Homemade Magnesium Oil and How to apply

Yesterday I talked about the depletion of magnesium in our food and soil and the devastating results. The fact that up to 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium really scared me (see health studies mentioned yesterday) and prompted Rob and I to do an experiment. We eat a whole lot of magnesium rich foods, and for some reason he just isn’t absorbing it that way. A few months ago we tried oral magnesium, and that wasn’t absorbed well either (If you’re looking for a recipe for diarrhea take a heaping teaspoon of oral magnesium). I started researching transdermal magnesium therapy and discovered that 75% of the magnesium is absorbed through the skin with this method. I found a product loosely referred to as magnesium oil. Though it’s not actually an oil at all, but a super saturated solution of magnesium chloride.

First I went to the health food store shopping for magnesium oil to be applied to the skin. I found a 4 ounce bottle for $19.99 or a 8 ounce bottle for $37.50. Those are both around $5 per ounce. I’m sure by now you have figured out that I’m a cheap skate. I went home and figured out how to make it myself.

Calling all Cheap Skates

I went online (I found several sources on Amazon) and ordered pure 100% Magnesium Chloride Flakes (and you should too). I ordered a 2.2 pound bag of flakes for $14.99. This will make gallons of magnesium oil. I would recommend Swanson Ultra or Ancient Minerals if you are looking for a pure source. Also make sure the label says “Magnesium Chloride Flakes” and absolutely nothing else! This is what they look like:

Homemade Magnesium Oil

1/4 cup magnesium chloride flakes

1/4 purified water

In a saucepan heat water and add flakes. You don’t have to boil it. Just hot enough to dissolve the magnesium. Ok that’s it. I feel like there should be a lot more steps here, but nope, you’re done 🙂

I funnelled ours into a cute little spray bottle that I saved. Yes I save everything like one of those weird hoarder people. And see, I really do use all that crap eventually!

Rob and I both shower at night. So before my shower, I take off all my clothes in the bathroom and spray my entire body down with magnesium oil. I then rub it in really good just like lotion. It needs to soak into the skin for at least 20 minutes, so don’t shower for at least that long. I spend this 20 minutes brushing my teeth, using my water pick (do ya’ll have a water pick? If not you should go get one they are the bomb) plucking my eyebrows and whatever other stupid girly things I can think to do.

I should probably warn you about a couple of things here, because nobody warned me and I was quite unpleasantly surprised….

1. The first couple of times you use this spray is stings. It didn’t sting all over my body, but for some reason my lower back was itching/stinging/burning/ for like 5-7 minutes afterward. Not fun. Rob had the same thing happen to his abdomen. It stings because magnesium chloride is derived from salt and some of us have sensitive skin. After the 3rd day of using this I am 100% sting free and so is Rob. So hang in there!

2. After it dries on the skin it leaves a white, salty, powdery residue on the skin. You kind of look like you just walked out of a bakery explosion 🙂 This is the reason that I started spraying right before I shower. This would not be cool under my mostly black work attire.

3. Don’t spray this on an area that you just shaved. Ladies if you can just imagine here the area that I just got done shaving before I sprayed….you will die laughing. For some reason it didn’t occur to me that this would be an especially sensitive area. Whatever. I won’t make that mistake again.

4. Rob sprayed his whole body, including his chest. Nipples are sensitive people. Very, very sensitive. So, unless burning nipples are something you’re really into, avoid these two small areas.

So that is our little experiment in a nut shell. I am really hoping and praying that this cures Rob of his restless leg syndrome. After all the research I have done, I would recommend that EVERYBODY supplement with magnesium. The chance that you have enough magnesium in your body is only 20% And by the way, my 4 ounce bottle of magnesium oil cost $1.70. That is .42 cents per ounce. Ha!

In case some of you have not discovered Underground Wellness, there was an excellent podcast about Magnesium on Wednesday March 28th 2012, that I would highly recommend. It features Morley Robbins, who has dedicated his life to studying magnesium deficiency. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.It is much more thorough and in depth than my meager postings….Go to www.blogtalkradio.com and search for Underground Wellness and you can listen to it online or click the above link. It is also free on iTunes. I am a big fan of listening to my iPod while I’m stuck in the kitchen all day….



  1. March 31, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    I can believe it stings.. My mineral salt Chrystal deodorant leaves me hopping right after shaving. Hope it works for you.

  2. March 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    I want to get the update good luck! Any other side effects?

    • March 31, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      So far the only side effects we are experiencing are great nights of sleep. I fell asleep last night at 10:30pm and slept all the way until 8:15am. For me that is a whole lot of sleep! I feel mentally very clear as well. I don’t know if that’s related or not, but I just jumped out of bed this morning ready to start the day. Unfortunately I can’t tell if this is working for Rob’s legs, because I was out like a light 🙂 He could have kicked all night long and I wouldn’t know…I need a nanny cam or something. Ha!

  3. Jasmine Pahl said,

    March 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Great, very useful post. You are really knocking it out of the park this week!! Going to listen to the podcast this afternoon. How were you and Rob able to tell that you were still magnesium deficient after taking the oral supplements?

    • March 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      One of the signs that you aren’t absorbing it orally is “loose stools”. We also noticed zero reduction is his crazy legs…I imagine if you took a small amount orally in addition to magnesium rich foods, and in addition to the spray/lotion/gel on the skin that would be the absolute best total program.

      • October 20, 2012 at 2:06 AM

        about nerve problems… check the electromagnetic field in the area where he sleeps. when someone is using a cell phone or wifi, i have cramps and ‘restless legs’… and when my legs are too near an electrical outlet, same thing. we are overrun by electrical fields in our modern world.

      • royalroo said,

        November 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        just read your blog about the restless legs and magnesium and thought i might give another line of thought… I find that D3 fixes the legs… worth trying if the magnesium isn’t the issue or could be a combination… we get one that has 5,000 mg per tablet and they are very small easy to take enough:)

  4. Eggkins said,

    March 31, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    this post was both educational and hilarious! 🙂

    • March 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

      Yes it has been fun. Now whenever Rob’s bad I threaten to spray his nipples or else!

      • Eggkins said,

        March 31, 2012 at 1:18 PM


  5. gail said,

    April 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Excellent education on magnesium oil economy! That stuff can be fairly pricey.
    Be sure to google Dr. Marc Sircus – he wrote the book “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” which I read. I highly recommend reading it. The Mag “oil” is excellent for a lot of things!

  6. April 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Awesome stuff girl! I love Sean @ underground wellness! When I had a FB account I followed him a lot more than now. But it’s a good kick in the pants to check out what he’s up to now.
    This is a great way to do magnesium. I wonder if it would work the same as the magnesium pill do on spider bites. Maybe that should be MY next experiment, they do love to bite me for whatever reason.

  7. Amy said,

    May 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Have you tried epsom salts for magnesium? Just curious if this would also be a good way to absorb it…I don’t have a crazy leg or anything to tell me if I am. 🙂

    • May 18, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate and aren’t as easily absorbed. Magsesium oil is made with magnesium chloride and is immediately absorbed. Soaking in epsom salts certainly can’t hurt, and it feels great on sore muscles.

      • Kiwigal007 said,

        September 2, 2013 at 5:43 AM

        Ahh I was about to ask about that… just read your other post about the magnesium oil… thank you for both of these.. I will see if I can find some magnesium chloride here… we do have dolomite powder which is a form of magnesium, 😉

  8. laura said,

    June 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Really curious to know whether the restless legs have improved!

    • June 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Laura, He is noticing an improvement in the “heebie jeebies” as he calls it. He’s less twitchy, and getting better sleep. My legs are less black and blue too…..

  9. LinD said,

    September 9, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    How are the legs now? Also, how much of this should be mixed up at a time? Does it expire?

  10. Lisa Welbourne said,

    January 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Can you use epsom salts? I have a massive bag of pure epsom salts, which I use in the bath for my son. I would like to try adding to this for him and would like to make the oil.

    • January 29, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Lisa, Epsom Salts are Magnesium Sulfate. You need to use Magnesium Chloride. They are completely different. The good news is, Magnesium Chloride is easy to find, and inexpensive. I bought mine from Swanson Ultra, which you can find on amazon.

      • Lisa Welbourne said,

        January 29, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Ha, well there you go, anticipating my last question. I live in NZ so am hoping I can get magnesium chloride easily over here. It’s like living in the dark ages, hehehe. The most simple things can be very difficult to get hold of, esp pure stuff.

      • January 29, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        magnesium chloride is what they use to make tofu, so if you have an old fashioned health food store or a tofu manufacturer in your town, you might be able to buy it in bulk. it’s very cheap when you buy it in bulk… something like $2 or $3 per pound.

      • Lisa Welbourne said,

        January 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Thanks. I am having to be very careful with my son who has severe multiple food allergies and chemical sens. I have tried supplementing him on mag and it’s violently coming out the other end. We have been doing epsom salts so this site has been great to find a decent alternative to his magnesium problem.

      • February 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Lisa, he’s not having a reaction to the Magnesium. It probably says right on the bottle “causes loose stools” That happens to everyone who takes too much internally. Do not use epsom salts. Its the wrong kind of magnesium….

      • patriciarobinett said,

        February 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        🙂 yes, if you want ELIMINATION, take magnesium. i have been finding that even a few drops of food grade H2O2 seems to be improving EVERYTHING for me. i now am convinced that we suffer from a lack of oxygen… there used to be a lot more oxygen in the atmosphere than now.

  11. Lisa Welbourne said,

    January 29, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    In fact perhaps I should ask what variety of magnesium can you use to make the oil…

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  14. lisa said,

    April 14, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    where is the best place to apply / spray the oil? Or is it all over type thing? and dont rinse it off?

  15. Storm said,

    May 11, 2013 at 9:07 AM

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    The photographs from Weston A. Price’s book (how I arrived here to begin with) are truly beautiful.

    Thank you for the pleasure, and inspiration, and scientific effort/ research within each post, each of which I have gotten quite a lot out of so far.

    I would be fascinated by your search strategies for research- they seem quite efficient.

    Also, as a semi-on-off bachelor cook, I’d be interested in what your cooking looks like, proportionally (%raw foods? Baking? Pan-cooking? Oven cooking looks quite prevalent in primal/Paleolithic-type diets/ways of eating, and, as I do not have an oven, I am curious as to how a thriving naturae-eater cooks their meals ongoingly.

    I would very much appreciate any feedback, and thank you for what I have gotten from your posts thus-far.


    • May 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      Storm, I’m glad to have you as a reader. Thank you for commenting! Our cooking style really depends on the time of year. It is spring right now, so we are eating more fresh and raw foods and cold dairy and cheese. In the winter I use my crockpot a couple of times a week, and the oven a couple of times a week. You can do a whole lot of cooking in a toaster oven also! I hope this helps.

  16. May 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    This is awesome. So many people are trying to take great care of their bodies and you are helping. Thanks for the great article!

  17. the wrong Spock said,

    June 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I’m soooooooooo desperate to cure my RLS. Essential oils have helped with the intensity but I still have many rough nights. Thank you for the tip…especially the inexpensive version!!!

    • June 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Cheryl, Let me know how this works for you. Rob has noticed a huge improvement, and I haven’t had a bruise in ages 🙂

      • the wrong Spock said,

        July 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        I picked the most stressful week ever to try it (during moving) and haven’t been as twitchy. Usually when I go to bed, after about 10 minutes I have an overwhelming urge to get up and do knee bends and high kicks like a Rockette on amphetemines (it feels like creepy crawlies are inside my legs). So far, I’ve been able to stay in bed and only had to flex a few times. It looks promising … Thanks soooooooooo much for writing about it; nothing else has been a successful.

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  19. Lona said,

    November 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Why heat water to make magnesium oil as it seems to dissolve easily in cold water?

    • January 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Lona, The magnesium that i buy comes in big flakes and doesn’t dissolve in water well. That is why i heat the water.

  20. Jaclyn said,

    January 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I just made the homemade magnesium oil. Another website says to put 20 sprays but work your way up to that. I did 8 sprays to start, it did leave the residue your talking about, but it didn’t sting at all, does that mean it didn’t work? Also, is it best to put it at night? I’m trying this out after research that it can help with headaches/migraines and I fit a lot of the symptoms of defiencey but I’m worried about the few posters here and there that have said it will make you have diarrhea and or vomit (I’m trying to feel better so obviously don’t want this to happen) any advice you can give me would be great!

    • January 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Jaclyn, any intestinal distress is caused by ingesting it. If you are just rubbing it into your skin, it bypasses your digestive system and goes directly into your blood stream, so it shouldn’t upset your stomach at all. If it doesn’t sting or itch your skin that is okay, perhaps your skin isn’t as sensitive as ours. It also depends on what body part you’re spraying, some are more sensitive than others 🙂

  21. JamesQ said,

    March 23, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I take a bath each evening. Would it work to just put the flakes in the bath with me?

  22. JamesQ said,

    March 23, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I take a bath each evening. Would it work simply adding it to my batch and soaking?

  23. lunafly said,

    May 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Reblogged this on Back to Basics and commented:
    I love this. I just made a post about Magnesium oil and hope you don’t mind that I re-blogged your work! Fantastic!

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