7 Top Uses, Benefits & Side Effects of Magnesium Oil For Health, Skin & Hair

Magnesium is a vital ingredient that many of us are deficient in and that leads to poor sleep, not to able handle day-to-day stress and in fact it affects the overall health. Without magnesium, our bodies cannot utilize calcium and many of us are deficient in magnesium without realizing it. Our lifestyles are changing drastically, we are resorting to eating convenience foods a lot and are forgetting all our traditional practices that kept us stress free like oil bath and body massage. We are also eating sugary and processed food a lot than what our elders did and life in general has become very stressful. I am writing this because, I remember talking to my grandmother about the eatables she used to have when she was young. She said that the eatables she had often when she was young were mainly peanut balls (kadalai mittai) or roasted peanuts or puffed rice in the evenings and biscuits were a rare thing. She grew up together with all her cousins and till today she keeps repeating that those days were the best days of her life. Nowadays the amount of junk foods that kids are eating are increasing, thanks to attractive advertisements and also partly because we don’t have the time to make all the iron rich traditional foods & sweets. All these lead to deficiencies, especially magnesium deficiency. Stiff muscles, depression, lack of vitality, muscle cramps, sleeplessness, excessive forgetfulness, excessive thirst and depression are some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency. There are few things that we can do to treat magnesium deficiency naturally at home. One good remedy is taking Epsom salt baths and the other treatment is using magnesium oil on the skin regularly. In fact magnesium is best absorbed through the skin than taken orally, so instead of taking magnesium supplements, start using magnesium oil regularly to treat the deficiency. Magnesium oil can be made at home easily, though it is called magnesium oil, in reality it is just magnesium chloride mixed with distilled water. It is called magnesium oil because it makes the skin oily. To make the magnesium oil, heat 1/4 cup of distilled water in a pan and once it comes to a boil, pour over 1/4 cup of the magnesium chloride crystals and let it dissolve completely and pour it in a spray bottle. If you prefer, you can also add healing essential oils to it and as usual I added my favorite rose essential oil. To use, spray it on the skin and rub it in gently. The area will be slightly oily and it might leave a slight white residue, once it dries on the skin. Start with 2 sprays and slowly increase it to 10 sprays a day. Side effects: When you first start using the oil, it might cause a bit of itching in some and some might find a tingling sensation, this is normal and it will go away in few days. If you feel it persists even after a few applications, try diluting the oil with some more distilled water. Also you might experience burning sensation, when you spray it on open wounds and cuts on the skin. If you don’t want to make your own magnesium oil, you can buy it online too but it is quite expensive. Magnesium chloride is sold online as magnesium chloride bath flakes or magnesium chloride flakes.



           Magnesium oil can double up as a deodorant. The next time your deodorant gets over, give magnesium oil a try before buying the deodorant. The added benefit is that you get a healthy dose of magnesium everyday along with naturally deodorizing your skin. To make the deodorant, take an empty roll on bottle and pour homemade magnesium oil into it and use it after the bath daily. You might find a white residue in the armpits when the oil dries, but you can easily wipe it off and you are good to face the day.


           Magnesium does wonders for problematic skin. Magnesium is vital for dealing with stress, and we all know that we get all kinds of breakouts when we are stressed. Since most of the skin conditions are stress related, using magnesium oil on our skin is a great idea to get the required magnesium for our body. Magnesium lowers stress levels, helps us get deep sleep and improves our skin considerably. To use magnesium oil for treating acne, start spraying your body twice with the magnesium oil but not on the acne prone areas. Some people start seeing results within a week of starting the magnesium oil. You can also increase the spraying gradually, once your body gets used to the dosage. The best time to apply the magnesium oil is in the night, as it leaves a slight residue which many will find it annoying if they are going out in the day. It is also best not to use any cream or lotions at least for an hour or two after using the oil.


                      Complement any middle aged women on her thick tresses and invariably they will reply that their hair was even thicker when they were younger. We all have to accept age related hair loss, but there certain things that we can do greatly stop age related hair loss. One such thing is using magnesium oil on our skin. Magnesium is vital for healthy hair and even a small deficiency in magnesium affects hair adversely. Using magnesium oil on a regular basis is the key to delaying age related hair loss. But be patient with using magnesium oil, as it might take quite some time to see results. Magnesium oil can be used for scanty eyebrows too.


                      Magnesium oil is so very appreciated in sports field because of it’s ability to cure muscle pains and aches very quickly. Carrying a bottle of magnesium oil can save a lot of pain for serious athletes. Spraying the affected area with magnesium oil immediately will ease the inflammation greatly. Not alone for sports people, anyone can benefit from magnesium oil. If you find your muscles are achy or having a severe body pain, spray yourself with magnesium oil. People suffering from arthritis will also find the magnesium oil very beneficial. Before using the magnesium oil, make sure to shower or rinse the area, pat dry and then spray with the magnesium oil. Make sure to leave it on overnight and the next day shower as usual.


                    If you are suffering from insomnia, give magnesium oil a try. I know there are lot of remedies for insomnia, but magnesium deficiency is said to be the the main cause in major part of the insomniacs. How do we know we are deficient in magnesium? Like I mentioned before, if your eyes twitch, have difficulty sleeping well, poor memory, dizziness, cold hands and feet and muscle tightness then you might be lacking in magnesium. The best way to get magnesium is through Epsom salt baths and magnesium oil. Spray your feet with magnesium oil before sleep daily to ensure you get a good dose of magnesium everyday. Once your magnesium levels go up, you will find yourself sleeping soundly at night and waking up refreshed. The best thing about magnesium oil is you don’t have to worry about over dosing, as your body simply will not absorb the excess from the skin. Many people struggling with sleep find magnesium oil a good remedy for sleep, so please give it at try…


                 Psoriasis is a severe skin disease that causes redness and scaling of the skin accompanied by severe itching. Usually steroid creams are prescribed, but long term use of steroid creams have worse side effects. Doctors have found that people who are suffering from psoriasis are usually deficient in magnesium.
If you are suffering from psoriasis, check for symptoms of magnesium
deficiency and if you are deficient, magnesium oil can greatly help in psoriasis. Soaking in either Epsom salt bath or magnesium oil bath also will greatly help psoriasis, but use it regularly to see results. Magnesium chloride is better absorbed than magnesium sulphate, so it’s best to opt for magnesium oil. Once you feel you are deficient in magnesium, start using the magnesium oil regularly everyday night before going to bed. Also following a clean diet that is low in processed foods and white sugar will help a lot.


                          Do you know that you can actually brush your teeth with magnesium oil and that it gives wonderful results? Magnesium oil brushing prevents tooth discoloration, cavities and leaves the teeth all shiny and white :). To use the magnesium oil for brushing, spray the magnesium oil twice or thrice on the tooth brush and brush you teeth. But remember it might have a strong taste that many will find unpleasant. But it is wonderful in treating and preventing cavities and tooth discoloration. You can also use it as a mouth wash. To use it as a mouth wash, take a small cap full of magnesium oil and swish it in your mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and then rinse your mouth. Even weekly once or twice usage will give good results.



  1. Anonymous
    March 20, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Good info. Where do we get magnesium chloride crystals

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2015 / 5:07 pm

      You can easily order magnesium chloride flakes online…..

    • Anonymous
      December 12, 2017 / 2:00 pm

      You can buy magnesium chloride from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

  2. Kimberly H
    March 20, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    Hi, Can Magnesium Sulfate be used in these preparations and work as well? I often soak in it at night to relax before I go to bed, but I am sure I need more magnesium in my body.Thanks & Blessings!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      Hi Kimberly, Magnesium chloride is best absorbed in the skin than magnesium sulphate and magnesium sulphate when used to make the oil is a bit drying, so I would prefer using magnesium chloride for making the oil……….

  3. sangeetha menon
    March 21, 2015 / 4:58 am

    Ramya never ever heard of magnesium oil. So happy to read the amazing benefits of magnesium chloride.

  4. Sandy
    March 21, 2015 / 6:30 am

    Thank you Ramya for sharing this beautiful information. Can you tell me how analytical grade is different from bath flakes? Can we use either of two?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2015 / 5:20 pm

      Hi Sandy,Analytical grade magnesium flakes are of highest purity and expensive than normal bath flakes. It is best to use the purest form, but if you find it very expensive then go for the regular magnesium chloride flakes….

    • Sandy
      March 23, 2015 / 5:15 am

      Thank you Ramya. For hair issues do we have to spray it on hair or other application is sufficient?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 23, 2015 / 4:45 pm

      Sandy, You don't have to spray it on the hair, other application is enough….

  5. Sandy
    March 24, 2015 / 4:14 am

    Thank you Ramya 🙂

  6. shruti jalan
    November 20, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Hi ramya, can we use it in our head for hair growth, is it safe to be applied on scul

  7. Unknown
    November 26, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Ramya, my daughter has extremely dry skin and sometimes patches like eczema all over her body. Can this be used on her all over her body?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      I would suggest regularly massaging her skin with homemade Aloe Vera oil (recipe in the blog), the oil stinks badly but works very well for dry skin and mild forms of eczema….

  8. Anonymous
    March 29, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    hey ramyahow are you??how long the magnesium oil can be stored..is there any other home remedy for psoriasis?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 20, 2016 / 2:58 am

      I am fine thank you. Magnesium oil can be stored for about 6 to 8 months. For psoriasis we use a paste made out of turmeric and fresh neem leaves, give it a try….

  9. Anonymous
    May 11, 2016 / 4:07 pm

    is there any other remedies for psoriasis?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      You can try neem oil, turmeric paste and kuppaimeni paste…

  10. Christina Alex
    August 17, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Wow! i am so happy to read this article. You are right. Magnesium oil has more benefits for our health,skin & hair.magnesium oil benefits is most important for our health. I love it so much.

  11. Unknown
    October 9, 2016 / 3:02 am

    Hello Ramya,Is magnesium chloride brine safe to brush teeth with? I have this magnesium oil that is from the Ancients seabeds of Zach stein. It says it's a pure magnesium oil. Thanks!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 22, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      If it is pure magnesium oil you can use it for brushing teeth safely.

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      November 5, 2016 / 3:43 am

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  12. bobby thottum
    November 27, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    Dear Ramya thank you for the wonderful article, as all of us require our daily supplement of Calcium and as you very rightly said, that unless Calcium combines with Magnesium the body does not absorb the Calcium. Having said this, by applying the Magnesium Oil either by hand or spray, will safe levels of Magnesium get absorbed into the blood stream which will absorb the Calcium to strengthen bones and relieve us of several other health issues borne out of lack of Magnesium.

  13. Carey WIlliams
    February 22, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I been using magnesium oil from Asutra that I got on Amazon and it has just been life changing. I have tried all types of brands and Asutra Magnesium Oil is probably the best I have use. It has really helped me with a lot of my issues (pain, cramps, etc) I suggest everyone try magnesium oil!

  14. Unknown
    March 13, 2017 / 6:51 am

    Hello Ramya, The akshar chem magnesium chloride crystals I ordered online states it's for not formedicinal use. What does it mean.? Which brand should I buy?Thanks,!

  15. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 / 9:01 pm
  16. Atlas Chiropractic
    April 18, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Wow! i am so happy to read this article

  17. Veena
    August 15, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Hi. I came across your website only today after seeing it post on fb regarding use of amla for grey hair. Was inspired to know more and was really happy to see so much of information. I have a query with regard to my daughter who is 8 yrs. Of late I have noticed that she sweats a lot leading to the bad odour from her armpits. I am not sure on what should I do about it. Would use of magnesium oil help in reducing the odour or do u suggest any other remedy. Veena

  18. bobby thottum
    August 16, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Yes, you ought to start dabbing half a teaspoon of Magnesium Oil in her armpits. It needs to be done twice for better effect. Once before bedtime and once while she’s getting ready to leave to School.The point here is that, basically the armpits never get aired out and added to sweat accumulating in the region, there would, be a lot bacteria forming which actually causes the bad odor.There are a few more points that you needs to checked out. Find out if your daughter is being stressed out in school, either due to lack of attention or if she’s being bullied and humiliated by any of her classmates. Or that she’s finding the subjects of a particular subject tough. In which case try to arrange home tuitions for her.Check on her homework and home assignments, and if need be pitch in and help her with it, so she does not get stress due to this.Another important point to bear in mind is to ensure that she drinks plenty of water. Dehydration can also cause your sweat to smell. Certain foods, can cause your sweat to stink, especially non-vegetarian fried and oily foods. Try to avoid giving her too much of these.Make it a habit to let her play everyday for at least an hour wherein she gets some physical exercise. A good game which will cause her to sweat and perspire would also reduce the odor.Wishing her all the best.

  19. Unknown
    October 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Hi Ramya,Very nice blog & information :)My mother got rheumatoid arthritis very recently.. Can you please let me know few home remedies/ how to use magnesium oil for the same?

  20. Kay Vee
    November 9, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    Can I dry brush after my magnesium spray? For instance, I spray in the morning and then I'd like to dry brush after the 30 mins before my shower.

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