Magnesium is one of our most critical cellular nutrients, and yet most of us need more. Transdermal magnesium is one of the best ways to add it!
According to renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Normal Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., magnesium facilitates nutrient absorption and stabilizes cell membranes.
“Magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more disease than any other nutrient.”
One of the best ways to get magnesium into the body is through the skin. Transdermal magnesium bypasses the digestive tract, making the nutrient more bioavailable without the danger of over-doing it. The body self-regulates and absorbs only what it needs. According to Shealy,
“Transdermal is the ultimate way to replenish cellular magnesium levels. Every cell in the body bathes and feeds in it and even DHEA levels are increased naturally.”
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.
Sources of magnesium chloride:
Simply pour 3.3 ounces hot water over 4 ounces of magnesium flakes. Stir to dissolve and allow to cool. (These are the measurements I use based on this chemistry explanation.)
Don’t want to make your own? Sources of magnesium oil:
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
How to Apply Magnesium Oil
Magnesium oil may sting at first. You may choose to spray it on tougher skin such as your feet, or dilute with sterile water before applying.
One teaspoon of 35% magnesium oil contains approximately 600 mgs of magnesium chloride. This translates into roughly 100 mg for 8 sprays. The RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) is 420 mg for adult men and 320 for adult women.
For restless leg syndrome, sore muscles, or achy joints, rub thoroughly into the area. You may also make a magnesium oil compress pack:
Fold soft cotton fabric or small towel into several layers. Soak in magnesium oil. Heat slightly and apply to area of concern. Cover with plastic wrap or top with a hot water bottle. Leave on for 1-2 hours.
A white film or powder may appear after the magnesium oil dries. You can wipe or rinse it off after 20-30 minutes or rub directly into your skin.
A gentler way to apply magnesium oil is to create or purchase a magnesium balm. (See DIY Magnesium Balm for the recipe or check out Just So’s All Natural Magnesium Balm.) Since the magnesium oil is combined with plant oils, the magnesium dose will be reduced.
Difference Between Epsom Salts and Magnesium Chloride Flakes
Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate, which is different from magnesium chloride. Sulfate is a molecule bonded to a sulfate iron, while chloride is bonded to a chlorine ion. Sulfates are inorganic compounds while chlorides exist as both organic and inorganic compounds.
Magnesium sulfate has its roots in Epsom, England and can be mined in multiple geographical locations around the globe. Magnesium chloride is derived from Bischofite deposits in seabeds. The sources noted above derive theirs from the ancient Zechstein Sea in the Netherlands.
While both Epsom salts and magnesium chloride flakes offer valuable healing properties, the chloride flakes are more readily assimilated and metabolized in the body.
Adding magnesium oil to your regimen may go a long way toward boosting your immune system. Why not give it a try?