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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Homemade Magnesium Oil


1) Most of us have a magnesium deficiency. Where we used to get magnesium from our soil and water supplies, we’ve now depleted our soil and scoured our water supply clean of trace minerals. So, we can either make the extra effort to eat more magnesium-rich foods like nuts, grains, and seeds, or we can supplement with magnesium.
2) Did you know magnesium is more easily absorbed transdermally through the skin than it is internally?
3) Magnesium oil is a useful, inexpensive, and simple way to apply magnesium to your skin. It only makes sense to learn how to make magnesium oil!


  • 1/2 C. Magnesium chloride flakes
  • 1/2 C. purified or distilled water 
Measure water and flakes together in a small pan. Turn heat on low and stir well until completely dissolved. I doesn't need to boil, just warm enough to dissolve the flakes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool, then transfer into a glass spray bottle. 


Spray magnesium oil on your arms, legs, and stomach daily. I also use it as a deodorant and spray underarms after bathing.

You may experience a tingling sensation when you first start using it. That’s perfectly normal and short-lived; the effect fades after 10 to 20 minutes. After a while of routinely applying magnesium oil, you likely won’t experience the tingling sensation any more.
Use the magnesium oil liberally, starting with 6 to 8 squirts a day and building up to as many as 20. Magnesium oil will loosen your stool, so the test to determine how much you need to apply is to simply watch your bowel movements. If they turn too loose, then back off the magnesium a little.


Since I’ve started using magnesium oil regularly, I’ve noticed immediate improvement in several areas.
1) I sleep better at night. This is by far one of the best benefits! 
2) I don’t need to use deodorant. A while back Ann Marie at Cheeseslave wrote a post on how she quit using deodorant with magnesium. She swore that when she supplements with magnesium, her sweat smells … clean. That’s been my experience, too. I may sweat, but it doesn’t smell bad anymore! I just spray under my arms after a shower.
3) I’m more calm. I feel that my stress level has decreased and I am more focused.

4) Pain Reliever: Helps arthritis pain, restless legs, muscle aches and pains... 


According to most in-the-know experts on this sort of thing (like Dr. Mark Sircus, who wrote the book on transdermal magnesium therapy), Ancient Minerals is the best brand of magnesium flakes and magnesium oil available on the market.
I buy my Ancient Minerals Magnesium Bath Flakes from Radiant Life. I pay about  $9/lb and it will make about 32oz of magnesium oil.
If I didn’t make my own magnesium oil, I could just as easily buy it, but I’d be paying $60 to get 32oz of magnesium oil!
So, why not make it yourself? It’s so easy!

Homemade Anti-Inflammatory (Ibuprofen Alternative)

Supplies Needed
-The Capsule Machine (optional)
-”00″ gelatin or vegetable capsules
*Parts are to be measured by volume not weight.
  1. In a non-reactive bowl, mix all of the herbal powders together until well combined.
  2. With the use of The Capsule Machine, fill as many capsules as you think your family will use within a 6-12 month period. Note: Don’t have a Capsule Machine? It’s okay…simply scoop the powder into each piece of the capsule and pack it tight prior to recapping the ends.
  3. Store the capsules in a small glass mason jar and place the lid on tight. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place. These capsules should stay fresh for 6-12 months.
To Use
*Not for children, adult use only. Do not take these capsules if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Don’t use if you have asthma or if you are allergic to aspirin
To use for acute conditions: Take 1-2 caps every 2 hr., but no more than 8 caps daily.
To use for chronic ailments: Take 2-3 caps 2-3 times daily, but no more than 6 caps daily.
For improved reduction in pain associated with inflammation consider adding these vitamins and minerals to your daily diet:
  • Magnesium. Magnesium is a powerful treatment for both muscle and nerve pain. In fact, magnesium deficiency is a common cause of pain and inflammation…therefore, supplementing with it can help significantly improve the body’s response. Note: There are many quality magnesium supplements, lotions, and sprays. 
  • Vitamin D. In similar respect to magnesium…vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a multitude of illnesses,  including pain and inflammation. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight!
  • Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids have proven anti-inflammatory properties that are known to be beneficial for those who suffer from inflammatory disorders. You can supplement with Cod Liver Oil, Fish Oil, and by eating wild caught fish regularly.
I buy my herbs (the ones I don't grow) at local health food stores (we have Earth Fare and Three Rivers here in the Knoxville area) or online at Starwest Botanicals or Mountain Rose Herbs.