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Magnesium Oil is derived from natural, condensed
seawater and contains a multitude of healthful,
dissolved minerals and trace elements. The “oil-like”
(brine) feel is due to its viscosity and saturation
of trace elements.
Condensed seawater: i.e.: water, magnesium chloride,
potassium chloride, sodium chloride, boron, calcium,
selenium, and other trace elements of seawater;
(approx. 2300 mg. of magnesium chloride Hexahydrate
per teaspoon . . . 5 ml)
We recommend pouring 2 oz. or more ounces of Magnesium
Oil in a tub (or a foot soak) of warm/hot water
for a pleasurable, 30-minute “sea bath”,
to help support relief from daily stress, and to
promote a feeling of wellness.
**Great for the skin to use as a massage oil - can
mix 50% water before applying to skin
magnesium oil can and should be diluted when applying
directly to the skin (especially with children)
if redness or "stingy" feelings result in uncomfortable
feelings or sensations. If one is suffering from
long term illness of any kind, dosages, whether
orally or topically administered, should be started
at lower levels and brought up gradually.
Magnesium For Life by Dr. Marc Sircus pp.108
Avoid direct contact with eyes and sensitive mucous
membranes as you would with any sea-salt solution.
If you experience a slight, temporary stinging sensation,
simply dilute the area with clean water.
MIRACLE OF MAGNESIUM
Carolyn Dean is both a medical doctor and naturopathic
doctor who assists individuals with all types
of illness at any stage or severity.
Magnesium Oil. When I first wrote The Magnesium
Miracle, I realized that many people can’t
take oral magnesium because of the laxative effect.
Therefore I began researching and then advising
people to put supersaturated magnesium chloride—called
magnesium oil on their skin to bypass the intestines;
stimulate DHEA production that occurs in the skin;
use it in baths and foot baths for muscle aches,
joint pain, and foot pain and neuropathy.
Every day I hear another magnesium success story.
My editor for the UK edition of The Miracle of
Magnesium told me that as soon as she read my
manuscript she gave magnesium to a friend who
had severe muscle cramps. Her friend had visited
several doctors and nobody could diagnosis her
condition or could offer her relief. Magnesium
helped her immediately. My book agent’s
brother can’t believe how much his energy
has improved on magnesium and his wife’s
menopausal symptoms are lifting since she began
And every day I also hear distressing stories
about magnesium deficiency. Just today walking
along the beach near my home I met an 80-year
old gentleman who asked me to sit and talk. Julius
said he used to walk up and down the beach like
me but now his arthritis prevented him. But he
said he only began having symptoms of arthritis
after taking medication for slightly elevated
cholesterol. Instead of a diet and magnesium,
his doctor immediately put him on a cholesterol-lowering
drug. When he began developing pain, which was
obviously from the drug, instead of stopping the
drug and giving magnesium to lower cholesterol,
to help detoxify the drug, and also lessen muscle
cramps, his doctor gave him a strong pain medication.
And then his ankles began to swell and Julius
said his doctor gave him a diuretic!
And so the story goes, one drug causing symptoms
that demand another drug. That’s what doctors
learn about in medical school: drugs. They don’t
learn about diet and nutrients, so it seems that
all they know how to do is prescribe drugs. Julius
said he was going to tell his doctor to change
his cholesterol medication, which, by the way,
in several years had only dropped his cholesterol
of 205 to 185. I told him to go on a cholesterol-lowering
diet and take magnesium. Even though Julius said
he was mad about having to take the drugs and
he wished he had been given a diet in the first
place, Julius said he would have to ask his doctor
before taking the magnesium. And my heart sank,
because his doctor probably didn’t learn
about magnesium supplementation in medical school
and would probably say it’s unnecessary.
Doctors know potassium deficiency is a danger
for people on diuretics but they don’t acknowledge
that magnesium is also flushed out in equal measure.
Magnesium deficiency goes undiagnosed and unrecognized
because until recently there was no accurate blood
test for magnesium*. Patients are warned to take
potassium supplements or eat oranges and bananas,
but no advice is given about magnesium. Magnesium
is not as readily available as potassium; it’s
deficient in the soil and most fertilizers don’t
contain magnesium, so most foods are lacking.
Also cooking and processing foods depletes magnesium.
It’s found in whole grains, greens, nuts
and seeds, but most people don’t eat much,
if any, of those foods.
And yet, for some reason doctors think that we
get all our nutrients in our very SAD, Standard
American Diet and they don’t recognize the
need for nutrient supplementation. It all stems
back to a medical education that is funded by
drug companies that have no vested interest in
promoting nutrients. Vitamins and minerals can’t
be patented and are relatively inexpensive. My
research for The Miracle of Magnesium reminded
me that all the metabolic processes in the body,
ALL OF THEM, depend on vitamins and minerals,
which act as necessary co-factors. Magnesium itself
is a co-factor and responsible for the function
of 325 enzymes; is an absolute requirement for
calcium to be incorporated into bone; keeps toxic
chemicals out of the brain; dances with calcium
to create nerve impulses and muscle impulses;
keeps muscles relaxed, including the heart and
blood vessels, and triggers dozens of health conditions
if it is deficient.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for magnesium
is between 350 and 400 milligrams per day, which
is just enough to ward off outright deficiency.
But for optimal health and for the twenty-two
conditions that are triggered by magnesium deficiency,
perhaps twice as much magnesium is needed. One
of the highest sources of magnesium is kelp, but
one tsp. only has about 30 milligrams. One tablespoon
of almonds has 33 milligrams. Because we probably
don’t get nearly enough magnesium from out
diet we have to investigate magnesium supplements.
I use several types of magnesium. However, I stopped
using magnesium oxide in 2005 when I read a study
that showed only 4 percent of the oxide form of
magnesium is absorbed. That’s why magnesium
oxide is a great laxative but if you want to stock
up on magnesium you need to use other forms. I
use magnesium citrate and magnesium taurate and
also spray on magnesium oil after a shower. Magnesium
oil is supersaturated magnesium chloride and because
it’s used topically it doesn’t cause
a laxative effect. And I find it really does work.
I seem to have a very high requirement for magnesium
and to get enough by mouth I can have a laxative
reaction—but if I use magnesium oil, I only
need to take half the amount of magnesium by mouth
and therefore avoid loose stools.
You also have read labels when you buy magnesium
products. For example a label may say magnesium
taurate, or magnesium citrate, or magnesium glycinate,
500 milligrams, but when you look at the fine
print on the back of the bottle you will notice
the actual amount of magnesium is much less. The
actual amount of magnesium in 500 mg of magnesium
glycinate is 50 mg. Companies that make chelated
minerals like magnesium glycinate and magnesium
taurate claim that chelates are more readily absorbed.
That may be the case, but how you tell is if they
have less of a laxative effect.
The best way to tell if you are getting enough
magnesium is the “bowel test”. You
know when you have too much magnesium when your
stools become loose. This, in fact, may be a blessing
for people with constipation and is one of the
many ways magnesium deficiency manifests. But,
if you are like me and still get a Charlie horse
or a heart palpitation when you don’t have
enough magnesium, then reach for the magnesium
The only contraindications to magnesium are caused
in people with outright kidney failure, bowel
obstruction, Myasthenia gravis, or heart block.
Also, if you have a heart condition you may find
that taking magnesium can lessen the need for
heart medication and you should be under doctor’s
supervision to guide this process.
The following 22 medical areas that magnesium
deficiency triggers or causes have all been scientifically
proven. However, since the publication of The
Miracle of Magnesium, people have sent me magnesium
stories that go beyond the following list. I’ve
been told that magnesium had caused skin to become
smooth, gums to heal, and improvements in sexual
response. If you are only able to take one supplement–make
sure it’s magnesuim!
Magnesium deficiency triggers or causes the following
Anxiety and Panic attacks- Magnesium (Mg)
normally keeps adrenal stress hormones under
• Asthma- Both histamine production
and bronchial spasms increase with Mg deficiency.
• Blood clots- Mg has an important role
to play in preventing blood clots and keeping
the blood thin-much like aspirin but without
the side effects.
• Bowel disease- Mg deficiency slows
down the bowel causing constipation, which
could lead to toxicity and malabsorption of
nutrients, as well as colitis.
• Cystitis- Bladder spasms are worsened
by Mg deficiency.
• Depression-Serotonin, which elevates
moods, is dependent on Mg. A Mg-deficient
brain is also more susceptible to allergens,
foreign substances that can cause symptoms
similar to mental illness.
• Detoxification- Mg is crucial for
the removal of toxic substances and heavy
metals such as aluminum and lead.
• Diabetes- Mg enhances insulin secretion,
facilitating sugar metabolism. Without Mg
insulin is not able to transfer glucose into
cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the
blood causing various types of tissue damage.
• Fatigue- Mg-deficient patients commonly
experience fatigue because dozens of enzyme
systems are under-functioning. An early symptom
of Mg deficiency is frequently fatigue.
• Heart disease- Mg deficiency is common
in people with heart disease. Mg is administered
in hospitals for acute myocardial infarction
and cardiac arrhythmia. Like any other muscle,
the heart muscle requires Mg. Mg is also used
to treat angina, or chest pain.
• Hypertension- With insufficient Mg,
spasm of blood vessels and high cholesterol
occur, both of which lead to blood pressure
• Hypoglycemia- Mg keeps insulin under
control; without Mg episodes of low blood
sugar can result.
• Insomnia- Sleep-regulating melatonin
production is disturbed without sufficient
• Kidney Disease- Mg deficiency contributes
to atherosclerotic kidney failure. Mg deficiency
creates abnormal lipid levels and worsening
blood sugar control in kidney transplant patients.
• Liver Disease leading to liver failure-
Mg deficiency commonly occurs during liver
• Migraine- Serotonin balance is Mg-dependent.
Deficiency of serotonin can result in migraine
headaches and depression.
• Musculoskeletal conditions- Fibrositis,
fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, eye twitches,
cramps and chronic neck and back pain may
be caused by Mg deficiency and can be relieved
with Mg supplements.
• Nerve problems- Mg alleviates peripheral
nerve disturbances throughout the whole body,
such as migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal
spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It
is also used in treating central nervous symptoms
of vertigo and confusion.
• Obstetrics and Gynecology- Mg prevents
Premenstrual Syndrome; prevents dysmenorrhea
(cramping pain during menses); is important
in the treatment of infertility; and alleviates
premature contractions, preeclampsia, and
eclampsia in pregnancy. Intravenous Mg is
given in obstetrical wards for pregnancy-induced
hypertension and to lessen the risk of cerebral
palsy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Mg should be a required supplement for pregnant
• Osteoporosis- Use of calcium with
Vitamin D to enhance calcium absorption without
a balancing amount of Mg causes further Mg
deficiency, which triggers a cascade of events
leading to bone loss.
• Raynaud’s Syndrome- Mg helps
relax the spastic blood vessels that cause
pain and numbness of the fingers.
• Tooth decay- Mg deficiency causes
an unhealthy balance of phosphorus and calcium
in saliva, which damages teeth.
Material excerpted from Dean, Carolyn. The
Miracle of Magnesium (2003 Ballantine Books:
New York, NY), 2003. pp. 5-7.
Dr. Carolyn Dean is an acknowledged authority
in both conventional and alternative medicine.
As the well-known author of The Miracle of
Magnesium, she is an expert in recognizing
and treating the dozens of conditions caused
by magnesium deficiency.