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Magnesium Chloride Flakes - 5 Ways to Use Them to Transform Your Health

Updated on July 5, 2016

Magnesium chloride flakes used 5 different ways

I use magnesium chloride flakes to make my own magnesium oils, lotions, drinks and bath products that are more effective than magnesium supplements or diet changes.I recently discovered the incredible health effects of using magnesium chloride flakes and I couldn't wait to share this information with others.On this page, I'll show you 5 different ways to use magnesium chloride flakes for therapeutic and health benefits.

If you want to increase your magnesium intake easily and at a low cost, this is a great way to do so! Nearly everyone can benefit from increasing their magnesium intake (more on magnesium health benefits later). But it's increasingly difficult to get enough magnesium from diet alone, as modern soils have become depleted of their minerals. And magnesium supplements are great, but some people report loose stools when taking these, a sign of lack of absorption.

I find it hard to swallow pills (and never remember to take them regularly) so topical magnesium was the obvious choice for me.I feel calmer, sleep better and have erased several health problems since using magnesium chloride flakes topically.

The best quality Magnesium Flakes for your money

Swanson Magnesium Chloride Flakes 2.2 lb (35.27 Ounce) (1 kg) Flakes
Swanson Magnesium Chloride Flakes 2.2 lb (35.27 Ounce) (1 kg) Flakes
My naturopathic Doctor recommends this brand of magnesium chloride flakes. She says it's the same quality as more expensive brands, and I personally have had excellent results with it. The large jar makes it far easier to store the flakes without making a mess than other brands that come in plastic bags.

Magnesium flakes vs supplements

Most supplements use magnesium oxide, whose rate of absorption can be as low as 4%. By comparison, magnesium chloride is much more bio-available with rates of absorption of at least 12%.

The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated Edition)
The Magnesium Miracle (Revised and Updated Edition)
The best book about magnesium deficiency, treatment and the effect of this mineral on all of us. A must read for anyone who cares about their health.

The Magnesium Miracle

This is the best book out there about the power of magnesium on our health. Written by a doctor who knows her stuff, it is engaging and easy enough to read for someone with no medical background.You'll be amazed at just how important magnesium is, and like me wonder why more people don't know about it. After reading this book, I started using magnesium daily and am happy to report that my health is much better. I sleep better, feel less anxious and have had several annoying health problems disappear.You won't be disappointed by this book.

1. Easy DIY Magnesium Oil

Although it is not technically an oil, this recipe has a greasy feeling that makes it better described as an oil than a water.I make a large batch and store it in a glass jar, then use it to fill up a small spray bottle for everyday use. Stored in a decorative bottle with a pretty label, it makes a great homemade gift for health conscious friends.I use it every day by spraying it between 10 and 20 times on my arms, feet or other body parts and rubbing it in. If you have a willing partner, ask them to give you a massage with magnesium oil. It's so so relaxing.

Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: 1


  • 1 cup magnesium chloride flakes
  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat up the water until too hot to touch (but not boiling).Add the magnesium flakes, and stir well until they melt into the water.Use a funnel to pour the magnesium oil into a glass jar or bottle. It will keep for months.
5 stars from 1 rating of DIY Magnesium Oil recipe

Magnesium dosage

No need to stress about the dosage. Apply 2-3 times per day, according to the severity of your symptoms. I spray my body with magnesium oil twice a day and massage it in. Or you can rinse it off after 20 minutes.You can't overdose with magnesium - your body will only absorb what it needs.

Transdermal magnesium therapy - what can it do for you? - Magnesium chloride health benefits

Here are just a few of the many ways that magnesium therapy can change your life

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced body odor
  • Reduced hyperactivity in children
  • Relief from arthritis
  • Reduced cavities, tooth decay and bad breath
  • Relief from asthma symptoms
  • Reduced symptoms of autism in children
  • More energy, reduced fatigue
  • Better moods - reduced anxiety and depression
  • Reduced hypoglycaemia
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Relief from migraines and headaches
  • Improved appetite
  • Improved thyroid function
  • Relief from restless leg syndrome - reduced muscle cramps
  • Improved eyesight
  • Relief from symptoms of PMS and menopause
  • and much, much more (see the links below for more info)

Magnesium chloride health benefits

The health benefits of magnesium have been recorded for decades, but it is only recently that this information is becoming more mainstream. There are several high profile doctors and researchers who have written about magnesium deficiency and treating it. Here are some interesting articles to check out.

Can't I just use Epsom salts?

Epsom salt is also known as magnesium sulfate, which makes many people think that it gives the same therapeutic benefits as magnesium flakes, supplements or oils.In fact, magnesium sulfate is a form of the mineral that is less able to be absorbed, so it will sooth sore muscles but won't provide much more therapeutic benefit than that.If you're using magnesium as a simple way to relax sore muscles after a long day of work, Epsom salts are a great product. A nice foot soak in the evenings will make you feel better.But it won't give you the health results that magnesium chloride will, as it has a higher absorbability.

2. Relaxing magnesium bath

An easy way to get your daily magnesium is to run a warm bath and put about a cup of magnesium chloride flakes in there. Don't run the water too hot - you want to absorb the minerals rather than eliminate them.Foot baths are also nice - I use about 1/4 magnesium flakes in a small foot tub.

What they don't tell you on the packet

Be careful not to spray or apply magnesium on any area of your body that is especially sensitive - it can burn! If you wouldn't rub salt on the area, don't apply the magnesium there.

I found out the hard way after rubbing magnesium oil on my newly shaved legs.If you've already applied the stuff and it's starting to itch and tingle, simply wash it off with water.

3. DIY Magnesium Chloride Lotion

Some people find magnesium oil a bit drying or annoying to use. This simple homemade lotion recipe is a great solution because it moisturises the skin while delivering health benefits.My favourite way to use this lotion is to rub it on my feet, put socks on and go to sleep. I wake up with the softest feet ever!


  • 1 cup magnesium chloride flakes
  • half cup warm water
  • half cup avocado or sweet almond or olive oil
  • half cup shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp beeswax


  1. - Add the magnesium flakes to the warm water and stir or shake until the flakes have dissolved. This is now magnesium oil.- Heat the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan until the beeswax is melted.- Let cool slightly, then blend at the lowest speed in a blender.- Very slowly add the magnesium oil to the blender, drop by drop until it is all added.- Turn up the speed, and blend until the mixture is thick, pale and smooth.- Pour into a glass jar and let cool completely before use. It will become thick and creamy once cool.

4. DIY Magnesium Drink recipe

Some people don't have the time or energy to apply magnesium oil topically every day. Another easy way to get your magnesium levels up is to drink it.While oral supplements can lead to loose stools in some people, drinking the magnesium this way shouldn't have this effect as it is a smaller amount. Nevertheless, start the treatment slowly and check how your body reacts.One warning - magnesium chloride is very bitter, so drink it quickly!


  • 20 grams or 0.7 ounces magnesium chloride flakes
  • 1 litre or 1 quart warm water


  1. Add the magnesium flakes to the warm water, and shake or stir until the flakes have fully dissolved.Drink one small glass per day, diluted with juice or as is.

5. Magnesium flakes added to food

This suggestion is not for everyone, as magnesium has a salty and bitter taste that takes some getting used to.For an extra mineral boost, you can grind magnesium flakes into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Sprinkle a tiny amount on popcorn, grilled vegetables or into soups.You can also use your home-made or bought magnesium oil to spray onto foods and into drinks.

What do you think about magnesium flakes? - Will you try making magnesium oil or lotion?

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      18 months ago

      I have been learning about magnesium flakes lately and wanted to know how to use and apply the product so this was very helpful! Thank you.

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      3 years ago

      Magnesium flakes are not that bad to consume.

      Several years ago I was taking magnesium flakes for a year or so by stirring 1-2 grams in a glass of water.. I have afib and was looking for sources of magnesium and saw that Magnesium Chloride had a high absorption rate.

      I didn't see many retail sources for Magnesium Chloride back then and I considered them too expensive. Then I discovered MagFlakes (a de-icer) and lookd for sources for that. At a local Salt company I found 50lb bags of Mag Flakes for about $12. I thought the price was incredible compared to health store prices.... and Mag Flakes brand are pure dead sea Magnesium Chloride.

      I was taking the Mag Flakes in water for about a year or so but

      due to lack of knowledge I discontinued this practice because I thought maybe all that chloride was probably not good for me.

      Since then I have been taking magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate which is a lot more expensive even though I buy it in 1.5 kg containers.

      Now reading I see that Magnesium Chloride is very good for the body.. and if I hadn't discontinued using it, I probably would not have the slow digestion problems I have today due to low hydrochloric acid in my stomach..

      So, back to Magnesium Chloride I go after using up my remaining 200 or so home filled capsules.

      I don't think I will be buying the 50 lb bags with the high humidity here in Baltimore.. since due to the humidity the bags turn to rock in the summer time and then melt and leak with all the humidity.

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      GreenMind Guides 

      7 years ago from USA

      Who knew? Magnesium flakes sound like magic. Cool lens, well-written, well-researched.

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is great information. I always thought I was getting magnesium when I soaked my feet in epsom salts for give my self a pedi -- apparently not.

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      7 years ago

      I had know idea that this mineral was so important. I will try it out!


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