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Video: How To Use Magnesium Oil

Are you one of the estimated 200 million Americans that struggles with magnesium deficiency? Magnesium, the "spark of life" or "miracle mineral," is required by every cell in the human body to function properly. Yet, once found in abundance as the eighth most plentiful mineral in the earth's crust and the third most frequently found in sea water, magnesium has slowly become depleted from our environment and leached from our soils due to the toxic conditions of our harsh modern industrial and agricultural practices. Sadly, researchers have found that even those with a well-balanced whole foods diets and an optimally functioning digestive system struggle to obtain adequate amounts of high quality, bioavailable magnesium in their diet. So, in the face of such adverse conditions, what are we to do? According to leading expert in the field, Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle, the process or restoring magnesium is actually remarkably simple with two easy steps.

1. Increase Magnesium Rich Foods

Although it is difficult in today's environment to obtain all of your magnesium stores from food, diet is an important place to start. Properly preparing foods to neutralize anti-nutrients and ensure that magnesium is offered in an unbound form when ingested is absolutely key. Most traditional preparation guidelines accomplish this inherently. Also, consciously avoiding food items like caffeine, alcohol, sugar and pesticide-heavy conventional produce, will help to ensure that magnesium is not unnecessarily stripped from the cells as one is trying to rebuild stores. Try incorporating the following foods into the diet in greater amounts:

  • Seaweed- Kelp, Dulse
  • Soaked and Sprouted Grains- Millet, Rye, Wheat
  • Nuts and Seeds- Almonds, Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Walnuts
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Dried Coconut Meat- Chips, Flakes and Spread
  • Vegetables- Collard Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Broccoli, Eggplant
  • Raw Milk

2. Supplement with Magnesium Oil

Because magnesium acts as a laxative even in moderate amounts, individuals trying to supplement with oral formulations of this mineral often find it to cause very unpleasant side effects. What's more, because of their irritating nature, oral magnesium supplements often have poor absorption levels- some with rates as low as 4%. Pure, raw transdermal magnesium oils and flakes offer a highly effective and simple to use alternative. Applied to the skin and easily absorbed into the cells, transdermal magnesium products have been shown to help replenish magnesium stores safely, rapidly and gently. Transdermal magnesium is available as an spray oil, lotion, gel and in bath flakes. To learn more, watch the video below:


Curious to find out more about this amazing mineral? Check out some of our most popular magnesium blogs:

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Hi Kayla, 
I don't know how deficient I am in magnesium (or any other minerals & vitamins for that matter), but I'm very sleep-deprived! Since I don't sleep well, I feel tired, irritable, etc. throughout the day. This is a vicious cycle that I'm trying to break naturally. 
I discovered magnesium gel (magnesium chloride, purified water & seaweed extract) that someone told me to rub on my feet before bed to help with sleep. I'm not sure how much it helps, but it seems to do something beneficial! Do you think I need to take any more magnesium & in any other form? I've always heard that we need to take calcium with magnesium for better absorption. Does this still apply in my case where I'm rubbing the magnesium gel in my feet before bed? Also, if I take an Epsom salt bath, wouldn't that help boost magnesium stores since it is magnesium chloride (if I remember correctly)? Do our bodies somehow know when we've had enough magnesium & stop absorption or remove the extra? 
I'm so intrigued with this mineral so I have many questions! Thanks for your thoughts on all this! I enjoyed the video & I LOVE reading the blog!!
Posted @ Sunday, November 18, 2012 8:31 PM by Arti
Hi, thanks for the information. I have come to beleive that my family inherit diabetes because of magnesium deficiency. Basically we are all magnesium deficient I have been trying to inform them of this possibility. WHen I began using magnesium for my headaches I began to research the possibility of the connection between this dificency and diabetes. I noticed that magnesium did lower my fasting blood glucose levels. So I want to optimize my levels...thanks
Posted @ Sunday, November 18, 2012 9:50 PM by mary titus
Can you translate the amount of miligrams suggested in the video to the number or sprays or amount of lotion that would take to achieve? Thanks! Great information!
Posted @ Sunday, November 18, 2012 10:17 PM by Gina
Hello Arti, 
Magnesium is certainly a fascinating nutrient! As far as supplementation goes, many studies have found that transdermal magnesium chloride (such as found in the gel that you are using, as well as the above mentioned sprays, flakes and lotions) are the most highly absorbable and effective way to get magnesium. Epsom salts do contain some magnesium, however it is in the form of magnesium sulfate, which isn't as readily taken in and used by the body. Try using the Ancient Minerals bath flakes if you enjoy taking tubs or having foot soaks periodically- they offer a pure, raw form of magnesium chloride. As for calcium, most people naturally get enough (if not too much) from their diets and the environment to help with magnesium balance. The recommended ratio for calcium to magnesium is thought to be 2:1, whereas the average American gets as much as 6:1. While calcium is important, it seems to be magnesium that many of us are missing!
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 7:51 AM by Kayla Grossmann
Hi Gina, 
Below are the amounts of each product you would want to use in order to obtain about 400 mg of magnesium. 
Magnesium Oil: 32 sprays or 3/4 tsp 
Magnesium Lotion: 2 tsps 
Magnesium Gel: 1 tsp 
I hope that this is helpful!
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 8:08 AM by Kayla Grossmann
That helps a lot! Thanks Kayla!
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 9:20 AM by Gina
Thanks for the great information, Kayla! I forgot how epsom salts are magnesium sulfate. I guess it wouldn't hurt to take a bath in it until I run out & then buy the bath flakes made of magnesium chloride. What is the daily recommended amount of magnesium that an average healthy woman should take if there is such a number? I saw your reply on 1 tsp of magnesium gel equaling about 400 mg. Is that a good amount to have per day? 
Also, I don't regularly take baths though I would love to make it part of my routine, but the last time I took an epsom salt bath before bed (about 20 minutes soaking), I had such a hard time sleeping that night! I don't know what that means, but I'm not too excited to try it again. Do you have any idea why that happened & what it means? Thanks, again =)
Posted @ Monday, November 19, 2012 2:37 PM by arti
Hello Arti, 
The ideal amount of magnesium depends on many different factors including lifestyle, age, diet, activity level etc. A good rule of thumb for transdermal magnesium however is 3-4 mg/lb of body weight. This should give you a good estimate of about how much you can start using. As for the bath- I am not sure what happened with the epsom salts. Many people find the magnesium flake bath to be very soothing prior to bed. Maybe you could start with a foot soak and see how you feel!
Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 5:33 PM by Kayla Grossmann
Great information! Thanks, again, Kayla!!
Posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 7:53 PM by Arti
I'm not much of a fan of the magnesium oil on my skin, and it seems like more time than I'd like to spend. Can I just add 3/4 teaspoon of the oil to a strongly-flavored beverage (I know the taste is awful), throw it back, and call it a day?
Posted @ Saturday, November 24, 2012 2:27 PM by J. Monahan
Thank you for this great information! I have been wanting to try ancient minerals for a while now and make my own magnesium oil.  
Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday! I am excited to see what you have to share this week.
Posted @ Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:53 PM by Amanda @Natural Living Mamma
This product is intended for use on the skin- in fact that is what makes it so effective. We do not recommended taking this particular oil formulation orally as it is not intended for ingestion and is likely to cause gastric irritation. If you are looking to add minerals to your diet orally you can try Andersons Concentrated Mineral Drops
Posted @ Monday, November 26, 2012 9:13 AM by Kayla Grossmann
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Every time I put Mag Oil on my rib area to help me sleep, I begin to cough up phlegm. This goes on for about 1/2 an hour. 
I have Phrenic nerve damage from chronic shingles, and without something applied there, I can't sleep. 
Do you know what this side-effect could be?
Posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:09 AM by DK
Magnesium works on the body in many ways, and this differs person to person. I am wondering if your coughing reaction has something to do with the relaxing effects magnesium may have on respiratory system when applied specifically to the rib area. Perhaps you could try diluting the oil with water or using a gel/lotion formulation to see if this continues to occur at a lesser dose.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 8:10 AM by Kayla Grossmann
thank you... 
I tried applying it to my back instead of directly on the problem area and this effect was lessened about 95%
Posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:59 AM by DK
Hi, I've got Ancient Minerals Magnesium oil in spray and wanted to know how much to apply to a toddler of 24lbs to help with sleep? I was thinking of putting on her feet? Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:23 PM by Mel Stephenson
Hi Mel, 
The general recommendation for supplementation is roughly 3-4 mg of magnesium/lb of body weight, even for children. So I would recommend using between 75-100 mg of the oil, or about 6-8 sprays at night. However you may want to start with just a few sprays on the feet to see how the oil is tolerated. If you find it to be too strong or irritating to the skin, consider diluting the oil with water or rinsing off after about 30 minutes. Lotions can also be a good option for younger, more sensitive skin. Hope that helps with a good night's sleep!
Posted @ Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:05 AM by Kayla Grossmann
Hi, I was using this magnesium oil (spray) on my soles and I needed to stop using it because my feet were peeling like crazy. I tried tontake it off after 20 min and still were peeling. I couldnt put itbin other parts of my skin because it will itch a lot... I wionder if I need to use the gel or lotion instead? Bath fkakes sound good, but 30 min in the bath tub for me is impossible as I have little children. I suffer with fibromalgia... Now that I stooped the product my pain came back full blast, so it was indeed helping me... Any suggestions? Thank you!
Posted @ Monday, August 04, 2014 5:45 PM by graciela hemmi
Hi Graciela! 
There are a few different things that I would recommend to get you back to using your magnesium comfortably. The first would be to try diluting the spray. Mix it with an equal part water and shake before spraying onto the skin (you may have to transfer some of the pure oil into another container for now depending on how full your current bottle is). You can vary the concentration by adding more/less water to suit your needs.  
If this doesn't do the trick, I would recommend using the gel or lotion. The gel has a higher concentration of magnesium, but I personally like the lotion because it absorbs readily into the skin and is very gentle. Let me know if we can offer any other assistance with figuring out the method that works best for you!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 06, 2014 1:31 PM by Kayla Grossmann
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