Magnesium Oil

By admin On July 16, 2010 Under Featured Posts, Formulas

Why Magnesium Oil?

There is a growing body of evidence that most people are deficient in the mineral magnesium  (*see footnote).  This wouldn’t be so critical if it didn’t have as big and varied a role in the human body. However, it is the fourth most prevalent mineral in the body, responsible for such vital tasks as nerve function, muscle contraction, and bone health. It is responsible for more than 325 biochemical reactions in the body, acting more like a hormone than a mineral. Its deficiency is just one more factor in the cause of chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia, migraine, heart disease and cancer.  Most pain is the result of overstressed cells, and sufficient magnesium alleviates this stress.

An Absorption Problem

The problem with taking magnesium orally is that it is not easily absorbed in the digestive tract (you will get sick before you can absorb near enough of it), but the skin assimilates it very well.  Taking it as magnesium chloride, found in ocean water, is most bio friendly since it is much more easily taken into your body and metabolized than other forms (such as Epsom salts).   So using magnesium in a bath or rubbing magnesium oil on the skin are both great ways to increase your magnesium levels.

If you prefer to rub (or spray) the magnesium oil into your skin instead of soaking in bath salts, it is easy to make (and cheaper, since in a bath much is lost down the drain).

Things You’ll Need

  • Magnesium Chloride Flakes
    You can get these in your own area at an Asian food store. They are called Nigari flakes and are used for making tofu. If you can’t find them locally, you can buy them online here. Another great inexpensive source for magnesium chloride flakes (or magnesium oil that is already made up) that is guaranteed for purity is Swanson Health Products.
  • Purified water
  • Quart jar or bottle with lid (you can use a pint jar if you wish)

Here is how to make it:

  • Place Nigari flakes in a jar. I mix a ration of about a half a pound to a pint of water. The ratio isn’t critical. You may want to do a quarter pound to a cup since a little goes a long ways.
  • Add purified water.
  • Shake occasionally until the water and flakes to fully incorporate. It takes a while.
  • There is actually no oil in the mixture but it will look and feel like there is.  Once it has reached this stage, it is ready to use.


Rub into the skin thoroughly to replenish your cells magnesium supply or to soothe aching muscles and joints.  It takes about 20 minutes to be absorbed through your skin.

Or Alternately, You Can Soak In Nigari Flakes

Soaking in magnesium chloride is an overall tonic that raises your body’s levels of this important mineral.

  • Add 1 to 3 cups of nigari flakes to a tub of warm (not hot) water and soak in it until the water gets too cold for comfort.
  • Fibromyalgia and migraine sufferers, as well as those with high blood pressure and heart problems, can benefit from this soak three or four times a week until their magnesium levels have normalized.
  • This bath will have an immediate effect on muscles.
  • For maintenance, soak two times a week.

Magnesium Chloride Vs Magnesium Sulfate

According to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Detox, magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts, is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not last long and why you need more magnesium sulfate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results. Magnesium chloride is easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body.

One will increase your chloride while the other will increase your sulfate. The trick is to use a comination of both to properly balance the chloride and sulfide.

Chloride is required to produce a large quantity of gastric acid each day and is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes.

Sulfate is also important and has an influence over almost every cellular function. Sulfate attaches to phenols and makes them less harmful, and sets them up for being excreted from your kidneys. A lot of these potentially toxic molecules are in food. Sulfate is also used to regulate the performance of many other molecules. Many systems in the body will not function well in a low-sulfate environment. Sulfur is so critical to life that the body will apparently borrow protein from the muscles to keep from running too low.

Considering that the two salts have both similar and proper effects, a clear-cut conclusion is not easy to draw. However, choosing MgCl2 seems advisable because of its more interesting clinical and pharmacological effects and its lower tissue toxicity as compared to MgSO4 (toxicity is not an issue at low normal bath doses however).

Making your own magnesium oil from affordable sources is another way you can easily increase your health without breaking the budget.  It is a time honored and effective way to heal yourself.

Want more information?  Here is a great guide:

Magnesium Oil Guide


*National Institutes of Health shows that 68% of Americans are magnesium deficient:  “Dietary Magnesium and C-reactive Protein Levels,” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 3, 166-171 (2005).

Other experts say it is closer to 80%: Jaffe R MD. “How to Know if You are Magnesium Deficient: 75% of Americans Are” (transcript), 06/16/05, www.innovativehealing.com

A 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveals that a large number of adults in the U.S. fail to get anywhere close to the amount of magnesium recommended.

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