Magnesium oil is an effective means to apply magnesium topically. Magnesium oil is not technically an oil, rather it is a super saturated form of magnesium chloride. It leaves no oily residue and no scent. It’s simple to make, provided you have access to high quality magnesium chloride.
Magnesium Chloride may also be useful as a topical application in baths or as sprays (aka Magnesium oil) for transdermal absorption to help correct magnesium deficiencies.
Recipe for “Magnesium Oil”:
- Bring ½ cup of water to a boil in a non-aluminum saucepan. Turn off the heat and stir in ½ cup of magnesium flakes until dissolved. When cool, pour into a spray bottle.
- You just created a highly saturated Magnesium solution and when applied to the skin it feels somewhat greasy (thus the name). Avoid sensitive skin areas to reduce stinging sensation.
- Possible benefits include reduced muscle cramping, improved sleep, help with headaches, and as an anti-stress agent.
- I added a few drops of Lavender essential oil to help relax me at bed time.
The ratio 1:1 may sting or ‘itch’ a little if applied at that strength — I prefer to water it down when poured into the spray applicator bottles. It will leave a residue on your skin which can be wiped off after 20 minutes of absorption time. I apply right before I get in bed, and I’m relaxed within minutes.
Transdermal magnesium offers all of the benefits of oral magnesium: relief from sleep issues, anxiety, pain, and stress, and conditions associated with magnesium-deficiency. Transdermal magnesium bypasses the digestive tract, making the nutrient more bioavailable.
It addresses systematic magnesium deficiencies, acts to improve the function of the cells and immune system, helps protect cells from oxidative damage and decreases inflammation.
Health Benefits of Transdermal Magnesium
The book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, by Mark Sircus, lists these potential positive results from transdermal magnesium.
- Decreased hypertension.
- Faded age spots
- Smoothed wrinkles
- Less arthritic pain when massaged onto joints
- Stronger tooth enamel when sprayed into the mouth (Invigorates the medulla elongate)
- Improved sleep
- Improved energy production (ATP)
- Improved memory
- Decreased cramp pain
- Help with anxiety
- Increased DHEA levels (A biomarker for aging)
- Help with vertigo and confusion
- Calming effect for those with autism
Every cell of our bodies relies on magnesium. It’s known as the ‘the spark of life’ because without magnesium, the very process by which our cells derive energy would cease to function.
Magnesium is essential for our nerves, brain, muscles, bones, organs and hormones. Magnesium helps regulate the cortisol response to stress. Under stress, the body produces a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol will pull calcium from your bones.
Unlike many nutrients, magnesium is depleted every twelve hours. It must be constantly replenished. As a supplement, it’s non-toxic; any excess is safely eliminated. While too much magnesium is almost never a problem*, too little is a health disaster.
An acidic diet thus depletes the bones of precious minerals.
Why We’re Deficient
Lifestyle, processed foods and modern agriculture’s depleted soils are to blame. We just aren’t getting enough magnesium through food. What we do ingest is often poorly absorbed or depleted, for example by medication, caffeine, sugar, alcohol and stress.
Common Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
- Stress, nervousness, panic-attacks and anxiety
- Depression and irritability
- Headaches and migraines
- Fatigue, low energy
- Insomnia and poor quality sleep
- Chronic neck and back pain, stiff, sore muscles
- Restless legs, muscle spasms, cramps and twitching
- Sugar-cravings and weight-gain
- Abnormal heart rhythm and palpitations
- PMS and hormonal imbalances
- Constipation, indigestion and acid reflux
- Tooth grinding
Conditions Linked to Low Magnesium
- Blood clots
- Bowel disease
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hearing loss
- Hypertension and heart disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney disease and kidney stones
- Low bone density and osteoporosis
- Lyme disease
Disclaimer: this information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult your physician for further info.