DIY Magnesium and Body Butter recipe

DIY Magnesium and Body Butter recipe

I've seen magnesium body butter for sale from various sources, but wanted to make my own. My first attempt was disastrous, and put me off for quite some time. I thought I'd tell you what I've learned about making my own, so you can too!

For more background on what this is good for, either read Transdermal Magnesium Therapy by Mark Sircus, or google "transdermal magnesium". I'll write a little bit about it at the bottom of the page as well.

What type of body butter should you use?

  • It needs to be water based. If it's oil based (like real coconut fat), it won't mix with the magnesium.
  • It should be thick consistency. The magnesium will draw out the water, and the mixture will be a runny mess, so the least amount of water in the product you use is good.
  • It should have little fragrance. I tried some body butters from Boots (Mediterranean line), and the fragrance seemed to get stronger when mixed with the magnesium, and some of the fragrances got absolutely unbearable.
  • Test small quantities of different types, because you'll never know exactly how it'll mix. The Boots body butters became clumpy, while a really cheap and nasty body butter did not become clumpy - the fragrance and the consistency worked well for me.

How I do it

I put a good quantity of body butter in a jar - maybe half full. I use a teaspoon to spoon out the body butter, using the back side of it, so it doesn't get stuck in the curved side. I then add magnesium chloride flakes until the jar is full. I then use the spoon to press down on the flakes. By then the process gets started. This photo was taken seconds after I started pressing, and you can already see fluid forming. Be careful about the mixture getting too strong, as some skin areas itch or even develop small sores. Add more body butter if you want it less runny.


How to use it?

I see it as an alternative to the so called "Magnesium Oil".

Short recipe for making magnesium oil: Add a small amount of warm water to a mug. Add magnesium chloride flakes so it's to the top of the water line - aboutish. Stir the mix until it's just liquid (no flakes making sound). Add the mixture to a small spray bottle (think 100 ml bottles or less, with good quality spray nozzle). Add water until the bottle is full. Vary how strong the mixture is, and start with a weaker mixture in the beginning. Spray over areas of the body - a bigger area is easier to spray, like the back. Not so easy to spray the arms or legs - you'll make a mess. Keep in mind that when you spray, some will get on the floor. Some bathroom tiles will become dangerously slippery, and some shoes will also become dangerous if you step in it. Bathroom drains might rust - think about covering those up.

So, you know about spraying magnesium oil. Here's how magnesium body butter is an alternative:

  • The consistency, while runny, is not like water - the magnesium oil is only marginally different from water.
  • You can put it in a jar (make sure it has a good top that won't come off, or maybe even in a tube.
  • Dip one or two fingers in it, and they will be coated with the mixture. It's then easy to rub it on the skin - no wastage.

Keep one thing in mind: You will want to wash your hands after using it - it feels really icky on my hands, though I don't mind it on other parts of my body, unless I touch that area all the time.

On what areas on the body should I use it?

Magnesium (both magnesium chloride and epsom salt) enters the body through the skin (transdermal). It has a systemic effect, which is why you can become really relaxed from a foot bath with epsom salts. But it also has a local effect, if you put it directly on muscles that are cramping, achy and tired or even painful because you didn't stretch enough after working out.

I've had good results from applying magnesium body butter on muscles I'd forgotten to stretch for a long time. I started swimming, and then forgot (for a long time before I realized my error) to stretch my arm over my head (stretches the underside of the arm and the side). By applying the magnesium body butter to the whole area, it's easier to stretch and the muscles respond better.

You could put it on your fingers and then probe muscles, finding spots where they're painful. Then push on the muscle in that spot, rubbing a bit. The point of massage (in my unlearned opinion) is to stretch the muscles by pushing on them - that stretches areas that are hard to stretch other ways.


If you have skin irritation somewhere or even sores, magnesium is going to sting. If your skin is very sensitive, it might itch. If so, use weaker solutions - less magnesium. The skin will build up tolerance. But there are still areas you may want to be very careful - areas where the skin seems weak or reactive. You'll learn over time. There is no risk of getting too much magnesium through the skin - your body won't overload on it, since it's different from eating pills. Most of us are severely deficient in magnesium and need way more than we get anyway. However, if you use a lot of magnesium on your skin, the texture might change. The skin might get rough, maybe look a little wrinkled. It reminds me a little of how my hands feel in the tropics. But I don't know much about this - YMMV.

Where to get it

I get magnesium chloride flakes from ebay (from England to Norway. But there are lots of sellers in the US). I could have bought it locally, but I'm concerned about purity. My goal is to get as little lead as possible in the magnesium, so I buy the expensive stuff. 1/2 kg lasts me quite a long time anyway. Zechstein is considered very pure, Dead Sea less so, but much better than the stuff they use to salt the road here (used for binding dust on farm roads, or even to melt ice).

Last Updated (Saturday, 19 November 2011 14:10)