19 Outstanding Benefits of Magnesium Oil

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Magnesium is one of the most crucial nutrients for good health, yet a surprising number of people don’t get enough of this vital mineral in their daily diet.

Taking an oral magnesium supplement is one easy way to get more magnesium into your body, but it’s not the only way. And it might not be the best way.

Transdermal magnesium – magnesium oil – ensures that none of the magnesium is lost due to digestive enzymes, and it’s perfect when you need to direct magnesium to a specific part of your body quickly.

By using magnesium oil on your skin, you can boost your magnesium levels and supercharge your health.

In this article we’ll find out:

  • Why magnesium matters so much to your overall health and wellbeing.
  • The dangers of magnesium deficiency.
  • Who’s at higher risk of magnesium deficiency.
  • The specific benefits of magnesium oil.
  • How to make your own magnesium oil at home.

What Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential mineral found in the soil, sea, plants, animals and humans.

Unlike some nutrients (vitamin A for example) which can be manufactured by the body, minerals have to be obtained from the diet or via oral or transdermal supplements.

If you don’t have sufficient magnesium in your system, then your body won’t function properly. Low levels of magnesium are associated with everything from poor dental health to heart attacks.

Obtaining enough magnesium by eating a healthy diet is hard these days because intensive farming practises have massively depleted the soil that crops are grown in.

Research studies carried out over the past 7 decades show certain fruits and vegetables have a 14% to 80% reduction in magnesium compared to those available to our great grandparents.

If the magnesium – and other nutrients – isn’t in the soil, it won’t be present in the foods that you eat and your health will suffer in numerous ways as a result.

In addition to low soil nutrient levels, processed food manufacturers remove magnesium from food when they process grains into flour, bread and pasta.

It’s no coincidence that food quality has plummeted while rates of ill health have shot through the roof.

What’s So Important About Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential mineral found in the soil, sea, plants, animals and humans

Magnesium is a key player in more than 600 biochemical reactions in your body. You need it for nerve function, temperature regulation, muscle activity, healthy heart function, strong teeth and bones, arterial health, detoxification, insulin regulation, normal blood pressure and more.

Without magnesium we can’t manufacture enzymes, make the protein structures that build our bones, muscles and cells, create or repair DNA, regulate neurotransmitters, or turn the food that we eat into energy.

About 60% of the magnesium in the human body is stored in bone, with the rest in muscles, soft tissues and bodily fluids.

Basically, you need good levels of magnesium to be healthy.

Because magnesium is such a critical nutrient, your body does its best to hold onto it. When intake of the nutrient is low, your kidneys restrict the amount of magnesium that is passed in urine and recycle it back into your system. But this recycling can only do so much.

The Dangers Of Magnesium Deficiency

Given the number of critical bodily functions that depend on magnesium, it’s little wonder that low levels of this nutrient have a serious impact on wellbeing.

Deficiency symptoms include insomnia, restlessness, muscle cramps, weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, osteoporosis, kidney stones, nervousness, high blood pressure, headaches, gum disease and tooth decay, irritability, sugar cravings, nausea, vomiting and weight maintenance problems.

Chronic deficiencies of magnesium result in numbness and tingling as nerve impulses are compromised, depression and other forms of mental illness, seizures, anemia, palpitations and irregular heart rate.

Because almost all bodily systems depend on magnesium, virtually all systems will be negatively impacted by low levels of magnesium.

Who Is At Risk Of Magnesium Deficiency?

Research shows that 70 to 80% of people don’t obtain the RDA (320 mg for women and 420 mg for men) of magnesium from diet alone.

Eating a diet low in magnesium is bad enough, but some people are even more predisposed to having low levels of this mineral:

  • Those with type 2 diabetes.
  • The elderly.
  • Those taking certain medications.

Some of the most common prescription medications cause magnesium depletion, these include birth control pills, corticosteroids, statins, antibiotics, diuretics, antidepressants, antipsychotics, asthma medications, and drugs taken for irregular heart rhythm.

Now that we know why magnesium is so important, let’s turn our attention to magnesium oil.

What Is Magnesium Oil?

Magnesium oil isn’t an oil. It’s simply magnesium suspended (magnesium doesn’t dissolve) in distilled water. It does have an oily feel though, and that’s how it got its name.

Magnesium comes in several forms. These different magnesium salts, have varying bioavailability in the body, and the one best suited to transdermal application with magnesium oil is magnesium chloride.

The other form of magnesium that can be absorbed through the skin, is magnesium sulfate – also known as Epsom salts. However, Epsom salts have much lower bioavailability so when we’re talking about magnesium oil we’re talking only about magnesium chloride.

When magnesium oil is sprayed onto skin, it slowly absorbs into your body and enters your bloodstream.

This transdermal route bypasses your digestive system (and the enzymes there that can interfere with absorption) and ensures a much higher delivery of magnesium.

The following list details some of the reasons why you might want to get into the habit of using magnesium oil on a regular basis.

1.  Magnesium Oil Is A Safe and Natural Deodorant

There’s quite a controversy raging over deodorants and the aluminum salts they contain. On one side are people claiming that deodorant is implicated in breast cancer, on the other are those saying such claims are complete nonsense and deodorant is 100% safe.

The good news is that natural alternatives to aluminum based deodorants exist and one of the most effective is magnesium oil.

All you need to do is spray magnesium oil anywhere you would usually use deodorant. And if you use it this way, you’ll get the bonus effect of boosting your magnesium levels at the same time.

Magnesium oil won’t stop perspiration – it’s a deodorant that prevents odor, not an antiperspirant.

2. Magnesium Oil Gives You More Restful Sleep

A restful night’s sleep is so important for good health, yet huge numbers of people suffer from sleep disorders of one kind or another, and the problem is particularly prominent in older adults.

Losing just one hours sleep per night can have long term health implications and when you’re even mildly sleep deprived, you’re more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident.

Sleep deprivation can result in the same impairment as being drunk!

Studies have shown that magnesium can make falling asleep easier, decrease episodes of waking throughout the night and improve the total amount of time you sleep.

If you suffer from sleep problems, it makes sense to give magnesium oil a try before you turn to medication.

3. Less Menstrual Cramping With Magnesium Oil

Menstrual cramping can be seriously debilitating, leaving sufferers with no option other than to put their lives on hold for a few days and curl up in bed with painkillers and a hot water bottle. Even when cramps are less severe, they’re still a misery.

One way to relive these cramps is to take magnesium, and if you regularly use magnesium oil, you may be able to avoid the problem entirely.

If cramps strike when you get your period, spray magnesium oil onto your lower abdomen for quick relief.

4. Magnesium Oil Relieves Premenstrual Syndrome

As well as helping with cramping, magnesium oil can have a positive impact on premenstrual syndrome.

Women are more sensitive than men to magnesium deficiency because of female sex hormones which are in a constant state of flux.

High estrogen and progesterone levels during the second half of the menstrual cycle mean lower magnesium levels, and if your magnesium intake is already low, you’ll be more prone to PMS.

Increasing magnesium levels can help relieve symptoms of PMS, such as headaches, low blood sugar, sugar cravings, dizziness and fluid retention.

5. Boost Exercise Performance With Magnesium Oil

Boost Exercise Performance With Magnesium Oil

Your body has a greater need for magnesium when you exercise, and research suggests that you may use up to 20% more magnesium when you work out.

Magnesium helps carry blood glucose into your muscles for energy and dispose of the lactic acid that builds up in muscles as you exercise.

Studies have shown that supplemental magnesium can boost exercise performance in athletes, people with chronic conditions and the elderly.

6. Magnesium Can Balance Your Mood and Help Combat Depression

Magnesium plays a vital role in healthy brain function and stable mood. Low levels of this mineral are linked to an increased risk of depression.

In fact, some experts suggest that the lower levels of magnesium present in modern food may be the reason for current high levels of depression and mental illness.

Our feel good hormone serotonin relies on magnesium for its production and proper function. And its serotonin that is the target of antidepressant medication.

Of course, antidepressants come with many side effects and people can become dependent on them. Boosting serotonin by increasing magnesium levels could improve mood in a completely safe way.

One study that looked into the link between magnesium and depression found that of the 8,800 people studied, those under 65 with the lowest magnesium intake had a 22% greater risk of depression.

7. Magnesium Helps Improve Type 2 Diabetes

It’s thought that around 48% of type 2 diabetics have low levels of magnesium in their blood. And this can interfere with insulin’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels.

Research also suggests that those with low dietary magnesium intake are at higher risk of developing diabetes. One study tracking thousands of people for 20 years found that those with the highest magnesium intake had a 47% lower risk of diabetes.

8. Magnesium Oil Can Lower High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Studies show that for hypertensives, supplementing with magnesium can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Maintaining good levels of magnesium can also help to prevent the condition from developing in the first place.

One of the ways that magnesium affects blood pressure is through its relationship with calcium.

Without magnesium, calcium which is usually abundant in our diets, doesn’t get deposited in teeth and bones, instead it finds its way into soft tissues including arterial walls where it contributes to a loss of arterial flexibility.

9. Lower Inflammation With Magnesium Oil

Low magnesium levels are a driver of systemic inflammation, which is linked to premature aging, obesity and chronic disease.

Researchers found that children with the lowest levels of magnesium had the highest levels of CRP – an inflammatory marker. The children also had higher blood sugar levels and increased insulin and triglyceride levels.

Increasing magnesium levels through better diet and oral and transdermal supplementation can reduce CRP and other markers of inflammation in children and adults, and in those with prediabetes and obesity.

10. Magnesium Oil Can Reduce Migraine Headaches

It's a Great Pain Reliever

Low levels of magnesium can lead to awful migraine headaches and the associated nausea, vomiting and light and noise sensitivity.

Some studies have shown that increasing magnesium levels can prevent and even help treat these headaches. One study even demonstrated that using 1 gram of magnesium could bring migraine relief more quickly than a common migraine medication.

Applying magnesium oil on a regular basis will boost your magnesium levels and could prevent these headaches from developing.

11. Magnesium Improves Insulin Resistance and Aids Metabolic Syndrome

Insulin resistance is one of the leading causes of metabolic syndrome, characterized by a decreased ability of liver and muscle cells to effectively absorb glucose from the bloodstream.

Magnesium plays a vital role in this process and magnesium deficiency is common in people with metabolic syndrome..

To make matters worse, the high levels of insulin caused by insulin resistance lead to a greater loss of magnesium in the urine.

Researchers found that increasing magnesium levels can improve insulin resistance, reduce blood sugar levels and lessen the effects of metabolic syndrome.

12. Magnesium Gives Better Gum Health And Improves Periodontal Disease

The link between gum health and magnesium was first identified by Dr Weston A Price decades ago, and now scientists have finally caught up and verified his findings.

Researchers now know that magnesium deficiency, and a high calcium to magnesium ratio, are both associated with increased incidence of periodontal disease.

Studies found that increased serum magnesium is associated with reduced probing depth (the greater the probing depth the more tooth instability), less attachment loss, and higher tooth retention.

13. Magnesium Helps To Strengthen Bones

While it’s common knowledge that calcium is vital for strong and healthy bones, the importance of magnesium for bone health is less widely known.

Magnesium helps the body metabolize calcium and use it effectively. Using a supplemental form of magnesium is particularly important for postmenopausal women who are more likely to suffer from decreased bone density and osteoporosis.

14. Magnesium Boosts Energy Levels

Magnesium play a critical role in converting food to energy. When magnesium levels are low, so is energy.

Energy levels are also affected by the hundreds of biochemical reactions that magnesium plays a role in. When you don’t get enough magnesium, these reactions are compromised, and feeling tired and run down is the result.

15. Makes Teeth Stronger and More Resistant To Decay

Your Mouth Is the Window to What's Going on with Your Health

In 1941 Time magazine published a report about the remarkable dental health of residents in Deaf Smith County, Texas.

As well as having almost perfect teeth the population had low incidence of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

At the time, the American Dental Association reported that 95 out of 100 US residents had dental caries.

The strong, healthy teeth in Deaf Smith County were attributed to the water supply, which was rich in magnesium. When the water was tested and compared to the water in Dallas County, Deaf Smith water turned out to have twice the magnesium of Dallas County.

What’s more, Deaf Smith’s water had 6 times less calcium than Dallas County. Showing that calcium isn’t the sole factor for healthy teeth.

16. Prevent and Treat Constipation With Magnesium

Maintaining adequate magnesium levels will go a long way to keeping your bowel movements regular.

The best form of magnesium to treat active constipation and get things moving again, is an oral magnesium citrate supplement, but for boosting your magnesium levels on a regular basis the magnesium chloride used in magnesium oil is the best choice.

17. Magnesium Increases Flexibility

Everyone knows that getting plenty of exercise is one of the major keys to good health, but taking adequate exercise can be difficult if moving around is uncomfortable because your muscle and joints are tight and inflexible.

Magnesium is known as the relaxing mineral because it relaxes both the mind and the body. When you have good levels of magnesium, your joints will more supple and your muscles will have greater elasticity, making exercise that much easier and a lot more enjoyable.

18. Magnesium Reduces Heart Attack Risk

According to Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D. “The most important marker for impending heart disease is a low magnesium to calcium ratio in the cells.”

Magnesium concentration is 18 times greater in the heart muscle than in the bloodstream and this magnesium regulates the ability of the heart muscle to contract smoothly. Lower levels of  magnesium in the heart muscle could lead to coronary spasms.

In addition to its action in the heart, magnesium also keeps arteries flexible and helps to maintain healthy blood flow by reducing coagulation and acting as a calcium channel blocker.

Magnesium is a front line treatment in hospitals when there is lack of oxygen to the heart muscle and cardiac arrhythmia.

19. Magnesium Helps You Cope With Chronic Stress

Chronic stress affects millions of people and we aren’t well adapted to cope with it. Chronic stress can lead to depression and it’s a factor in heart disease, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and many other disease conditions.

When we experience stress, our system pumps out adrenaline which depletes magnesium in the body.

Magnesium is known as the ultimate chill pill and helps to prevent the most harmful effects of stress by acting at the blood brain barrier to keep stress hormones out of the brain and to calm the central nervous system.

How To Make Your Own Magnesium Oil At Home

How To Make Your Own Magnesium Oil At Home

This is super simple and much cheaper than purchasing magnesium oil ready made.

You’ll need:

  • Half cup Magnesium chloride flakes
  • Half cup purified or distilled water


  1. Boil the water.
  2. Add the magnesium flakes and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat, allow to cool, then transfer into a small spray bottle.

Spray the oil on your arms, legs, and stomach daily, using about 8 squirts to begin with and building up to 20.

When you first start using magnesium oil, you may feel a tingling sensation. This is normal and the tingling fades after 10 to 20 minutes.

Too much magnesium will result in loose stools, so you can play around with the amount of magnesium oil that you use and find the optimal amount for your needs by watching your bowel movements and adjusting if you need to.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.