How to Make Magnesium Oil from Flakes

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Have you been wondering how to make magnesium oil from magnesium flakes? Use this quick and easy method to make your own magnesium oil or brine for magnesium spray, or magnesium lotion. 

How to make magnesium oil

How to make magnesium oil from flakes

Magnesium oil (also called brine) is a wonderful thing to keep on hand. I love it for adding to a bath or foot soak, for making a magnesium oil spray, or for making magnesium lotion.

If you want to know how to make magnesium lotion, I show how to make the best organic magnesium lotion recipe, which you can check out here.

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What is magnesium oil?

Magnesium oil is a mixture of dissolved magnesium chloride flakes and water. It’s not truly and oil. But, when you know how to make magnesium oil from flakes, and combine the magnesium flakes with water, it creates a brine with an oily feel. 

How to make and use magnesium oil

You can buy magnesium oil, or you can make it yourself from magnesium chloride flakes. It’s easy!

My favorite magnesium flakes are from Ancient Minerals. They do a great job sourcing very high quality, pure magnesium from the Ancient Zechstein seabed in The Netherlands. There are other good brands of magnesium flakes, too. 

After I show how to make magnesium oil from flakes, I’ll talk more about different ways to use your new magnesium oil, how magnesium works, and more, so be sure and read on!

Magnesium spray DIY

Magnesium oil recipe



  1. In a pan on the stove, bring water to a simmer.
  2. Add flakes and stir until dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool.

Magnesium oil recipe

How to use magnesium oil

After your magnesium is cooled, you can use it as a spray, make a lotion, or just add it to water for a foot soak or full body bath. Using magnesium through the skin is called transdermal magnesium therapy. 

It’s wonderful to take a bath with magnesium flakes or oil added, but there isn’t always time for that. To get the same results, I like to use magnesium on my skin in spray or lotion. 

To make a magnesium oil spray, I just pour the magnesium oil into a spray bottle (preferably glass), and spray it on my skin. I like to spray it on my stomach and thighs, and I do it every evening before going to bed. It’s like a bath in a bottle!

Since straight magnesium brine can tingle and itch some when you first use it, another great way to use magnesium oil on the skin is in a magnesium lotion. This way you get the skin moisturizing benefits of a lotion, and magnesium on the skin, without discomfort. I show how to make magnesium lotion here

Magnesium chloride flakes

Magnesium is amazing

Our bodies need magnesium for over 600 enzymatic reactions. We use magnesium for energy metabolism, protein synthesis, as well as brain, heart, and muscle health. Magnesium also helps our bodies to absorb and use calcium (source). 

Magnesium is pretty important! Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is common. 

How do we become deficient in magnesium? 

One of the reasons for magnesium deficiency is that modern, industrialized farming practices deplete our soil of important minerals, including magnesium. 

Stress, sugar consumption, alcohol and caffeine use, as well as prescription drugs also cause our bodies to use up magnesium faster. 

Magnesium chloride brine

Benefits of magnesium oil I have experienced 

I’m going to share some of the magnesium oil benefits that I have personally experienced after using it for over 10 years. Here are some things I’ve noticed:

If you struggle with any of those symptoms, check with your doctor to see what they recommend for you personally as far as magnesium supplementation. 

Internal verses external magnesium 

Applying magnesium oil to the skin allows the magnesium to absorb more quickly and completely compared to taking magnesium internally. The body can easily absorb magnesium this way, which raises magnesium levels. 

Also, using magnesium on the skin skips the digestive system, so digestive upset is avoided. With magnesium on the skin, also known as transdermal magnesium therapy, overdose is impossible. The body uses just what it needs (source). 

What kind of magnesium should you use?

Again, since everyone is different, I recommend talking to your doctor to see what they recommend as far as a magnesium supplement for you personally. There are different forms of magnesium for internal supplementation, and certain ones work better in certain situations. 

I take an internal magnesium supplement, and I put magnesium oil on my skin every day. I like to do both in the evening right before going to bed. 

How to make magnesium brine

Other ways to get magnesium naturally

Although it’s hard for our body to do, we can get magnesium from food as well. Some foods that contain magnesium are:

  • Seafood, like salmon, tuna
  • Vegetables, such as artichokes, asparagus, brussels sprouts, peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Fruit, including avocado, banana, raspberries, figs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Legumes 

Magnesium oil FAQs

These are questions I get asked frequently that have to do with magnesium oil.

  • Where do you spray magnesium oil? I like to put magnesium oil on my stomach and thighs. Those are areas with thinner skin, so the magnesium can absorb easily. They are also areas that won’t tingle and itch as much as some other areas. Some people also apply magnesium oil to their feet.
  • Can I put magnesium on my face? I wouldn’t. Facial skin isn’t the best place to absorb magnesium, and the sensitive skin on the face could be irritated by magnesium. 
  • Can you use too much magnesium oil? If you’re using it on your skin, the body will absorb only what it needs, so overdose is impossible. If you use too much, you might end up with a mess 🙂 I use about 1-2 teaspoons of magnesium lotion or about 6-8 sprays of magnesium oil every day. 
  • Can I use homemade magnesium oil to make magnesium lotion? Yes! Just use it in place of purchased magnesium oil or brine. 

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More on magnesium 

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Have you tried magnesium oil?

What have you used it for? Share in the comments!

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Yield: 2 cups

How to Make Magnesium Oil from Flakes

Make magnesium oil

Have you been wondering how to make magnesium oil from magnesium flakes? Use this quick and easy method to make your own magnesium oil or brine for magnesium spray, or magnesium lotion. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 cups magnesium chloride flakes
  • 2 cups distilled water


  1. 1. In a pan on the stove, bring water to a simmer.
  2. Add flakes and stir until dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool.
The information in this blog post is my personal experience and opinion. It is for general information purposes only, that may not apply to you as an individual, and is not a substitute for your own physician’s medical care or advice. Always seek advice from your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding nutrition, medical conditions, and advice. Never disregard medical advice or delay seeking medical care because of something you have read on this blog.




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