I am obsessed with this “oil”! I have honestly never felt better since I started using it. This recipe came about after I saw a small bottle in a health food store with a price tag around $30. I read about the success people experienced with commercial magnesium oil and thought I’d give a DIY version a whirl. Let me tell you a little about magnesium…

Did you know that 80% of us are deficient in magnesium? It is necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium “helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong. 

It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aid in the production of energy and protein. There is ongoing research into the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes” (source). While it is naturally present in many foods, unfortunately, our soils are not as mineral-rich as they used to be, due to over-farming; this means our crops are lacking in nutrient density.

Caffeine, alcohol, medications and processed food may also affect our body’s ability to absorb and maintain magnesium levels.

Low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms as it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • High stress levels
  • Insomnia, difficulty sleeping
  • Restless legs
  • Nausea
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Muscles aches and pains
  • Hair loss

Magnesium oil isn’t actually an oil, rather magnesium suspended in water. Research suggests that magnesium is absorbed much more effectively transdermally, with studies proving that levels are boosted after topical application. So, I figure I have nothing to lose and everything gain; are you on board the magnesium train now too?


Makes: 100 g | 3.5 oz Prep time: < 5 min.


50 g | 1.8 oz hot water (see recipe notes)

50 g | 1.8 oz magnesium chloride flakes

30 drops of essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until magnesium has dissolved.

2. Transfer into container of choice (I store mine in a master jar and refill a glass spray bottle).

To Use

Start with 6-8 sprays – all over body but particularly the abdomen. You may feel a little tingle or even a burning. If it bothers you, wash it off after 15-20 minutes, but it is fine to leave on. You can also spray directly on ailments for relief. Increase the number of sprays if required and tolerated. Shake well prior to each use.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

If the tingly feeling doesn’t subside or it bothers you too much, spray your feet before bed and wear socks. The same applies when using the spray on children.

Check out my Whipped Magnesium Cream recipe too!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.


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