Magnesium Oil Health Benefits

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes

Posted by Jellybean (York, Pa) on 08/27/2010

I was wondering if anybody knows where to purchase magnesium chloride crystals besides the internet. I would like to make my own magnesium oil. I saw somewhere that maybe local garden centers might have them or icemelt products. Are they safe or pure enough to use? Any info regarding this or in addition to this would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

I used to buy magnesium chloride (here it is called Nigari) in a health shop but they don't sell it anymore. Now I can buy Magnesium sulphate in Germany but it is meant for aquariums. Will it be good enough for my bath? I suppose it probably is or else the fish would die? It is quite cheap.....

Replied by Castrojaim
(Chester, New York, Usa)

Swanson vitamins in USA sells Magnesium choloride
Liquid, flakes or powder

Replied by Merryanne
(Orange City, Florida, Usa)
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.

Replied by Aginto
(Toronto, On)


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)

Replied by John
(Boise, Id)

They sell them cheap at

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

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.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Roy (Hua Hin, Pratchubkirikhan) on 04/10/2010

Magnesium Chloride

The other day I bought a 10 kilo bag of magnesium/potassium made by an Australian company that sells it for use in magnesium rather than salt or chlorine swimming pools. I emailed the company that makes the stuff and asked what exactly were the contents and in what proportions. They answered the this proprietary in their patent and they cannot disclose the contents other than it contains magnesium and potassium chloride and passed the board of health in Australia.

Last night, I tried dissolving 1 cup of minerals with one cup of water in a jar in a pan of water to make mag oil. A 1/4 of the cup of mag did not dissolve. I tried the oily part on my skin and it felt like oil with salt grains in it and stung a bit like rubbing salt in a wound. Any suggestions?

Also, I would like to try the 3 tablespoon recipe with 3 cups of water, divided into 4 doses to rid myself of gall and kidney stones. I have a fresh grapefruit sitting in the frig waiting to mix with olive oil. Based on the info above, is their any risk in taking 3 tablespoons of the mag/pot divided into 4 doses mixed in 3 cups of water?

Lastly, is there another source here in Thailand for the pure magnesium chloride?

Replied by Pam Mcdermott
(Ambridge, Pa Usa)

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 Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Steve (Ames, Iowa) on 03/23/2010

I would like to make magnesium oil for transdermal use. Is it safe to use magnesium chloride hexahydrate flakes made for melting ice on sidewalks? It is very cheap. Or is this different from the magnesium chloride taken from the sea.

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskachewan, Canada) on 02/26/2010


I recently purchased magnesium chloride hexahydrate from a local compounding pharmacy. it was very expensive! 14 canadian for 40 grams which looked around 1/4 cup. when i went on line and tried to find it elsewhere i found a chemical mfg company in China that makes it. It is usd as a food additive and to melt snow. so my question is how would we ever know if it is pure, if we buy the cheap kind for fishtanks. i want to make my own "unique water". It seems that this cures inflamatory and infectious disese and prolongs life by 30% in livestock anyway. A vet named Russel J Beckett patented Unique water and is doing tons of research. they sell it from a soft drink company in Australia called Berts Soft Drinks and it has become their best seller. It is just magnesium bicarbonate. I want to make my own for myself and my little dog. i want to cure his artritis in his spine.

Any ideas at all about saftey and contacts?
thank you so much in advance!!!!

EC: Here is Bill's recipe for Magnesium rich drinking water:

Replied by Shakti
(Sydney, Australia)

hello i read all of the postings on magnesium chloride last night....and found a cheap supplier here in sydney, i am trying to find out where they source, as they told me there is trace elements of other compounds like arsenic! another supplier sources from the netherlands.....when i go to the netherlands suppliers website it suggests not to make your own sprays oils from the flakes/crystals.....?

this sounds like an amazing therapy and one i would like to try and pass on to others....especially as it relates to the work i do...

can Ted or anyone please advise, i do understand that there can be different grades somehow of this product/compound...
once i buy some i will let you know how i find it

kind regards and thanks for the great website and info threads

Replied by Marika
(Stanthorpe, Qld)

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.

Replied by Pijuvwy
(Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia)

Marika, I found this:

I've ordered a kilogram.

Replied by Pijuvwy
(Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia)

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

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Renee (Bergen Co., Nj) on 01/31/2010

Magnesium Flakes - Where to buy - Comment, Question

I have used the Mg flakes sold on eBay with positive results, but I quickly ran out. In researching where to buy more (and avoid being overcharged or paying for shipping), I have found that "Mag flakes" are sold in hardware stores and online as ice melt. Very cheap. Not so sure this product is any different from the eBay supplier's. He buys in bulk from somewhere and repackages his, and my local aquarium supply store cannot get this from his supplier. Hmmm.... Anyone have the ability to test the "ice melt Mag flakes" and report back as to its purity? --I am more interested in purity than knowing my Mg came from a seabed ;-) I'm not sure I trust the 'seabed' pricey mfrs. any more than the chemical co. just selling ice melt.

Replied by Renee
(Bergen Co., Nj)

An update to my previous msg: I purchased 2 different brands of magnesium chloride ice melt (no other ingredients should be listed), one from Home Depot; one from True Value Hardware. Both were clearly less pure than that sold on eBay, for example. I can see a small amount of sediment in the water. The Home Depot one was much less dirty than the other. Price ranged from $17-28 for 50 lb. I have used both as a foot soak and a bath. I have added lavender essential oil, which seems to make it less drying and covers a slight odor. Use at your own risk. I have no way of knowing what contaminants could be present, but I have suffered no ill effects, using several times per week to daily for 2 months.

I have noticed my bad back & shoulder seem better, my nails look terrific, and I feel more relaxed. Also, my period is starting on day 28 for the first time in years and it is much less severe in every way (lighter, almost no cramps).

Mg feeds the adrenal glands, which in turn produce the body's hormones. Also, having sufficient Mg allows the body to retain micronutrients better, so the body should restore natural mineral balances over time (assuming adequate nutrition), in addition to balancing calcium and aiding in its absorption. I believe the body uses Mg to neutralize acid wastes and does not have to draw from micronutrient stores. The body does not store large amounts of Mg, so it needs daily replenishment as much as possible.

Replied by Niaz
(Peshawar, Pakistan)

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

Replied by Kris
(Qld, Australia)

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 Peggy Sue Chan (South Houston, Texas, USA) on 09/12/2009

I found MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE (HEXAHYDRATE) cheap on Ebay. Hexahydrate means six H20 molecules have been added. But the seller writes in his description that the stuff is sold in flakes and is high purity. Will this work as well as plain MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE for making magnesium oil?

Replied by Peggy Sue Chan
(South Houston, Texas, USA)

According to, Nigari means "Bittern." And according to the magnesium chloride processing sheet posted at (omri is the USDA's standard for organic agricultural products), another name for magnesium chloride is "Nigari, Bittern." The formula it gives is MgCl2.6H2O. That's magnesium chloride hexahydrate. The info says:

"Occurs naturally as the mineral bischofite. It is manufactured as a by-product of the potash industry, from natural brines, from seawater, and in the presence of an organic reducing agent. Recovery from brines and from potash manufacture is achieved by concentrating the liquor by solar evaporation and then fractional crystallization of other salts. The resulting mixture of magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate (epsom salts)is traditionally called 'nigari.'"

So Nigari is a mixture of magnesium chloride and magnesium sulfate (epsom salts). I guess, then, that magnesium chloride hexahydrate will work in place of magnesium chloride.

Replied by Dalo
(Las Vegas, Nv)

Magnesium chloride used in making tofu appears to be a good source because it is food grade.

Replied by Beefree
(Mendocino, Ca, Usa)
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 Peggy Sue Chan (South Houston, Texas, USA) on 09/12/2009

More info: MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE (HEXAHYDRATE) is called "Magflake"

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Jayne (Pensacola, Fl) on 09/06/2009

I have found magnesium chloride flakes at my local health food store in the oriental foods section. They are called Nigari Flakes and are used to make tofu. It costs about $2 for 1 pound. I have been making magnesium oil from this, and it works just fine. The brand I use is from Japan. My internet search seems to indicate Japanese nigari is more pure than Chinese.

I realize this is not the same as the stuff from Europe, but it is a cheap way to try making magnesium oil and see if it works for you. You can search the net for nigari flakes and find many different brands.

EC: Be careful to check around if you go with Nigari Flakes - they range in price wildly! We just saw a one pound bag sold on the internet for $11.95 and another one pound bag for $1.89.

Replied by Bessie
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Since pure magnesium chloride flakes seem hard to find (or too expensive), would you get the same results for making Magnesium Oil by using a saturated solution of Epsom Salts that you can find in any pharmacy? Thanks for any input!

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)

That is what I did (made a saturated solution of Magnesium Sulfate from Epsom Salts) and it worked fine for me. Of course it is Magnesium Sulfate and not Magnesium Chloride, but What the is still highly absorbable, and the Sulfur is good for the skin.

Replied by Janice
(Coloma, Mi)

How did you make it?

Replied by Kathy
(Dubois, Pa)

Are you asking me? If you are, I just filled a bottle with distilled water and added Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) a tablespoon at a time, shaking to dissolve the crystals, until any more crystals refused to dissolve. This told me that the water was saturated with as much Magnesium Sulfate as it would hold and that I had acheived a saturated solution of Magnesium Sulfate. Then I just poured off the solution from the undissolved crystals into another bottle. I don't know if that is the "proper" way to make a saturated solution, but it worked for me.

Replied by Robin
(New Mexico)

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! )

Where to Buy Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 07/30/2009

For those of you wishing to make your own magnesium oil for transdermal magnesium therapy, I emailed Jane from Fort Worth recently (whom you may recall has been treating her father with Parkinson's by massaging him with the magnesium oil she made every night) and asked where she bought her magnesium chloride. She responded that she bought the magnesium chloride on Ebay. Researched and found the company.

I just called the owner and ordered two 7 pound bags of magnesium chloride for $27.99 (plus shipping, which is costing $11.10 to Atlanta, GA). He told me he has plenty in stock and gets it shipped out same day delivery if he receives the order early enough in the day, Monday - Friday. He prefers to be called for orders and then sends an invoice via Paypal.

Please note: the owner told me twice that he sells this product for aquariums and cannot answer any questions about human use!!

Thought this would be a good resource to share with y'all as magnesium chloride in bulk is a difficult search.

EC: Read Jane's posts about Magnesium here:

Replied by Rena
(Mineral Bluff, Georgia, USA)

Hi Deirdre from Earth Clinic,

I had to reorder and thought I would let you and others know that the price has gone up considerably. It is now 6LB bags for $15.99 each, and shipping for 2X 6LB bags is $14.60. I hope this price holds for a long time and not go up any higher.

EC: Thanks for alerting us, Rena!

Replied by Rapunzel
(Atlanta, Ga, Usa)

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!

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.

Replied by Dana

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: Canada

Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskchewan) on 06/02/2010

Hi All:

Would anyone be able to direct me as to where to buy Magnesium Chloride in Bulk in Canada. I have found a compounding pharmacy that will sell me less than half a cup for 14 dollars. This is hardly practical for a body spray or footsoak being done daily.
I would appreciate any suggestions!

Thank you,

EC: Hi Mary,

Did you try aquarium supply stores in your area or online stores in Canada? Salt water tanks use magnesium chloride.

Replied by Viola

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...

Replied by Sally
(Ontario, Canada)

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.

Replied by Roberto
(Vancouver, Canada)
12/01/2011 sells ancient minerals magnesium chloride here in Vancouver at a good price and cheap shipping in Canada

Replied by Thebestcook
(Abbotsford, Bc)

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: 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

Replied by Nattakit
(Bangkok, Thailand)

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

Replied by Joy

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.

Replied by Iva
(Koh Chang)

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,

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