Magnesium chloride
/Magnesium flakes

Often used in magnesium “oil” or in lotions or creams designed to be used on your skin. Great to use in baths or foot soaks.

Magnesium sulphate/Epsom Salts

Often touted as a ‘detox’ magnesium. Suitable to support the body’s healing and recovery. The sulphate can help the liver complete metabolic tasks often not efficiently working effectively, and the magnesium is quickly used. Great to use in baths or foot soaks.

Magnesium Bath Recipes

Remember to start low and slow.  The amount is for a full size bath so adjust accordingly to how much water you put in it.  It is a good idea to use ¼ of the recipe if you have not done this before and see how your body responds.  You do not need to do all of the recipes, just pick one or two and try to utilise them every day or 3 times a week.

Magnesium Bath using Epsom Salts or Magnesium Chloride Flakes


  • 2 cups of Epsom salts OR Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • 1 cup of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
  • A small sprinkle of Borax
  • Very warm water bath


  1. Place epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes, baking soda and Borax in a very warm bath.
  2. Soak for at least 20mins.  

Magnesium Foot Soak Recipes

Magnesium oil foot soaks using magnesium oil (magnesium chloride).


  • 1-2 oz (approximately 30-60mls)
  • Very warm water
  • Small tub big enough to fit your feet


  1. Place 1-2 oz (approximately 30-60mls) in very warm water covering your toes in a small tub.
  2. Soak for at least 20mins. 

This can be done daily, if not at least 3 times a week.

Epsom salts foot soaks


  • ½ cup of Epsom salts
  • ¼  cup of baking soda/bicarbonate of soda
  • A small sprinkle of Borax
  • Very warm water
  • Small tub big enough to fit your feet


  1. Place epsom salts, baking soda, Borax and very warm water in a small tub and stir to dissolve
  2. Soak your feet for at least 20mins

How to make magnesium oil


  • ½ cup of Magnesium Chloride Flakes
  • ½ cup of purified or distilled water


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

How to make Mag-a-hol

Mag-a-hol is great for transdermal application to areas where you have pain, such as sore joints etc. (devised by Hemant Trivedi)


  • 200ml Ethyl Alcohol 190 proof (Everclear)
  • 120-140g of Magnesium chloride flakes/powder
  • 1.5 to 2.0ml of glycerin
  • One large wide mouth jar/bottle with a lid
  • 1 stirring spoon
  • One or two spray bottles made of Glass/Polypropylene/pet.


  • 200ml of unflavoured alcohol such as Vodka, 40% alcohol (80 proof)
  • 120-140g of Magnesium chloride flakes/powder
  • One large wide mouth jar/bottle with a lid
  • 1 stirring spoon
  • One or two spray bottles made of Glass/Polypropylene/pet.


  1. Pour the alcohol into the wide mouth jar/bottle.
  2. Start adding in Magnesium Chloride flakes/powder little by little
  3. Keep stirring, after adding in 100gms of Magnesium chloride, it will take some time to dissolve.
  4. Put the lid on and vigorously shake the jar and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. You will see more magnesium chloride dissolving, so keep adding in the magnesium chloride until it dissolves.
  6. Add in glycerin (if using Everclear) and with the lid closed, shake vigorously.
  7. Let it rest for 2 hours.
  8. You will find that the complex has cleared and little sedimentation is at the bottom.
  9. Carefully fill the spray bottle with Mag-a-hol.


You can now use it as a spray or apply to skin similar as you would with magnesium oil.


  • Do not heat the mixture at any point of time
  • Do not apply to eyes

How to make Magnesium Cream/Lotions

There are lots of recipes online that you can use to make magnesium cream/lotions

Here are a couple of examples:

Magnesium Lotion

(devised by Simone Charette Girouard Winter)


  • 3 cups Magnesium chloride Flakes
  • 10 oz. hot boiling water
  • 2 cups Coconut Oil
  • 10 tablespoons of melted beeswax


  • Wire whisk
  • Saucepan
  • Pyrex bowl
  • Blender


  1. Dissolve Magnesium flakes in hot water with a whisk in a Pyrex bowl and then whisk until dissolved. Let it go cold. Alternatively, you can soak them overnight so it is dissolved. (it must be dissolved and cold before you put in the blender)
  2. Melt beeswax in a saucepan on top of the stove on low heat.
  3. In your blender, add Coconut Oil, then Magnesium mixture, then your melted beeswax.
  4. I blend for 5 minutes or so.
  5. When you test to make sure it is well blended, take a bit and rub on the arm.

If not smooth, keep blending until smooth.

How to make Magnesium Water (magnesium bicarbonate)

This recipe can be doubled.  Once made up 1 oz or 30ml is equal to 45mg of elemental magnesium. (devised by MJ Hampstead)


  • One litre of plain sparkling water, carbonated water or Seltzer water, optionally soda water
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) of plain Milk of Magnesia (MoM) containing about 1500mg of elemental magnesium OR ¾ teaspoon of Magnesium hydroxide powder equalling 1500mg of elemental magnesium


  1. Chill the one litre bottle of sparkling water
  2. Measure out the 45ml of plain MoM
  3. Slowly open the sparkling water to minimize loss of carbonation
  4. Pour a bit of sparkling water into a glass (approximately 2-3 oz) to allow more headroom
  5. Slowly, very slowly trickle in the 45ml of MoM
  6. Quickly cap the bottle
  7. Shake with vigor
  8. Let is settle until clear
  9. Shake with vigor again

The sides of the plastic bottle may pull in a bit and this is OK.  There may be some white residue on the bottom of the bottle and this is OK too.  The residue is unconverted MoM.

The Mag Water concentrate should now be ready to use.



Each ounce (30ml) of the Mag Water concentrate contains about 45mg of elemental magnesium.

You can add 30ml of the Mag Water to your bottle of water.

This Mag Water, diluted can be enjoyed throughout the day to provide a small steady stream of both magnesium and bicarbonate.

It can be flavoured to suit your taste or added to other beverages.

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