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How To Make Magnesium Oil & Its Benefits

Magnesium deficiency is rampant in our modern culture and contributes to many of our modern conditions and diseases.

Learn how to make magnesium oil and you can reverse many of those symptoms.

PMS, menstrual cramps, heart attacks caused by coronary spasms, high blood pressure, sleep disturbances, constipation, and many other symptoms and syndromes can stem from magnesium deficiency.

Guess what else it contributes to? Stinky pits. Magnesium deficiency and liver congestion are the two main causes of body odor.

Many people report using Milk of Magnesia as an effective deodorant.

Magnesium: Essential Nutrient

Magnesium is one of the minerals essential for survival. Its involved in several hundred of the body’s enzymatic reactions, especially those related to energy production and cardiovascular function.

It helps to create and stimulate prostaglandins – lipid compounds that regulate inflammation and anti-inflammation -, relaxes muscles, lowers blood pressure, and is considered the ‘anti-stress’ mineral for its ability to calm and reduce anxiety and hyperactivity.

Read about the many benefits in my post on top 5 immune boosting supplements: magnesium.

To get the full spectrum of magnesium, I suggest eating plenty of leafy greens if digestion is optimal, taking Epsom salt baths, and supplementing with magnesium oil as needed.

Elements that Deplete Magnesium
  • Stress
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Diuretic Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Caffeine
  • Supplemental Vitamin D & Calcium
  • Phosphorus (common in soda and some refined foods)
  • Refined & Unsoaked/Unsprouted Whole Grains
  • Softened Water

How To Make Magnesium Oil & Its Benefits

How to Make Magnesium Oil

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1.   Boil 1 cup of filtered water in a non-reactive pot (stainless steel, ceramic, or glass).

2.   Turn heat off and pour in 1/4 cup of magnesium chloride for a 25% solution.

3.  Stir until dissolved.

4.  Once cool, pour into clean spray bottle and store in a cool, dark place or refrigerate.

Because of the concentration, I have had my current batch for over 6 months with no contamination issues. Many recipes that include water give an expiration of 3 days, so use caution and your discretion when storing for longer periods of time.

If the batch smells unpleasant, develops scum, or becomes black or fuzzy, throw it out.

Once you know how to make magnesium oil, it’s super easy to do. If you’re not the DIY type though, you can buy it here.

Why Magnesium Chloride?

The body has been shown to retain magnesium chloride longer than other forms of magnesium. Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) is usually excreted within 24 hours and is not recommended for mag oil.

How to Apply Magnesium Oil

1.  Apply approximately 24 sprays to either your arms and legs (6 sprays each) to get 400 mg of magnesium (RDA).

It can either be applied to extremities or areas of thin skin on and around the torso, opinion varies on what is most effective.

I prefer to mix with lotion and apply to my torso and the bottoms of my feet just before bed. I also apply 2 sprays to my 5 year old daughter’s feet with 1 drop of lavender essential oil to help her relax.

My picks for relaxing essential oils: Lavender, German or Roman chamomile, and Patchouli (oils I use).

2.  Leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes and either wash it off or leave it on until you shower next.

If it itches or burns, wash off and either dilute with more water or mix with lotion.

Further Reading

My favorite reference manual on magnesium.


The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.

Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine by Elson M. Haas, M.D.

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