Magnesium Oil Health Benefits

Magnesium Foot Soak

Posted by Merryanne (Orange City, Florida, USA) on 09/30/2009 119 posts

I have been searching for the link to find out how to make Magnesium foot soak, merryanne

EC: You will need magnesium chloride flakes (sources posted at the top of the transdermal magnesium therapy page).

Add 1 cup of magnesium chloride flakes to 1 cup of boiling water. Allow to dissolve and cool slightly, then pour into a pyrex casserole dish (one that will fit both feet). You need just enough liquid to soak the bottom of your feet. It's not much at all. Soak feet for at least 20 minutes.

Good idea to have a damp towel next to you to wipe solution off feet before you walk around when finished!

See the feedback posts on this page for more info.

Magnesium Oil Application Tips

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Posted by Art (California ) on 08/24/2017 1509 posts
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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!


Replied by Mama To Many

Thanks Art!

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

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many

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~

Replied by Art
1509 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.


(Sarawak, Malaysia)

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

Magnesium Oil Applications Tips

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 05/12/2018
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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~

Replied by Sindy
(Ft. Myers, Fl)
1 posts

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

Replied by Art
1509 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.


Replied by Mama To Many

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 Side Effects

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Posted by Karl (St. Louis, USA) on 08/13/2009
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Important point on Magnesium therapy. Magnesium must be taken with balancing minerals otherwise from my understanding it can have some bad side effects. A doctor told me it can just act as a pain blocker and, for those with arthritis it can INCREASE arthritis (speed it up) bigtime by building up calcium deposits.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)

I had an inoperable brain tumor case where there is calcium shells protecting the cancer tumor. The magnesium displaces the calcium and normalizes the tissue calcium when the magnesium was taken. The worsening of arthritis that I have found that increases the calcium deposits turns out to be the use of Celebrex and Vioxx, that actually worsens or deteriorates the joints. In sceintific terms, Celebrex only inhibits COX-2, which reduces the pain, but leaves the prime cause of the arthritis, which is an arachidonic acid available to convert to a joint destroying LTB4 by the lipoxygenase pathway. FDA has written to both Vioxx and Celebrex about this issue, but to date, most people don't know about it.

As to the issue of Magnesium the arachidonic acid is reduced following magnesium supplementation,which leads to reduction in arthritis problem. The whole issue appears to be excessive calcium intake that leads to deposition in calcium as well as acid forming foods which leeches out calcium from the bones into the tissue itself. Hence I used magnesium to apply to arthritic areas to reduce arachidonic acid which is what causes arthritis.


Replied by Amberdim6
(Yakima, Wa)
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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.

Replied by Tish
(Candia, Nh Usa)

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!

Replied by Ali
(Wales, Uk)

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.....

Replied by Moises
(New York, Ny)

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.

Replied by Roger
(Colorado Springs, Colorado)

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).

Replied by Anne
(Vancouver, CA)

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.

Replied by Dc

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.)

Replied by Wendy

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.

Replied by Art
1509 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!


Multiple Cures

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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.


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Posted by Diana Moore (Northland, New Zealand) on 10/09/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have found by mixing 1/2 distilled water with 1/2 magnesium chloride it disolves just as well as mixing it with boiling water.

I have also found that Magnesium Chloride oil makes a great styling product for your hair. Just don't use too much or you hair will look oily.

The first time we applied it to our skin, we felt so relaxed, we fell asleep straight away in a deep sleep. It was amazing.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Rena (Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Usa) on 09/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I have been doing the magnesium oil foot therapy for 9 days using the magnesium chloride flakes with boiling water 50/50, soaking for 30 minutes. I am glad I got the 2-7lbs bags because I am going through it rather quickly doing it everyday.

I am having no foot or leg cramping ever since I started. My sleeping has been so heavy and so sound, I like to call it a near death sleep, it's that deep. A pain/stiffness I had in my left shoulder down to my elbow is easing up (will report further in the future on this). My heart palpitations are steady, no more jumping around of beats which get kind of scary sometimes.

Several years ago I did buy the magnesium chloride oil that comes in a jug and cost an arm and a leg. I still have a little left because it cost so much, I never used it unless I was having several problems. The oil that comes in the ready made jug is yellow in color, and the solution I make from the flakes I make is clear. I wonder if there is a difference, if anyone knows please let me know why one is yellow and the other is clear. Thanks, Peace, Rena.

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)

I think Magnesium has to be one of the greatest things since sliced bread. I also think anyone who has health problems ought to consider their Magnesium status because Magnesium is critical to so many metabolic pathways, and a deficiency can show up in literally hundreds of ways.

Here's a site to scope out

I stumbled upon the above site just recently. If the general public every becomes aware of what Magnesium can do, they won't be able to keep it on the shelves.

Replied by Rena
(Mineral Bluff, Georgia, Usa)
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I have a very exciting report for Magnesium Chloride oil from my husband. He is 63 years old, diabetic, high blood pressure, heart problems etc, a Dr. Dream you might say. He is disabled/retired, and I came home from work to find him in bed saying I might have to take him to the emergency room. He told me he didn't feel sick so much as he felt weird, his blood pressure was 179/113. I went and grabbed my ready made Magnesium Chloride oil that I keep on reserve because it is so expensive, and put 10 drops in a shot glass, added a few drops of water, told him to swish it around his mouth a bit and swallow. I also sprayed his body with the oil, within an hour his blood pressure dropped to 149/90. I gave him another dose before going to bed increasing the dose a couple more drops.

Every day this week, I increased until I gave him 20 drops per dose 2X a day with a little water. He swishes in his mouth a few times before swallowing. He took his blood pressure again this evening, and it is now 125/69. He said his blood pressure hasn't been this good since he was a teen.

He also wants to contribute the fact that he really cleaned up his diet this week, cut out all bread, and no alcohol. Other wise, he eats pretty healthy. He also wants to mention how much better his gum's are, and don't bleed so much when he brushes them. We think the swishing before swallowing the Magnesium oil contributes to this as well. I love Mag oil,

Peace, Rena.

EC: That's fantastic, Rena! Thanks so much for sharing with us. A second Yea has been added for your husband!

Replied by Lynne
(Mineral Bluff, Ga)

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

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Posted by MK (Los Angeles, Ca) on 09/11/2009
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Since I was a teenager, I have been taking magnesium supplements and though some forms worked better than others, none of them brought me the balance I needed. Recently, I started Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and it changed my life. No more muscle spasms, no more jaw clinching, no more sleepless nights but better energy, more stamina, more relaxed and definitely good nights of sleep. It makes a big difference in my life. I must say that at the beginning of the treatment, I used to place a bit of "magnesium oil" in my hands and rubbed it on my body; it made me feel relaxed and I could feel the difference. However, it all improved drastically when I started the "Magnesium Foot Therapy." I simply use a large dish, pour 1/2" of warm magnesium oil in it and soak my feet, watching a movie or reading. It can also turn into a semi-social event if you get your friend, partner, spouse to soak with you. That is quality time!

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)

Do you think it would be alright to save the leftover Magnesium Oil from the footbath to use another time (in a foot bath)? It seems to me that not all of the Magnesium would be absorbed out of the solution in one session of soaking, and as long as it was kept aside exclusively for foot soaks, it would be O.K. to use more than being fairly expensive and all.

Replied by MK
(Los Angeles, CA)

I thought about re-using the magnesium oil - why throw away the left-over? But I wonder if toxins are being released during the treatment. Not feeling comfortable about re-using the magnesium oil, I solved the problem by making sure to first wash my feet and by using very little each time, just enough to wet the bottom of my feet. As I soak, I dip my hands in the liquid and rub it over my legs and arms - after all it's like a mini-bath.

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)

That is a good point, so it probably is better to throw the residual Mag Oil away, even though it erks my skinflint side to do it, LOL.

Replied by Mzelliec
(Evansville, Wi, Usa)

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...

Replied by Planky
(Long Island, Ny)
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I love this oil but my catnip plant didn't. It killed the plant.

Muscle Cramps

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Posted by Auroragirl (Nowhereville, PA) on 05/25/2008
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If you have menstrual cramps, charley horses, eye twitches or any other kind of muscle cramps or just general aches and pains, try epsom salts baths. Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is an excellent source of magnesium, much more bio-available and less expensive than supplements. You can soak in it in the tub, or make a spray from 4oz by weight of epsom salts dissolved in 32 fluid oz of distilled water. Put the epsom salt/water mix in a spray bottle and spray it on after your shower (rub it in like lotion all over). This is a home made version of "magnesium oil" (magnesium chloride), only made with epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) instead. Magnesium from epsom salts is very well absorbed throught the skin and doesn't loosen the bowels like oral magnesium supplements do. If you want to use magnesium chloride to make homemade "magnesium oil", get some unscented magnesium chloride bath salts and proceed as for "magnesium oil" made from epsom salts. Since I started using epsom salts, my skin is no longer dry...due, I think, to the sulfer content of epsom salts. If you feel up-tight, tense, anxious, nervous, crampy, etc., take an epsom salt soak. Exercise, and stress of all kinds, depleats magnesium, which is why an epsom salt soak after a work out or a stressful day is so good for you.

Replied by Mary
(Regina, Saskchewan Canada)

Dear Auroragirl from Nowhereville:

Thanks for your post. Do you have any I dea where to get magnesium chloride bath salts. It seems aquarium shops or extremely expensive at a compounding pharmacy by my house? Thanks

Replied by Kimi B

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!

Replied by Jane

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

Muscle Cramps and Aches

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Posted by Cass71 (Oklahoma City, OK) on 10/19/2021
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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.

Muscle Pain

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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~

Replied by Janet

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

Replied by Mama To Many

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~

Raynaud's Disease

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Posted by Karen (Asheville, North Carolina) on 02/19/2009
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I have suffered with Raynaud's for the last 10 yrs and have tried many different supplements without any success until this last week. I am so excited to share this with anyone who has to endure Raynaud's since it seems to get worst in most cases as it has in my case.

I love the Earth Clinic website and after reading about magnesium oil used for something else on the EC site I decided to look into magnesium oil and read it helped people with Raynaud's. I have been using it for the last four days faithfully with the temperature ranging from 20 to 45 degree's here and I have only had one tip of one finger turn white or loose blood!! This is amazing since just last week when my husband dropped me at the door of the supermarket so I would only be exposed to the cold 30 seconds and I would loose the blood (go white) in all 4 fingers on both hands and all toes on both feet.

This is a great improvement in just a few days using the magnesium oil so I am very excited and wanted to share. I knew I had symptoms of low magnesium and have tried other magnesium supplements (oral) before without any improvement, however the oil that I am now using is absorbed through the skin so it is obviously utilized better by the body. Hopfully it will be a lasting improvement...I'll post again if there are any changes!

Thanks for all the great info on EC site!! My favorite :)

Sore Muscles and Stiff Joints

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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

Tooth Abcess

Posted by Nadine (North Bergen, NJ) on 01/01/2008

Hi, I've recently begun taking Magnesium Citrate in powder form on a near daily basis along with blackstrap molasses. I'd had a very painful toothache for several weeks (in addition to or resulting in an earache..) and without dental insurance I really can't afford a dentist. After about 3-4 days of taking a teaspoon of magnesium the pain was completely gone! I also no longer have any sensitivity from sweet or very hot/cold foods and beverages. I've made this remedy part of my daily routine and hope to discover more health benefits of this great mineral.

This brings me to something I hoped perhaps Ted or another reader may shed some light on; I came across something called Transdermal Magnesium Therapy which allows the body to absorb magnesium through the skin, and it's supposedly superior to oral supplementation. Several articles mention that magnesium chloride is the preferred form, although they don't describe the application method. They only refer to Magnesium Oil which is a little pricey. Is there a homemade version of this therapy? I appreciate your help, thanks in advance!

Replied by Anne
(Vancouver, CA)

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.

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.


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