Magnesium Oil Benefits & How to Use It

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Even with a healthy, real food diet, it can often be difficult to get the magnesium our bodies need from food alone. I’ve written before about how I supplement magnesium daily, and the most effective way I’ve found to do it is using magnesium oil spray on my skin.

Why do I I feel that magnesium is critical to overall wellness? Many people don’t get enough of this vital mineral that the body uses for hundreds of reactions. Every cell in the body needs magnesium in some way, and it is essential for bone, tooth, muscle, and joint health as well as for optimal sleep and stress reduction.

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Why Are We Lacking Magnesium?

How to make your own magnesium oil to improve sleep and reduce stressMagnesium deficiency is widespread because many of us have lifestyle factors that actively deplete our magnesium levels such as lack of sleep, excess stress, or alcohol/caffeine/sugar consumption. On top of that, many natural sources of magnesium are becoming depleted. Our soil contains less magnesium due to over-farming and high pesticide use. Water filtration systems also 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.

Magnesium Oil Benefits

As I mentioned, magnesium is a very important mineral for the body. There are thousands of studies that involve magnesium therapy in some form. These studies evaluate magnesium’s affect on everything from skin health to diabetes and hypertension.

The easiest way I’ve found to increase my levels is transdermally or through the skin with this magnesium oil. Just spray it on after a shower or a bath, let it soak in, and you’re done! It’s quick, easy, and bypasses the digestive system for best absorption.

There are also magnesium supplements that can be taken internally, including magnesium drink mixes like Natural Calm or the one I personally take, but many people have difficulty absorbing magnesium internally and find topical magnesium a more effective method. In my experience, it helps to cycle the two methods to ensure absorption.

Here’s a list of the many benefits of having healthy levels of magnesium, and why I make magnesium oil a regular part of my routine:

1. Improved Magnesium Levels

Obviously, the goal of magnesium oil use is to increase the body’s magnesium levels. A 2010 British study conducted by the Herbal Research Centre showed a 25%+ increase in cellular magnesium levels in participants who used transdermal magnesium therapy for 12 weeks. Transdermal magnesium therapy includes magnesium soaks and magnesium spray. I personally consider this a basic form of nutritional insurance since it is so difficult to get magnesium from food and water.

2. Smoother Skin

I also really like using magnesium oil for healthier skin along with dry brushing. I dry brush in the mornings and use magnesium spray at night and this helps my skin stay smooth and breakout free. (People with sensitive skin should start with diluted magnesium oil and work up as their skin allows).

3. Less Muscle Soreness

Many athletes swear by magnesium for post-workout recovery. Even those of us who aren’t high-level athletes can benefit from using magnesium after workouts. Studies indicate that magnesium spray may help reduce muscle cramping and replenish magnesium levels lost through sweat.

4. Fewer Headaches and Migraines

There is a lot of research about magnesium’s importance for those who suffer from headaches or migraines. It isn’t an acute treatment for symptom relief, but the studies indicate that those who have optimal levels of cellular magnesium have fewer instances of headaches and migraines.
How to make your own magnesium oil spray

5. Balanced Blood Sugar

There is also quite a bit of research regarding magnesium and balanced blood sugar levels. This may be for several reasons. As mentioned above, excess sugar consumption depletes magnesium levels in the body. Having unbalanced blood sugar and insulin levels may deplete magnesium. This, in turn, makes it more difficult to properly balance blood sugar and insulin. Magnesium is not a treatment for diabetes or blood sugar imbalance but studies show that magnesium may be an important part of a holistic approach to blood sugar management.

6. Lower Risk of Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Hospitals routinely use IV magnesium as an acute treatment for high blood pressure. Most of us aren’t giving ourselves IV magnesium at home though and until recently there hasn’t been much well-documented information about supplemental magnesium and blood pressure. A 2012 meta-analysis of available literature in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found: “Magnesium supplementation appears to achieve a small but clinically significant reduction in BP, an effect worthy of future prospective large randomized trials using solid methodology.”

This analysis found a statistically significant benefit at doses of more than 370 milligrams a day, indicating that a person would likely need to supplement internally and transdermally to get the benefit.

7. More Restful Sleep

There’s good reason that Epsom salt baths are often used for relaxation. Magnesium may have a beneficial affect on GABA receptors in the brain. This allows a person to relax and sleep easily and possibly deeper. It is important to note that a small segment of people seem to notice the opposite affect and wake up from magnesium supplementation. These people should, of course, not take magnesium at night.

How to Use Magnesium Oil

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.

After applying, 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. If the sticky feel on your skin bothers you, try applying at night before bed when you won’t notice it as much or before showering and rinse off.

This is my favorite magnesium oil brand, but if you are a DIY type you can also make your own!

DIY Magnesium Oil Spray Recipe

When I don’t have magnesium oil on hand I’ve been known to make it! Try this easy recipe:



  1. Boil the distilled water. It is important to use distilled to extend the shelf life of the mixture.
  2. Place the magnesium chloride flakes in the glass bowl or measuring cup and the pour the boiling water over it.
  3. 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.

Note: I prefer to use magnesium oil before bedtime and often add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to the mixture for scent and relaxation.

Other Natural Ways to Get Magnesium

While magnesium does have many well-documented benefits, it is important to realize that it is only a small part of the many nutrients needed by the body. Magnesium supplementation is great but should be in addition to a real-food diet as this is the way nature intends it!

Magnesium is found in some foods, though the amounts present in many foods are declining due to poor soil quality and over-farming. Foods that contain magnesium include:

Top Ten Magnesium Rich Foods

Magnesium Oil FAQs

This post has generated hundreds of comments and questions and I’ve tried to answer the most common ones here:

Why is this called an oil when there is no oil in it?

Good question. This is actually a highly saturated mineral solution of magnesium but when it goes on the skin it tends to feel somewhat like an oil and was named “Magnesium Oil” for this reason. Confusing? A little… but I didn’t come up with the name. Even commercial brands of magnesium oil use that term.

What type of magnesium is best?

From the research I found, magnesium chloride seems to be the most absorbable and least irritating form that is readily available for purchase by the general public. (This is the brand that I use.)

Would Epsom salts work?

Personally, I find Epsom salt sprays too drying but I love Epsom salt baths. The difference is that Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate and can be more drying and not absorb as easily into skin.

Can I use an oral magnesium supplement powder to make transdermal magnesium?

Nope! The forms for internal use are irritating to the skin. This would also leave a white film and make a big mess. I don’t recommend it.

Is it good to add calcium to the spray too?

I personally wouldn’t. In theory, you could and it would dissolve decently well, but it would leave a white film on skin and calcium is not as easily absorbed through skin. Also, it seems that many people get plenty of calcium and not enough magnesium, so this would potentially not be as beneficial.

Can this go in a plastic bottle?

In theory yes and it should work just fine. I prefer glass whenever possible, especially since glass bottles are readily available now. My personal favorites are these sixteen ounce amber bottles.

Can I use this on babies/kids/my pets?

Ask your pediatrician/vet to be sure before using any product on a child or pet. Personally, I use this spray on my children at night to help them sleep more soundly.

Can I use magnesium while pregnant/nursing?

Again, check with a doctor before using anything while pregnant nursing, but I have personally used it through several pregnancies with great results.

This is supposed to improve sleep, so why does it seem to keep me up?

From all of the comments, there seems to be a small group of people who have an opposite reaction to magnesium. While it promotes restful sleep for many people, this small percentage seems to have trouble sleeping for a few hours after taking magnesium. My mom had this problem and found that she did best when she took or used magnesium spray around midday.

Why does this oil cause burning/tingling on some people?

One theory is that those who are deficient will have a tingling or burning reaction to magnesium oil. I did notice that it seemed to irritate me much more at first and that I soon adjusted and didn’t have a problem with this at all, but I don’t have any science to back up the deficiency theory. I also found that this particular magnesium oil didn’t tingle or burn at all.

What about adding essential oils to the mixture?

There are some risks associated with certain essential oils but some can also be very beneficial. Personally, I’d check with a qualified practitioner or aromatherapist before using any essential oil in this recipe.

Can this be used as deodorant?

Yep! I have a separate recipe for a spray deodorant that is basically this recipe anyway. Even just this spray on its own works great for me now.

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

Homemade magnesium oil is a cost effective way to increase your magnesium levels and can reduce stress, improve sleep and improve health.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


981 responses to “Magnesium Oil Benefits & How to Use It”

  1. Lisa Avatar

    Hi, thanks for the info – how does one determine the doseage of a magnesium oil i.e get an idea of how much mag you are applying to your skin? I suppose the amount that gets absorbed is a different matter too!
    and also curious why you use Jigsaw magnesium over the Calm brand?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Hey Brian! We’ve been talking about the importance of magnesium and the benefits of magnesium oil for over 10 years now, long before it gained mainstream attention. We try to find the best products out there for our readers who want optimal health and also convenience and confidence, which is where our specific recommendation comes in.

  2. Jigna Avatar

    With this recipe, what is the dosage of magnesium in each spray? The reason for my question is I want to use this for my son who is having adrenal insufficiency for which magnesium is very essential. Please help. Thank you.

  3. Amy Avatar


    I have been using ancient minerals magnesium spray since one year as mentioned in this post. I always follow your site for any natural recommendations.

    Just before bed time i spray the magnesium oil. The new problem is my feet are having cracks. I would continue to use magnesium spray because it is doing good for me but how to over come dry feet and cracks problem?

    I dont apply the moisturizer cream to foot, because i want magnesium oil to be absorbed.

    Thanks in advance!

    Thanks and Regards,

  4. Tammie Avatar

    I’m a chronic pain management massage therapist. I originally bought the magnesium spray for my bicyclist boyfriend. I heard it would help with cramps. Worked so well on him that I bought 1 for my office. Soooooo many of my clients love it.
    I love the way it works on muscle knots and bumps.
    Great find!

  5. Brett Avatar

    I made magnesium oil using this recipe and the Ancient Mineral Salts. It is uncomfortable and somewhat itchy on my skin and my daughter CRIED hard after I sprayed it on her legs because it burned so badly. I am hesitant to buy the pre-made “oil” version for more $ if the result will be the same for her in particular. Thoughts?

  6. jaYne Avatar

    hi WellnessMaMa !
    I too thought ‘magnesium oil’ was an actual oil but the grains did (if not feel oily) at least felt slippery when water and the grains\salts were mixed together. i’ve read a reason why is because the structure of the element or at least some forms have [a] rounded structure. just started researching this theory as do not know if this is an old wives tale or fact.

    thanks much for a wonderful informative site !!

  7. Caroline Avatar

    Two questions. I made the mag oil using your recipe. I used for the first time after my shower yesterday and it did tingle, especially on my freshly shaved legs! I’m wondering if it is okay to rub the spray in so it will dry faster? Also, is it okay to apply lotion directly on top after it dries?

  8. Laura Avatar

    I followed your recipe for DIY magnesium oil but it feels very watery, nothing like the bottle I purchased pre-made. I even added some extra flakes to see if that would help. Did I do something wrong? After it dries, I can feel that sticky type feeling but it isn’t oily when first applied. Thanks!

  9. Carrie Avatar

    Hello, I bought the magnesium oil spray that you recommended, but I’m unclear on how many sprays I should use to get the right amount. Does it not have to be somewhat exact to get the right daily “dosage?” Thanks if you can help.

  10. Sue Avatar

    OK, what is the point of having this discussion?? I have been coming back to this almost every day and then I left it for about a week to see if I finally could get an answer to my questions and no one answer is on here! Like I said in the last post, the most recent questions or suggestions should show up at the top not the bottom of an almost 1000 comment post!

  11. Sue Avatar

    Most comment sections have the most recent comment at the top. This has the most recent comments at the bottom! Which is ridiculous because you have to scroll through 1 million comments before you get to the most recent one so that nobody goes to the most recent ones because they don’t know this until they try to make a comment themselves! Which is what I have done! I made a comment four or five days ago now and there’s not one answer to it. So what is the price point of having a comment section if the most recent comments no one ever sees so no one answers them?? As I’m writing this I realize it’s probably a dumb question because nobody’s going to answer this one either! I love your website, Katie and I have made several of your things but this is the one that I wanted an answer for and nobody’s answering! How much absorption do you get from the magnesium oil if you spray it on and wash it off after certain amount of time as opposed to leaving it on and having it feel sticky on your body all day or all night??

  12. Sue Avatar

    Katie, I’m wondering how the magnesium oil works if you spray it on and then wash it off in 20 minutes? Do you get enough absorption? I made your oil recipe and have used it for a week but have been keeping it on my body and I can’t stand the stickiness! I wake up in the night and feel it! If I use it during the day I can feel it on my body. So if I spray it on And leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off, am I getting the same affect?

  13. Jennifer Avatar

    First off, thank you for everything you blog. You are usually at the top of my Google search results. I have loved all your recipes so far.
    For whatever reason I thought that magnesium flakes shouldn’t be immersed in water hotter than 103°. Is this not the case?

  14. Terri Avatar

    This was a great list!!! Thank you so much for the help! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  15. Liz Avatar

    I made your recipe, put it in an amber glass pump spray bottle, and after a few uses, the sprayer stopped working. It is as if it’s clogged or has build-up? What to do about this? Thanks

  16. Arwa Avatar

    After giving birth to three children in under three years with my youngest born with CHD. I was going through a very tough faze in my life. Restless nights, aching body, very bad memory and foggy brain and to add to it all I struggled with depression. I neve thought all these symptoms are related. I tried for years treating depression on its own. Then one day I stumbled upon this article and took me by surprise that it was Magnesium deficiency. I quickly felt better after just a couple of uses of the oil. I was a reborn person.

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