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

Ingredients

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

Equipment

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

Directions

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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elaine December 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM

This is fantastic information! I suspect I need magnesium supplementation. And, I am all about saving a dollar or two! I’m curious, is bowel tolerance the measure of when you have enough like with the oral supplements? Thanks!

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM

That is the problem with magnesium when taken orally. Most people can’t take enough because you get diarrhea. It’s much better to get magnesium via the skin.

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elaine December 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

so how do you know when you’ve gotten enough but not too much? I thought bowel tolerance was the measure?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:21 PM

If you have diarrhea when taking oral magnesium, it means you’re not absorbing it. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve taken as much as you need. This is why it’s better to take at least some of your magnesium via the skin. I take mineral supplements (including magnesium) but I also use the magnesium transdermally.

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Diane Petersen January 12, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The great thing is that you will only absorb what you need when using magnesium transdermally.

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Vanessa November 27, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I just ordered some from Amazon, I’m suspecting magnesium deficiency… I have so much anxiety, muscle cramps, and insomnia. I have read every comment in this, and I have just made my purchase on Amazon. I’m excited to try it, if it will ease my leg cramps, and anxiety.

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Renae December 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I find, if I have drunk more than 3 glasses of alcohol and use magnesium oil it has a laxative effect. Just something to be aware of :)

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Janelle Hoxie December 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM

I have used the mag flakes to make the oil, but I found that it doesn’t feel too good, I wonder how long you would need to leave it before showering?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM

20-30 minutes

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Dee January 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Curious..

Can it be left overnight?

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cheeseslave January 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Yes you don’t need to wash it off

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Helen BC January 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I use it overnight – apply Magnesium Oil on my feet/soles and sleep with socks (not to mess up my bedding) and morning I will have a shower. Found that application on my legs makes my skin too dry. Also I will wash my hands/palms after every application as my palms with get extremly dry …. but I like it few drops on my Nails as it makes my Nails very strong :o)

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Rebecca December 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I love this! I use the magnesium oil, and the cost is definitely cost-prohibitive… had never thought to make it myself.

Question: Do you know anything about how long it takes for the skin irritation to go away? I’ve been using it for six months and it’s still itching like hell. So much easier on my guts than taking it internally though.

And I know what you mean about the BO thing. I only get smelly when I’m stressed (and you use up more Mg in times of stress, so go figure) but yeah, it’s one of my gauges to know when to start taking it again, because I start smelling gross :).
Sharing!

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I don’t know if it ever goes away. Some people’s skin is more sensitive than others.

And yes I know about the guts. I gave my husband some Natural Calm and he had diarrhea for 2 days.

I recommend just watering down your magnesium oil. You will have to spray more on but that is no big deal. I haven’t watered mine down yet but I am going to because I don’t like the stinging sensation.

I have also noticed that when I spray the magnesium oil on my privates, it doesn’t sting hardly at all. I know, bizarre. You would think that it would sting MORE. But it doesn’t.

I know it seems odd to spray magnesium oil on your privates but the reason I tried it is because a reader posted that she was doing it on Facebook. I also read that magnesium oil is best absorbed via the mucus membranes.

And yeah, I agree, when I start to smell, I take a magnesium oil bath! I hadn’t thought about the stress using up the magnesium. That makes sense!

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Paula December 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

The stress part wouod explain why magnesium helps the adrenals so much.
I love all these puzzle pieces falling into place.
Can you imagine the third generation from now that continues these wonderful practices?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Good point, Paula!

I love your optimism!

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tina January 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I’m the one who posted about putting it on my girlie parts. I couldn’t stand the feel of it all over my body so I figure it would get better absorbed there and would be in one area. The first time I did it, I held my breath ready for the pain but it wasn’t as bad as I thought i’d be. Now, it’s only very slightly uncomfortable if at all. I also put it under my arms and I swish it around in my mouth. Sometimes I swallow it and sometimes I spit the mag oil out. I wonder which is best? Thoughts?

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Paula December 12, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I have only taken oral Magnesium, but in just a couple days, we have a large bag of flakes arriving in the mail!

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Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up December 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

This is another nutrient I’m looking into as my headaches started to surface after weaning DD this spring. I read that magnesium deficiency could cause hormonal headaches/migraines. Once I started a calc/mag supplement they went away. And I just ran across transdermal magnesium supplementation in the form of baths – I’ll be looking into this!

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William November 8, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Cal-Mag supplement should be in a ratio of 1:2. For sure, the ratio should favour Mag. Standard Process products are only available through “health”care pros (you won’t see “disease”care pros offering them!). Their Cal-Mag product is excellent quality.

About body odor, there more to managing it than just the uptake of magnesium. You must consider diet and food combinations as well. High fiber and oils help food pass through the digestion cycle more quickly and thoroughly. You could also do well to do detoxification of bowel, liver and kidney on occasion. Study detox carefully and do it safely. If, for example, you know you have worked in an unsafe environment in your work history, get professional assistance. Health food stores can be a good resource for finding practitioners. This website is a resource for detox recipes. No doubt many practitioners are on it’s mailing list.

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Robert December 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Does this give one too much chloride?

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Christi December 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Are Epsom salts the same thing?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 1:39 PM

No, epsom salts are not the same thing. They are magnesium, but we don’t absorb most of the magnesium from epsom salts. Magnesium chloride is really what you want.

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Cheryl December 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Magnesium chloride is a type of salt and when added to water, it dissociates into magnesium ions and chloride ions. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, also a type of salt which dissociates into magnesium ions and sulfate ions when mixed with water. In both cases, the magnesium is in the same form (Mg 2+), so why would there be a difference in absorption? Can you give a reference? Thanks.

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jeanmarie December 13, 2011 at 8:11 PM

I’m wondering the same thing. I already have a bunch of epsom salts on hand so would love to use that up!

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Andy December 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

I can’t speak to the accuracy of this comment as I’m now learning about magnesium myself, but here is what CHEESESLAVE wrote as a comment on her other magnesium post, linked at the bottom:

“Epsom salt baths are OK but they are not the best way to absorb magnesium.

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation (as I quoted above in the article):

Another potential way to get more magnesium into your system is via the pleasant method of soaking in a bath of magnesium sulfate, otherwise known as Epsom salts… A couple of cups of Epsom salts added to a hot bath will induce sweating and detoxification; after the water cools a bit, the body will then absorb the magnesium sulfate. According to Mark Sircus in Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, the effects from a bath of Epsom salts, although pleasant, are brief as magnesium sulfate is difficult to assimilate and is rapidly lost in the urine. Magnesium chloride, which can also be used in baths, is more easily assimilated and metabolized, and so less is needed for absorption.

In other words, it is better to add magnesium oil or magnesium flakes to the bath. The magnesium oil and magnesium flakes contain magnesium chloride, which is better absorbed than magensium sulfate.”

http://www.cheeseslave.com/are-you-suffering-from-magnesium-deficiency/

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Cheryl December 17, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The statement by Mark Sircus that magnesium sulfate from an epsom salts bath is rapidly lost in the urine raises several questions. Once the epsom salts are mixed in water, as in a bath, it no longer exists as magnesium sulfate. It dissociates into magnesium ions and sulfate ions which are dispersed among the water molecules. Likewise, magnesium chloride no longer exists as a distinct substance when it is dissolved in water; it becomes magnesium ions plus chloride ions dispersed among water molecules. The magnesium ions are exactly the same in both cases. This is high school chemistry. So I would ask Mr. Sircus how this works and how he knows that magnesium chloride is so much better than magnesium sulfate, and I would ask him for some professional references on the subject.

Are these not legitimate questions for someone who wants to do the right thing about her health?

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L.S. January 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

I could not agree more, Cheryl. I wanted to know this myself. This is what I found. From what I read, it is my understanding the magnesium absorbed through the skin from Espoms Salts are only excreted out through the urine when the blood levels are optimal. If the blood levels aren’t optimal, prolonged soaking in espoms salts does increase magnesium in the blood. Here’s my resource:
http://www.mgwater.com/transdermal.shtml

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Liz D April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Cheryl,
I love the way you think. Logic is SO VERY USEFUL in the maze of internet hearsay. I’m going out to get some Epsom Salts – having to soak 3x a week sounds delightful to me.
Was it dealing with a chronic condition that led you to this blog?

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Kenny July 7, 2012 at 11:12 PM

All good points Cheryl, and right on the money.

For oral supplementation, magnesium citrate is most readily adsorbed and causes less gastro problems than magnesium chloride, which is why it costs more.

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p-chic September 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

hi, just want to add my 2c about Epsom Salts, its a bad choice for those of us with a Sulfate sensitivity. Researching/hoping to find a transdermal magnesium option which is NOT sulfa based is how i came to find this very informative site!

Epsom Salts cause my skin to become extremely parched, red & itchy itchy. I’ve tried a few times over the years & always react badly.

Last nite i followed the recipe for Magnesium Oil and so far have NO problems from using chloride instead. i havent needed to rinse it off, it soaked right in leaving absolutely no sticky or drying residue, no itching or burning, actually it felt rather soothing. plus i slept better last nite than in a VERY long time: no heart symptoms, hardly any restless leg, woke up to use bathroom only once instead of several times, woke feeling almost rested instead of dragged through a cat door backwards…

I am wondering could transdermal Mg supplementation behave similarly to Iodine painting, ie: how quickly it disappears (soaks in) a marker of severity of deficiency?
does anyone have any thoughts on that?

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William November 8, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Cheryl et al, you are arguing and missing the point already clearly indicated. Dr. Sircus, MD did the research. It is not high school chemistry. HS chemistry is general simplistic science learning. At university level, those that are drawn to allopathic medicine are inculcated to dismiss BIO-chemistry. It is in this field that differentiation of what works and what does not work in a living organism is observed and accepted. Sulphate ions are not retentive. Chloride ions are op;timum. In my case, my life is at stake in my choice. I am not willing to play drugstore roulette.

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Cheryl November 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

William,
I am sorry to have given the impression that I am arguing with someone. I am only seeking the answer to a question. You are right – the point has been clearly stated, however it has not been explained.

Your comment about Mr. Sircus sparked my curiosity so I looked him up. It turns out that he is not an MD, nor is he a DO, DC, ND or any other kind of D. The closest he comes to a medical degree is an honorary doctor of oriental medicine. His web site (http://imva.info/index.php/about/director/) gives no indication of who bestowed this honor. Also, I can find no evidence that Mr. Sircus has conducted any experimental research of his own or that any of his prolific and persuasive writing has been published in a medical or scientific journal.

I would disagree that high school chemistry is simplistic, rather it is basic and foundational to the understanding of higher levels of chemistry including graduate level biochemistry. The fact that magnesium salts dissociate into their respective ions in an aqueous solution is true whether the solution is in a flask on a laboratory bench or human blood or urine.

I am glad that you have found what works for you. However, my original question remains unanswered: Why is the magnesium from magnesium chloride absorbed better than the magnesium from magnesium sulfate? Until someone puts forth a plausible explanation supported by experimental data, I remain a skeptic.

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Gwen February 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

“Why is the magnesium from magnesium chloride absorbed better than the magnesium from magnesium sulfate?”

Hi Cheryl,
I’ve done some research on magnesium.

First, I think part of the problem is your first assertion, “Magnesium chloride is a type of salt and when added to water, it dissociates into magnesium ions and chloride ions. Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, also a type of salt which dissociates into magnesium ions and sulfate ions when mixed with water. In both cases, the magnesium is in the same form (Mg 2+), so why would there be a difference in absorption?”

Magnesium does not simply disassociate from its bonds when added to water. “Although it is the eighth most abundant element in the universe and the seventh most abundant element in the earth’s crust, magnesium is never found free in nature.” http://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele012.html

There is a vast quantity of magnesium chloride in the ocean, and this is actually where much of the elemental magnesium is harvested from here in the US (according to Wikipedia), but electrolysis is needed to un-bind magnesium from the chloride. The idea that simply mixing a compound into water unbinds it from another element may work with some substances with weak bonds, but magnesium does not fall into that category.

What makes one form of magnesium preferable over another is how easily the body can metabolize or undo the bond between magnesium and the other element that it’s bound to.

For oral magnesium products, most OTC preparations that you’ll find at the drug store are specifically and intentionally not very well absorbed, which is why they are marketed and effectively used as constipation aids. :) That would include magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) and magnesium oxide (milk of magnesia).

I actually have a recipe using milk of magnesia that produces a VERY highly absorbent form of magnesium by reacting it in carbonated water, to produce magnesium carbonate. My recipe and research can be found here: http://www.gwens-nest.com/natural-remedies/magnesium-series-update-deficiency-links-to-critical-diseases/

Because I have a calcium metabolization disease right now, I have to take VERY high doses of magnesium daily to counteract high blood calcium, and the nasty side effects thereof. So my research and experience have been of a more personal nature, and I can assure you that the mix above is very effective. I have links to research that measures blood levels of magnesium after IV therapy vs. the mix I make, and the level of absorption is impressive. I can also personally attest that it does not cause bowel issues unless you have adequate levels of magnesium.

But we’re talking absorption through the skin here, which is beyond my basic high school chemistry training, so I’ll leave it to Dr. Jean Durlach et al., at the Université P. M. Curie, Paris, who wrote a paper about the relative toxicities between magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride. Enjoy!

“The reason for the toxicity of pharmacological doses of magnesium using the sulfate anion rather than the chloride anion may perhaps arise from the respective chemical structures of both the two magnesium salts. Chemically, both MgSO4 and MgCl2 are hexa-aqueous complexes. However MgCl2 crystals consist of dianions with magnesium coordinated to the six water molecules as a complex, [Mg(H2O)6]2+ and two independent chloride anions, Cl-. In MgSO4, a seventh water molecule is associated with the sulphate anion, [Mg(H2O)6]2 +[SO4. H2O]. Consequently, the more hydrated MgSO4 molecule may have chemical interactions with paracellular components rather than with cellular components, presumably potentiating toxic manifestations while reducing therapeutic effect.”

“MgSO4 is not always the appropriate salt in clinical therapeutics. MgCl2 seems the better anion-cation association to be used in many clinical and pharmacological indications. -Dr. Jean Durlach et al.”

Hope that clears things up for you. :) http://drsircus.com/medicine/magnesium/magnesium-chloride-benefits

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Tammy C. December 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Thank you for such detailed information. I have been taking Epsom salt baths for some time and feeling the relaxing effects. I’ve heard that much of the magnesium taken orally is not bio-available. And as I’ve been following more and more health related blogs and reading the comments I’ve noticed the discussion about Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom salt) and Magnesium Chloride…Thank you for all of the important information and links. This finally clears it up.

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Nat September 6, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I’m with you Cheryl, it’s good to know the nuts and bolts of these things and when it comes to ones own health there’s no such thing as too many questions!

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Erin December 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

I was using magnesium oil as a deodorant. I sprayed once under each arm, every other day. It only stung when I first started. After about a month, I noticed that I had a rash on my stomach and back. I stopped using the magnesium oil and it went away after 3 days. Has anyone else had this problem? I called the company and they said it is possible for the oil to cause a rash. It wasn’t itchy, but I’m guessing it was my body’s way of telling me it wasn’t such a good thing. I might try diluting it with water.

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I would try diluting it with water or put it in your bathwater.

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Gina December 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I clicked the link to find out where to buy yhe magnesium flakes but couldn’t find it on your page of resources. Can you tell me where it’s at?
Thanks!!!

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William November 8, 2012 at 2:10 AM

I buy 25kg bag from Dead Sea Works, Ltd. of Israel. They distribute worldwide so find out your nearest supplier. http://www.magflake.com. My cost in Bangkok is US$25. If you make small amount at a time for spray bottle, one such bag will last you long time. Once you open bag, you must then transfer flakes into smaller, moisture-tight containers, depending on humid or dry climate.

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Heidi December 11, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Since I learned about how exploited and destroyed the Dead Sea is by mineral industries, I avoid anything Dead Sea.’ Heidi

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William Comer, BSc,CN December 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Thank you, Heidi. I will query the company I buy from. A company mining the Dead Sea, or any other location, is engaged in exploitation–even with the utmost environmental safeguards. So, I will research the company whose product I purchased. My supplier is a chemist and a man of integrity. He is interested in my use of his product. Knowing it is vital to my health, he would not have sold it to me for this use if it were a coarser, industrial-use product.

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Gina December 12, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I can’t seem to find where you get the magnesium flakes on your resource page. . . . Where is it?
Thanks!

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:13 PM

You may be using a browser with an ad blocker installed. Go to your browser preferences and disable the ad blocker and you should be able to see the ads on the resources page.

Let me know if it works for you!

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maria December 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I take a lot of magnesium glicinate orally. My trick for bowel tolerance is to take colostrum capsules, (they sooth the tummy). When I take the colostrum there is not running to the bathroom, when I skip I notice a major difference in my bowels.

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Cecilia Long December 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Can I cook in the pot again after washing it, or should a dedicated put be used?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Sure you can use it again – magnesium is a natural mineral, not a chemical.

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Cathy December 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM

This might be a stupid question, but your post says how to make your own magnesium oil, but when I looked at the ingredients on how to make it yourself it doesn’t look like there is any oil involved. Possibly I am missing something here……! :) I am very interested in the benefits of this, but I do fairly sensitive skin, so I am a little concerned about the rashes. I do love to use Epsom Salts in my bath with a bit of lavender oil, so I am wondering if my body WILL tolerate the Magnesium spray. Also, if the mucus membranes absorb the magnesium oil best, wouldn’t the nose also be a logical place to spray on, as well as your privates?

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David December 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

There is no oil in magnesium oil (confusing, isn’t it?). It’s only called that because it has an oily feel, but in actuality all magnesium oil is just magnesium chloride and water.

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:10 PM

@Cathy Our bodies don’t absorb the magnesium from epsom salts like we do from magnesium chloride (magnesium flakes or magnesium oil). If you add magnesium flakes or oil to your bath, it’s just like using epsom salts, but you absorb it much better.

I guess you could spray the oil in your nose — I haven’t tried it. Seems like it wouldn’t be very pleasant.

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David December 12, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Another good place to get magnesium chloride flakes (and oil) is Swanson Vitamins (swansonvitamins.com). It’s $15 for 2.2 lbs, and it’s sourced from the Zechstein seabed (same source as Ancient Minerals brand).

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Mindy December 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I tried mag oil (made by me by adding water) about a year ago. I just couldn’t take the itching/ burning. But I recently got back into it, and the itching is much more tolerable. My hypothesis is that the drier your skin from excess washing/ soap, the more irritated it will be by mag oil. I have recently started showering with water only (no soap- with a few exceptions!). And like I said, the mag oil is much more tolerable. Try letting your natural oils build up on the skin and then spray… BUT I must tell you, regardless of soap use, spraying the oil around my collar bone and shoulders still burns like crazy and gets super red- feels like a sunburn. So I just stopped spraying there. :)

Thx for sharing about how much mag is approximately in a number of sprays. That info is hard to find!

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:03 PM

That’s interesting!

You can dilute the oil so it does not itch or burn.

Another thing that might help is not bathing or showering in chlorinated water. My skin feels dry and itchy when I shower in chlorinated water.

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM

By the way, I don’t use much soap when I bathe, just on my underarms and privates. I can’t believe how many times I’ve used the word “privates” in these comments — LOL!).

I do think it matters what KIND of soap you use. I only use natural soap made from coconut oil or palm oil. I don’t use soap made from detergent, what is what most soaps are made of these days.

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Christy December 26, 2011 at 5:59 AM

Is castille soap OK to use or would I still experience some burning?

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Alison December 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Just a friendly thought that you could put links to the different sized bags of magnesium flakes directly into this post for those of us that would purchase it but are lazy and won’t take the time to look it up :)

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Hi, sorry, but technically I can’t do that. I guess I could link to Amazon but I’d rather link to our resources page to the companies who sponsor our blogs. We’re grateful to them for advertising on our blogs so that we can keep blogging.

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Susan December 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

AM- I too, like many of the people postiing here can’t stand the feeling of the oil on my skin. I feel like it is crawling. Even if I take a shower and rinse it off. I tried to trooper it through and suck it up, but to no avail. It was even giving me a rash. So I finally started spraying it in my mouth several times a day. Yes, it burns for a nano-second and tastes like crap, but if I rinse it down with some water I’m fine. I’ve worked my way up to 10 sprays 8 times a day. Am I even absorbing it this way?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Yes, you are absorbing it. Actually the mouth is one of the best ways to absorb it. The mouth and privates are the best, then probably the armpits, and then the face and neck, and then the trunk or torso, and lastly the extremities.

You could also try bathing in it. When I take a bath with magnesium oil or flakes, I don’t feel it all. Another way to go is magnesium foot soaks.

Lastly, you can dilute your magnesium oil — just spray more on.

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jo December 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I have started using the spray as deodorant, but was not sure if that was a good place to spray it on. Have you used as deodorant too? Do you think that might be problem with long term usage?

Thanks!

Jo

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Lisa December 20, 2011 at 8:12 PM

How much would you use in a bath or a foot soak? I just received the 1.65 lb bag from ancient minerals and it says to use the whole bag for one bath or one foot soak. That makes for an expensive bath/soak.

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Becky Leppard January 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Hi Ann Mare,

Thanks for this wonderful post. I don’t think I would have tried mag oil for the price per ounce already made. I can easily make the oil from the flakes. I just got my mag and am making it now.

I looked through the posts and couldn’t figure out how much mag to put in the bath soak. You don’t want to put in too much cuz of the price but you want to put in enough to get some benefit.

Thanks tons,
Becky

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William Comer, BSc,CN January 9, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Somewhere I got a recipe ratio of 30 parts flake to 80 parts water. I calculated the volume of a bath (enough to immerse my trunk being 5.5″). Translated that volume into so many “cups.” Then, 3/8 x that volume = cups of flake to add. I have been using 2 months with great success. DON”T splash any into your eyes! That is the one no-no. Even a smidgen is painful!

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robyn February 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

on the site of ancient minerals it says 1-3 cups of mag. flakes

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Eileen May 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I like to make my own magnesium oil using a mix of 1/2 water and 1/2 aloe vera gel. The gel soothes the skin. Or, you can spray your magnesium oil on your palm, add aloe gel from a separate bottle and mix together. When I spray the 100 percent oil on the soles of my feet, I experience no stinging at all. In fact, once a part of my body gets first exposed to non-aloe mag oil, it stops tingling on subsequent applications. I have never had the burning or stinging that others speak of; to me, it is more like a tingly, warm feeling that goes away.

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Tracey R December 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM

I’m another one who has problems seen your resource page. The in-page links don’t work, and there is no content under the sections. I’m using Google Chrome, if that helps your webmaster troubleshoot. I really want to be able to see where you order the magnesium, if you wouldn’t mind posting it?

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Most likely your problem is you have an “ad blocker” installed in your browser. Look in your preferences and disable the ad blocker. Then the ads on our resources page will show up.

Please let me know if that doesn’t work for you.

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Tracey R December 12, 2011 at 7:22 PM

No, it didn’t work. I disabled it, whitelisted cheeseslave.com, saved the setting, then shut the browser completely and reopened it. No luck.

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Can you see other ads? Like the banner ads on this page?

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Tracey R December 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM

I can see the ads in the sidebar. I did finally go to Firefox to be able to see the resources. I’m a web developer myself, and after I shut off the adblocker (which I’d forgotten I had on while doing some design work recently) I still couldn’t see it in Chrome. No problems in Firefox, but Chrome is becoming a major browser, along with its tracking-free variety Chromium and its social media-friendly branch Rockmelt, so that if a site works in Chrome, it will work in all the branches as well (for the most part–major things like Javascript-based ads normally work).

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Jen December 12, 2011 at 5:10 PM

This is good to know. I am happy to buy magnesium oil though – because the kind I’ve been getting was only a little over $1 an oz by time we bought a gallon and split it amongst our group, and it also includes other trace minerals. We got ours at http://www.puremagoil.com.

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cheeseslave December 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I’m not sure about that brand. The Ancient Minerals brand that Radiant Life carries sources their magnesium oil and flakes from the Zechstein seabed which is very pure.

“…rising levels of contaminants in our sea waters today threaten the most convenient and soluble form of magnesium: topical magnesium produced from natural magnesium chloride.

It is simply no longer possible to naturally harvest a true pure magnesium oil from modern bodies of water, due to contamination by heavy metals such as mercury and lead.”

Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium has been detected free of:

Mercury
Lead
Arsenic
Flouride

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William November 8, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Does Zechstein flake product come from Dead Sea?

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Michelle H December 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

My doctor suggested I take Magnesium for my diabetes. I couldn’t tolerate the pills so I tried the oil. About 3 weeks after using it, I realized that it reduced the pain in my back. I buy the Swanson brand on Amazon. I believe it is under $10 a bottle. I only put it only on my lower back and behind my knees (I read it was an absorption point). If I don’t use it for a few days, I have trouble getting out of bed due to the back pain. I am a big fan of Magnesium oil.

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Anna December 12, 2011 at 10:58 PM

I especially like to travel with some magnesium oil. It’s helpful with jet-lag.

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fennel December 13, 2011 at 3:06 AM

I use magnesium oil to bring down the blood pressure and to cure palpitations and arrythmia, as these sypmtoms are often caused by a deficiency. After using for it 2 to 3 years it has gone away and I don’t use as much now. I also took vitamins and minerals and co-enzyme Q 10, and an adrenal supplement.

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Mary s December 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM

How long does it typically take to correct a magnesium deficiency through transdermal spraying of magnesium oil?

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fennel December 13, 2011 at 11:35 PM

it is not possible to answer that question, as it depends on how much magnesium you are using up as well as what levels you have at any given time. Stress (like illness, mental stress and worry, and things that stress the body physically like exercise, heat or cold, or toxic load) will use up magnesium. So it is not an exact science as to what you need to use.

As a guideline I use my blood pressure, taking more if it rises, and also tight muscles and spasms in my back tell me I need some more. It is good for pain, just spray some onto a sore place and it often helps. It could be different for other people but this works for me. The only time you should be careful of taking magnesium is if you have a kidney problem I believe.

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William November 8, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Agreed! Calcium supplement was a major discovery for my health. Then, came coconut oil into my life. Now,magnesium oil. These 3 substances transformed my life in many ways. I consume no granulated or other form of processed sugar. I use no cosmetic chemical products. I recently stopped using hair conditioner and now massage coconut oil into my hair and scalp, and onto my sun-exposed skin. I lie full immersion in my mag oil therapy tub daily and my skin completely accepts without rash, itch or burn.

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cheeseslave December 14, 2011 at 1:32 PM

It depends on how much you take, what form of magnesium (oral or transdermal), how much stress you are under, how much alcohol and caffeine you consume, how much phytic acid you consume, etc.

“Most people are deficient in magnesium and will benefit from taking larger amounts of magnesium for 1 – 3 months (or 12 months or more if only oral supplements are taken) to fully replenish their magnesium levels and to reach ‘cell saturation.’ ”

“Eating a whole foods diet and taking 500 -1000 mg, or even 1500 mg, of oral magnesium daily does not necessarily mean that magnesium levels are optimal, and that taking extra magnesium may not provide significant improvements. (Absorption of oral supplements may be extremely poor in M.E. and the need for magnesium in serious diseases such as M.E. is much higher than in healthy people.)”

http://www.hfme.org/researchmgandme.htm

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Erika December 18, 2011 at 8:46 AM

What a timely article! I’m just about out of magnesium oil and was about to buy more. I’m very excited to make my own. I find that magnesium oil has been very helpful with a lot of skin irritations, moles and scar tissue. I also use it as a deodorant and find that it works amazing. Thanks so much!

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Marie December 18, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Ok, so I just sprayed some on my privates :) It does sting, OUCH! Lol, but it’s fading quickly, thankfully. Thanks for the great info, I’ve been putting off purchasing some because of cost, my mom gave me a bit but it’s running low. I’m going to have to buy some flakes and try it out.

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Gabriella December 20, 2011 at 12:21 AM

I just made this and-HOLY MOTHER OF GOD-it burns! :-( I think it might actually be worse than the Niacin treatment I tried (and that’s saying a lot!) I’m going to have to dilute it some. Thank you for all the great information. I am pretty sure I’m quite deficient in magnesium. Hopefully this helps.

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cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Everyone is different; some people are more sensitive.

Definitely dilute it. Putting the oil in a bath works great, too.

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Mary January 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Also you may have luck experimenting with different areas of the body. I had a reaction on my feet but nowhere else… (it may have been because I was using a TON on my feet… I overdid it a bit:) but so far no issues on my back, chest, etc. and I am taking it slow.

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Teo January 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Hiya, can I make the same product using Epsom Salt? Thank you

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cheeseslave January 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM

No, you can’t. Espom salt does not absorb the way magnesium chloride (magnesium flakes) does.

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Cheryl January 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Can you explain? Thanks!

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Becky Leppard January 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Hi Cheryl,

Look up on the thread on Dec 12 and there is a whole conversation explaining Epson Salt thing, Alternatively do a Control F and a search function should appear. Type in Epson salt and you should find all the times it is discussed in this thread.
HTH,
Becky

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Meredith January 3, 2012 at 8:15 AM

What is the difference in effectiveness between magnesium sulfate and magnesium chloride?

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Marisa January 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I was wondering if you have tried the magnesium lotion or putting the mag oil in a lotion base for transdermal application. I wonder if it stings less than direct mag oil on the skin. Thanks for all the great info!

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Ki Vick January 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Ancient Minerals does make a lotion with the mag in it, so I would think that you could put it into a lotion… I just started using this, so I’m so excited to see if it helps me be able to sleep better at night, and hopefully some of the other deficiency symptoms (when I see a list for mag deficiency I can usually check off most if not all of them…)

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Marisa January 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM
Ki Vick January 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I just made some of this, and it didn’t burn at all on my skin (it did dry out my hands though) but when I tried to put it on my “lady bits” OH MY!!!! Yeah, I’m not doing that again. I was nearly in tears. :( But it’s ok, I’ll just stick to my torso and underarms. :)

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Cathy January 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I’ve been following this thread of comments, and maybe I missed it if someone mentioned it already, but what about the magnesium in molasses? I’ve always heard it’s a good source of it and have known people that take it daily. However, sounds like magnesium doesn’t absorb well when ingested…ideas?

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Valerie January 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Hi AM,
Thanks for the recipe – my magnesium flakes came today so I made the oil right away, and I sprayed my first dose tonight. I tried my forearm first – expecting a terrible burning sensation and nothing!! So, I sprayed another 8 sprays on my torso. No pain, only a barely noticeable sensation. I have been taking an epsom salt bath almost every day for several years (it gets expensive – using half of a $6.50 bag of epsom salts every day – we have a pretty huge bathtub!). Not sure if it’s a history of transdermal epsom salt supplementation or the fact that we live on a well and don’t have fluoridated water, but I’ll take it either way!

Thanks for the great information and the recipe. You are my go-to girl for great food recipes, inspiration, and healthy living tips! Thank you for all that you do!

-Valerie (whom you met at the Deidre Currie festival in Michigan several years back – still following your blog!)

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Fernanda January 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Hi! I’m researching on magnesium chloride sources suitable for human use in my country (Brazil), based on the informations on the products you list. I found this article in Zechstein Minerals website and thought you’d be interested:
http://www.zechsteininside.com/productseng.html
“Can I make Magnesium oil by adding water to Magnesium chloride flakes?
Our analists in cooperation with the MHI were performing tests and this is their conclusion:
We do not recommend using flakes as a basis for making high concentrated magnesiu moil. The flakes are produced by an evaporating process. The brine from the source is heated up to approximately 160° C and the water is evaporated till a concentration of 47% of magnesium chloride is reached. This concentration represents the right proportions to get magnesium chloride hexahydrate [ MgCl2.6(H2O) ] which gives a stable flake or pellet after crystallization on a cooling-belt. Due to heating for evaporation a very small amount of MgCl2 will decompose to MgOHCl (magnesium hydroxide chloride), MgCO3 (magnesium carbonate) and some HCl (hydrochloric acid) in the vapor stream, on parts per million level. These products are responsible for the white haze that can be seen after dissolving the flakes. These products are not hazardous but are products of the necessary production step to get flakes. For applications up to 5%, such as bath applications (approx 2-8 kg in a bath) the flakes are perfect.
For topical applications with higher concentrations, we recommend the pure natural magnesium oil straight from the source without any heat treatment. This magnesium oil is especially selected for this application and is secured by the Zechstein Inside batch protocol.”

Well, based on this info, I would assume that magnesium oil therapy is nearly impossible in my country, or cost-prohibitive, althought I’m still researching… :(

Thank you for all the great info on your blog, it’s really helpfull, I love it!

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Anna Antonia October 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Hi Fernanda, thanks for sharing that article and the link. I haven’t yet used the link. The article here confuses me. Does it say that we can’t make magnesium oil ourselves using magnesium flakes with (distilled) water??? I read -use distilled water only- read it maybe here, or somewhere else, dunno where because I have visited many sites tonight about how and what re DIY magnesium oil. This evening I found out that here in Ireland Ancient Minerals’s delivery is free when ordering goods for eur50 or more. So I am going to give it try, making Magnesium Oil myself with Magnesium Flakes+distilled water. I am sure that I (and highly likely most people who do not use a Mag.Chloride supplement in some form/way or another) have a magnesium deficiency, even though I eat quite a lot of locally produced organic dark green veggies, etc. I like to be very much so on the safe side re this mineral that is said to be (should be) the no.4 most abundant mineral found in our body. So, what does the article imply, a DIY no no, or a DIY OK? Thanks for reading this! Hope to hear from you. Greetings!

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Holly January 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I have been using magnesium oil for several weeks now (I ordered the oil soon after I read your original article). I didn’t realize how much it was helping the chronic pain in my hip (arthritis, I think) until I missed a few days.

I was sick in bed for two days and didn’t use it – boy, does my hip hurt today! I won’t skip any more days now that I realize how much good it is doing!

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Susan January 14, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Ann Marie- Somewhere in the ten million comments below, I asked if it would still be effective for me to spray the oil straight into my mouth since I couldn’t stand it on my skin, and you said it would still be effective. But the thing I couldn’t understand was why everyone else was getting such great results banishing their BO. I still stunk to high heaven and I was spraying up to 1000 mg in my mouth throughout the day. So, I decided that transdermally really was the best way to go and went back to that. Somedays I sprayed my whole body, waited 20 minutes and then showered, and other days sprayed it on the tops of my thighs because it didn’t bother me there. Within a few of days, I went to put some coconut oil on as my deoderant and I noticed I didn’t smell!! I couldn’t believe it. I sprayed it into my mouth for almost 6 weeks and got nothing! And within a week of putting it on my skin, I was BO free!!

I suppose I will never know if I was storing up the magnesium all that time and it finally became effective, or if the transdermal route was what my body needed. I’m just glad I can finally be deoderant free!

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Berit Knutsen January 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Thank you for good ideas!
Since you say bathing in ocean water provides enough magnesium, will it perhaps be good enough to bath the feet in water with seesalt in it?
A 25 kg bag of gross (not grey but white)seesalt cost close to nothing where I live.
Sincerely
Berit

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Marion Soch January 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I used magnesium oil for two weeks on my legs to avoid cramping and my legs swelled with the salt…I had to stop using it as I gained water weight. My husband used it also and the same happened. Not good.

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William November 8, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Consult with a nutrition-oriented practitioner about cramping. My toes and calves tend to cramp. I discovered that Calcium deficiency is the cause (for this many other symptoms). The best form is Lactate, but usually only available in professional products such as Standard Process. Next best is Citrate, which some health-food stores carry, but few pharma stores carry. The most common and useless form is Carbonate. The body simply cannot absorb it. It is simply “chalk” in a tablet shape!

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Anja February 1, 2012 at 2:54 AM

hello! i’m curious as to why you boil the water? i’ve seen other “recipes” for magnesium oil and they simply dissolve the mag salts into room temperature distilled or filtered water. thanks so much for what you do! blessings! anja

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Marion Soch February 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I used magnesium oil on my legs for leg cramping…it worked well, but I then got swollen legs by water retention. Anyone else had a problem with that?

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William Comer, BSc,CN January 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

try adding a Calcium Citrate or Lactate supplement. If you are applying 100mg of magnesium to your legs (8 sprays), then you must consume at least 200mg of calcium. Follow the 1:2 ratio. This prevents the risk of gallstone formation. I take 500mg of calcium to be sure.

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Hlem0999 March 3, 2013 at 3:52 AM

I got swollen ankles and lower legs but persevered and found that this swelling has now gone away. I would guess that our human ancestors who spent about 12 million years by and in the sea (according to several anthropologists) would have got their magnesium from sea water transdermally and orally so I think it’s unlikely that magnesium chloride will be anything but beneficial. I suspect these and other symptoms are just our bodies adjusting to MgCl.

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Jamie February 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Wow!! I’m so glad I came across this! I have a large amount of magnesium flakes that were bought to make tofu, but this will be a HUGE blessing to my loved ones!

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Meagan February 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I read through the comments here, but never got a straight answer. Where’s the best place to apply magnesium oil? Somewhere where it can be easily absorbed? Are the lower legs not a good option?

And WHYYY would you want to spray it on your private parts???!

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cheeseslave February 21, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Mucus membranes absorb the best. Hence, private parts, belly button, in the mouth.

Next best is face (although I can’t do this — painful), then the trunk of the body. Next best is extremeties. This comes from Mark Sircus’s book on Transdermal Magnesium

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Violet Persuasion March 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM

I am thankful that when you wrote this a few months ago, it caught my notice and I filed it away!
I just got back lab results for the Stop the Thyroid Madness recommended lab panels (via MyMedLabs… awesome place!), and my magnesium was ridiculously low. I immediately bought a bag of Ancient Minerals, and it just got in the mail today. I made up a batch.
However, I have what may seem a silly question. Above, you say “Eight sprays of magnesium oil delivers about 100 mg of elemental magnesium to the skin.” Is this from a smaller, atomizer-type sprayer for cosmetic use?
I only have a gardening spray bottle, which gives off quite a bit more liquid per spray than a cosmetic sprayer does. I just want to check and adjust how many sprays I do to reach my goal per day.
Thank you for any help.

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cheeseslave March 13, 2012 at 7:38 AM

It’s from the Ancient Minerals (or other similar brand) spray bottle. You might want to buy one and then you can store your homemade magnesium oil in it. That is what I do.

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David March 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM

The mag oil from ancient minerals has 560mg of mag per 3 tsp. The flakes are 15g per cup. Wouldn’t the home brew cost $0.66 or so per oz?

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David March 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Nevermind. Math error. :D

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RobH April 2, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Note some people have diarrhea. This can be prevented by taking a soil-based probiotic. Pet Flora is a human grade soil-based probiotic that we repackage for pets, as our gi tracts function similarly. I take it every day along with Mg caps on an empty stomach. I incorporate the lipo C every couple days

Best results: combine Mg Cl + Ca + Vitamin C

Here is one place to buy all your vitamins (except Lipospheric C) which you can buy here http://www.vitalityscience.com/v/AllProducts/Lypo-C/Lypo-C.asp

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWU495/ItemDetail?n=0 only $15 for 2.2 pounds

Internal use

http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SWU464/ItemDetail?csi=SWU074&csp=SWU464

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Michael Wilkinson December 30, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Better still make your own probiotc.all the info you need is here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir
You will probably find someone near you who will give you a starter,its just like starting a yeast off and once started you can make fresh every day.
Contains more active content than shop bout probiotics.

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Liz D April 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM

I like your site! Why do you call it “oil” when there’s no oil? :)
Trying to do the Paleo or GAPS type diets – inspired by you! I have severe Hashimoto’s and am currently SO TIRED. I am gluten,soy,casein,corn,egg…everything free! Almost sugar and chocolate free – hard for the chocolate. I will eat it unsweetened, Sharffenberger is lovely. Been trying to get well since 1997. Been taking T3 since 2005. Go through cycles of feeling pretty well and then crash. Mostly crash, though. Thanks for the site – really like it and your humor warms my heart.

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Anna Antonia October 20, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Liz hi, my message to you off topic (magnesium oil) but I hope this allowed. You write ‘I am almost sugar free’. Just sharing. I luckily don’t have a sweet tooth, nevertheless, until a month ago I used 2 to 4 teaspoons of org.sugar a day in my 3 cups of coffee a day. 7 x 3= 21 teaspoons per week still is a small mountain of sugar. I have no idea if that amount is bad bad bad, or maybe beneficial. A lot of confusing health info is available, and it is hard to know who is spot on. But I was wishing that I wouldn’t use that amount of sugar every week, nor wanted to replace it with fruit sugar, honey, and similar sweet products. I tried, but didn’t like my few cups a day of home brew paper-filtered org.coffee without sugar, nor without milk, while wanting to cut out ingesting both sugar and pasteurized milk. I live in a tiny town, and its a miracle that we have a health food shop. I’d heard about, did some research on Stevia, was impressed, found a powder-Pure Via (small alarm bells went off, cuz where had -Ste- gone?), bought it, used it, and knew I wouldn’t be able for it’s (imo vile) taste for long. I then via the Web ordered Stevia tablets from Daforte (I am in Ireland), happened to buy a refill jar with 2000 tablets a eur24 incl P&P, and yes! I am using 2 tabs in a good size mug of (not very strong) coffee. I swiftly acquired a taste for the pure stevia tablets’ taste of sweetness. The jar doesn’t seem to get emptier at all, and can last, in my case for half a year. I then found coconut milk in our tiny wonderful health food shop in town, and now I am free from using sugar and unhealthy pasteurized milk rigged with antibiotics etc. Pure Stevia does not feed the creatures craving sugar that live in our intestines and will cause a lot of problems all sorts when kept happy with sugar all sorts. Another valuable discovery I made is that a lack of iodine can cause serious fatigue and other symptoms of dis-ease. As it so happens Ancient Minerals who sell magnesium flakes, even in Ireland, do sell -nascient- (sp? they explain on their website what that word means) iodine too. Iodine is another one of those substances many! organs in the body do need (in the right amount) to function properly, not only the thyroid. Iodine has been the victim of a witch hunt caused by the adherents of orthodox allopathic medication, and in the world of true healers iodine is rehabilitated, and greatly honored. Hope this info can be of benefit for you. Its 2:30 am here, so its high time to hit he sack :^). Greetings!

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Deborah May 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Thank you so much for posting this info! I heard about mag oil from T-Tapp, but was so happy to find this cheaper alternative. I’m hoping to use the mag oil not only for me but for the whole family – we have 5 kids, and one is an adopted son with major ADHD issues – so the “make your own” idea really appeals to me!
Anyway, I got my flakes in the mail today. I didn’t have a spray bottle yet, so I just mixed up a tiny bit with some filtered water to put it on and try it. I had read on some website that mag oil helps with wrinkles, so one of the places I put it was my face. Then I went to lay down for a quick cat nap. Within minutes, my sinus passages cleared and I could breathe in a way I can’t remember ever breathing before! I am a chronic mouth-breather (and drooler) at night. It felt so good to breathe that I jumped out of bed to get some work done! It’s been a half an hour and I feel like my nasal passages are more normal right now, but I’m hoping by doing this daily maybe I’ll clear them altogether? Anyway, it was such an interesting side effect that I thought I’d post here about it!

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AnnMarie Deis June 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Do you know if there is a product that contains more minerals than just magnesium? My son’s doctor recommended a broad mineral regimen by soaking in dead sea salts.

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Mobisu October 27, 2012 at 8:24 AM

consider trying himalayan salts for a full set of minerals: bath, shower, internal using sole water, in cooking etc.

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caroline July 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Hi AnneMarie! I did a tutorial of magnesium oil! thanks for the inspiration!

http://www.mygutsy.com/2012/07/23/homemade-magnesium-oil-and-giveaway/

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Julie August 21, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I just spray the oil on AFTER I get out of the shower then proceed with the rest of my getting ready. Right before I get dressed I just rub in whatever hasn’t yet dried with maybe a little lotion or coconut oil. Works like a charm and I don’t wash any off.

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Sita September 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Hi,
thanks for your great website!
Just another tip for those on your way to using no deodorant:
for me chlorophyll tablets help reduce the amount of sweat (if more than normal) and baking soda neutralises odor (mix with warm filtered water, leave to dissolve for a day so it doesn’t clog up your spray pump).
Works perfectly for me!
Though I have to say, no deodorant sounds even better:-)

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Marci B September 26, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Do you use this in the morning, or at night?

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cheeseslave September 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Anytime!

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Marci September 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Do you think that this magnesium oil could cause increased menstrual bleeding? I started using it a couple days ago. I started my period last night and I am literally having to change every 15 to 20 mins.

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Marci October 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I think it may have caused it. It does increase bleeding. I got a spray bottle but it does not work and I have not gotten another one yet. I was using a cotton ball to put it on. Maybe I got too much.

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William October 30, 2012 at 4:04 AM

I was advised to mix at a ratio of 80 parts water to 30 parts mgcl2. I just read at eHow site to mix 1:1. Unless I find a more trustworthy source, I will just have to experiment and report back. The 1:1 ratio is suspect to me. Be careful. If you know more than I about this, let me know. Cheese will forward your reply…

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annietayl October 30, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I’d never heard of magnesium oil until I stumbled upon your blog. Up until now, I was using magnesium chloride in baths mixed with some baking soda and ginger powder but it just didn’t seem very cost effective. The spray seems like the way to go and I will try to make some this week. I’ve been having terrible tinnitus and I’m not sure if this treatment will help but I certainly hope so! Thanks for your post.

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William October 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Annie, magnesium “oil” is just a name to describe it’s texture. There is no oil added to a recipe, except the suggestion of adding essential oils, which I would not do. Essential oils are useful, but best not with magnesium. So, when the flakes are added and stirred into water to approximate the Dead Sea natural source, the product is “oily.” I plan to buy some aerosol pump bottles to pour my homemade product into, for days when I don’t have time for a before and after treatment shower. If anyone supplements Calcium as well, keep the milligram ratio in mind. 2:1 Magnesium to Calcium minimum. More Mg is ok, but not less than Calcium. Avoid Ca Carbonate, and favor citrate or lactate form.

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Shereen November 3, 2012 at 7:58 PM

I’m curious about why you would need to use purified or distilled water to make the mag oil, when adding it to a bathtub (of I’m assuming regular tap water) is an acceptable alternative.

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William Comer, BSc,CN December 11, 2012 at 9:06 PM

why chance it, Shareen? I suggest you make the oil in a tub and store it in container with tight lids. Let the containers sit open for 24hrs before sealing, to make sure you have complete dissolution. I bought an small, inexpensive cement-mixing tub at a building supply and made maybe a year’s supply (if applied by spray bottle) for $30!
Good luck.

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Sarah November 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I wonder if Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt could be dissolved and used in the same way?

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William Comer, BSc,CN December 11, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I’ve been using my therapy “spa” for a month now, with great success. Next step is how to measure it’s potency and absorption rate. Where to get a sample of my brew tested for Mg strength? How to calculate my absorption rate using a body immersion method. The spray method instructs to leave oil on skin for 20 minutes, so that’s how long I lay in my therapy “spa”. Once these questions are answered, I will be in position to openly assist others with the authority of my experience.

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Richard Washburn December 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Thanks for the info on magnesium oil Cheesslave.

I have used a cup of MgCl2 in the last month.

I am noticing so far:
better sleep
less dark circles under eyes
less tinnitus

The trans-dermal therapy is a bit harsh on the skin, something like swimming in salt water and drying off without showering. So, people with oily skin and possibly acne could benefit for this.

Also find that spraying the oil ‘where it hurts’ to be fairly effective in pain relief. Probably as good as ben gay, icy hot type stuff with menthol silicate.

Plus I feel like I am also treating the cause of the pain.

Thanks again
Richard
(from Pickle Perfect jar weights)

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Kyra January 7, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Could you mix the magnesium into a homemade deodorant?

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Pam Fuller January 8, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Can you use magnesium chloride in liquid form in place of flakes, also how much would you use diluted in water. Thankyou

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Donna January 19, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Just found this blog while researching topical magnesium. Recently I began using coconut oil topically for the many health benefits found in my research. Wondering – how to use magnesium oil in conjunction with coconut oil? My skin seems to be thoroughly enjoying the switch to coconut oil but my muscle cramps and twitching – especially at night – and other symptoms imply that Mg oil is in order, too.

Thoughts? Definitely would appreciate some guidance from those more informed than I!

Thanks!

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jen January 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Muscle cramps and twitching may be a calcium deficiency … try calcium lactate. It worked to eradicate my muscle cramps almost immediately. (Like no more the next day) :)

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Donna Callahan January 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Thanks for the kind advice, Jen. I started with calcium, cal/mag/citrate, vitamin D, D3, etc…nothing has fully addressed the cramps and twitching so far. It’s been about two years now. :/ So far, Mg has come the closest and seems to quiet them but hasn’t fully eradicated them.

Two weeks ago I had a sudden leg cramp while standing. My calf muscle siezed up, foot shot forward, toes locked…wound up in the floor. Really, really glad I was at home!!!

Not trying to whine…only to give a snapshot of what I’m dealing with. Have religiously been taking Epsom salt bath and now using Mg gel in addition to the Epsom salt bath. Calcium is good. Have had it checked. Continuing to research the mysteries of why I should be having such adventures at the tender age of 55!

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Gwen February 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Hi Donna,
Have you had your blood calcium levels checked recently? I’ve shared my adventures here with having high blood calcium: http://www.gwens-nest.com/life/what-i-didnt-know/

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William Comer, BSc,CN January 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

To Donna Calahan re Calcium failing to stop cramping. I would suggest you might need the polyunsaturated essential fatty acids of vitamin F which effectively deliver calcium from the gut to tissue. I call it the “carrier” vitamin. Standard Process is the only company that calls PFAs “vitamin F.” Best source would be a chiropractor who carries SP products. In my personal experience, like Jen, I didn’t need a carrier to get relief from calcium.

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Cindy February 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Very helpful info. I have been looking into Mg Oil. I have some Mg Oxide in capsule form. Can I use this to make the oil? Also do you think it helped you with melasma at all, if you had any?

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William February 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Puncturing capsules sounds like painstaking labour! I went to a chemical supplier and bought a 25lb bag of magnesium crystals (light, flake-like). You must be responding to another’s comment, because I know nothing about “melasma.” But, my sharing should serve you. 25lbs is a lot of mg but I used part of the bag to make my intended supply and tightly bound the open bag and stored in a dry place, because if exposed to atmosphere will absorb humidity and be a mess. I have been using since 11/01/12. Beneficial and enjoyable.

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jason thompson February 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

after first use, i feel nothing, i also think the water desentigrated the salt. No oily feel, no salt anywhere , felt like i was spraying just water.

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Abi Martin February 20, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Hi there-

So how much magnesium oil or magnesium flakes am I supposed to use in the bath?

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Y February 25, 2013 at 5:53 AM

Hi,
Is the magnesium chloride from the Zechstein seabed for internal use also or only for external?
Also, after one has reached optimal cell saturation after 1-3 months, how frequently to use for maintenance?
Thanks

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Melinda Nelson March 4, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Thanks so much. Using it for myself and my husband who has heart disease but now our daughters friend who needs help with alcohol. I will make some next time.xo

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JJ March 5, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Is it safe to start this while pregnant?

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Ann Marie Michaels March 5, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Yes

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John March 23, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Hi there… thanks for the article.

I used your recipe and it worked great (for two days). Now my magnesium has crystallized in the bottom of the container. I know that I can reheat and re-bottle but, does anyone have a remedy to stop it from crystallizing?

Thanks in advance,

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William March 23, 2013 at 11:01 PM

JOHN, why are you dissolving mg2 crystal into heated water? I mixed a large quantity (55LBS) into room temp. purified water, following the 30:80 ratio. It completely dissolved in less than 24 hours. And has stayed in solution for 3 months so far. No issues with it’s use whatsoever. Evaporation is very very slow as I keep the tub well covered. Note: my tub is on an outdoor balcony, the railing metal. Corrosion began adjacent to the tub, so I have sanded and primed with non-corrosive primary 2 coats, then a finish coat.

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claire April 15, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I tried this. And been spraying it mainly on my trunk and chest. After a few days I experienced heart palpitations (only a few seconds) but I haven’t had this in years but worried perhaps I overdosed on the magnesium?
Any ideas?

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claire April 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Is it possible to overdose on the manesium spray?

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William Comer, BSc,CN April 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Claire, it is, of course, possible to overdose on anything. Ancient Minerals recommends 8 pumps or sprays which shoud equal 100mg of Mag. So, if you lose count, for example, and spray 12, not 8, that is not likely an overdose. I follow directions of the company’sresearch. submerge my entire trunk in a small tub of it and I do not worry about staying in longer than the recommended 20 minutes. But, we all have different body system “signatures”, including sensitivity to various whatever. I say this forum is not the place to ask technical questions of safety. Find a trustworthy natural health practitioner and consider all such questions there. I regard this forum best suited to questions about making mag. oil at home.

To the oady that asked about spraying into the mouth….that is not “transdermal” unless you just hold it in your mouth for XX seconds, but to swallow it would be the same as taking mag. in pill or cap form, right? Have you tried footbath? If you have reaction to applying it to skin, I suggest you need to do a detox program first.

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Claire April 16, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Point taken :-)
I’ve only been using upto 4 sprays a day though and do have calcium in my diet thgrough eating dairy daily. Perhaps the strange palpitations I felt were a coincidence.

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William Comer, BSc,CN April 16, 2013 at 5:26 AM

To Claire, and all other women reading this, if you are pre-menopausal, dairy may be sufficient. Symptoms that it is not sufficient might be toothache when no known dental issue exists; joint ache when you have no history of joint issues; arch and calf cramping, esp. during sleep hours.

If you are post-menopausal, then regardless of any symptoms or none, it is wise to supplement calcium citrate, or lactate if you can get it, because hormonal changes are going increase blood calcium requirement (I think that’s right; not certain about what the changes are, but it has to do with estrogen). Not doing so, will eventually make you susceptible to hip and other bone fracture, loss of teeth, etc. Very common events for older women.

Remember that the body will maintain required levels of blood calcium at any cost because it is life or death critical. Magnesium supplementation should be greater than calcium, approximately 2:1. This is to ensure against kidney stone development.
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Vera Dudmanova May 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Dear Ann Marie,
I would like to make my own magnesium oil, but in Czech republic I can get pure magnesium chloride used for food industry as additive (dont know which properties they use…) number E511 abotu which there are not known any harmful effects. Would you know about any real difference between Genuine Zechstein™ magnesium chloride flakes and just (just “gained” from sea water) MgCl2• 6 H2O. I guess that Zechstein is already ready (already found) but as for the other they have to let water evaporate and remove other monerals from the sea salt….
What do you think? I just would like to feel more safer, not making you responsible at all for my decisions, of course, just if you would know anything more, I would appreciate it very much, thanks anyway for very interesting and useful articals!
Vera

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William Comer, BSc,CN May 15, 2013 at 5:21 AM
Mizlutie June 1, 2013 at 12:58 AM

I’ve been using magnesium oil for about 2 weeks and my restless leg syndrome is gone! I spray it on my legs in the morning and before bed and I haven’t had any problems right from the start. Also, I don’t have leg cramps or any generalized aches anymore. I will never be without it from now on!!!

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William Comer, BSc,CN June 2, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Excellent, MzLutie. If and when you are past menopause, consider supplementing calcium lactate or calcium citrate. Most women, especially those who experienced childbearing, are deficient. That deficiency is the most common cause of bone and joint fractures in later years. The woman’s body gives to her newborn(s) from her own calcium stores. If not replenished, her bone structure becomes brittle.

For both genders, deficiency can be the root cause of toothache and decay, chronic headaches, as well as restless leg and muscle cramping. If you are spraying mag.oil the recommended 8 sprays per application for about 100mg of mag., then you should supplement 500mg of calcium. !000mg if you resort to OTC calcium carbonate. It nearly useless to the body, for lack of absorption. Lactate form is best, citrate form 2nd best. This recommdation has kept me symptom-free since I began it in 1994, and at 70 I feel fit and strong. I wish the same for all who read these words.

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William Comer, BSc,CN June 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

…but, it doesn’t seem to serve my memory capacity! hahahaha….I didn’t print the math of the ratio in my comment. CA:MAG = 5:1.

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eva July 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I made magnesium oil a year ago and there’s still a lot left in the bottle, is it still safe to use? Thanks

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Renae July 28, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Would it be safe to add essential oil to the home made magnesium oil?

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kay August 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

I just made a batch of it, sprayed an neck area, stomach area, and arm. I hardly felt any tingling sensation. It just felt like regular water being sprayed on myself. Did I use less magnesium? I used about a cup of water and just slightly shy of a cup of magnesium flakes.

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naomi October 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Can I dissolved tablets in hot water instead of using the flakes?

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Mickey November 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

has anyone added essential oils to the water? also, ive read alot about it leaving a dryness on the skin. could a few drops of baby oil take care of that?

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LuAnn November 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

To avoid dry skin I apply the magnesium oil first followed by Avon’s Skin So Soft gelled body oil. This works great with no flaky dryness. Don’t use any type of lotion as it will clump up considerably.

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Catherine December 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

What type of spray bottle do you use and where can I purchase it? Thank you.

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LuAnn December 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Walmart has small spray bottles in the health and beauty section. You don’t have to use a spray bottle at all. You can just pour a little in your palm and rub it on.

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Renae December 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

I use little bottles and just dip my finger in and then apply. I have been rubbing mag oil on the soles of my feet, before bed for about 4 months. I sleep better and just feel happier. Within 20min of application I’m sound asleep. My husband uses it and his blood pressure has dropped. My daughter uses it and her anxiety and depression have gone. My friend uses it just as she feels a migraine coming on and it prevents it from worsening. I give free bottles of it to so many people. Love it!

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Sue January 22, 2014 at 6:33 AM

I tried to follow your link to buy magnesium chloride flakes, but I must not know how to use The Village Green site, because I typed it into the search and it said there were no matches found. I would love to buy some at the prices you are using. What am I doing wrong?? Felling dumb.

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DK February 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

It’s true! Since I have been using Mag Oil I made myself, I have slept SO MUCH better.

I have also lost anxiety that I used to get every single day at work.

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