Magnesium Oil Health Benefits

| Modified on Oct 19, 2021
Muscle Cramps and Aches
Posted by Cass71 (Oklahoma City, OK) on 10/19/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Magnesium oil is something I can't do without. I have a tendency to get cramps in my calves, also my feet sometimes. A spray of oil right on the area that's cramping and like magic it eases! I spray some on aching back and neck muscles too. Inexpensive and invaluable as a supplement.

Magnesium Oil Application Tips
Posted by Sharon (Sarawak, Malaysia) on 10/13/2020

I have read that applying magnesium oil together with menthol increases the absorption, based on this paper:

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Iva (Koh Chang) on 05/29/2018

I am looking for magnesium chloride (flakes / powder) to buy in Thailand, but haven't succeeded in finding it online or in local shops. Do you have any idea where I could buy it?

Thank you very much, with kind regards,

Magnesium Oil Applications Tips
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 05/14/2018

Sure, Sindy,

Here you go!

First, I make an infusion of herbs in oil to make a mullein-lobelia oil.

I put dry mullein leaf and lobelia leaf, equal parts into a mason jar to the half way mark. Then I add olive oil to cover, and a bit beyond. Then I add some castor oil since it is amazing for pain relief. I add about 3-4 Tablespoons.

I let this rest for 2 weeks. Then I strain out the plant material. I keep squares of old bedsheets for this purpose. I throw out the plant material and I am left with a lovely infused oil.

Then I heat the 12 ounces (I use a kitchen scale) of the infused oil and add the following:

3 Tablespoons beeswax pastilles

and melt that in.

I remove from the heat and add:

1 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil

1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil

1 tablespoon menthol crystals

Then I pour into small jars or tins.

I originally began making this many years ago for my daughter for her wheezing.

It is helpful to many types of coughs and can be massaged into the chest or back.

But then, over the years, I have found it helps with many, many problems.

It can be massaged into any area of pain. It helps swollen lymph nodes. A friend's mom loves it for everything - pain relief, bug bites, etc.

It is kind of strong. My son who is allergic to mullein cannot use this. For him, I have just use a combination of olive oil and castor oil without infusing it with herbs then melt in the other ingredients. This still works well for many of the same things.

Menthol is something I have only used lately. I have used the non-menthol version for mastitis in people and goats with great success. I don't think I would use menthol in it if I were using it for mastitis.

Mountain Rose Herbs is my favorite source for all of the ingredients I use in my salves, except for olive oil which I get at Costco.


~Mama to Many~

Magnesium Oil Applications Tips
Posted by Art (California ) on 05/13/2018 1457 posts

M to M,

Funny you should mention that about the cold spray. I keep another bottle of mag oil that has a flip top on it so when it is cold I can just drizzle some into my hands and rub my hands together and then apply to the affected area. It also allows me to apply more very quickly. It is also useful when it is difficult to spray certain areas of the body or your hands have too much of the oil on them effectively pump the spray bottle.


Magnesium Oil Applications Tips
Posted by Sindy (Ft. Myers, Fl) on 05/13/2018 1 posts

Home made Tiger balm?? Please share. Thank you.

Magnesium Oil Applications Tips
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 05/12/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I make my own magnesium oil. I have used vodka and magnesium flakes, as I believe Art has recommended, to make it and it does feel less sticky. I use it on my lower back or shoulders for tight muscles, pain, nerve pain, etc.

However, in the colder months I found that I was hesitant to use it because I didn't like spraying something cold onto my back; that makes me tense up. When it is cold I have found that spraying the oil into my palm and then applying it makes it much more tolerable. It is easier to apply it to my back this way anyway. I follow up with a homemade Tiger Balm type salve and this prevents it from making my skin itchy and I think contributes to pain relief.

~Mama to Many~

Magnesium Oil Application Tips
Posted by Art (California ) on 01/28/2018 1457 posts

M to M,

Yes, the vodka does seem to be slightly more user friendly. I tried using the weaker EverClear that is available here in California and it works also, but I'm pretty certain that the stronger EverClear available in other states, may not work so well because the alcohol content is high and mag flakes may not dissolve well at that alcohol level.

I was thinking that since the the dried mag oil seems to reactivate with just water application, we may need to rethink how much we use and how often in order to achieve the dosage that we really want. It seems that if water keeps reactivating it, then we are not absorbing anywhere close to all that we apply initially. Apparently continued reactivation with water can help us to absorb more. I've read where some people apply and leave on for 20 minutes to a half hour and then shower off what is left on the skin, but perhaps this is allowing the majority of magnesium to be washed down the drain instead of being mostly absorbed. Probably not critical for someone who is just trying to help insure that they have adequate magnesium intake, but possibly very important for people who are actively trying to treat a health condition where actual magnesium dose could be critical. I imagine that applying lotion on top of mag oil may help to absorb more. I'm sure DMSO could be helpful for that purpose also, but then it is a more complicated process and cleanliness becomes more important. Ease of use is important in order to help maintain application compliance.

Perhaps something that can disrupt the skin barrier function like orange essential oil, might be enough to act as a transdermal penetrant enhancer for mag oil. Just thinking out loud.


Magnesium Oil Application Tips
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 01/27/2018

Art, I really like the vodka version of magnesium oil. I don't use it as often as I should. But the trouble spot in my back was really aching and I used a magnesium oil evening and morning and it feels so much better. I do think the vodka makes it less uncomfortable. One deterrent for me is that my magnesium oil is in a cold bathroom and I don't want a cold spray in the winter! But perhaps with this success I will be better about grinning and bearing it.

Thanks for sharing this way to make it!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Dar (Canada) on 09/08/2017

Easy peasy 'fix', Robert, is to rub coconut oil on all areas of body mg spray.This ME/CFS diagnosed mechanic/mbike racer has been doing it for 10 yrs, with nary an itch...Give it another shot...Your heart needs mg!

Body Odor
Posted by Tim (Minnesota) on 09/07/2017 6 posts

You can get too much MgCl if you take it orally.

Magnesium Oil Application Tips
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 08/25/2017

Thanks Art!

I just mixed up a batch as per your directions. I can't wait to try this out!

~Mama to Many~

Magnesium Oil Application Tips
Posted by Art (California ) on 08/24/2017 1457 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Mag oil is great for the human body and it has many health benefits which have been mentioned often on EC by many posters over the years. Mag oil also has some downsides that are not mentioned often, but two important issues are the fact that higher percentage mag oil can have a burning or stinging effect for some people, especially when applied to the neck and shoulder area. This is unfortunate because mag oil is very good for helping to relax the muscles in those areas and is often used for that purpose. One way to minimize this bad effect is to add MSM to the mix when you make your mag oil solution from flakes. I like to use 5 grams per ounce of water for this purpose.

Another downside to mag oil is the fact that even though it is not an oil, it does "feel oily" and can stay feeling oily for hours after you apply it, especially as you increase the percentage of flakes in your mag oil solution. One way to help reduce this sticky oily feeling is by using vodka in place of distilled water to make your mag oil with. The vodka reduces the oily feeling and also lessens the time that you feel oily or sticky by a very significant amount.

So these are two ways to make it easier to use magnesium oil which could also help with regular application compliance which should be better for your overall health!


Body Odor
Posted by Smitty (Lakebay, Washington) on 07/11/2017

You can't really get too much magnesium chloride. I've been using it for 20 years. Try Boron, I take 15 mg a day. Between the magnesium and Boron it helps balance your hormonal system

Muscle Cramps
Posted by Jane (Canada) on 12/13/2016

I just wanted to mention, with regards to the site you linked, I didn't see there that it was 'pharmaceutical grade'. At any rate, under the Ask a Question section in response to "can a person use this in the bathtub instead of magnesium chloride flakes?" they answered no:

"Sorry, but these products are aquarium supplements and are in no way for human consumption or use."

Answer by: Bulk Reef Supply on Jul 31,2014 6:10:00 AM

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Art (California ) on 12/09/2016 1457 posts

In reply to Wendy (Arkansas),

You don't need to take anyone's word for the value of magnesium for people, just look up the hundreds of studies that document the value of magnesium to human health.All of these researchers can not be wrong! Some people clearly get more benefit than others when it comes to magnesium and that is probably partially dependent on the amount of magnesium in the tissues and blood of individuals, but once you revue a significant amount of studies, it is clear that magnesium is good stuff to help maintain human health in many ways!


Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Wendy (Arkansas) on 12/09/2016

How do we know Carolyn Dean's research is solid? I read a couple of articles written by her, and while she does quote some clinical studies on the effects of magnesium, I don't see where she has done any research of her own. She says she has had good luck with magnesium herself, but one person's experience is hardly a basis to make some of the sweeping claims she makes about magnesium. If you look at any kind of homeopathic remedy on the internet, you will find plenty of people willing to swear by it. Her singing the praises of magnesium is no different than any other person who swears by something. Why would it be? Because she is a doctor? That leads to the little matter that she has built a very profitable business from selling magnesium products. Seriously, that is a red flag if ever I have seen one. I doubt her sales would have been nearly as high if she had not been pushing magnesium as a miracle cure for almost everything. Don't get me wrong, like you, I want to believe magnesium is as effective as she says, and I have started a regular regimen of magnesium malate powder and topical magnesium for myalgia pain, migraines, and Raynauds, but the effects have been minimum. I seem to be having less migraines for sure, but I can't really see a difference anywhere else. There are few miracle cures out there, but you wouldn't think that from looking on the internet or reading the "research" of businesswomen like Carolyn Dean.

Muscle Cramps
Posted by Kimi B (Florida) on 05/20/2016

Found a great site for pharmaceutical grade magnesium chloride:

I am a Disabled Veteran and suffer from chronic pain in my neck. With this comes muscle spasms. I use magnesium oil and it has changed my life. I was searching for a cheaper magnesium chloride and came across this web site. It doesn't have to be so expensive. Because it's a popular now it has skyrocketed. Hope this helps!

Muscle Pain
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 05/07/2016

Dear Janet,

Thank you for taking time to share your own experience with magnesium oil. Also, the information you shared about Hyaluronic Acid. I will look into that and collagen! There is always something new to learn about.

So glad you are able to help your daughter with your applications of magnesium, comfrey and dmso. That is great! I, too am confident you will help her to come out of this all much better off than the doctor's dire warnings.

Blessings to you, too! :)

~Mama to Many~

Muscle Pain
Posted by Janet (In) on 05/06/2016

Dear Momma to Many...I think that topical magnesium is the very best. It has been the savior of my bones and connective tissue. I cannot hardly take magnesium due to intestinal surgery.

I put it on my shins at night. As my feet do not allow as much distribution for some reason. Sometimes during the day too but that nighttime dose is essential. I also rub into my chest.

I know you do many things and know so much but I will mention some additional helps that we use here. We solved my husband's spinal stenosis. Falls he has had at work and just general body exaustion. He works hard 7 days 12 hrs on cement climbing ladders and into small compartments.

My aspirin is collagen I blend it with butter in coffee but have seen others use tea. If I cannot use my blender I stir it in...sometimes I add mct or coconut oil. To my husband's go to work coffee I add the same plus 2 Hyaluronic acid 2 caps opened . I treat his back with some of Ted's recipe of ha made with these capsules. They are affordable online at the source I use I wish I could post their name. We buy almost all supps we can from them and have for 10 years. I found them by googling dry vitamin a. E. D. Etc. You buy one you get 2 free. Anyway ...

Last week my daughter was in an accident and in terrible pain. I mixed up mag oil, ha, your comfrey tincture and dmso. I put it in a old roll on deodorant bottle and we alternate mag oil and the roller mix throughout the day. She had 2 dislocations and a pin in and her heel is broken. Really the direct application is more helpful for her pain than her pain meds. We cannot get to the site directly but find that treating her toes and her skin where her cast ends does the job. The Dr. Has told us repeatedly she will face crippling arthritis and problems and will not be able to continue at her job. That is the fight we are in now. But I have much faith in these body saving remedies.

Blessings to you. Janet

Muscle Pain
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 05/05/2016
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I have had a lot of muscle pain this week. I have been working in the garden using muscles that I guess I don't use that much. I also have a spot in my back that troubles me often, I think it is a muscle that gets "off" because of my scoliosis.

This morning after working in the garden I was wondering how I was going to do what I needed to do all day in pain. I decided to give magnesium oil a try. I have used it a couple of times but never on specific trouble spots, just as an effort to get magnesium into my system. So I sprayed the oil wherever I hurt. I only left it on 10 minutes and took a shower. Many hours later I realize that I am NOT in pain and haven't been all day!

I take 400-500 mg of magnesium every night and am maxed out on what I can do orally. I am thinking that magnesium oil in a spray may be a better option when your muscles need magnesium. It makes sense, the magnesium is going right where it is needed in the muscles.

~Mama to Many~

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Dc (Oregon) on 01/13/2016

What you're describing is typical in people who are very deficient in Magnesium (Mg). As your body starts to normalize, the "side effects" will subside and then cease. When Mg gets into the cells, it pushes out excess Ca+ and other cellular imbalances which, in turn, creates a detox situation.

Fluoridated water is a huge problem because it binds Mg, and so many city sources now force this poison on the public. If you live in a city that fluoridates, get a Berkey filter. Do not use fluoridated toothpaste or anything else with fluoride in it.

Assuming you do not have kidney disease (if you do, do not use Mg in any form without discussing it with your doctor first), a suggestion is to use the foot bath methods for five minutes a day at first and then build up as the detox symptoms subside, and they will.

Read the works done by Dr. Carolyn Dean on this subject. (This is not a recommendation for her products, but her research is solid.)

Calm and Mellow
Posted by Kate (Rhode Island) on 12/03/2015

What oil do you add? I have also heard of a wonderful product called "CALM" to drink before bed. I will try it soon - just bought it.

Body Odor
Posted by Wasabi (Pasadena, Ca) on 09/20/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I've sprayed my magnesium oil in my pits when they've gotten pretty funky at night. At first I sprayed it because the body odor was present when it usually wasnt ( probably need to detox) but as soon as I give it a few spritz, its like I just took a shower, although I can smell my deodorant that wasn't working a second ago. My pits don't itch when I use the oil, but that's because I switched to magnesium chloride hexahydrate oil which is supposedly the most easily absorbed type of magnesium. It definitely doesn't sting, ever. Unless you have a cut. Then you might cry a little, lol.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Pam Mcdermott (Ambridge, Pa Usa) on 09/15/2015

That's interesting, using a blend of magnesium and potassium. I wonder if the 1/4 cup that didn't dissolve was potassium or mag? or perhaps other minerals? I see you have a grapefruit to help pass gallstones..... I read that lemon juice was taken first, then the olive oil after. There is a website I read this on a few years ago, there was something about avoiding surgery in the title... don't remember exactly. But I remember that one fasts for three days drinking only purified water and apple juice, then takes the lemon juice followed by the olive oil right before bed and lies on the right side for the night.....

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Joy (Thailand) on 08/16/2015

Hi June, in short I don't think mag chloride can be purchased here, however, "good karma"online health food do sell Epsom salts and you can make these up into a spray for your body, or look up e.c. Posts about using Epsom salts( mag sulphate).

If you use the online store your purchases can be collected at Boat Avenue (Red Frog). Whenever I'm able to buy mag chloride from abroad I treat it like gold.

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by Nattakit (Bangkok, Thailand) on 08/16/2015

I bought mine from, cost me Bht.21.00 per one kg bag.

Where to Buy: Thailand
Posted by June (Patong Beach, Thailand) on 08/15/2015

Hi I was wondering if I can purchase Magnesium Flakes or transdermal Magnesium oil here in Thailand. I would appreciate your help. Cheers, June

General Feedback
Posted by Bonnie (Canada) on 06/27/2015 6 posts


Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil does sting a bit but they have a Magnesium Oil Ultra that contains MSM and it is not irritating at all.

Transdermal Magnesium Sources
Posted by Robert Henry (St George Island, Fla.) on 05/02/2015

HI U GOOD PEOPLE DOIN, , , , , , can only stay so long on the beach least I end up burned to a crisp as we watched the college students do on spring break when we lived on St Simons Island, Ga in the early '60s.

We here for R&R, but also for our health. We had to pick up lots of beer cans in Ten Mile to afford this outing...

Anyways, the gulf water is loaded with Magnesium so we are getting that by soaking in the water. The following URL shows that you don't have to go to the beach to obtain the same results. You might want to try what they recommend.

Our 44 year old youngest is coming in today, and we looking forward to her visit.


Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Robin (New Mexico) on 04/16/2015

If using magnesium sulfate makes you feel bad after a time, you could possibly be having trouble handling all the sulfur. Some people have a genetic defect that makes it hard to use the sulfur in foods and Epsom salts. I am one of these lucky people, so I have to use the more expensive form of mag chloride. (But I'm so happy to know I can do that! So many do not know about magnesium! )

Multiple Cures
Posted by Planky (Long Island, Ny) on 12/01/2014 8 posts

I love this oil but my catnip plant didn't. It killed the plant.

General Feedback
Posted by Annette (Cookeville, Tn) on 10/24/2014

I had a frozen shoulder for a year and had good results with Epson Salt dissolved in warm water then added Olive oil. Rubbed it on. It brought me great relief. I was amazed.

Yes I also went to doctors and got shots and ex-rays at first to no avail. Tried all types of therapy, vitamins and minerals. I can not take Magnesium of any sort orally without Diarrhea. So reading these wonderful forms on have been a blessing.

Later I was able to purchase Magnesium Clo-ride and am using that now. I don't really feel there was a great difference.

The MC also helped the bone spur in my husband neck almost immediately. He was amazed and is telling all his friends. And is giving out samples. LOL

My nightly leg cramps, charlie horses , foot and hand cra'smps have been so greatly reduced I'm ecstatic.

Burning Nerve pain in my lower back and down my legs has lessened but I still occasionally use my roll on DMSO from Farmers Co-op. It works quickly. I've used since the late 70's. It was only approved for livestock. Please read about it before using it.

Share and Get Well everyone. Annette

Multiple Cures
Posted by Craig (Victoria, Australia) on 10/14/2014
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I have been reading with interest the different ailments on this Earth Clinic site and the amazing remedies on offer as passed on by the readers of this wonderful website.

I was constantly suffering from Knotted Muscles and occasionally Muscle Cramps which I found hard to understand as I do not work physically hard like I used to any more. I have been working in an Office based role for the last 5 years but had to have a regular massage of at least once a month and sometimes more. This was very puzzling and I decided to find out more to address this problem when I stumbled across this amazing website. I spent a lot of time researching the problem I had and discovered it was a lack of Magnesium that was causing these issues. It all made sense.

I decided to use the Magnesium transdermally as it was the quickest way to absorb it into my system. The results have been astounding. I have been taking the Magnesium for 3 months now and these are the results I have found so far -

1. The Muscle Knots and Cramps have dissapeared almost completely - I still get the odd Cramp but it is very rare now and have not had a Muscle Knot in my back or legs since.

2. I have suffered from a bad back for about 15 years now in which the Doctors wanted to operate on (I refused to let them do it). Now I can work as long and as hard as I want to without worrying about being laid up in bed or suffering from days and days of back pain. (Including Medical Bills etc) I simply have a warm bath with Magnesium Salts added to it - no more problems.

3. For 15 years I have had a pinched nerve in my back resulting in numbness from the top of my left calf all the way down and right through my ankle - 70% of that has dissappeared and I now have feeling back in that area again. I could not believe it and it keeps getting better.

4. I had a build up of solid excess Calcium on a knuckle on my right hand which was the size of an Olive - it has almost gone completely. I have since found out that a lack of Magnesium prevents the body from getting rid of any excess Calcium.

5. My neck was starting to freeze up and I could barely turn my head at all - it has now reversed that problem and I can now turn it both ways just like I did before.

6. The most impressive part of using Magnesium was a side effect which I was trying to find another cure for - Excessive Sweating. For 40 years I have had to put up with this embarrasing issue. It has dried up and I no longer have to suffer from this any more. I am still working on that and cannot say yet whether it is permanent but the signs so far are very encouraging.

All I did was mix Magnesium Chloride and Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salts) together and place a handfull or 2 into a warm bath. I also work away a lot so made Magnesium Oil from the same batch and rub it on where ever it is required and as needed. It seems my body needs a lot of Magnesium to sustain its required needs and it is still a work in progress but I have been impressed with it all so far. I am telling people this so as to give you all hope that there are alternative natural treatments out there that do work and never to give up.

I am also working on other Remedies from this site and will keep you all posted.


General Feedback
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, US) on 08/22/2014 335 posts

I really like the magnesium oil, but keep forgetting to use it. It is especially good, late in the evening, on those days when I drank 2 gallons of coffee - ROFL

The inconsistencies with regard to the redness and itching reminded me of something from years ago. During a sweat cleansing retreat, we were provided with several supplements, one of which was a high dose of niacin (B3). I don't recall the exact theory behind it - something about detoxing - but we all experienced redness of the skin in the shape of sunburn - complete with the patterns of our bathing suits. As if we'd just come in from a whole day canoeing or something.

One woman had a very distinct pattern that she couldn't figure out, until she remembered it as the style of a particular bathing suit (her favorite) from when she was a child! She was over 40, so we were all very impressed!

Anyway, the unusual "on again, off again" redness reminded me of this, as by the end of the retreat, we were no longer glowing red with the niacin. The woman with the distinct pattern had only experienced her redness, in that pattern, for only one day. At least, not in that particular pattern.

We were very disappointed to have discovered this near the end of the retreat. Otherwise, we would have noted the patterns and shapes of the "sunburns", as her unusual experience was her last - and came after 3 days of normal, bikini top patterns which were assumed to all be the same, but may have been several, one after another.

Anyway, it's interesting, isn't it? That one can not have any reaction and then - BOOM - one day turn red as a beet?

Tooth Abcess
Posted by Anne (Vancouver, CA) on 05/16/2014

To make magnesium oil, use filtered or (preferably) distilled water.

Magnesium chloride flakes (1 cup - preferably Ancient Minerals, avoid most of the others as they contain heavy metal toxins)
Water, filtered or distilled (1 cup)

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

1. Bring the filtered water to a simmer.
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.

One teaspoonful or 5 ml or 5 grams of magnesium oil contains about 600 mg of magnesium. This is the same amount of magnesium as in one rounded teaspoonful of magnesium chloride flakes. Magnesium chloride flakes contain about 1800 mg of magnesium per 15 grams (? oz). In general, for a large adult, spraying 2 tablespoonfuls (an ounce or 30 grams) or more of magnesium oil a day all over the body is recommended for magnesium deficiency problems, with that dosage adjusted downward for children depending on their age and size. This needs to be coupled with oral intake, especially for adults, to get the maximum effect from magnesium.

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Anne (Vancouver, CA) on 05/16/2014

Karl, your doctor is misinformed. In fact, transdermal magnesium chloride dissolves and negates calcium deposits, which are the cause of so many diseases including heart disease. It does not increase calcium intake, it is, in fact, just the opposite, it mediates the harmful effects of calcium overload.

Magnesium Foot Soak
Posted by Anne (Vancouver, CA) on 05/16/2014

Richard, Dr. Marc Sircus recommends rubbing magnesium oil all over your body every day for about two months in order to heal chronic problems. For a case of muscle spasm, I would recommend rubbing the oil onto the site of the muscle spasm itself every morning and evening. Many people report immediate relief using this method, but it may take up to two months of continuous application to experience full therapeutic benefits.

Dr. Marc Sircus says to go ahead and reuse the magnesium water you use for footbaths. I don't worry about toxins being released from the skin outward to the water, if this is possible, because the magnesium oil counters such toxins anyway. I take a deep footbath in a regular dish bucket so that the water covers my ankles. The effect is transcendent and hard to describe. I guess the word would be heavenly.

General Feedback
Posted by Anne (Vancouver, CA) on 05/16/2014

Dennis, I have been using transdermal magnesium therapy for three weeks and have not noticed any swelling or edema at all. It will relax all your muscles and tissues so that muscle elongation and function is improved. You will be amazed at the feeling of muscle relaxation that ensues if you rub magnesium oil into the soles of your feet at bedtime, or if you take a hot footbath with 2 ounces of magnesium oil in the water. I have examined my ankles where swelling is most likely to occur and have noticed none. Hope this helps.

Although it is a form of magnesium, Epsom salt contains sulfates that differ from magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride gives much more therapeutic effect than Epsom salts (although adding both to your bath is wonderful). Although Epsom salt has its own therapeutic benefits, if you want the full benefits of transdermal magnesium therapy, you must use magnesium chloride.

Sore Muscles and Stiff Joints
Posted by Andyjames (London) on 02/09/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have just discovered the benefits that magnesium oil has for the body. I was intrigued of how something absorbed transdermally could have such healing properties. I always thought that for anything to work in the body, it had to be taken orally or intravenously.

How wrong could someone be? Over the last few weeks I've been using magnesium oil every day, every night after I shower, after work and gym. Muscle soreness goes away quicker now, which means quicker muscle recovery, but the best thing I've noticed is how 'easier' my joints feel...and how much better I've been sleeping.

I have heard of many people making their own magnesium oil, but from what I can tell, you need to be careful when mixing it yourself because it can irritate the skin. Andy

Where to Buy: Austalia
Posted by Dana (Queensland) on 12/12/2013

The well known magnesium chloride flakes sold as bath flakes by a company at Buderim can be used diluted in water to drink or to spray/rub on skin. I contacted the supplier and they said it was definitely food grade. The product is available at most health food stores.

Where to Buy: Austalia
Posted by Peter (Newcastle, Nsw, Australia) on 12/11/2013

Magnesium Chloride Crystals: Do you supply this product which is described in your web-site literature as a potential cure for essential tremor? The only products I have been able to find locally are magnesium bath crystals (perhaps the same) and magnesium chloride flakes.

General Feedback
Posted by Toourlady89 (Hayward Ca) on 11/25/2013

My friend uses Magnesium Lotion instead of Oil for the same reason as yours. Its more comfortable to use, it does not burn.

Have you tried taking Mg Glycinate capsules as well ? These ones does not have the unwanted gastric side effects of the more common Mg Oxide.

General Feedback
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 11/23/2013

Denise, why not try soaking in a bath with magnesium chloride and/or magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salts)? The magnesium is then absorbed transdermally.

General Feedback
Posted by Mike 62 (Denver, Colorado) on 11/23/2013

Denise: Raw cocoa powder has a lot of magnesium and has been fermented, improving absorption. Organic buckwheat flour is high in magnesium. Fermenting this with water kefir grains improves digestion. I take both. Minerals play together in concert. Please try to get minerals from whole foods because the cofactors and micronutrients enhance effectiveness. Thank you.

General Feedback
Posted by Denise (Seattle, Wa) on 11/22/2013

Does anyone know if they sell magnesium patches anywhere. I have surfed the web and can't come up with one. Thanks. Seems to me one could get a better delivery of magnesium as I have some absorbtion problems..I have tried the ancient minerals magnesium oil but it burns my skin.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Lynne (Mineral Bluff, Ga) on 07/21/2013

Rena... Imagine my surprise when google sent me to this site when I was looking for info on nagari flakes and the first post I see is another mineral bluffee! What are the chances! I want to try your mag flake foot soak, as taking it in pill form does a number on me (pun intended - you can guess WHICH number! Lol). I am impressed with your experience (and your husband's). Thanks for sharing them. May I ask how you make your oil exactly? And do you ingest the flakes, too? I.E., would you add drops of your home-made oil to water for your husband or yourself, rather than the expensive product you gave him? I've heard of people ingesting the flakes, particularly in europe, but haven't located info on how to do that yet. Had to stop by and say hello to my neighbor first. :) lynne

Frozen Shoulder
Posted by Little Wing (Boston, Ma) on 01/26/2013

hurray for you!! - magnesium changed my shoulders as well, almost as quickly. I know I've posted on here before about it - the pain in the middle of the night, not sleeping - it truly is a miracle cure and could help so many. I hope many others find this site and can benefit from magnesium in other parts of their life. My boyfriend used it on his heel spurs, fixed them too. He was a total skeptic until then. It's awesome stuff!!

Frozen Shoulder
Posted by Laniet (San Leandro, Ca, USA) on 01/25/2013
5 out of 5 stars

First, thank you SO much for this great site! I have found wonderful information, but probably the BEST is my recent discovery of transdermal magnesium.

I have been suffering with frozen shoulder for two years, this coming May. The regular doctors just told me to do my pt exercises and if it didn't get better, I could get a cortisone shot or perhaps surgery. I haven't been back. They gave me ibuprofin and I was taking it a lot but started to worry about liver overload and other effects.

This FS condition has severely impacted my life in so many ways! I was gettting so sick of the constant pain and sleepless nights. I found "Frozen Shoulder Friends" page on Facebook and it has been a lifesaver--just to connect with other people suffering with this. (I recommend other FS sufferers to check it out--great group of folks with lots of humor which helps when you are in agonizing pain.)

A few days ago, I read up on transdermal magnesium here. I then scooted down to my local health food store and purchased a bottle. I came home and began applying it, massaging it into my shoulder and then to my arms, legs, and feet.


First, I am a chronic insomniac and had the best sleep I've had in YEARS (even before this Frozen Shoulder s****.

Second! Within an hour or so, my Frozen Shoulder went from OW OW OW! To mildly achey. I could NOT believe it. My range of motion (before I hit the pain mark) increased a good 12 inches upward.

I have rabidly devoured any information on the internet about transdermal magnesium therapy and there is a LOT of information out there. This is GOOD STUFF.

I shared with my fellow Facebook sufferers. There were some who, naturally, scoffed. (I would too--I am skeptical of such miracle cures myself.) But one women in England went out and bought a bottle right away and SHE IS HAVING THE SAME BENEFITS!

I can't say enough about this therapy except it WORKS. I am totally sold on its benefits and wonder why doctors aren't prescribing this, both for my condition--and so many others!

Thank you SO much, earthclinic. You have literally changed my life. I love you!

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Roger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 11/16/2012

If I take too much transdermal magnesium, then I get too much "energy", something that happens to me with pranayama, inverted yoga poses, too much Tai Chi, and a few other things. This is when I discovered that magnesium therapy is not just about magnesium deficiency. If anyone else has this problem, I sure want to hear about it. It is probably the result of my doing LSD in the late 1960's, which messed up finer matter in my chakras. Consequently, I try to limit my usage (not my thing to limit my enthusiasm for something that works).

Magnesium Foot Soak
Posted by Roger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 11/16/2012

Carly from Seattle, you are missing transdermal magnesium and the whole point of transdermal. You mentioned that if you take too much orally that you will get diahrea. That does not happen with transdermal. And many people can never take enough orally to compensate for magnesium deficiency.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Kris (Qld, Australia) on 10/16/2012

I'm posting for other Aussies that might be searching for magnesium chloride flakes here in Australia. I bought a 250ml bottle for just over $20 w/shipping which I'm half way though and decided it's not cost effective so have been searching high and low for a cheaper way of getting/making the magnesium oil myself. I was very disheartened because it's so over-priced. Anywhere up to $50 for 750g for the flakes. Had one more search yesterday and came across Au which sells a few magnesium products including the oil however you can get 5 and 10 kg buckets of the flakes for under $50 and I've been quoted $10 for shipping which I think is fantastic. Hope this helps someone. I've been using it for almost 2 weeks now for gallstones and I'm feeling much better. I've noticed a few other things improving as well so I'm going to use it religiously from now on. Definitely a convert!

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 06/18/2012

Not the crystals, but I purchased Pure Magnesium Oil (Magnesium Chloride brine) from a health food store near me. It was in the magnesium supplement section and comes in an 8 oz spray bottle. Bottle says it is sourced from the Zechstein seabed in the Netherlands. Price was approx $8. Not tested on animals.

I know I can't give brand names, but here are all the numbers off the bottom of the bar code:

6 4595140530 8

If you go to (a multi brand site), and type in the word magnesium in their site search, the magnesium oil bottle will show in the results. Turns out they also sell the flakes.

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Moises (New York, Ny) on 06/12/2012

Topical use of magnesium is effective for me in reducing and eliminating nighttime muscle cramps, predominantly in my legs. Unfortunately, I get diarrhea from all but the tiniest of doses. I also get diarrhea from Epsom Salt baths.

I know that diarrhea from oral ingestion of magnesium is well documented. I do not see much written, however, about diarrhea from transdermal application.

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Ali (Wales, Uk) on 06/01/2012

Any intense reaction to any vitamin, mineral or trace element is very likely due to severe deficiency. The worse the deficiency the stronger the reaction in my experience.

If you don't react then you probably don't need the element.....

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Beefree (Mendocino, Ca, Usa) on 05/22/2012 2 posts

Three places to buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes The purest organic Magensium Chloride is from Swanson Vitamins - Swanson Ultra Magnesium Chloride Flakes 2.2 lb (35. 27 oz) Flakes - Swanson Health Products magnesium chloride | eBay Best price.... (pure Magnesium Chloride no additives) Ace Hardware sells it in 50lb bags: Safe Step ® 50lb Extreme 8300 Magnesium Chloride Ice Melter (53851) - Ice Melt - Ace Hardware

(If take lots of baths, may want to buy a 50lb bag... If have an Ace hardware store, can pick up locally can save lots of money on shipping)

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Pijuvwy (Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia) on 05/14/2012

I would also like to know where to buy MgCl in Queensland, Australia.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Pijuvwy (Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia) on 05/14/2012

Marika, I found this:

I've ordered a kilogram.

General Feedback
Posted by Dg (Texarkana, Tx, Usa) on 04/30/2012

I have read that mag sulphate is rapidly excreted by the kidneys whereas mag chloride hangs around much longer. Also, I learned that the chloride reserves of the body can be bolstered by preferentially using magnesium chloride.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Niaz (Peshawar, Pakistan) on 03/30/2012

Hi all, I prepared the oil in fifty fifty concentration but the solution is very thin like water. Is it OK?

Articles of Interest
Posted by Julie (San Luis Obispo, Ca) on 03/26/2012

Here may be a partial answer to your question. Heard a guy talking online about magnesium oil and detox. He was acknowledging how life began in the sea. The basic chemical composition of the blood is identical to sea water with the same elements and appear in the same proportions. So magnesium in the ocean takes the form of magnesium chloride which means that that's the form that our cells would recognize and accept. He went on to talk about how this is part of what makes mineral springs so healthy and why animals love to roll around in the mud :) Makes sense.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Marika (Stanthorpe, Qld) on 03/09/2012

Hi, did you find a pure source of magnesium chloride flakes in australia? I'm from Qld. I would like to find it from a sea source if possible.

Where to Buy: Canada
Posted by Thebestcook (Abbotsford, Bc) on 12/04/2011

I just ordered 2- 8 lb bags from Volta in Richmond BC. You get a discount over a certain amount and free shipping if you spend a certain amount. Going to try it for a variety of ailments.

Where to Buy: Canada
Posted by Roberto (Vancouver, Canada) on 12/01/2011 sells ancient minerals magnesium chloride here in Vancouver at a good price and cheap shipping in Canada

Where to Buy: Canada
Posted by Sally (Ontario, Canada) on 10/10/2011

I have found a source for magnesium chloride flakes in Canada. It is and they offer lots of hard to find health essentials - including coconut sugar, which you can't find in stores. Hope this helps.

Heart Palpitations, Poor Circulation
Posted by Alex (Miami, Florida) on 09/25/2011

Hi dilute the oil and for increasde circulation, add some drops of quality hot cayenne mixed or a formula of contaning cayenne or habaneros etc..

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Tish (Candia, Nh Usa) on 06/30/2011

All the symptoms you describe are Lyme disease. You need a Western Blot blood test submitted to IGenX lab in Palo Alto, California. You also need a CD57 blood test to test your immune system. The norm is 200. My immune system tested at below 20 so it is also a confirmation of severe illness. You need to find a Lyme literate doctor.

Your severe reaction to the magnesium might be because it was helping your system attack the Lyme and other possible co-infections. Good luck!

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by John (Boise, Id) on 06/24/2011

They sell them cheap at

Magnesium Side Effects
Posted by Amberdim6 (Yakima, Wa) on 06/20/2011
0 out of 5 stars

I seem to have all the signs of a magnesium deficiency, migraines, cold hands and feet, muscle spasms and cramps, irregular hearbeat, kidney pain, anxiety attacks, etc. I try to use magnisium oil but if I put more than one drop on my feet I get very bad side effects, my pulse races out of control, I get all sweaty, my whole body throbs. I can't believe that I am overdosing on so little an amount, is there any reason for this? I don't eat dairy products so is my calcium ratio out of balance. If anyone has some insight on what might be causing this and anything I can do to figure this out, I would greatly appreciate it.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Aginto (Toronto, On) on 04/01/2011


I know we typically dont mention brand names and such here, but I found mine online at and received it under 1 week and it was pretty cheap! I just applied my first treatment of home made magnesium oil... Within 10 minutes I was really thirsty and within 20 minutes felt very peaceful and relaxed! I think I may go have a nap! :o)

Where to Buy: Canada
Posted by Viola (Canada) on 03/27/2011

I'm also looking for a Canadian source. Best I can come up with is to find Nigari flakes (magnesium chloride blend used to make tofu) at an oriental grocer...

General Feedback
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 02/26/2011

Hi U Good People Doin, , , , , ,

Bill Munro sent us to school on Oxygen Therapy and I have been inhaling Hydrogen Peroxide for several years and no longer do flu vaccines , but I no longer have colds nor the flu.

About a year ago my right knee began to give me pain and I went to the top Orthopedic Surgeon in Chattanooga, Tn. He said I had a slight bit of arthritis and gave me a cortisone shot and sent me on my way. That lasted about two weeks.

I learned of Prolotherapy, and had 5 treatments in Nashville to little avail. My right knee still gave me fits when I walked down the stairs. I finally gave up and started treating the ailment myself. First I put liniment on my knee and then added DMSO to take in. That helped, but was not the solution. Then I started spraying my knee with Hydrogen Peroxide. I have been doing this for three weeks and I now have no pain with my right knee. It's too early to say that this is the solution.

What folks need to understand is a subject known as transdermal thearpy. Anything you put on your skin goes into your body. I can not ingest Magnesium , but I can spray Magnesium Chloride on my body and receive the same benefit without diarrhea. In my EDTA Chelation group is a good number of the people who got loaded with lead because they were mechanics and washed car parts in leaded gasoline. You use a deodorant that contains Aluminum and that heavy metal is going straight to your brain. That's just the way it is.

I don't offer this story as a solution, but just to make you think. What goes on your skin is into your body for good or bad.

=======ROBERT HENRY========

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Rapunzel (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 02/11/2011

I've been looking on eBay and all I can find is someone who sells the magnesium chloride (along with all the other minerals of sea water in there). I'm very curious from whom you purchased this, as I have been unable to find it otherwise. (This item is being sold for aquariums.)

Also, does the magnesium chloride you purchased contain all those other minerals in there? Knowing that our seas are contaminated with mercury, I wonder if this item would contain that as well. I hope not. (I've already had my issues with mercury due to the 28 amalgm surfaces I used to have.)

Thanks in advance for your help!

Multiple Cures
Posted by Mzelliec (Evansville, Wi, Usa) on 12/23/2010

Mag. Oil can be reused after foot soaks.. Also pour it on your houseplants.. Share it with your family members the same soak... This can be read on sites where you buy it by the quarts or gallons very good reading. Everyone should read their info.. Also make your own mag oil very cheaply...

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Merryanne (Orange City, Florida, Usa) on 12/22/2010 119 posts

You can buy magnesium Cl at aquarium supply stores, it is used in salt water fish tanks, and it is very pure and clean, a salt water tank is very hard to maintain. You can not even put your hand in it without washing first, or the fish will die. I feel totally safe buying from them. They also sell tank supplies on eBay. Merryanne in Central Fl.

General Feedback
Posted by Merryanne (Orange City, Florida, Usa) on 12/22/2010 119 posts

When I apply MgCl oil to my body I follow with applying VCO also, and it feels very good, no itching or dryness, it really helps me relax, and rest good at night.

Magnesium Foot Soak
Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 11/29/2010

And don't forget you need B6 to utilize magnesium properly. So keep your B vitamins up there during any effort to revitalise health.

General Feedback
Posted by Hope (Sacramento, California) on 11/21/2010

Yes, I have found that since drinking a liter of water with a 3mg capsule of boron chelate in it, throughout the day, I now have much less itching and stinging upon the application of magnesium oil. I have read that Boron aids in the proper metabolism of vitamins and minerals involved with bone development, such as calcium, copper, magnesium. It appears that because my body is now better able to assimilate the magnesium, the side effects no longer affect me.

General Feedback
Posted by Jenny (Jerusalem, Israel) on 11/21/2010

I've been using the magnesium oil on and off for about 6 weeks and it no longer itches when I apply it. Does that mean that my mag. levels are no longer low, or have I just gotten used to it? Has anyone else had the itchiness/stinging go away for using it for a while?

Magnesium Foot Soak
Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa - Usa) on 10/24/2010

Hi Richard -

The fastest way to up your magnesium is to take a supplement. Take a 400mg Magnesium Citrate every day. If you don't want to take a pill... You can always take a good dose of Milk of Magnesia (MOM) and back off from the dose when you have loose stools (diharreah) sorry, never could spell that word. ;-)

Aside from that, take a bath, and soak in a tub with the MG (follow directions on the pkg). Soaking your feet is all good, but if it isn't sufficient if you are having body cramping from lack of it. Another thing, make sure you are not depleting your potassium. Eat a bananna and drink a glass of tomato and / or orange juice every day. If you are low on any of the essential minerals / electrolytes it can really mess you up. It is hard to tell what is missing at times, which is why having a very well balanced diet with a lot of fruits and veggies is so very important. Good luck. Carly

Magnesium Foot Soak
Posted by Richard (Menlo, Iowa) on 10/24/2010

I've been doing a foot soak for the last couple of days hoping to get some relief for muscle spasms. Can anyone give me and idea how long it takes to replenish a magnesium deficiency? Thanks Richard

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