Learn the reported magnesium oil benefits that have worked for many people, and learn how to make magnesium oil at home. Our recipe is simple and inexpensive.
Magnesium oil can be very relaxing and help with such things as sleep, leg cramps, and muscle soreness. For these reasons, magnesium oil spray can be a great addition to your self-care routine.
However, it can be very expensive, sometimes costing more than $20 for a 16-ounce bottle. But you can make it yourself for much cheaper, using just a few ingredients.
The term “magnesium oil” is a misnomer – it doesn’t actually contain oil. The name comes from the oily feel left on your skin from the magnesium and water.
Magnesium Oil Benefits
Magnesium has many benefits for the body. Among them can be:
- easing muscle problems such as leg cramps, sore muscles, and tightness
- helping ease symptoms of PMS
- helps to rid the body of toxins
- can help regulate blood sugar
- relaxing, and promoting a better night’s sleep
- can help ease symptoms of arthritis
- helps to soften the water in your bath
There are many other reported magnesium oil benefits that have not been substantiated by the FDA but have worked for many people.
Magnesium Chloride vs Magnesium Sulfate
Magnesium sulfate is the chemical name for Epsom salts. While Epsom salts do contain magnesium that can enter your body via the epidermis (skin), magnesium chloride is more bioavailable for your body. It comes in a flake form which dissolves faster and is better for use on the body.
Magnesium chloride is also better for topical use since it penetrates the skin easier, making it excellent for sore muscles and such. Magnesium sulfate is more easily excreted by the kidneys, making it less available to your body, as it doesn’t last as long in the body.
So while Epsom salts may be cheaper, magnesium chloride will last longer and works better. And remember that magnesium in any form is a muscle relaxer. It relaxes all the muscles, even digestive muscles, which is why Milk of Magnesia works so well!
Make Magnesium Oil Recipe
Yield 10 ounces
Enjoy this simple go-to recipe for magnesium oil!
- Simmer the water in a non-corrosive pan. NOTE: Do not boil. The water seems to heat up more when the salt is added and can cause burns if splashed on the skin.
- Slowly stir in the magnesium chloride. When fully dissolved, remove from heat and cool.
- Pour into bottle, adding the optional essential oils. (I use lavender, but any healing or soothing essential oil could be used.) Shake thoroughly to combine. Use within 6 months.
If you can't get magnesium chloride, you can substitute Epsom salts in a pinch, but the results won't be quite as good. It'll take longer to get into your system, not absorb as well, and exit your system sooner, but it can still relieve muscle aches.
How to Use Homemade Magnesium Oil
Once you make magnesium oil you can spray it almost anywhere, just avoid sensitive areas. Be sure to shake well before using.
For leg cramps, spray on backs of the legs. For back issues, spray directly on the back. It will feel oily (hence, the term “oil”) and may take a few minutes to soak into the skin. There is usually not a trace left on the skin unless you went a little stronger on the magnesium chloride. To correct this, just add some more distilled water and shake well.
Some people experience a tingling or burning sensation when this is applied. If you don’t like the feel, you can spray it on the bottoms of your feet. It takes a bit longer to absorb into your system this way, but you’ll eliminate the tingling or burning. Alternatively, you can wash it off after 15-30 minutes, as most of the magnesium your body will use has been absorbed by this time.
If you’re not crazy about spraying magnesium on you can also soak in a detoxifying magnesium bath.
Have you ever tried to make magnesium oil? What magnesium oil benefits have you noticed from using it? Share with us!