Magnesium chloride, which is derived from sea water, is beneficial for health and wellbeing, and for skin care and beauty. Magnesium oil, which is made from magnesium chloride flakes, helps to keep the skin looking youthful by retaining elasticity and hydration. I believe it is a must for use during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks. For this reason, it worked wonders for me.
I have taken magnesium chloride in small dosages internally*, to supplement my daily magnesium intake, without negative side effects. I sometimes add a few drops to my drinking water. It is very strong in taste, so any more than a few drops in a glass of water will be overpowering and difficult to drink. I have taken about a teaspoon of magnesium oil at a time without any obvious laxative side effects.
I have also found that using the oil on the skin can cause slight itchiness and irritation. In this case, it is a good idea to dilute the oil with more water. Usually, I’ll apply the oil over my body but will avoid the face as it is a more sensitive area. You could start with a few sprays over the arms, legs and stomach, then work your way up to apply more.
Using the oil could benefit you in other ways, although some of these personally remain untested:
- Soothing muscular aches and pains
- Preventing stretch marks while pregnant and during puberty in adolescence
- Could possibly help with reducing stretch mark appearance
- For anti-ageing, to keep skin looking youthful and supple
- Relieving migraines
- Spraying it in the hair could help with hair health and hair regrowth
- Reducing skin oiliness1
- Preventing acne2
Magnesium is an essential component that the body needs to function correctly. It also helps prevent disease and illness. Using magnesium oil is an ideal option for magnesium supplementation but without the laxative effects that can occur when ingested. Read more about magnesium in my research article here.
You can buy magnesium oil, but it is much more expensive than making it at home. Magnesium oil is so easy to make! All you need are two ingredients and some basic kitchen utensils/equipment.
Now, for the recipe…
- Distilled or demineralised water, ½ cup
- Magnesium chloride flakes, ½ cup
Magnesium chloride flakes (above)
- Glass jug or ceramic bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Kettle or pot for boiling water
- Empty spray bottle (preferably in amber colour) with a label
I used a Pyrex jug (above)
I used a labelled amber glass bottle (above)
1. Boil the distilled (or demineralised) water. Distilled water helps keep contaminants out of your oil, keeping it pure so it lasts longer.
2. Pour the boiling water over the flakes (below).
3. Stir until completely dissolved.
4. Wait until it cools and then pour into your bottle.
You could try doubling the amount of boiling water if you prefer your magnesium oil more diluted. This helps with people who have sensitive skin, or for anyone who finds magnesium oil irritating to the skin at standard 1:1 dilution.
It’s easy enough to double up the recipe if required, as it is a 1:1 ratio of water: magnesium.
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This article appears in the second edition of Expose Magazine