe it into their eyes…

      • melissa rogers says

        I was wondering the same thing. I have a 3 year old who doesn’t sleep well at all. I hadn’t thought about him possibly being deficient in magnesium. Do you give your children magnesium supplements, too?

          • melissa rogers says

            Thank you so much!! I asked you on fb as well because I’m using my phone and couldn’t see your reply. I really appreciate all you do. Thanks so much!! I can’t wait to try this.

  23. Tracy says

    A WAP leader recommended I use epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and baking soda in a hot bath to increase my mag intake. Thoughts??

  24. Michelle Lecours says

    Do you think the magnesium could be added to the coconut oil somehow? That would streamline my showers. :D

  25. Tracy says

    a WAP leader suggested to me that I take hot baths in magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) and baking soda. Have you heard of this? Is it an effective method for transdermal magnesium?

  26. Rhonda says

    I need help…would you recommend using magnesium oil to someone who has eczema? I’m about 8 weeks pregnant, and my eczema gets worse during the first trimester (and then magically disappeared for the last 2 trimesters, at least with my first baby). I made my own magnesium oil and was really pumped to use it daily, but it burns and itches like hell! I was starting to get red eczema patches in new places, as well. I’ve read that magnesium oil is supposed to be good for eczema, so I sucked it up and continued to use it twice a day for a week or so, hoping it would get better, but I just can’t do it anymore. It makes me dread my after-shower routine, because it’s followed by a very painful and itchy 10 minutes. Any advice? Should I abandon it altogether until my eczema clears up?

    • says

      I’d start with just rubbing it on the soles of your feet before bed (and putting socks on) if that doesn’t mother you too much. That is some of the tougher skin on the body, so most people don’t mind it, and that would be a way to work up gradually. You could also take some internally to help get your levels up, which would also help with the itching…

    • Nancy Depiro says

      …may I suggest removing grains from your diet…especially wheat and corn…I found this information regarding skin problems in a book titled ‘Wheat Belly’ by Dr. William Davis…a great wealth of information for everyone!…

  27. Lisa says

    I always put olive oil (mixed with a couple of drops of lavender oil) on after washing in the shower. Is it possible to combine this mixture with the olive oil one that I already use?

  28. april says

    I have been making my own magnesium oil for months now. I do not boil my water. I just buy distilled water & when I combine the two it liquifies. As a type 1 diabetic it has helped me in so many ways & on so many levels. I also put about a teaspoonful in my drinking water throughout the day. Love my magnesium. It is a blessing & I am so thankful that it came into my life. I no longer feel like I am existing in a lethargic funk.

  29. says

    Just curious…do you know the difference between Magnesium Glycinate and Magnesium Asportate? I have taken both but really don’t know how they affect my body differently. Any thoughts? Very interesting the Magnesium oil treatment!

    • shori says

      This post is from a long time ago, so I don’t know if you are still seeking an answer. But, someone else might want to know, so I’m posting a response anyway. I suggest looking at the Ancient Minerals website, specifically this page:

      They talk about the different types of magnesium compounds and their relative effectiveness. Magnesium Glycinate is listed as a magnesium chelate, and is apparently very effective as a supplement (although expensive).

      Magnesium Aspartate is listed as a “magnesium acid complex”. There is a footnote in that section that states “*Both magnesium aspartate as well as magnesium glutamate break down into neurotransmitters that, when not bound with other amino acids, are neurotoxic.” I am not qualified in any way to comment on these issues, but based upon what I read on their site, I would not knowingly take magnesium aspartate under any circumstances.

      Their site says nothing about using these two compounds for making Magnesium Oil.

  30. Mary Cronin says

    Great website! neen reading it for awhile. I don’t see anything saying I can’t mix the Natural Calm in the water to make the mag oil per your instructions, instead of the flakes. Could I do that of definitely has to be the flakes? Thanks.

  31. Jessica says

    Has anyone suffered from headaches since using magnesium oil? I’ve been using it about a week and I get headaches daily. My husband and friend got migraines the first time they used it and are afraid to try it again.

    • says

      I don’t think you have anything to fear with Magnesium. It’s one of the most important minerals there are. Migraines, never heard of it with magnesium. It would probably lessen headaches, if anything, because of the way it relaxes the body. You are rubbing this on the skin, right? There are other, internal, forms, like Magnesium Citrate.

      • Ado says

        Not true ANY form of mag gives me a really bad headache and I get a stuffed nose. I was going to try the oil…but after reading a few of these comments have decided against it…

          • Ado says

            thanks, never noticed that ocean water did anything…
            When I tried taking mag at night to sleep better I would wake up stuffed up and really bad headache. Tried a bunch of diff kinds, liquid included. When I took it in the middle of the day, I would just get the headache, not the stuffiness. I would mainly like to use it for fibromayalgia and for increased sensitivity to noise as I get older. Thanks so much for your reply.

          • Herbert says

            Reading all this with interest. I like ocean water and find its the best to swim in at the seaside. I am thinking should I put some in a bottle and take it home and spray with it each day or just drink the water when I am swimming ? Not sure how much I can drink but will give it a go. If I take a bottle home is a plastic bottle best and does it matter if its had Cola in it ?
            Thanks for all the inspiration.

      • barbara says

        I use magnesium for migraines and it works much better than any OTC meds. I just have to take a lot of it at once when in that much pain. I found out about using it for migraines from a health store worker who had serious pain from an accident that crushed his facial bones years ago. He said magnesium helps him way more that the prescription pain meds he had taken for years. It also helps my fibromyalgia pain. Not saying that some could have problems with it though..

    • Ado says

      Me too…and I tried taking all diff kinds of mag (liquid too) and also diff times of the day. Headaches and stuffy nose. Maybe some kind of allergy?

      i have a feeling this would do the same… sad, because I feel like i need it!!

      • AimezR says

        As far as diluting, would you mean start with more distilled water or add regular water to the already prepared mix/ My flakes just arrived in yesterday and I plan on making the oil this weekend, but I have exzema pretty bad on my legs and I fear anything that will make the burning worse… :(

  32. Jennifer Sollecito says

    OK i think this has been covered but I am still confused just a bit. Is Epsom salt the same as the flakes you linked to? And will Epsom salts work for the recipe? Or should I buy the flakes? Thanks in advance.

  33. Shayne says

    I have been on Magnesium for over 20 years for cramping in my legs & feet. I have always taken tablets but about a year ago I found out about taking it topically it is so easy & my husband is even using it now. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you.

  34. sullivan says

    Just discovering this site, love it! Question: I have sensitive skin, have read that mag sprays burn a bit, will this exacerbate my sensitivity? it’s not to everything, I just never know what will make it flare. Obviously, I might be able to work up to it if so.

  35. Laura L says

    I use transdermal mag. also but if you have sensitive skin it is best to start out for a few months with just putting it on the bottoms of your feet every night. Make sure to keep your feet moisturized during the day to keep them from getting dried out and cracked. It can also be used as a deodorant for those that are not sensitive. I personally can not use it as a deodorant because it burns my skin ( a sign of being low in magnesium). Glad to know we can make it. It gets expensive using it in baths and foot soaks all the time.

    • says

      It has a somewhat oily texture once made, but you are right… it isn’t technically an oil (the store bough versions are called that as well, so I used the name for clarity)

    • says

      Many people need more magnesium than calcium, and a lot of people also have trouble absorbing magnesium through the digestive track for various reasons, so the skin is sometimes a more effective way to absorb it…

  36. Heather says

    instead of dissolving this in water could you dissolve it in heated coconut oil and use as a rub? it might help some of the skin sensitivities or would it not absorb as well?

  37. Amanda Wrenn says

    Just bought the magnesium flakes! I’m going to try to use them with coconut oil as Heather suggested. Praying it helps me with my anxiety and depression! I will be trying it on my 22 month old “spirited” toddler as well, it would be a plus if it helps with sleeping issues!

    • Amanda Wrenn says

      Ok, so I tried the coconut oil. The magnesium isn’t dissolving totally. I now have a lump of magnesium floating in coconut oil. Any ideas as to why? I only used 1/4 cup of both.

    • Mag says

      If you have a young child and you are giving them baths, you could also put some epsom salts in the bath water. It’s less concentrated than the mag oil……but it’s another way to get mag into our systems. So you could use the mag oil and the epsom salts together as part of your daily routine.

  38. Alicia says

    Can you tell me more about using this on my 17 month-old? Her sleep is TERRIBLE. She is up every 1.5-3 hours at night. We no longer nurse at night, but she still wakes up. Sometimes, after she has woken up, if she isn’t settled enough, she will wake again in 20-30 minutes. I’ve tried remedying all the obvious possible issues (teeth, hunger, wet diaper, cold, hot, blankets on/off, etc.) with no improvement. I’ve tried Calms Forte for Kids (at a reduced dose) with one night of success, but no more than that in a week long period. I’m interested in trying the magnesium oil, but I want to be sure its something that is safe for her. I’d appreciate any info you can give me. Thank you, thank you. I’m really hoping this is it, because if its not, I’m at a total and complete loss.

    • says

      It may take a little while to get her levels up so she sleeps well… I run a few sprays on my kids feet and then put socks on before bed. Improving gut health also seems to really improve sleep though…

      • Alicia says

        I’ve been pretty strict with her food. I’m not sure how damaged her gut is. She was EBF until 6 months. At that point we started with avocado and sweet potato, but she really didn’t get interested in solids until she was 9 months. Even then she only had tastes of things (whole, organic fruits, veggies or organic, grass-fed meats). She didn’t really start wanting 3 meals a day until she was 13 months. We mostly followed “food under one is just for fun”. She was completely grain and gluten free until 13 months. At that point I introduced a grains here and there, but only as small tastes and she is still GF 90% of the time. She is not vaccinated, she has never had any OTC meds or any antibiotics. She occasionally gets homeopathic remedies or tissue/cell salts. Does it sounds like her gut health could be an issue given the info I’ve provided?
        I just got the Magnesium Chloride flakes tonight so I’m going to go make the magnesium oil and we’ll start it tomorrow. Is there risk of using too much on her? Should I just use a few sprays on her feet once a day?

        • says

          Sounds like you are doing great on the diet/gut health… it is really difficult to overdose with the skin oil or baths, so a few sprays a day to start on the feet should be great…

  39. Nan says

    I’ve seen a magnesium chloride product by Life Flo Health that comes from the ancient Zechstein seabed, yet they claim that it is not for internal use? Is that only for precaution?
    Also, I’ve seen that a few weeks of daily spray raises levels to normal/optimal, so how frequently would the spray need to be used after that for maintenance?

      • says

        Having been told much the same by acupunturists & chiropractors alike about epsom salts. I receive some benefit from epsom salts baths, which is better than none at all, but have been surprised it did not provide the relief I was told to expect. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I think it’s exactly what I’ve been seeking. :)

        • Tracey Byrne says

          I use the magnesium chloride powder (not flakes) which I buy on line and make it up just by adding 50gms to 100ml of distilled water. Using it daily on the skin and depending on the severity of the condition you are using it,several times a day. You can not overdose on it using it as a skin spray. My acupuncturist uses it and gave me the information. It does have a cumulative effect so you should keep using it. I get relief (almost immediate relief) from my mixture. The fakes aren’t quite as strong as the powder and epsom salts is not the same either. Hope this helps.

  40. Alexandra says

    Hi so i just read thats its almost impossible to OD on the oil which is great news,, i am healing candida overload and leaky gut with adrenal fatigue lol bundle of fun arnt i lol,, os i have gut issues,a very restricted diet while healing the candida, get anxiety when im really off, get muscle aches and im tired,, you think this is a good addition ? cause i used to take mag back in the begining but it used to upset my gut system so this would be a good way to take it by the sounds of things?? any advice offerings :)?

  41. Kimberly H says

    I use magnesium as a deodorant.. I’ve not used commercial deo for at least a year. I buy generic Milk of Magnesia which has no other ingredients in it other than magnesium hydroxide. I also soak in epsom salts often.

  42. Susan says

    Lots of lay people and experts commenting on magnesium in this group. I noticed a few people here mentioning putting on coconut oil with the magnesium oil. But, according to Morley Robbins (magnesium man) the magnesium will not be well absorbed this way. He suggests spraying or rubbing the magnesium oil on your body and waiting at least 30 minutes before washing it off or putting on lotion.

  43. says

    I have long used Slow Mag pills for muscle spasms caused by my fibromyalgia and general muscle strain. I think I need to get some for my son, and my daughter both, as they are both serious insomniacs. Where would I get the magnesium flakes?

  44. says

    i’ve been taking magnesium for a couple of years now because of ligament cramps in my feet and ankles…it also helps with constipation! i’ve been taking 250mgs. a day plus another 80mgs. in my calcium supplement…from what i’ve read, i may need to increase my dosage!

  45. Justine says

    Hi. I have just made my oil but without thinking i have used regular tap water instead of the distilled water. So what would the shelf life be, or are there any indicators to tell if it is no good anymore? I’m thinking I will hopefully go through it quickly enough using it daily to not matter.

  46. Jennifer Zimmer says

    I haven’t been able to go through all the posts and read if this is answered already, but can it be mixed in with naturally made lotions? I am about to make my own and found recipes with others have added different vitamins and minerals to the lotion. Just wondered if this is another ingredient I can add. :-)

  47. Lyn Genteman says

    When I spray the oil on the bottom of my feet at night, the skin becomes very dry and starts peeling. Any suggestions?

    • Carole Laidman says

      You can start by dissolving 1 tsp. in near boiled water and if you do not experience “too loose” a bowel movement, you can try 1 1/2 tsp. each day. You usually keep adding by the 1/2 tsp. until you have too loose a movement and then back down 1/2 tsp. This is your bodies way of telling you when you are giving it too much.

  48. says

    Has anyone found they get a rash from the topical oil? I haven’t made my own before, but i found I got a VERY itchy rash that spread the more i used the oil my natruopath gave me. Been afraid to try it again!!

  49. Mandy says

    Hi there! Just wondering if anyone is from Melbourne Australia and knows where I can find Magnesium flakes instore? Online they are significantly more expensive than the ones in the US! 1 pound for $42 plus shipping! PS – Love this site. such good, practical advice for those who want to detox their bodies and homes!

    • Tracey Byrne says

      I live in Adelaide SA and buy my magnesium chloride powder (NOT FLAKES) online. You can add 50gms to 100ml of distilled water to make up the oil. No boiling,steeping etc. As you can see,a little goes a long way. The powder is stronger than the flakes too. More concentrated. Easier to handle too. Sray on skin as often as required. Can’t overdose either using it this way. Hope that helps.

  50. Sylvia P says

    I always did feel better when I lived by the ocean and could either swim in it or even just wade in it. Years ago, my neurologist recommended I take magnesium along with vit. B2 to help control migraines. I also have fibromyalgia. Lately, I have been bathing with Epsom salts besides taking the supplement daily. It really does help, but I think I would like to try the magnesium oil and see if it will help even more. I have had problems with insomnia, too, and I find that when I bathe with the Epsom salts I do seem to sleep better. Thank you for all your posts.

  51. Mia says

    Would it be possible to use Natural Calm fizzy magnesium drink powder in place of the bath flakes? Probably not, but just thought I’d ask. :)

      • Kayla says

        I was wondering the same thing, I went to a local natural foods store and all they had was epsom salt and the magnesium citrate powder so I grabbed the powder and used it. I put about 3/4 tablespoon in and sprayed it on myself this morning and I did not have any problems, but I am wondering if it still has the same benefits as the magnesium flakes???

  52. says

    Do you think that you could use the magnesium oil in your tooth paste recipe? The reason I am asking is bc I have made the recipe with the coconut oil how ever when the temp drops it goes rock hard so I was thinking of reducing the coconut oil amount making calcium from eggshells and adding magnesium oil along with all the other ingredients you listed. Do you think that would work? Thanks

  53. says

    I am new to this site and just want to say how much I am loving it! You are AWESOME!! :) I do have a quick question, I have a friend who suffers from headaches almost daily. He also is very dizzy alot of the time and has no energy at all. The doctors have test him for everything you could possibly think of and they are finding nothing. Do you think he could unknowingly be low on magnesium and this is causing his symptoms? I read in one of your posts that its hard to test for low levels.. Thanks so much for all your help and all you do!

    • Jenna says

      Has he looked into chiropractic adjustments at all? I suffered from dizziness and headaches often as a child. When my husband and I met he convinced me to go to a chiropractor for these issues and it has helped a lot. Now whenever I have a headache that won’t go away I go in for an adjustment and it goes away almost instantly. We as a family go once a week and it makes a huge difference in our lives. Good luck, I hope he can find a solution!

  54. Julie Reyes says

    I was having horrible problems with constipation due to having to increase my calcium. I starting taking magnesium at the same time as my calcium and found that not only did it return normal bowel functions, but I was sleeping much better, and as a result less cranky.

    I also use epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) regularly in baths. It really helps soothe the tired muscles.

  55. Samara says

    I used magnesium oil with astonishing success to treat terrible muscle spasms in my chest due to an old injury that flares up periodically. I applied it from a spray bottle (a few squirts) two or three times a few hours apart leading up to bed time and this helped me to get a better night sleep than all the prescription anti-inflammatories and extra strength muscle relaxants that the doctor recommended. In fact, I had the best sleep I’d had in awhile.

  56. Christine says

    I am around 10 weeks pregnant, and am very, very nauseous and vomiting daily despite B vitamins, papaya enzymes, diet change, and even zofran. I can’t wait to try this. I’m praying this is the answer. I have noticed when I go the beach and lie in the ocean, I feel so much better, if only for that day.

  57. Jessica Olejnik says

    Hi wellness mama! question re mag. I have a dropper form of ionic mag. I mixed some with jojoba oil and rubbed it in like lotion, I became itchy and red where I applied it. any suggestions? I wasnt even using the full 4ml recommended dose, it was prob more like 2 ml.

  58. Maryanne Anthopoulos says

    Thanks for this recipe. I’ll definitely give it a try. Katie, a post on your daily diet/nutrition/supplements would be great! In theory, I know the healthy things we should be eating – organ meats, fats, etc. But something like a sample of what to eat daily so we can get adequate vitamins & minerals from our diet would be fantastic. Thanks for all the great tips on this site!

  59. Glenna says

    I use magnesium supplements for restless leg syndrome. Works great! A doc tried to put me on Parkinson’s meds for this and I refused. I asked her if there was something natural I could try and she THEN informed me that some people have success with OTC magnesium tabs.

  60. Ariana says

    Just used it directly on the lower abdomen for TERRIBLE menstrual cramping. 20 minutes later, it feels like nothing happened! Even the backache is gone. I wish I knew about this when I turned 8 and had my first cycle. I’m 22 years old, and NEVER has anything helped so efficiently. Thank you so much Ms. Katie!!


    • Elysia says

      Wow that’s crazy – thanks for the tip!! Wish I’d seen ur comment last week! Geez, 8 yrs old… poor thing! I was 10 but developed endometriosis quickly, plus bad genes (mom & grandma had horrible heavy prds) so I can relate! Surgery helped tremendously with the excruciating pain so now I just have really bad “regular” cramps lol ;-) You might wanna also try red raspberry leaf. My dr told me about it & Katie recommends it as well. I make it as a tea but don’t care for the taste much so might try a tincture…
      :-) :-)

  61. Juanita says

    you said you put it on the kids….is this right after bed time? how much should i dilute it? this will be my first time…

  62. Hanna says

    I just bought magnesium flakes and made my first batch – mine does not tingle, is that normal for some people? Interested to see how this helps.

  63. moxa says

    I make my own coconut oil based lotion bars. Do you think I could incorporate the magnesium oil into the bars for application? Or would being gently heated or used together with the other ingredients hinder the effectiveness?

  64. nicola corcoran says

    Mg also stops my son from tic-ing :) He has regular epsom baths, and occasionally we squirt him with Mg spray. (He also takes probiotics, krill and multi B)

    • Ginger says

      Hello- I’ve been giving my son either nat calm or trace min for some time now for facial tics, they haven’t gotten worse however not gone. I rub mag lotion in his feet and I am going to make this oil as well. Do you feel the liquid supplements work better than the pill form? I just keep trying to find the best supplement to help with this. Thanks so much for any info ????

  65. Judy Messenger says

    I see so many with ailments; I wish I could impress upon everyone the importance of the health of our gastric flora.

    Unsprayed vegetables, fruits, milk and other foods have a bio flora present that our bodies “just happen” to use in the digestion and absorption process. The process of making food into human cell components. I say unsprayed because the pesticides used in conventional farming also kill this flora. This is why fermented food is sooo good for us and foods with preservatives are sooooooo BAAAD. When you ferment food, you increase the number of organisms present on the surface of the food exponentially and it actually becomes an “elixer” if you will for our gastric system ~ correction ~ our whole body.

    There are many people who are helping them selves and their children by fixing their gut flora and keeping it that way. Things like nerve disorders, autoimmune disorder, gastric system disorder…. the common cold. I am not kidding. Research it. Better yet, do it and see for yourself.

  66. chic says

    Hi amazing. Really interesting. Does magnesium oil keep? I’m wondering whether to buy the big more expensive bottle, or the smaller one.. I live in the UK

  67. Jennie Hennesay says

    I don’t understand why you titled this post how to make your own magnesium oil and then gave a recipe for a water based magnesium spray.

  68. Kimberly says

    Katie first let me say that I have a great deal of gratitude for all that you share. It is making a difference in my life. My question is about the magnesium oil and body butter. I used tap water when I made the magnesium oil for my body butter. Is this harmful? I will use distilled next time but don’t want to throw away what I made with the tap water if I don’t have to.

    • Elysia says

      My understanding is that the reason for distilled water is to lengthen shelf life. Tap water certainly won’t hurt you (you do bathe in it after all!) but should be used up quickly so bacteria doesn’t grow. I don’t know exactly how long one made with tap water would last – that you may need to google :-)

  69. Frances says

    Can I just ask where does the “oil” part come in, as it’s not listed in the ingredients? Am I missing something? thanks

  70. Renee says

    I recently purchased the natural vitality calm magnesium drink. Could I possibly use this instead of the magnesium flakes? Just wondering because its what I have on hand.

  71. Steven Immel says

    This is a misinformed piece of writing. If you think you need magnesium for some reason (not sure why you would think that) you should go get your blood tested. To start taking supplements without knowing if you need them is dangerous! You can harm yourself! Kate you are very very misinformed and you shouldn’t be telling people this.

    • Melinda says

      Seeing as a mere 1% of Magnesium is in the blood, ordinary blood tests are of no value in ascertaining body levels of this vital mineral. SMART people would do some basic research and discover that it requires a RBC and/or HTMA to assess what levels are held in the cells/tissues. Gee, how did you ever miss MENSA? Then again, guess it doesn’t matter how smart you are when you obviously have such a kind and compassionate heart!

      • Steven Immel says

        Whatever Melinda. The idea is that people should not use supplements unless they know for a fact they are deficient. And please tell me what you mean by a “RBC” asessment? I thought RBC stood for Red Blood Cell??? In my opinion, you have no facts/medical truths to back your theory about why we need this over abundance of magnesium. Sounds a lot like all the rest of the new age hype and all I can say about that is be careful because so many of these new ideas are unproven, untested and can harm you.

        • Melinda says

          Right, Steven, RBC means red blood cell, but it is an entirely different test than a standard blood test (serum) which inadequately reflects Mag in the body. I will agree that it’s never a bad to have tests that are useful before supplementing willy nilly. However in the case of Magnesium, excess mineral is excreted automatically (bowel tolerance) except in the case of renal insufficiency/kidney disease, so there is usually no danger. Perhaps your intentions are good, but your slamming Katie on this issue was out of line. Her advice here is sound. :)

  72. Chris Olson Phillips says

    I have plantar faciitis and am wondering if magnesium spray would help if applied to the bottom of my feet…any thoughts?

  73. Raquel says

    I have Magnesium CHloride flakes, I do not know how much to take daily, how to measure? in teaspoons? or how, what do I mix the flakes with. I want to detox my body and loose weight by eliminating all milk and milk products and sugars.

  74. barry says

    but the boiling water wont affect the magnesium flakes in a negative way? why you cant just mix it with room temperature water?

  75. Anne Nessier says

    I really want to supplement my 2 year old son with magnesium oil, but he screams when I apply it to his skin. I was under the impression that after a few uses the tingle/itchy feeling would go away, but he still really really hates it. Is there any other way to get a good quality magnesium supplement into him? Thanks :)

  76. Lorraine Rhodes says

    My tummy got used to my oil being sprayed daily. My neck however continues to PRICK terribly though. This is after months of use. I read that if you sprayed it on joint aches it would lesson the achiness. Should I dilute it more? Any suggestions?

  77. Eric J. Stoner says

    Why not just soak your feet in Epsom Salt’s (Magnesium sulfate) and water or add them to your bath like most people do? There is nothing magical about the form of administration, you could take a supplement and get the same results.

  78. J-ames says

    Is distilled water really necessary or will filtered tap water be good enough?

    If not is the distilled water in the cleaning section of the supermarket good enough or best to avoid this?


  79. Nancy Lee Macauley says

    I take a couple of swallows of milk of magnesia every evening with one swallow of pepto bismo and it has made my digestion and elimination very smooth.

  80. Béatrice Bourde Ronjat says

    I have a question. Why do you call it “magnesium oil” as there is only water and magnesium in it. Did I miss something in translating your receipe into French ? Thanks Beatrice

  81. Ricci says

    In the evenings I warm up a glass of milk for the calcium and tryptophan with a tablespoon or two of blackstrap molasses stirred in for the magnesium. Puts me to sleep!

  82. Kim Zweygardt says

    The worst part of menopause for me was not being able to sleep. I was told to try melatonin–that as we age our melatonin levels decrease. It helped but I’d wake up with a head ache. Then I read an article that said Mg+ is a precursor for our bodies to make melatonin and most of us are lacking in Magnesium. I started taking Mg+ and it has been a miracle. I sleep like a baby. I have a question though. Can this Magnesium oil be actually put in oil?

  83. Merry C. Carey says

    It is asorbed well through the skin if you put epsom salt, which is Magnesium sulfate, into your bath water too. And you can increase the ammount of magnesium in vegetables from your garden by watering with epsom salt also.

  84. Curly Crimson Michelle says

    I’m curious. I make many of my own personal care products. could the magnesium flakes be dissolved in a homemade body butter or lotion? I like to mix my oils & butter. Adding the magnesium would save a step in my daily routine.

  85. Shelley W. says

    Can anyone tell a difference using this recipe vs using regular magnesium oil? Beside the article, I’m looking for personal expierances.

  86. Al says


    A couple quick questions:

    Where do you obtain glass spray bottles? Are they expensive?


    Any way to measure the amount of magnesium per tsp/tbsp? (Seems useful to be able to tell how many mg magnesium, in case of overdose.)

  87. Georgia says

    I took a whole food magnesium supplement and after about 30 days I slept again and now use the oil spray. I had suffered with insomnia for many years. Magnesium depletion was the ROOT of my sleepless nights. So thankful!!

  88. tedra says

    Hi, is the “oil” safe for type II diabetics? Did you say for beginners to start with 5 sprays on the bottoms of the feet?

  89. Karen says

    The answer to my question may have been posted in one of the above comments but there are so many I may have over looked it. I want to make my own Mag oil but I don’t currently have Mag flakes and I”m excited to try the oil and don’t wanna wait to order the flakes so my question is, will Pure Chelated Magnesium powder work in the receipe in place of the flakes?

  90. lana says

    After following the link to Ancient Minerals’ remarks about homemade magnesium oil, I am wondering if your homemade magnesium cream may be what caused a tan stain on my night clothes and socks. Hmmm.

    I’m curious, too, that you provide a recipe for homemade magnesium oil, but don’t use it yourself.

    Please comment.

  91. says


    Another amazing use of this would be as a mosquito repellent. I did research on its use back in the 1980’s on it and it worked like a charm. Spray it on yourself and the mosquito’s will stay away and your skin will become softer as well.

  92. Renee says

    I was just wondering, how long after applying magnesium oil should i wait to apply body lotion? I have searched all over the internet and cannot find any advice at all other than “use magnesium lotion” (which I would prefer not to – I enjoy having an excuse to give myself multiple massages!)

  93. Jennifer Walsh says

    I recently just made a batch of magnesium oil according to the directions. It seemed fine when I put it on, it didn’t even really burn or tingle or anything. Now this evening, about 24 hours later, I have a huge red and bumpy rash in all the places where I applied the magnesium oil. Any idea why this would happen? I have used the magnesium body butter with no problem, but I find that it is too greasy for frequent use except on the feet overnight. Could I take the leftover oil I made and use a little here and there in a bath? Maybe if it is diluted it won’t cause a rash…what do you think?

    • JEN says

      Yes… I got a rash all over my arms, legs, and stomach area (right between my boobies). They were bumpy and itchy, blister-like and some were just wider itchy bumps, mosquito-bite-like. I know magnesium is good for you so I don’t want to stop using it… so now I just spray it on the bottom of my feet. Once I use it all up, I’ll probably just make the magnesium body butter instead.

  94. Reegan says

    Hi Katie – thanks for your recipe! Just a quick question. I’m looking at making / applying the oil to my 4 year old. I see on previous posts that for young ones, diluting, and doing a few (3?) sprays on their feet, then building it up, is the way to go. However, does the oil stain the bed sheets? In winter there is the option of socks (as you suggested), but we are in the middle of summer right now (Australia), and that won’t work… Cheers.

  95. wendi says

    i followed your link for the flakes but it costs more to ship them than they actually cost. Anyone know where else to get them? GNC or other store maybe or different on line site. Magnetic is too darn expensive.

  96. Sherri Dunlap says

    Hi, I’m researching magnesium oil sprays and bath flakes for my RLS. After a recent sleep study is was determined that I have both RLS and PLMD (periodic limb movement disorder) where my limb (mostly leg but sometimes arms too) wake me up numerous times a night. I’m currently working with a medical doctor as well but am not responding to the initial drug being prescribed (Ropinerol(sp?)) and would rather find an alternative method anyway. I’m currently investigating coconut oil intake as well as magnesium oil sprays so any additional information you have regarding these disorders and RLS would be greatly appreciated. I’ve noticed from a recent blood test, there did not appear to be a check for magnesium which makes me wonder why if many Americans are deficient why this wouldn’t be in a normal blood test.

    • says

      Blood levels are not a good indicator of magnesium status, since only a tiny amount of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood. Typically most tests are pretty inconclusive for magnesium and it is easier to just start with the skin oil and see if you notice any changes.

  97. suzie says

    Instructions for preparation say pour bowling water over…what is bowling water? Do you get it at a bowling alley? Should that say boiling water? And why is this called an oil? There isn’t any oil in it at all? Should be called a spritzer, or mist, or even just magnesium water.

  98. Amanda Montoya says

    I have a 6 year old daughter that gets severe foot cramps. Is this something we should be using? If so how much? Any other suggestions would be wonderful there have been a lot of sleepless nights.

  99. alli says

    Wellness Mama,This may have been addressed but I can’t seem to find it.. I am new to this and want to start slowly and then build up to more.. would you make the ratio of oil and water different or just use a less amount of sprays. Instead of 50/50 maybe 30/70 , water being the greater ratio? I can’t tolerate much of the Natural Calm so I’m wary of “overdosing” on the oil :)

  100. kathy falvey says

    I was just diagnosed as having sensitivities to gluten, dairy, eggs, and yeast. Trying to find what I can eat that doesn’t cost a fortune and or take hours to prepare.

  101. Norma says

    This stuff is AWESOME! It is my multipurpose miracle snake oil! I decided to try it because I have S.A.D., am frequently low on vitamin D, sleep poorly, and get migraines. I started sleeping through the nite the first time I tried it! I have since noticed my nails also grow better. A friend tried it and her headaches and menstrual cramps went away, and my mother’s night time leg cramps went away!
    The magnesium flakes are expensive, I got the 8 lb bag for $42 on amazon. But since it is a spray, it lasts a long time. All the benefits make the cost well worth it!

  102. Bec says

    Can I use Magnesium Citrate Powder instead of Magnesium chloride flakes for the Oil? Does the proportion differ as well?


  103. Tina says

    I just made a Magnesium Oil Cream that I love.

    1/4 c Olive Oil
    1/8 c Coconut Oil
    1/8 c beeswax (shredded or pastilles for easy melting)
    1/4 cup Magnesium Flakes
    2 Vitamin E capsules
    10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

    Put Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and beeswax in a mason jar and put the mason jar in a saucepan filled with water, being careful not to get water into the oil mixture. Heat until melted.

    In another pot put a small amount of water (1/8 – 1/4 cup) water and bring to a boil. Add the Magnesium Flakes and stir until melted. Then add this to the mason jar of melted oil. Bring to room temperature (stirring every few minutes). Add the Vitamin E and Lavender and continue to stir until completely mixed in.

  104. Ricardo says

    I am new to all this, recently had to stop work, and I am aiming to sort my many health probs, including diabetes.

    I boght 25kg magnesium chloride, waned to ask if ok in foods, and otehr uses, I will be ordering epsom salts too

  105. Jessica Reeder says

    I started taking magnesium and using the lotion after years of being a guinea pig for a neurologist for different migraine preventive meds that never prevented them and always had horrible side effects. After taking magnesium for only a few short weeks, my migraines went from 2-3 a week, with a few sending me to the ER, to only 1-2 a month, and they are now manageable. Magnesium has given me new life.

  106. John says

    Is deionized/deionised water OK for this, I have litres of deionised water but not distilled water at the moment, I have read about the differences of the two.

    Although I have read that not all bacteria will necessarily be removed with deionised compared to distilled I’m thinking that the water being boiled with help to kill off any that might exist.

    I’m guessing that once the magnesium oil is made and bottled up that it is able to prevent the buildup of bacteria within the bottle, possibly antibacterial effect?

    From what I understand, anything that is water based always introduces the possibility for bacteria to exist.

  107. Brenda says

    Well, I am glad I found this blog with all this great information on magnesium. I take it everyday and it has improved my restless leg syndrome. I get mine from a compounding pharmacy and it costs me $64.00 CDN for 300 cap. I may try this spray method instead. This may be a bit of an overshare but it really helps me go to the bathroom if you know what I mean!

    I did find some at Costco, that were half the price. Not sure if this is a store in the US. I will have to go to the health food store and find the flakes and make up some spray. I fear I am becoming high maintenance, the morning routine is becoming longer and longer, creams, lotions, mag spray etc…. only in Canada eh!

  108. Sandi says

    Please, all who are seeing signs of anxiety in your children consider the foods they are consuming. Processed foods and chemical ingredients effect behavior and cause many other problems in the body. And everyone should watch the documentary called Generation RX. It contains great information on what these medications are doing to children.

  109. Brooke says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! What do you think of adding essential oils to this? I would love to add some and highly doubt there is any issue with doing it, but just curious about your thoughts. Thanks again for sharing as much as you do for free. The internet is awesome for businesses but it also requires a lot of free content to keep people interested so just know that your time and work are appreciated. I <3 your blog…and the new podcast!

  110. Laura says

    I just made this (I’m pregnant and desperate) and completely forgot to use distilled water. Should I make it again? How long is the “shelf life” with regular water? Thanks!

  111. Linda Potje says

    After you dilute mag oil with water 50/50 and put in spray bottle, will it keep for a while?


  112. Lisa says

    I don’t have time to run through all these comments, so I was wondering if you ever tried making it w/magnesium oil and what the results were? Thanks.

  113. Nicole says

    I am pregnant and started using the magnesium spray on my belly to help with my nausea. When I get to the second trimester I perk back up and feel great, so I discontinued spraying my belly. However, I began waking up in the morning with severe leg cramps. When I thought to spray my calves with the magnesium spray the cramps disappeared after 2 days. Thanks!!!

  114. Elle says

    Informative Youtube interview from Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND who wrote “The Magnesium Miracle”. She talks about the types of magnesium and best way to use it. Lots great information as well. She also talks about the increase in heart disease in women over the years and how calcium supplements could be the cause due to calcification. She also mentions that an experiment was done and bones of calcium and carbonate shatter if dropped. Bones of calcium and magnesium bounce. Interesting.

  115. Liz says

    Such great info! Thank you. I tried to see if this was answered in the comments but there are hundreds. Epsom salts are 100% magnesium sulphate. Can this be used for making magnesium oil?

  116. Anneli says

    Hi, I was wondering if I can use magnesium oil for small children? Mine don’t really eat any vegetable, so I think it might be good for their development and I certainly wouldn’t get them to drink Magnesium (they are 2 1/2 and 4 years old). If I can use it, how often is ok?

  117. Gillian says

    The price of “magnesium flakes” is preposterous. The link only brought up what appeared to be one company so maybe there are reasonable sources out there. If you let anonymous people on a board convince you that if you get water in your mouth during a shower your health is at risk you will find many people eager to add to your anxious concerns. Life is not scary. Nor is tap water.

  118. Jamie Gullo says

    I use this recipe for restless leg syndrome and for my daughter. We both find it to burn/itch when applying. I dilute it somewhat with lavender oil (applying the lavender after the magnesium) and it seems to help. Any other thoughts on this?

  119. jake says

    What *clincal* research, e.g., experiments with people, in a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial, are there that indicate that magnesium chloride (which is what’s in magnesium oil) is actually taken up by tissues and used there, as opposed to staying in blood serum and just relaxing muscles?

  120. rebi says

    Hi.Did you see any difference in using your homemade magnesium oil and that one that you bought? Thank you so much. You are really a source of healthy informations. Thank you for sharing with us:)

  121. Tracy Spangler says

    Hi! I was wondering if Magnesium Chloride Liquid can be used in place of the Magnesium Chloride Flakes? It is significantly cheaper than the flakes, and I am on a very tight budget. Thank you!

  122. Vicki says

    @Jenn, I realize your comment was months ago, but I thought I would suggest that you read about Rhodiola Rosea for anxiety. It is a natual adaptogen and is used to help with anxiety, depresssion and adrenal fatigue. I have taken it for over a year and cannot believe the difference it has made. If you go to Amazon, you can read the reviews and there is also a book on it. I think you can read the first chapter online. I hope this helps.

  123. Preston says

    How do I know if it’s working? I’ve been using it for a few days but I haven’t felt any tingling and there hasn’t been any noticeable changes.

  124. Terree says

    How is it an oil if you do not blend in an oil? Do the magnesium flakes when mixed with the distilled water make an oil? I am a big believer in magnesium and would love to make this. I was just curious about the “oil” part.

  125. Michelle N. says

    First, I have to say: I LOVE your site. I’ve made many of your recipes (like your herbal neosporin!).

    I have a question about your magnesium oil recipe. Admittedly, I don’t know much about the composition of magnesium oil, only that it has magnesium in it. This recipe has no oil in it. How can it still be called magnesium oil, not magnesium water?

    Thanks, in advance, for the clarification and always for your awesome site!

  126. Kat says

    Maybe its the magnesium oil but you are the most patient, tolerant group I have ever encountered. Not one unkind word to to all the folks who ask for the 27th time in the posts “But how is it an oil?” and “Can I use Epson Salts instead?” I joined in the hopes that your patience and kindness will rub off on me. I am also excited to run to Earthfare in the morning for the Magnesium Flakes!

  127. Rose says

    Thanks for being patient answering all those questions. I guess people don’t read the posts before asking things that have been answered ten times all ready.

  128. Diane says

    I have been using this for a few years but have found that you do not spray it on freshly shaved legs because it feels like rubbing habanero pepper extract into a cut! Maybe not everyone will feel that burn, but I sure did.

    • judy says

      I have been using this for a few years but have found that you do not spray it on freshly shaved legs because it feels like rubbing habanero pepper extract into a cut! Maybe not everyone will feel that burn, but I sure did.

      Hi Diane,

      As you get more magnesium stored, the burn will subside. : )

  129. Ana says

    I find this fascinating and want to try the magnesium oil spray to help me with my insomnia. I live in Costa Rica and can get the Magnesium in powder but not in flakes. Will it work the same way ? Also, do you have a recommended dosage for treating insomnia.

  130. Rosalia says

    Where on your body do you spray the oil? I suffer from foot cramps, should I just spray my feet?


    Also Why is it called an oil if it s just mixed with water? can I just mix coconut oil to the magnesium and water solution?

  131. Basmah says

    hi i was wondering about making magnesium oil with magesium salt instead of the flakes and what the ratio would be …. thankyou

  132. Jessica says

    Do you know anything about zinc and if it can also be absorbed transdermally? If so, any ideas how to make a transdermal zinc solution? My baby has eczema and I know that zinc can be helpful for eczema sufferers, and I understand that like magnesium, most people are deficient.

    • judy says

      Do you know anything about zinc and if it can also be absorbed transdermally? If so, any ideas how to make a transdermal zinc solution? My baby has eczema and I know that zinc can be helpful for eczema sufferers, and I understand that like magnesium, most people are deficient.

      I know four people that no longer have eczema that use magnesium chloride and water on their skin.

  133. Kara says

    I read that Magnesium Sulfate is 10% Magnesium, while Magnesium Chloride is 12%. If I’m not too concerned about losing that 2%… Is it safe to use the sulfate (epsom salts) for the recipe instead of the chloride?
    (I started to search through the comments for the answer to my question but found the comments to be too many to read!!)


    • judy says

      I read that Magnesium Sulfate is 10% Magnesium, while Magnesium Chloride is 12%. If I’m not too concerned about losing that 2%… Is it safe to use the sulfate (epsom salts) for the recipe instead of the chloride?
      (I started to search through the comments for the answer to my question but found the comments to be too many to read!!)


      Hi Kara,

      Magnesium Chloride stays in your body longer, it is put to use in muscles, bone, nerve tissue, the manufacture of digestive enzymes… pretty much “body function”. Oxide, sulfate and others are eliminated by your kidneys fairly rapidly, between two and four hours.

  134. Leigh says

    Love your site! Just wanted to make a comment as far as magnesium absorption goes. My regular doctor practices holistic medicine. He recommends Magnesium (as magnesium hydroxide) – as the type of magnesium best absorbed by the body (see: will not cause undesirable side effects of the bowel, which is a sign of non-absorption if I understand correctly). It is also my understanding that any magnesium one takes should be paired with some form of Malic Acid (like ACV tablets). The Malic Acid helps in the absorption. I am not a doctor or a supplement specialist. However, I have seen Magnesium work wonders in my own life. I personally use Progressive Laboratories brand (ATP Energy), which is a little pricey but consistent. As for this post, I am SO excited to try this spray! Thank you for the recipe!

  135. Kim Carmer says

    I just shared this with my friends. and just wanted to let everyone know you can tweak it a bit to your liking. I have done some research on this. You can mix your own Magnesium oil 1 C. filtered or distilled water 1 C. magnesium choride flakes 4 D. rose (if your lucky enough to have that essential oil) or 2 D. each Lavender, and Roman or German Chamomile: or 6 to 10 D. total of any other EO (single or combination) Patchouli, Frank, Ylang Ylang, Joy, Peace & Calming Vetiver, Gental Baby, Harmoney to name a few. Bring water to boil. add flakes to bowl pour hot water over flakes, dissolve. Let cool until warm use funnel to pour liquid into 8oz. spray bottle add Essential oils. Uses: Put a little on your hand and rub over arms and legs, as your level builds you can rub all over body. If your body is greatly lacking Magneisum the application may cause itchyness in the beginning. The more deplited your levels are the more itch there may be. Continue applying, the itch will diminish. You can not overdose, your body only absorbs as much as it needs. Use as a daily back rub,or foot massage. NOTE: Remove any oils, lotions, creams or other barriers before you apply. Do not put the oil in your mouth, eyes, nose or mucus membranes. It may sting on open cuts or wounds, but can be beneficial. If you want to shower or rinse off the magnesium oil after using it, wait 20 minutes after application.

  136. tammy k says

    Hi Wellness Mama,
    I live in Indonesia and cannot find magnesium flakes anywhere. Can I use epsom salt instead to make the magnesium body butter?

  137. Sarah says

    I tried the magnesium oil a few days ago. I sprayed it all over my legs and belly. It stung like crazy, the next day I itched everywhere I sprayed it, then developed a rash. How long will this rash last (it’s driving me crazy!!!)? Is there anything I can do to help stop the itch? I see from other posts that, once this rash is gone, I should dilute the mag oil next time, and maybe only spray on my legs or feet until I build up the mag levels in my body.

  138. Adrienne says

    I have made a version of this and I liked it! I used it on my legs and then put PJs on before bed. It helped me get better sleep, I think.

  139. Vickie Redding says

    My husband works 3rd shift and has a very stressful job. Plus there is a lot of financial and family stress at home. He is on 3 different things to help him sleep and none of them keep him asleep for more than 2-3 hours at a time. Do you think this would help by spraying on the souls of his feet? We have used lavender oil this way and it helps quite a bit.
    Vickie Redding
    Concern Wife

  140. Amruta says

    Hi Katie,

    Thank you for the magnesium oil recipe. I have made and started using it. How long, vaguely, does it take for the deficiency to start getting corrected? And, if you stop using it, roughly how long does it take for magnesium levels to get depleted again? I am asking because people’s accounts of magnesium oil use have left me a little confused – some people say their body odours go away very quickly when they use it, and also come back noticeably fast if they stop applying the magnesium. Don’t any kind of health supplements take at least 2 months to show any major effect?


  141. Mary says

    I didn’t read through every comment but can my daughter use this home made mag spray on her VERY spirited 2 year old boy?

  142. Aurelia says

    I’m currently going through a bout of insomnia and I want to give this recipe a try. Does anyone know if you can use ice melter made from magnesium chloride? I’ve seen some ice melters being sold at hardware stores (about $20 for 50lbs). Also, can you simply crush some magnesium pills (magnesium glycinate for example) and make an oil from that?

    • says

      I honestly would stay away from those. The entire point of the lotion is that you will absorb the ingredients through your skin. I’d be really hesitant to absorb either of the things you mentioned…

  143. Russell Baker says

    Hi Wellness Mama

    First I would like to thank you for all the advice you have given in the last year of me finding your site.

    I have made magnesium oil but not used distilled water. Just checking if this is OK and also what the shelf life is for normal boiled water made magnesium oil?

  144. Melissa T says

    Hi – I’ve been using this for quite awhile now and love it. I was wondering….. can you make a large batch ahead of time and store it? Or, is it best to make a small batch at at time? Thanks in advance for your help.

  145. Mary says

    I do live by the ocean but I am in a 3rd world country where I am not able to get Magnesium Chloride flakes and the shipping here is crazy. I would love to use Magnesium Chloride daily but the smell of ocean water is not my favorite smell. Is there something I can do to make the ocean water not smell and still get the benefits of the natural Magnesium Chloride from the water? Can I boil it to sterilize it and hopefully take the smell away or will that destroy the Magnesium Chloride in the Sea water? Thank you Mary

  146. Kat says

    I’ve had one of those weeks… My baby has another UTI… No one has any answers as to why they keep happening and it’s driving me nuts. When I read through the list of mag deficiency symptoms wellness mama has put up, I have like all of them except for three! It seems almost everything we eat and put on our skins is bad for us in some way… Doctors answer is always more pills or a new cream. Annoys me so much… My oldest has autism and geez it’s a fight somedays with his doctor about natural vs chemical. I made the lotion bar recipe from this site and put some lavender and chamomile in it (flowers and essentials) and guess what they all slept all night! It was magical.

  147. Dionne W. says

    Agree, there are studies on the use of Epson salts in raising mag levels through the skin. Also it doesn’t sting like the mag chloride flakes. I use it in a lotion and have a genetic disorder that causes mag deficiency and its the only thing that has helped me get my magnesium up to normal. So both are good for raising magnesium levels.

  148. Antonia says

    yeah…I think im gonna try this w/ Epsom salt. I would spend the $10 for magnesium flakes, but shipping is $14! I know ups is expensive, but if there’s any way this works with Epsom salt for $4 a bag, I’ll try that first! thanks for the suggestion. :)

  149. jamie says

    I’m sure you get lots of unsolicited advice, but I’d feel remiss if I didn’t pass this on. I notice you have one child with autism and one with UTIs. You may wish to look into a low oxalate diet. Lots of kids with autism have been helped by this, and UTIs are also a sign of oxalate issues. I’m dealing with oxalate issues myself and have found a lot of help from the website There’s a link there to a Yahoo group that’s filled with good people and a wealth of info.

  150. Rachel says

    My suggestion for your kids is to find a natural dr who can do tests to determine nutritional deficiencies, allergies and sensitivities. I did this with my daughter who was 3 and couldn’t speak. But not for lack of trying. She would get so frustrated she would scream when she needed something. My daughter had a severe vitamin B deficiency, plus others and several sensitivities. After 6 months of the right supplements and taking those sensitive foods out she could speak like a 3 yr old should. Another thing, she gets the same symptoms of a uti when she drinks orange juice.

  151. sandy lortie says

    just read your post and see you wrote this a month ago , Our daughter had uti’s as a baby caused by an pin sized hole in her bladder ( which healed on its own when she turned 10 ) this was over 30 years ago Our granddaughter started having unexplained uti’s as a baby as well so I suggested to my daughter to have her checked too , come to find out she had 3 ureters and had to have an operation at 10 months old and again at 5 years old ( she is now 17 and has annual check ups ) if the doctors can’t seem to figure it out maybe you could ask them to do an ultrasound to check the bladder and tubes best wishes to you and your baby

  152. Elyse says

    I give my little girl cultural for kids…just one package and shake it up in milk or formula….it helps a lot she was so prone to infection done there and It has helped a lot….worth a try

  153. juli says

    Mrs.Stevens I also had reoccurring UTI’S since I was a baby…..when I was 26 I FINALLY had a doctor who had a brain and looked further with an MRI- we found I had 2 ureters on one kidney and it is more common than you would think.Unfortunately after YEARS of these bad infections I scarred my poor kidney to the point of it only functioning at 30% now-so PLEASE get your baby checked for that -I wish my mom had !!! Good luck and God bless!

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