How to Make Magnesium Oil

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 12, 2011

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I posted a while back about magnesium deficiency: Are You Suffering From Magnesium Deficiency? Since then, I’ve gotten emails from readers saying that magnesium has changed their life.

I am so excited about magnesium and the positive results that I see, I want to share more about this important mineral and how to supplement with it.

Why We Need Magnesium and How to Supplement

Most of us are deficient in magnesium. When we used to bathe in mineral-rich oceans and streams, and when our crops were not depleted of magnesium, we were not deficient. Ocean water is very rich in magnesium, but how often do we swim in the ocean? Nowadays, we don’t get enough magnesium from our food and it’s not in our water. So we need to supplement.

Magnesium is not easily absorbed from food or supplements. The best way to take magnesium is transdermally (via the skin).

My Results with Magnesium Oil

I have personally had great results with magnesium oil. I spray it on my skin every day. Magnesium is known as the calming mineral, and I don’t know about you but most of us could benefit from some stress reduction. Many people find that magnesium oil reduces or eliminates aches and pains, helps them to relax and helps them sleep.

One of the best results I’ve noticed is that I no longer need to use deodorant. This is amazing to me because no matter what, I’ve always had to use deodorant. And I’m not one of those people who could get away with “natural” deodorants — none of them worked for me. And I tried them all. And I know that regular deodorants are bad (aluminum anyone?).

Since I’ve been supplementing with magnesium, I don’t have any body odor at all. I just don’t have a need for deodorant. This makes me very happy!

Cost Savings of Making Your Own Magnesium Oil

If you would like to save some money, you can make your own magnesium oil using magnesium chloride flakes. Here’s how to do make your own magnesium oil.

A small bottle of Ancient Minerals magnesium oil costs $29 for 8 ounces. That’s $3.63 per ounce.

If you buy the big 64-ounce bottle, it costs only $1.86 per ounce.

A 1.65 pound (26.4 ounce) bag of magnesium flakes costs $9.75. That’s only .37 per ounce. If you use the flakes to make magnesium oil, it costs only $2.96 to make 16 ounces of magnesium oil, or 19 cents per ounce.

If you buy the bigger bag of magnesium flakes (32 pounds or 512 ounces at $150) the cost is only .29 per ounce. It costs only $2.32 to make 16 ounces of magnesium oil, or 15 cents per ounce.

Clearly you save a lot by making your own magnesium oil!

Recipe Notes

Eight sprays of magnesium oil delivers about 100 mg of elemental magnesium to the skin. You can just spray anywhere on the body, although for better absorption, spray on the torso as opposed to the legs or arms. You can also add magnesium oil to your bath or soak you feet in warm water with magnesium oil.

When you spray the magnesium oil on your body, it can sting and feels somewhat oily/sticky to the touch. If you don’t like the stinging, dilute the oil by adding more water.

It is critical that you use filtered or distilled water. Make sure your water filter filters out chlorine, fluoride and other toxic chemicals. You don’t want to absorb this stuff into your skin!

How to Make Magnesium Oil


Magnesium chloride flakes (1 cup) — where to buy magnesium flakes
Water, filtered or distilled (1 cup) — where to buy water filters


Enameled cast iron, stainless steel or glass saucepan (do not use aluminum)


1. Bring the filtered water to a boil.
2. Add the magnesium flakes and stir until dissolved.
3. Remove from heat and let cool
4. After the mixture has cooled, transfer it to a spray bottle or a plastic travel bottle.

Read More About Magnesium Oil

To learn more about magnesium oil, check out the book by Dr. Mark Sircus, Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, or read The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean.

Do You Use Magnesium Oil or Magnesium Flakes?

How are you benefiting from using magnesium oil or magnesium flakes? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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is there a difference in using magnesium flakes and epsom salts or crystals (bath grade) to make the oil?


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Erin January 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Even cheaper, is to mix 1/4c of epsom salts in a cup of filtered water, and put into a spray bottle. It seems the chloride in the ancient minerals brand is what causes skin irritation…


Marcela March 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM

If I use lotion/ massage oil or coconut oil with the magnesium oil, I do not feel the stinging/ itching/ burning sensation on my skin.


Sonoda Yuki March 31, 2015 at 3:13 PM

Is there honestly going to be a major difference between the minute residual Chlorine in tap water and the rather large quantities of Chlorine ions in magnesium chloride?


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