How to Make Magnesium Oil Lotion

~Ready-made magnesium lotion is available in my on-line store!~

RT adMagnesium is vitally important to over 300 processes in our bodies, but very few of us get enough of it. Even those of us with an excellent, nutrient-dense diet are probably not getting enough magnesium. The problem is that our soil is horribly depleted. When a food says that it contains x amount of magnesium, that can be very misleading. In optimal growing conditions and magnesium-rich soil, it might be an accurate number, but that is seldom the situation. On top of a lack of magnesium in the diet, many prescription drugs can actually deplete magnesium. When we’re stressed, we burn through magnesium at an accelerated rate.

Magnesium is needed for so many things, including restful sleep, digestion of food, heart health, fertility, strong bones, energy and so much more. If you’d like to learn even more about magnesium, you can do what I am going to do. Order The Magnesium Miracle and dig into all the details explained by Dr. Carolyn Dean.

My own interest in magnesium began when it almost instantly relieved the severe heartburn I was experiencing late in my second pregnancy. That discovery was soon followed by the discovery that morning sickness can be controlled and even prevented by magnesium! That is a source of much hope for mamas like me who suffer horribly from morning sickness!! I have also noticed that my arrhythmia happens a lot less often when I’m using my magnesium cream.

Now that you know why I am so thrilled about this humble little mineral, let me share my favorite way of getting plenty of it. First off, I have taken magnesium supplements and sometimes I still do, when I feel I need an extra boost. The problem is that oral magnesium supplements aren’t absorbed very well and can lead to… digestive disturbances. If you take more than you can absorb, let’s just say that it will make it’s way out of your digestive tract more quickly than you’d like. So, to absorb it more quickly and efficiently, I use something called magnesium oil.

No, it’s not actually an oil, it’s just magnesium chloride and water. It is called an “oil” because it has an oily feel to it. You can just rub or spray on a bit of this magnesium oil every day, but I’ve found that it can cause a bit of skin irritation for me. My magnesium lotion, which I’ve been using for about a year, doesn’t cause any irritation! This recipe makes a very thick and luxurious cream/lotion, but you can easily thin it down into a more liquid consistency by reducing the beeswax or even leaving it out completely. You can also use grape seed oil in place of coconut oil, if you tend to have oily skin.

What You’ll Need

  • (1 heaping cup) Magnesium Chloride Flakes (this is *not* the same magnesium as you’ll find in Epsom salt. *Update: For double-strength magnesium lotion, use 2 cups.)
  • (8 to 10 ounces) Filtered or Purified Water (*this is an update. I found that 14 ounces is not necessary and the product will keep longer the less water is used.)
  • (2 cups) Coconut Oil, grape seed oil or a combination
  • (3 to 6 tablespoons) Beeswax Pastilles, or grated Beeswax (If using coconut oil, use less, if using all grape seed or almond oil, use more.)
  • (10 drops) Rosemary Essential Oil (Optional preservative, but I haven’t found it to be necessary. Avoid using if you are pregnant.)

What To Do

  1. Bring the water to a simmer, remove from heat and pour in the magnesium flakes. Stir until the flakes dissolve. Now you have “magnesium oil”!
  2. In a double boiler (or, like me, you can put a smaller saucepan inside a larger saucepan half-filled with water) stir the coconut oil and beeswax over medium-low heat until they are completely melted. Remove from heat and let cool until only slightly warm.
  3. In a deep, somewhat narrow container, pour the oil/wax and the magnesium oil. Put an immersion blender all the way in and turn it on. Very slowly, lift the immersion blender towards the top of the liquid. Continue moving it up and down until the liquids are well blended. (*Note: If you do not have an immersion blender, put the magnesium oil into a regular blender or food processor and, while it’s running, very slowly pour in the coconut oil/wax mixture.)
  4. Allow the mixture to cool for a few hours and then blend again. This is when to add the rosemary essential oil, if you’re using it.

I recommend putting about an ounce of the lotion/cream into a container and keeping the rest in the fridge. That way you can just refill your small container as needed and not have to bother with preservatives.

I find that using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of my cream per day is a good amount for me, but everybody is different. It is recommended that people start with a small amount and work their way up until any magnesium deficiency symptoms are gone. I like to apply this recipe to my feet, because the soles of the feet are excellent for absorbing what we put on them. It is also very moisturizing and works wonders on dry, rough skin. :-)

Topical magnesium takes 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed, so don’t put it anywhere that you will be washing within half an hour. If you want, you can wash it off after this time.

*Update: I have had several questions about using magnesium lotion, so I thought I’d share some of our favorite ways we use it, in addition to or in place of our regular once-a-day applications.

  • Rub into leg/foot to ease and prevent leg and foot cramps.
  • Mix with a few teaspoons of almond oil and use as a back massage oil.
  • Rub a pea-sized amount at the base of the skull and the back of the neck to relieve a tension headache.
  • Massage into lower back to relax injured/sore back muscles.
  • Rub onto stomach right before bed for deeper sleep.
  • I plan to use it daily to prevent/reduce morning sickness and pregnancy heartburn.

As with any natural product containing coconut oil and beeswax, the temperature will affect the texture. Cold will make it firmer and heat will make it softer. If it gets hot enough to melt, it may separate and need to be blended again once it’s cool. None of this will damage the effectiveness of the magnesium.

Cleaning the Tools

*Update: A reader just asked how I get the wax off of my blender, so I thought I’d better share my secret.

  1. Use a spatula to scrape off as much residue as possible.
  2. Fill the blender with very hot, soapy water and let it soak for a couple of minutes.
  3. Pour out the soapy water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda and more soap and hot water. You should be able to get it clean, now. If there is still residue, repeat the baking soda/soap once more.
  4. Tell me thank you for the other 14,734 methods I tried before coming up with this one!

~Ready-made magnesium lotion is available in my on-line store!~

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  • Thanks for this info. I’m going to bookmark it and come back and study it some more. I think Magnesium might be a deficiency for me, and I’d already read that it is sometimes hard for the body to digest/assimilate. Thanks for this well-researched article. Bless you, Gail

  • Chelle

    Can I use the store bought magnesium oil to add to the lotion? I have two bottles, but the kids don’t like using it due to the itchiness factor.

    • Absolutely! Just use about 16 to 18 ounces of the magnesium oil in place of the magnesium flakes and water.

      I created this lotion specifically because plain magnesium oil irritates my skin, so your kids ought to be able to use the lotion without a problem. I have outrageously sensitive skin, so I’m the perfect guinea pig. ;-)

  • Chelle

    Thanks Justyn, I just made a batch. It turned out great. Can’t wait to try it on the kids tonight!

  • Fascinating! I read the Magnesium Miracle and actually use Ancient Miracles magnesium oil. My husband claims that it gives him a real energy boost. In fact, he won’t use it at night. I love the idea of making my own. I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

    BTW, I found you over at Women Living Well.

  • This is great! Can’t wait to try it – I need more magnesium and more lotion application so this is a win-win. Very “shesourceful!”

  • Robyn

    Has anyone tried this for menstrual cramps? I’ve read that magnesium can help with those, so am wondering if rubbing this lotion over the belly would help?

    • I’m actually planning to make a cream just for that, Robyn!! Great minds think alike, right?? Yes, I’ve used it, but I get a killer back ache (and killer back labor when I have babies) and it was wonderful! I’m thinking it would work well on the belly, too, for those ladies who get cramps. Once I have my supplies, I’ll be making a “Ladies’ Cramp Cream” for my Etsy store and I’ll do a post tutorial for those who want to make it at home.

  • This is probably a silly question, but can you make magnesium tablets into powder and use that instead of flakes?

    • Not a silly question, at all! I thought about that when I first heard of it, but it’s a different type of magnesium and wouldn’t absorb into the skin.

  • Denise P.

    I had started using the magnesium ‘oil’ 2 weeks ago and found I react to it, but- and this is Big for me – massaging the oil into my legs quiets the restless legs I have been struggling with. I had just been wondering if you might have a formula for a magnesium lotion when it showed up today. Thank You, thank you! I can’t wait to make some.

    • That’s wonderful!! I’m betting that making it into lotion will stop the skin irritation for you just like it did for me. I just can’t use it plain, but blended up with the oils makes all the difference. I’m so glad you’ve found a way to ease the RLS!!

  • Jackie

    How much does this cost? What is the size?

    Thank you,

    Jackie

    • Jackie, the containers I am currently using hold just over 2 ounces and cost $4 (plus $3.50 shipping and handling). I am considering buying larger containers when I run out of these, but I haven’t looked into the price difference, yet.

  • Donna

    Many sites on magnesium have stated that if magnesium oil is combined with another agent – like a lotion or coconut oil – it diminishes the skin’s ability to absorb the magnesium. It has been stated that the magnesium oil needs to go directly on the skin, and if you want to add something like coconut oil it can be layered on. But if the mg oil & coconut oil (or any other kind of oil) are blended together and applied at the same time, the coconut oil keeps the skin from properly absorbing the magnesium.

    Any thoughts on this? I, too, use the mg oil, but follow it up after about 15 minutes by rinsing it off and layering on coconut oil.

    For me to stave off relentless muscle twitching in my legs, cramps/charlie horses in my calves, thighs and feet, trigger toe, and more, I take a pharmaceutical grade magnesium supplement, Epsom salts baths 2 – 3 times/wk, AND magnesium oil topically applied at least twice a week. Keeps the issue managed even though it doesn’t go completely away.

    If there’s a way to streamline this elaborate routine and still get quality results, I’m eager to know!

    Thanks so much for a great post!

    • I haven’t read that. Almost all companies that make magnesium oil also sell magnesium lotions without mentioning that they are less effective. In our experience, it has proven to be very effective. I often get leg and foot cramps that will last for a long time unless I use my magnesium lotion. Once I do, they go away very quickly. It doesn’t work with plain lotion, so I know it isn’t just the massage. ;-)

      Since I absolutely can’t use magnesium oil on my skin without severe irritation, the lotion/cream is my only option and I’ve been thrilled with the results. I’d suggest you give it a try and see if it works. :-)

  • Wendy

    Just an fyi – don’t think rosemary EO is recommended during pregnancy!

    • Thanks, Wendy! I always leave out unnecessary essential oils during pregnancy, but I will make a not on this post and in my Etsy store that the pregnant mamas should opt for the one without rosemary essential oil. Thanks so much! :-)

  • Dina

    What Stores carry magnesium flakes?

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this over at WholeHearted Home. It is such a blessing to make some of your own health products.

  • As someone with psoriasis, I’m very interested in giving this a try! I’ve read that magnesium oil combined with sunlight can really relieve the itching and scales, and that would be life-changing for me. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! If you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

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  • Stephanie

    I’m so excited to have stumbled across your blog! I started a magnesium supplement last week, but it has given me “digestive issues,” as you noted. And it’s not so tasty. I’m hoping your lotion will do better for me. My kids’ pediatrician recommended I give my daughter magnesium and B6 to help relieve calcium crystals in her kidneys. I’ve given it to her a couple of times, but it sent her running to the bathroom, too. She’s three; do you think your lotion would be ok to use on her? Maybe a pea-sized amount on her feet?

    • You could call her doctor to check, but I don’t know of any reason it wouldn’t be okay. I use it on my girls (15 months and almost 5 years) and they never have any problem with it. They sleep better, too! :-)

  • As a follower of Dr. Carolyn Dean, I realize the importance of magnesium and thank you for posting on how to make magnesium lotion. Since I had the magnesium chloride flakes and coconut oil I tried making a batch without the bees wax. I blended it well, but over time there was still some separation and it didn’t have that “lotion or creme” consistency. So I decided to order some from your store and I love it. Is it the beeswax that changes it to that smooth consistency and keeps it emulsified? Also ordered your comfrey salve as well. I do have a comfrey plant in my yard so I will try making some in the summer. Thank you for your helpful information.

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying the magnesium lotion! Yes, this specific blend of half coconut oil, half liquid oil (almond, grape seed or olive) plus the beeswax gives it that texture. The beeswax keeps it emulsified, but it is *possible* for even the perfectly blended lotion to separate. I think I will start selling it in lotion bottles so that people can easily shake it back up, if needed. Should it even separate, a quick stir with a clean utensil will fix it.

      As far as the coconut oil separating, I haven’t had mine do that and I’ve been using it for quite awhile. It could be that it was still a tad too warm when you blended it or you didn’t blend quite long enough. Also, if you’re keeping in a really warm place, the oil can melt some and separate. The pure coconut oil version is only “creamy” at exactly the right temperature (upper 70′s, I think), which is why I decided to go ahead and create a real lotion. :-)

      I’m hoping to grow and dry my own comfrey to use for salves and poultices, too! Fun!!

      Thanks so much for the comment and I hope I answered your questions well enough. :-)

  • Lorie

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I have been wanting to make magnesium cream for a while now. I just made two batches. The first was with coconut oil only. That batch came out a little stiff, almost like coconut oil. The second batch I used 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of almond oil. It came out very creamy and I am quite pleased with the results.

    Do you know if I can salvage the 1st batch and make it creamy like the second? Can I just add more water or would I be better off heating it until it melted and then added more water and oil?

    • Sure! Go ahead and scrape the coconut oil batch into a double boiler and add 1/2 to 1 cup liquid oil (almond, olive, grape seed, etc.). Then, with the absolute minimal heat necessary, warm until the coconut oil is liquid. Pour into a heatproof bowl or jar and let cool until about 75 degrees (slightly warm room-temp) and blend well. Let cool until down to about 70 degrees and blend, again. It *should* all come together for you. :-)

  • Terry

    I had to stop for a moment to drop you a line. I’ve had the double strength magnesium cream for a few days now and LOVE it!! I know my whole family has issues of magnesium deficiency and have used supplements but stomach problems go right along with it. I’ve set the jar on my kitchen counter so it’s always in sight and expect it to be gone before I know it. Love the smell, the moisturizing benefits and mostly, what it will do for us. Thank you so much for your creativity and your desire to share your recipe..though I most likely will continue to just order from you :) Sometimes the smallest things turn out to be huge blessings. Big Hug from my family to yours.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment, Terry!! I am thrilled to hear how happy you are with the magnesium lotion and I hope that you will all have some wonderful results from using it. :-)

      *Hugs* back!!
      Justyn

  • Terry

    p.s. Just got off the phone with my mother and she wants some, so ordered for her also. Thank you!!

  • I wanted to tell you that I ordered 2 jars of your magnesium lotion. Me and the hubby both put it on the bottom of our feet before bed. When we do this we have such a great rest. We just love your product. Thank you.

    • That’s wonderful, Stephanie!! I know that we all sleep better when we use it. Thanks so much for letting me know- you made my day!! :-)

  • Melissa

    Is it better to use magnesium flakes than using the oil? I ask this because I can find the oil locally, but not the flakes. I suppose uff oil could bed made into a lotion, as well, but I wondered if there was a particular reason why you use flakes. Thanks!

    • Absolutely! Magnesium oil is just the magnesium flakes dissolved into water. It’s *much* more expensive to buy ready-made magnesium oil, so I order the flakes on-line. If you have an inexpensive local source for magnesium oil, just substitute it into the recipe! :-)

  • cheryll

    Hi there, so happy to have found your product. How much would you recommend the average person start out using? Lol refering to your magnesium lotion ;)

    • LOl! :-) For the magnesium lotion, we all use about 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon a day, most days. If we’re under a lot of stress (sick kids, etc.) I double it. During pregnancy and extreme stress, I would probably do 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day. If, after a week or so there are still magnesium deficiency symptoms (leg cramps, insomnia, etc.) I’d try increasing slowly every few days.

  • What a great recipe! I can’t wait to try this out! :)

  • Hi, Justyn!

    Okay, I’m loving what I’m reading about magnesium and looking forward to buying this from you. I’m wondering- can you use too much of the magnesium lotion (where it’s actually dangerous)? I don’t plan on bathing in it or anything ;) I was just curious. Also, I’m reading you can apply it to bottoms of your feet or I read somewhere else a kidney bean sized amount on your stomach area. What are the benefits or reasons people apply in different areas? I’m most concerned with my husband, who struggles with sleep issues, but I would also like to look into this for myself.

    Thanks,
    MomMom
    (from The Trials & Triumphs of a Passionate Parent)

    • Hi!

      According to the website of the magnesium flakes, an overdose from transdermal application (magnesium absorbed through the skin) isn’t a concern. They say, “No. The skin has a unique ability to self-regulate absorption, and therefore overuse is of little concern.” You can read their FAQ page for more safety info, but the only concern I’ve run across is that it can cause a bit of irritation on cuts (such as from shaving).

      For the amount, I use about a black bean or kidney bean-sized amount of regular-strength for myself and a pea-sized or black bean-sized amount for my girls. If I were pregnant, I’d probably use the double-strength and use more like a grape-sized amount to try to prevent/reduce morning sickness, which I am very prone to suffering from.

      As for where to put it, there are different opinions, but I haven’t seen any actual studies proving the most effective location. There might be some good info on that which I just haven’t found, yet, so chime in if you know the answer readers! :-) From what most people say, applying it to the torso is best, as opposed to arms and legs. The only caveat to that would be the bottoms of the feet, which absorb topical applications very well. I am prone to leg and foot cramps, so I always use some magnesium lotion on the bottoms of my feet if I’m having a problem with that. It works ever time! Otherwise, I use some every day on my torso.

      I hope that answers your questions!
      Thanks so much,
      Justyn

  • Magnesium applied to the skin does not have the digestive side effects that taking magnesium orally has – no one should have to be concerned about running to the bathroom if they use to much….. it only does that when it is in your digestive tract!

    • Yes, thanks for pointing that out, April. When I first wrote the post there was one source saying that it could be a problem, but all of my research since then has said that it isn’t. I’ll update the post really quickly to reflect that. :-)

  • Karel

    Justyn, Thank you for all your fun recipes “potions” as I call them. Do you know if you can add other Essential Oils to this recipe without taking any of the Magnesium properties away. I have found so many recipes that I want to try with similar ingredients. I would be slip sliding away if I use them all. Thank you for sharing with everyone.
    In good health, Karel

    • You’re so welcome, Karel! Thank you for taking the time to comment. :-)

      There’s no danger of other essential oils reducing the effectiveness of the magnesium, so don’t worry about that. All you need to do is make sure that you are choosing essential oils that are high quality and are safe for using on the skin (some, like cinnamon, can irritate the skin). Lavender would be an excellent choice, since it’s so soothing. Rose, neroli, chamomile or helichrysum might also be fun. Did you have any in particular that you were thinking about trying?

  • Carla

    Thanks for all your great recipes. I am excited to try this and have all the ingredients. I’ve made plenty of body butters but never tried whipping water into them. Would it be possible to dissolve the magnesium flakes directly into the oil? Has anyone tried doing that & eliminating the water?

    • Hi Carla,

      I am actually planning to try that! I *think* that they are only water-soluble (not oil-soluble), but I can’t find anything that says for sure, so I’ll be testing it. I’ll certainly post about it, if it works! :-)

      If you try it out before I get the chance, I’d love to hear about it!

      • Crunchy4Life

        I was wondering the same thing! I’m hoping that it can be used either way. I have better luck with non water lotions & plus I wanted to add flakes to my lotion bar.

  • Ann

    You may be getting a lot of traffic soon because I just Pinned your recipe to my Pinterest account. ;) Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Carla

    I tried dissolving the magnesium flakes in coconut oil but you were right, they didn’t look like they were ever going to melt so I separated them & made up a smaller batch using 1/3 cup water, 1 cup mag. flakes, 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup shea butter, about 10 drops of camphor & rosemary oils & a handful of beeswax granules. I blended it with my wand mixer & it is now in the refrigerator. It has a beautiful smooth texture & I’m curious to see how it sets up then how it feels on the skin.

  • Debb

    Hi Justyn, Just wanted to let you know I’m making my 2nd batch tonight. I am so in love with this Mag. cream! My husband, daughter, grand-daughter, sister, a couple of friends, & I are all using it & loving the stuff! I’m making another batch to give to my mom & a girlfriends mom .. and another person.. Ok.. I should of just said – you have 10 people who are so happy you worked out the kinks and posted the recipe! You are a doll! Thanks so much! Blessings to you!

  • Jennifer

    OH, MY! I made this last night and didn’t know what amount to use. I generously rubbed it all over my legs forarms and belly….. I felt so sticky and oily all night! hahaha!!! I guess I used a little extra!

    • LOL! I bet you were covered in lint from the sheets, too! :-) It’s a pretty potent lotion/cream, so we use just 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon a day and it’s plenty, unless we’re under a ton of stress (or if I were pregnant). Then, I like to double the amount.

  • Jennifer

    Do you think it would work in a less greasy lotion? Maybe made with aloe vera gel or juice? Is there anything that should not be mixed with the magnesium oil?

    • I’ve started making it with 3 parts grape seed oil and one part coconut oil to make it lighter, which is working well. You could certainly try aloe, but you’d need to keep it in the fridge to keep it from going rancid, or else add a preservative. :-) The only things I can think of that shouldn’t be added would be any type of clay (cosmetic clay, bentonite clay, etc.), which would bind to the magnesium.

  • Jennifer

    Do you know what the purpose is of the beeswax? I’ve been looking around online, trying to find out the reason for using it. I would also like to find out the different properties of the different oil choices.

    • Beeswax is use for emulsifying. Waters and oils won’t stay blended together without an emulsifier, so if you left it out the lotion would completely separate within a few hours.

      For the oils, you can use grape seed oil for oilier skin and sweet almond oil for drier skin. I’m hoping to do a post with the details of a bunch of different oils sometime in the future.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

      • Jennifer

        WELL, I guess I won’t be skipping that ingredient! : )

        I don’t like the idea of having to keep it in the fridge if I use aloe… cold lotion, hmmmmm….not too inviting.
        What do you think about almond oil and shea butter 3-1? That is what I have a lot of. I do also have some coconut oil.

        • I think that would work beautifully, Jennifer! It will be very moisturizing. Just be sure to use the lowest heat possible for melting the shea butter- it’s pretty delicate. :-)

  • Bobbie

    I read alot of positive things. But where can you put this lotion ,,ok legs and feet but if you use a small amount daily , where’s the best place to put it, I mean like oils we put on feet ,

    • You can put it wherever you want, although it’s usually recommended that it be used on the torso for best absorption. If it’s for a specific problem, such as a tension headache or foot cramps, use it where you need it. If it’s for every day use, tummy and back is best.

  • Bobbie

    Thank you. I read something on over dosing , how many mg do you think is in the lotion , I am a caution person , sorry

    • According to the experts, overdosing is only a concern when taking magnesium internally. When applied externally, the skin only allows what each person needs to be absorbed. As far as an exact measurement, I’m not sure. I’ll look into seeing if I can work out the math. :-)

  • Bobbie

    And how much for say a daily Regiment? Or on a painful area , like tendons etc?

    • For adults, we use about a kidney bean-sized amount every day. For a specific area that needs treatment, like an injury or tight muscle, I like to use anywhere from a black bean-sized amount to a grape-sized amount. It depends on the severity and area to cover. :-)

  • Kelly

    Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to give it a try!

    I was wondering about how long this keeps before getting rancid, and where you store it?

    I also have a load of shea butter which I want to try in place of the coconut oil. Was wondering if you had an opinion on which oil would be the best to combine with it? And would you still recommend 1/2 and 1/2 solid and liquid, or like another person suggested 1 part solid, 3 parts liquid?

    Thanks so much for posting this..I have terrible sleep/insomnia issues and can’t wait to give this a try! :)

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’ve kept mine on the counter for months on end without it going rancid, but I am always very careful not to contaminate it with dirty fingers. Since I haven’t used shea butter, I can’t say for sure, but I would try one part shea butter to 3 parts liquid oil (grapeseed or almond oil, maybe?) for a thin lotion. Grapeseed oil is great for quickly soaking in and not leaving skin feeling greasy. If you have really dry skin, almond oil is very moisturizing.

      I’d love to hear back about your sleep issues after you’ve trying it out for awhile- I hope it helps you a ton!! :-)

  • Hi, Justyn, I made a batch of this oil last month and have really enjoyed using it. I have a couple questions, though.

    I did not use beeswax (didn’t have any, didn’t want to order any…) so my coconut oil separates from the water even if I store it in the fridge. I go ahead and rub it on anyway, but I was wondering if you have any idea whether the magnesium would be primarily present in the oil or the water portion after they separate. Or would it be equally distributed?

    Also, do you know of any reason why I should not simply heat coconut oil to a warm liquid state (around 120 degrees or so) and dissolve the magnesium flakes directly in it? Without using any water. Since the flakes will dissolve in bathwater, it seems like they should dissolve in an equal temperature of coconut oil – so is there any absolute reason why water must be used?

    Thank you!!

    • Hi Cindy!

      Some kind of wax is absolutely essential to keep the oil and water emulsified. If you mix it back together right before each use, it will work just fine- it will just take longer.

      Water has to be used, because the magnesium is water-soluble. It won’t dissolve in oil because of it’s chemistry. A reader even tried it out, but she reported back that it just doesn’t work at all. I was planning to test it out, too, but she beat me to it and kindly let me know before I wasted my time. ;-)

      I hope that helps!

  • Mindy

    Hi Justyne,
    Thank you so much for your obvious work that you have put into your website! I have a couple questions, first is how much does this recipe make? I don’t want to waste any and I was wondering how big of a bottle I’ll need for the frig. (Not to make anyone gasp with my next question, but…) What does it smell like and can you add other aromatherapy oils for scents? I know that I feel better whenever I am taking magnesium, but the gel that I have has an odd smell/stink to it after it dries that is driving me nuts and the Epsom salt baths are drying me out. I am looking forward to trying to make this as my Mom suffers from Fibromyalgia and I think this would be helpful for her as well…she would need something unscented (or very lightly scented) however due to her severe asthma. Again thank you so much and my God bless you for your unselfish sharing of your work and information!

    • Hi Mindy,

      Thanks so much for your sweet words- you’ve made my day! :-)

      If you leave out the rosemary essential oil, there is no smell to it at all, except for the very light smell of whatever oils you choose to use. There’s no problem at all with going unscented. There’s also no reason not to add any essential oils you might like for scent, such as lavender or rose.

      This recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups, but you could easily make just a half batch. I actually do a quadruple batch every week for all the people who prefer to buy the lotion ready-made, so I know that it can be adjusted with out any problems. By the way, if you’re wanting a lotion consistency, I’d recommend 1 part coconut oil to 3 parts liquid oil and about 1/3 ounce of beeswax per cup of oil. I hope that helps!

      Thanks so much and please let me know if you come across any problems.
      Blessings,
      Justyn

  • Great work on the recipe! Magnesium Oil is awesome for the body. Thanks for taking the time out of your day to share something awesome! :)

  • juanita

    awesome lotion.. just made a batch with tangerine EO and vanilla absolute.. it smells amazing!

  • Helen

    When you say purified or filtered water is water that is put through a Brita ok? also what about distilled water? I use that for different things that I make so I have plenty of that on hand. Thank you for your reply

  • NancyLee

    Has anyone added the magnesium oil to an already prepared lotion like the MIracle II lotion? I don’t like the heaviness of lotions with beeswax and would like to have it in a light lotion.

    What do you think

    Thanks.
    Nancy

  • Melissa

    How much do you use on your kiddos?

  • Corine

    Hello first of all love the lotion idea i’m definitely going to make this and try it! Question though could goat’s milk be used in place of the water or half goats milk and half water? I love goats milk products I find the goats milk really moisturizes as it’s very close to our own skin and I use it in the soaps I make and everyone loves them. So just a thought if goat’s milk could replace all or some of the water in the lotion? Also could other milks and water and maybe even aloe vera juice (100% aloe) be used to replace part of the water? I’m just basically wondering can one experiment with other liquids but still keep the same important value and nutrients of the magnesium? Thank you.

    • Hi Corine,

      I have no idea about how you would keep the milk from spoiling. That’s just not something I’ve ever done any research into. :-)

      For the aloe juice, I have thought about trying it with other lotions, but my understanding is that I’d have to use a pretty strong preservative, so I haven’t done it, yet. I might make some with aloe and just keep it in the fridge until I want to use it… not sure how that would work out.

      Using other liquids wouldn’t affect the way the magnesium works, so you can certainly experiment. I’m just not sure about how well the final product would keep. I’d love to hear back from you if you do end up trying it! :-)

      Blessings,
      Justyn

  • Corine

    Hi Justyn;
    Thank you very much for your professional opinion and I realized after I hit the “post comment” button that I forgot to mention I would of course use a preservative. I know with goat’s milk or other milks and liquids that a preservative is a “must” to keep the lotion or cream from spoiling. I do make lotions I have for sometime not but had never thought of putting magnesium in a lotion before so this is my next venture in lotion making. I will keep you and your readers posted on my adventures in magnesium lotion making. I will be trying with goat’s milk and another with aloe vera and will post my findings. Thank you and fabulous website Justyn and thank you for your help :>) Happy lotion making!!!! :>)

  • Susie

    I made the magnesium lotion and i love it! i gave some of it to my daughter and then my cousin said it should not go unrefrigerated for more than 3 days. is that true?

    • I understand the concern, but I have been *trying* to grow things in some magnesium lotion that I made six months ago. It is in a little jar that I used my fingers in, then I left the jar sitting open in a warm bathroom cupboard. So far, there is no sign of any mold or bacteria. It feels, looks and smells the same as it did when I made it. Theoretically, any combination that includes oil and water *could* grow mold and bacteria. I recently learned that magnesium chloride (and many other types of magnesium) is used as a preservative, so I’m quite comfortable with leaving the lotion at room temp, as long as the water was boiled and all equipment was clean. :-)

  • Shelly

    I made this using coconut oil, apricot oil, bee wax and I bought the magnesium oil. I put it on the soles of my feet. It seems to dry them out. I thought about putting vit. E in my next batch. This lotion does help my husbands leg spasms and he has no problem with dry skin. So I didn’t know what else I could do to help me with the dryness. I do notice I have more energy and sleep better.

    • I don’t know what it is about apricot oil, but it makes my skin feel dry. I prefer sweet almond oil for moisturizing. :-)

  • Daniela

    Hi! So I have a question, I don’t have magnesium flakes but I have liquid Trace Minerals Ionic Magnesium. I was wondering if I could mix it with my homemade lotion? Will it work?

    • That is such a great brand for minerals! What I don’t know is if their magnesium is transdermal (if it can be absorbed through the skin). I checked their website and didn’t see anything about that, but I am guessing that you could e-mail and ask them. The flakes are magnesium chloride, which is very easily absorbed through the skin.

  • Bea

    Thank you! I have been trying to buy a magnesium chloride cream but your recipe is so much better, and fun. I researched that it is also good to prevent/fight osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
    If it is ok with you I would like to link you to my site?
    All the best
    Bea

    • That’s wonderful, Bea! Thanks so much for letting me know. I think it would be just fine if you’d like to link to my site. :-)
      Blessings,
      Justyn

  • robin

    I would like to make your recipe for magnesium lotion. Can I substitute lanolin for beeswax as I happen to have a bar of lanolin on hand? Just found your website and love it.

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog, Robin!
      Lanolin can emulsify water and oil, just like the beeswax does, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t know if it would be an equal substitution or if you would need more or less lanolin. I’d love to hear back if you try it! :-)

  • robin

    Will be making a batch with the lanolin in the next few weeks as I still have some mg. oil on hand. Happy to share the results with you at that time.

    God BLess.

  • May

    Thanks so much for this great information. I use a homemade magnesium cream and it is lifesaving. (And it does work for me for period pain really well if I rub it on my lower stomach area).

    But I have trouble washing it off (I react to the fluoride in our water and have to buy a limited volume of bottled water to wash in so a long hot shower is not an option – otherwise I would have an Epsom salts bath every day (I did try the foot bath daily but it didn’t give enough magnesium). And on top of that the only water I can buy is really hard so soap won’t lather and wash off the cream at all!)

    In short, I love magnesium cream but I am so sick of feeling like my skin is permanently covered in oily soap scum! Maybe I should try something other than a cream or lotion to mix it in. But without an oil it tends to just crystallise on my skin rather than absorbing. I’ve just about tried everything! Do you have any ideas?

    Thanks again for all the ideas on this website. It has been such a great help reading them.

    • I have a couple of ideas for you. The first would be to make a lotion, instead of a cream, using just grapeseed oil for the oil part. Any other oils are quite a bit heavier and will leave your skin more coated.

      My second idea is aloe juice. You could try putting it on a cotton ball and seeing if it helps to gently remove the residue after the magnesium has time to soak in.

      The third idea is to mix magnesium oil with aloe juice, rather than oils. I haven’t tried it, but aloe helps things to absorb better. What I don’t know is how sensitive your skin is. I have to have the magnesium mixed with oils, because my skin is so sensitive that I react to straight magnesium oil with burning, itching, red skin. I would recommend mixing a very small amount of aloe juice and magnesium oil together in a spray bottle and keeping it in the fridge.

      I hope one of these ideas helps you! Blessings, Justyn.

  • Rebecca

    Oh my gosh! Thank you for this recipe! I just made it using 1/2 coconut oil, 1/4 jojoba oil, and 1/4 sweet almond oil. It’s fabulous! Super moisturizing and even before adding any essential oils, it smells great! It’s perfect:)

  • Sonia

    Thank you so much for this post. I find Mg difficult as well. I’ve been putting it into aloe gel but this looks even better!

  • Rosemary

    I’ve ordered the main ingredients to make your recipe for magnesium lotion – I’m just wondering if I have to use the oils you mention. Can I use Bran Oil or a light Olive Oil? Can I add a bit of pure lavender oil as a fragrance? Can’t wait to try this out! Thanks!

  • Claudia

    Hi Justyn,

    Can I just say that I think that you are a real blessing to many people by sharing your recipes and thoughts about these topics?
    May god bless you and your family!
    I have a question about the magnesium “oil”, you make a sole out of the magnesium flakes and water, right? So just enough flakes in water so that it will be totally absorbed by the water. There are people who then just put that on their skin (like you did I understood?)but experience an itching reaction. Why do you think that is, where does that reaction come from? Thank you again!

    • That’s so sweet of you to say, Claudia!! I always try to write to bless anybody who reads it!! :-)

      I have outrageously sensitive skin and just the “magnesium oil” (flakes dissolved in water) makes my skin itch and burn and turn red. I thought it was just me until I shared my recipe and found out that a ton of other people have reactions. The lotion seems to really help, but I don’t know whether it’s because the oils soothe the skin or whether it creates a bit of a buffer. Maybe it’s a combination of the two.

      • Claudia

        Thank you for taking the time to respond again Justyn!
        And thanks for all you thoughts on these topics.

        I was also wondering, if you make the batch mentioned above, how much lotion do you finally end up with?
        I’m just wondering in what containers to put this (I’ll probably have to buy some).
        I ordered the flakes already and cant wait to make this, especially for my father who has so many health issues since a couple of months. I thank God for letting me find this post, God bless Justyn.

        • Let’s see… I haven’t made a normal-sized batch in such a long time, since I am always making massive batches to sell in my online store! :-) I believe that this recipe makes about 3 to 3 1/2 cups, but you can certainly halve the recipe, if that is too much. For storage, I keep mine in a simple glass mason jar, until I need more in my little pump bottle.

          Blessings!!

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  • Amy Garner

    I find I cannot use coconut oil on my skin… what kind of oil can I substitute? I know I need the magnesium. Thank you

  • Abbey Lehman

    Is it possible to add enough beeswax to this recipe to make these into bars? Or just stiff enough to put in a tube, like Chapstick? I really dislike lotions and creams and prefer to apply needed goop without touching it with my hands, if possible. I know, really weird. And still….. Has anyone done this? Would it affect the magnesium? Thanks!!

    • I did answer you on FB, but I’ll answer here for anybody else who’s interested. :-)

      I’d suggest using only coconut oil (cutting out any liquid oils) and use the minimum amount of water you can get away with for dissolving the magnesium. Then, I’d increase the beeswax (double, maybe?) and see how hard it gets when it cools. That should give you a firm enough consistency to use put it in a deodorant tube or something similar.

  • mary s

    I am super excited to make this! I have a question though…I saw where you mentioned using 16-18 oz of purchased magnesium oil instead of the mag flakes and water but that seems off to me. I understand that that amount was calculated by adding the 1 cup (8 ounces) of flakes with the 8-10 oz of water, but it that really accurate since the flakes dissolve into the water? Do you really end up with 16-18 ounces of mag oil after you mix them together? I have limited supplies so I wanted to check in with you so that I don’t mess up and waste what I have!

    • One cup of flakes with 10 ounces of water comes to about 14-16 ounces of finished magnesium oil. It really depends quite a bit on how broken the flakes are, since more will fit in the measuring cup if they are in small pieces. Also, I always measure the biggest “heaping” scoop on magnesium flakes that I can, so it’s more like 1 1/4 cup of flakes. :-) Have fun!!!

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  • Pam

    I would love to try your lotion. I do not have the rosemary oil, what another oil can I use?
    Thank you.

  • Attie

    Would it be OK to add some essential oils for a bit of a calming aromatherapy quality, like for use at bedtime? I was thinking lavender and chamomile?

  • Lindsay

    How much does this recipe yield? I am using it to make little jars for Christmas gifts :)

    • I make such huge batches to sell that I don’t remember exactly. I believe it’s about 3 1/2 cups, though. Have fun!! I love making gifts for Christmas!! :-)

  • Dana

    What is the shelf life of this? Does it need to be refrigerated? I’m going to give it a try.
    Thanks so much!

  • This was fun to make and I was very happy for the clean-up tips with the blender. My husband and I are both using it and are looking forward to the benefits of the Magnesium. The Coconut oil is so fragrant and yummy; thank you for sharing.

  • Alice

    Can aloe vera be added to solve skin problems including skin infections?

    If so, please advise on how I can add this ingredient in.

    Happy New Year!

    • Although aloe does have some antibacterial and antifungal properties on it’s own, I would be concerned about mixing it with the lotion if you’re keeping it at room temp. It could potentially allow mold or bacteria to grow, if you don’t add preservatives. I would keep it separate and then just mix a squirt of the lotion and a squirt of the aloe in my hand right before applying. :-)
      Thanks- Happy New Year!

  • Alice

    Also forgot to ask:

    Can these magnesium chloride flakes be used instead of the expensive ancient minerals brand?:
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/brs-bulk-magnesium-chloride-aquarium-supplement.html

    Other than rosemary, can alternative essential oils such as lavendar be used and still have the same preservative effect?

    • Hi Alice, I always but Ancient Minerals because they are so carefully tested for dangerous contaminants (mercury, lead, etc.) and most other companies don’t check for those. I don’t know anything personally about the company you mentioned, so I’d recommend calling or emailing them to find out for certain about whether they have proper testing done for safety. :-)

      You can use any essential oil you want, but rosemary is one of the ones that’s best for preserving without adding too strong of a scent. Lavender would be okay, but not as beneficial. Tea tree oil is fantastic, but the scent is very strong.

  • Alice

    Thanks for the advice!

    Can Rosemary essential oil and even the herb itself on its own be used to preserve food
    (as effective as alcohol/fat and oil/sugar/salt etc.)?

  • Lynn

    Hello – I tried your magnesium lotion for the first time today – very small amount on the inside of my wrist. I think I am having a strange reaction as my skin is tingling all over my body along with a little burning. In my mouth also – what do you think of this? Do I have to just get used to this? Or am I allergic to it? Thank you!!!!!!!

  • Cheri

    I noticed that you now use “herbal tinctures” instead of the water. Are you making your tinctures with alcohol or with glycerin? Just trying to understand what might be in the lotion before I use it.

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and your products!

    • Hi Cheri, They are traditional alcohol tinctures- the glycerin would be very moisturizing, but in that amount it would be way too sticky. ;-)

  • Cheri

    Thank you for such a quick reply. I thought the glycerin would be too sticky but I wondered about the alcohol being drying. Have you found it to be less moisturizing?

  • gail

    do you know what the amount of mgs magnesium this ends up being per tsp? thanks!

  • Cynthia

    Thank you for sharing the clean-up method that worked, now I don’t have to work through methods 37- 14,000!
    Will be trying this recipe as soon as the magnesium gets here, thank you.

  • Mrs B

    Are you using preservatives in the products you sell? If so what are they?

    • In our store, we don’t use any synthetic or even harsh natural preservatives, but we do make our products so that they have the longest possible shelf-life. For anything containing oil, we use natural vitamin E to keep the oils looking and feeling fresh, for example. Did you have something specific you are curious about? :-)

  • Zen

    Hi, really interested in this. Could I just buy Magnesium Chloride Liquid and add to some coconut oil and rub on my skin?

    • You certainly can try it, but there are a few things to watch out for.
      1) Mixing oil with water creates a potential breeding ground for bacteria and mold. I strongly recommend either adding natural preservatives or keeping it in the fridge.
      2) I really feel like the beeswax helps with keeping my skin from getting irritated, so if you notice itching and redness, you might need to add some.
      3) Without beeswax or another wax it will eventually separate and you’ll need to remix it.
      Hope that helps! :-)

  • LE Stone

    How do you know how much you need?
    I applied 1 heaping tsp and I feel it gave me a headache.

    • I’m sorry I didn’t get to respond sooner. Most people say they actually treat headaches with magnesium, but it’s not impossible that it caused a headache. In that situation, I would start with a much smaller amount and work up. Maybe 1/4 teaspoon would be a good starting point. :-)

  • Marisol Thiess

    I’m from Yucatán, México and absolutely LOVE this post. Coincidentally, I have been a mag user for years and therefore I’m a BIG believer!! I have been making my own solution for myself, family and friends and my recipe is much like yours. Wanted to comment that I also add some ricin oil and soy lecithin to it because they work as natural emollients keeping oil and water together longer. They are great for your skin too. When I sell it though, I have to use a commercial vegan emollient or it will get separated in a matter of days. The effectiveness of the lotion remains the same, it just does not look good. It must be due to our extreme humidity!! Oh! and thanks a lot for the cleaning tips. Much needed!!
    Cheers and muchas gracias

  • Alice

    Hi there,

    If using the same amounts – how long does magnesium lotion last and how long does magnesium oil last?

    If magnesium oil lasts significantly longer – then I might just make magnesium oil using my magnesium flakes.

    If I make magnesium oil – can I put sweet almond oil or any other oil/lotion over my body first before applying the magnesium oil to avoid the burning sensation? My stomach felt like it was burning when I applied a little bit of magnesium oil over it – but I slept through the pain and it was ok the next morning – but I wouldn’t want to think how it would end if I applied magnesium oil over my entire body!

    Do you also have a tutorial for making Magnesium oil that you can direct me to please?

    Thanks

    • Hi Alice,

      The magnesium oil is simply water with magnesium chloride, so you can follow the steps to mix the two in my tutorial. It should keep indefinitely so long as you don’t contaminate it.

      As I mentioned in the post, I do not apply the plain magnesium oil to my skin due to the burning. It didn’t seem to help me at all to apply oil first and then the magnesium oil, but you’re welcome to try it and see if it works for you. For us, we have to have the two emulsified together to avoid the skin irritation.

      As far as how long this particular recipe keeps, I can’t say. Whenever oil and water are mixed, the product becomes a potential medium for bacteria and mold to grow. In the article I mentioned using essential oils as a gentle preservative. You can also do some research into other preservatives, if you like.

      Thanks!

  • Alice

    Let me know please!

    I’m waiting for your answer.

    Thanks