Transdermal Magnesium Chloride
Transdermal Magnesium Chloride*
•General Information on
•Introduction to Transdermal Magnesium
Different Methods of Transdermal Magnesium Chloride
to skin and rub
•Example uses of transdermal
•MgCl2: Possible Counter
Indications and Warnings
General Information on Transdermal Treatments
Transdermal applications very effectively enter
the body through the skin
Delivers medication directly to the site of
injury, pain or disease
Enters the blood stream to increase the
body’s stores of whatever substance is being applied
Introduction to Transdermal Magnesium Chloride
Magnesium chloride is the dried liquid remaining after sodium chloride has been
removed from sea water - technically called magnesium chloride hexahydrate, its
chemical formula is MgCl2.6H2O. Common names are Nigari and Bittern.
Transdermal Mg application is more effective and faster-acting than oral
the biggest advantage of transdermal Mg delivery is that the
intestines are not adversely impacted by large doses of oral magnesium, which
has a potentially laxative effect. Also Mg
absorption issues are avoided by by-passing the stomach and liver.
Transdermal MCO is the
application of a solution of magnesium chloride oil to the skin to provide a
remedy for a multitude of health problems resulting from magnesium deficiency
- including stress, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis,
fibromyalgia, migraines, aches and pains.
Other health benefits of transdermal MCO include:
greater energy, more relaxed
muscles, stronger connective tissue,
better sleep, improved mental function, reduction/elimination of headaches,
arterial health, better hormonal balance for men and women (including better
reproductive function, reduced PMS). Magnesium maintains the flexibility of cell
membranes for greater uptake of bioactive substances (e.g., nutrients,
neurotransmitters, and hormones) and detoxification of toxins and metabolic
waste products. Magnesium chloride acts as a full body tonic.
Functions of Magnesium in the body
The Many Health Benefits of Magnesium
Why are we Mg-Deficient?
Transdermal MCO is an
effective way to quickly raise body’s magnesium stores
– Mg in a solution of MCO finds its way through the skin and into
the blood stream. From there Mg can be delivered to needy body cells/tissues.
Covering a large area of skin or taking a footbath or full immersion bath will
swiftly correct a deficiency in blood magnesium levels.
How much Mg in Mg Chloride Oil (MCO)?
One teaspoon of 35% strength MCO contains ~600 mg of elemental Mg
(1 teaspoon of 33% strength MCO (Ancient Minerals™ Mg Oil strength) contains 560 mg of
How to Make Magnesium Oil
directly raises magnesium levels in specific localized tissues -
for the relief of aches, pain,
soreness, infection, burns, etc. Localized application is particularly useful
for relieving the pain of sore muscles and joints related to magnesium
Different Methods of Transdermal Magnesium
- Using magnesium chloride flakes/crystals or
magnesium chloride oil (MCO)
IMPORTANT: Read ALL instructions before applying
magnesium chloride oil
Apply MCO to skin and rub in
Magnesium Chloride Oil Pack
Apply MCO to skin and ruB IN
What strength magnesium chloride oil (MCO) to use?
35% strength MCO provides 600
mg elemental magnesium in 1 teaspoon
– a small amount to spread over the skin, this concentration is well
tolerated by most people without irritation problems on limbs and torso
(provided skin is unbroken)
How to Make Magnesium Oil
35% strength may be too
strong for the face and neck and definitely too strong for burns or wounds –
for these applications the oil must
be appropriately diluted. A 4% solution is recommended for burns and wounds
(i.e. dilute1 part 35% oil: 8 parts water).
Dilute the oil further if
you experience too much “stinging” - use clean, filtered water or spring
water. Do not use chlorinated water.
MCO feels slightly slippery like an oil at first
(although it’s not really an oil) - but after 1-2 minutes, as
absorption occurs, it no longer feels oily.
For relief or treatment of a specific area, E.g. sore muscles, achy joints,
muscle spasms, face, neck, scalp, cuts/wounds, burns
- rub thoroughly into that
area - the more you rub, the more your skin will absorb; Let dry before covering
increase body’s magnesium levels:
Apply with hand or spray
several body areas - both arms and legs, and maybe also the abdomen for a
large absorption surface area. Again, let it dry before putting clothes over it.
Or slather whole body -
you can even strip down and use a spray bottle or pour oil into your hand
to slather and then rub the oil onto your body from the neck down. Next lie down
and relax for 30 mins. on an old sheet or towel (or find something to do that is
not at odds with being naked), to allow time for oil to soak in. Finish by
rinsing off oil in the shower. Don’t use soap. Towel dry.
How much MCO to use? -
One tsp of MCO (35% solution) contains
~600 mg magnesium, so 1 teaspoon once a day should be ample for most people.
Although three to five
times daily is recommended for a few weeks for those battling serious illness, to replenish magnesium levels as quickly as possible.
Putting ½ tsp. at a
time in the palm of your hand is usually more manageable
trying to apply the whole teaspoon all at once
Dr. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D and neurosurgeon, has found that skin
application of Mg chloride oil, with a concentration of at least 25% magnesium
chloride, restores intracellular levels within 4-6 weeks.
Avoid sensitive body parts,
E.g. the nipples, genital area, eyes, freshly shaved underarms, freshly shaved
face - It won’t damage them, but believe me it will sting!
You can leave it on for a few days or at least until your next shower –
but it is best to shower
at least every few days because
the magnesium residue builds up lessening the skin’s absorption of new
applications of oil.
If the residue that is
left itches too much -
you can wash it off after 30-40 mins.
you use lotion or other skin oils, apply them
after the magnesium oil –
since by saturating the skin they would hinder the uptake of the
magnesium oil, which would be left sitting on top of your skin.
Use damp heat for deeper penetration of oil
use a Mg Chloride oil pack with a hot water bottle. Moist
heat penetrates deep into tissue.
Physical massage much improves absorption into muscles and joints
- spastic muscles have poor blood
and lymph circulation, which makes it difficult for the magnesium to dissolve
and flush out tissue and joint calcifications. Absorption improves by increasing
the circulation through permanently contracted muscles with deep tissue massage,
hot and cold water applications, warm packs, and heat-producing rubs with
magnesium chloride oil. Moving your lymph via exercise helps flush out the
offending calcium accumulations.
USING MCO or MAgNESIUM CHlORIDE Flakes
Using a footbath is a relaxing way to raise
body’s magnesium levels. Also, this is the
preferred method of application for any
health issues with the lower extremities such as the feet, ankles and legs
Pour 4 ounces of Magnesium
Oil or 1-2 Cups magnesum chloride flakes into a heated footbath – if
using flakes allow time for them to dissolve. Massaging and/or vibrating option may
enhance your experience.
Add just enough
warm (101 – 105 °F) water to cover your
feet - Do not use water at a temperature of >105 °F, which encourages
general excretion rather than absorption.
Soak clean washed
feet for 20-25 minutes
DON'T THROW OUT THE WATER -
to economize, you can reuse it several times - just top it up with some
hot water and a little extra oil (well at least until it gets disgusting! –
that’s why you wash your feet first).
How often should you take
a footbath? – if you are trying to remedy
a magnesium deficiency, you should take a daily footbath for a week and then 3
times/week for a couple months to increase your body’s magnesium levels.
Add in ¼ cup of baking soda for an extra akalizing therapy
sodium bicarbonate is used to counter acidity in the body, which
is present in most of today’s degenerative health problems. Cancer cannot
survive in an alkaline environment, making this additional alkalizing therapy a
ECONOMICAL TO USE MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE FLAKES
For a severe magnesium deficiency
consider a relaxing soak in a magnesium chloride solution in the bathtub
(and also add baking soda for an extra alkalizing touch).
is counter-productive if your water is chlorinated - in which case
you will need to use a filter at the supply. Chlorine filters can be found
The size of a bathtub warrants the more economical use of magnesium chloride
(instead of oil).
How many pounds of magnesium chloride flakes? -
use 2-4 pounds magnesium chloride flakes
considering that the more you fill the tub, the more diluted your solution will
principles of balneotherapy, enough magnesium chloride must be added to bath
water to make a hypertonic solution (i.e bath has a higher salt concentration
than the body). This is an excellent way to both deliver needed trace minerals
directly into the body, and to help the body cleanse itself.
The temperature of the magnesium bath should be warm
(101 – 105 °F) - rather than hot, for efficient absorption of the
How long? – 25-30 minutes is
suggested; longer bath times can
increase the amount of magnesium absorbed, but you don’t want to be sitting in
for four weeks, take no more
than 2 bathtub soaks per week. This is a powerful way to improve your
magnesium levels, but be aware that you can have too much of a good thing. Too
much magnesium becomes unbalanced with the body’s calcium and can result in
muscle weakness—take note of sensations while in the tub, or muscle weakness
outside the tub. If this occurs take some good calcium to counteract the
Magnesium Chloride Oil (MCO) Pack
Make a compress pack -
Fold a piece of 100% wool, soft cotton or small towel into 3 or 4
layers and soak in magnesium chloride oil to make a pack.
Heat in a low-heated pan or the microwave
– make sure it is not too hot.
Place pack over area of
concern – E.g. tumors, infected, inflamed,
painful/stiff/calcified joints or muscles, adhesions or scar tissue.
Cover with plastic and a
dry towel for insulation and leave for 1-2 hours –
For best absorption, place a hot water
bottle over the pack to keep it warm.
Pack can be reused a few
times - keep it wrapped in
plastic, and refresh with a little more oil at the next use.
Example uses of Transdermal Magnesium Chloride
Aching/Sore muscles – apply an MCO pack to area
and if problem is chronic also use the footbath method.
Cancer – use the footbath regimen in conjuction
with rubbing on skin for 2 months to normalize body’s magnesium levels, which
are usually found depleted in cancer patients. Chemotherapy also further
depletes Mg levels
Fibromyalgia – Mg deficiency is almost always the root
cause of this painful problem.
Apply diluted MCO to the face for acne, eczema,
psoriasis or to rejuvenate/moisturize your facial skin
You may get some initial irritation/inflammatory reaction –
experienced as redness, rash or heat as the magnesium goes to work. Don’t go
past your comfort level, just dilute the oil some more, even if it takes longer
to attain successful results. Also, you can always wash it off with water if you
need to. However, once the magnesium has dealt with the problems (after about a
week or so of daily application), you may even be able to apply the oil full
strength with no more reaction.
Wounds - MCO is best used as a 4%
solution, that is 4 g (a level teaspoon) Magnesium Chloride flakes in 100 ml (about a
4oz glass) of water.
Personal care uses
Natural deodorant –
dab into armpits using fingers or a 100% cotton ball. Dilute as needed,
or it may sting (especially if you have recently shaved)
MgCl2: Possible Counter Indications and Warnings
Too much Mg can cause muscle weakness, decreased reflexes and disordered cardiac
rhythm - If this happens temporarily use more
calcium. Having said this, it is unlikely that the use of transdermal magnesium
could cause a problem with an overdose, any more than would regularly swimming
in the ocean
someone has kidney failure or is on a dialysis machine - then excess
magnesium will build up because it will not be eliminated in the urine.
Magnesium supplementation should NOT be attempted without medical supervision
Those with an excessively slow heart rate
Those with myasthenia gravis
Those with sever adrenal weakness or low blood
pressure need to be careful
Those with low blood pressure –
usually require extra
calcium in addition to magnesium. Normal blood pressure is about 120/80; the
lower it is, the higher the need for daily calcium supplementation. While those
with high blood pressure benefit from ingesting twice as much magnesium as
calcium, those with low blood pressure may take twice as much calcium as
magnesium, but both in relatively high amounts. Those with low blood pressure
and inflammatory tendencies should also significantly reduce their phosphorus
intake, since a high levels of phosphorus in the body tends to deplete magnesium