How to Make Homemade Magnesium Lotion

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Did you know there are over 300 types of cells in your body that rely upon Magnesium to stay healthy? And that most of us walk around with a pretty serious deficiency? I was astonished when I read this. But it’s true.

So, in light of this, I’ve been researching all the things Magnesium is good for and the best ways we can get more of it. What I’m finding is that this amazing mineral is like a miracle-worker for our bodies. When levels of Magnesium are lower than they should be, our bodies will be low on energy, making us feel more tired. Anxiety, tension and even heart palpitations are all signs of a Magnesium deficiency.

How to make Magnesium Lotion that will benefit your health in amazing ways! ||

Benefits of Magnesium

There are many, but here’s a list of conditions that have been scientifically proven to improve with the use of Magnesium, according to Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND, author of The Magnesium Miracle.

Acid Reflux
Adrenal Fatigue
Anxiety/Panic attacks
Panic Attacks
Menstrual Cramps
High Blood Pressure
Diabetes Obesity
Morning Sickness
Heart Disease
Inflammation/Sore Muscles
Kidney Stones
Tooth Decay

As you can see, Magnesium is good for what ails us, in all sorts of ways.

I began learning as much as I could about this miracle mineral mainly because I get migraines. But what I soon realized was that there are a whole host of other reasons why I’ve decided to continue taking Magnesium daily. Not only have my migraines decreased, but I sleep better and my energy levels during the day have drastically increased. I just feel a whole lot better!! I’ll be sure to update you all with any other positive affects as I realize them.

Our favorite way to take Magnesium is transdermally…through the skin. It’s also one of the most effective ways for your body to absorb Magnesium. So, in an effort to save money and come up with a lotion my whole family would like, I created my own recipe.

How to Make Magnesium Lotion that emulsifies well and won't separate. Magnesium has MANY amazing health benefits! ||

How to Make Your Own Magnesium Lotion (with added emulsifier as an option)


1/2 Cupย  Magnesium Flakes
3 Tbsp. Distilled Water
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Grapeseed Oil
1 Tbsp unrefined Shea Butter
2 1/2 Tbsp. Bees Wax
1 tsp. Vitamin E oil (or 17 Vit. E soft gels)
20 – 30 drops of Essential Oils (optional, but we love Lavender and Peppermint)

**If you have had trouble with your ingredients separating, you can add 1/2 tsp. Borax Powder to help prevent this from happening.)


In a small saucepan, bring the 3 Tbsp. of distilled water to a boil and remove from heat. Then add 1 heaping 1/2 cup of Magnesium Chloride Flakes. Stir until the flakes have dissolved. Now you have your Magnesium oil.

**If using borax, stir this in until it completely dissolves and set aside.

With your magnesium oil set aside, turn the heat down to low, and put all other ingredients into a separate small saucepan and stir until everything is dissolved into a liquid. Remove from heat to let cool until the oils turn an opaque color.

Next, whip your oil ingredients in the saucepan with a stick blender while slowly pouring in the Magnesium Oil you made. Whip all ingredients until well blended into a thick consistency. Scoop into an airtight container and voila, your homemade Magnesium Lotion is complete. This recipe makes about 8 oz of lotion and keeps for about 6 months.

If you’d rather use a regular type blender just pour the oil ingredients in first, turn on low and slowly pour in your Magnesium Oil mixture while whipping. This method works well too.

A Note About Borax as an Emulsifier (and how you can keep your ingredients from separating)

We all know, water and oil don’t easily mix. Although I still love our original recipe, I wanted to provide you with the option of adding something extra that would further help keep your Magnesium Lotion well blended. After researching the different options available, I settled on a beeswax/borax emulsifier because it was inexpensive, works very well and I feel confident that borax is a safe option. Here is a link to a resource that helped me in my decision making: All Natural Beauty. I’ve made my lotion with and without borax and although borax (mixed with beeswax) DOES help to keep the oils and water emulsified and a bit creamier, I do still prefer to make our lotion without it…keeping it as natural as possible.

If you are having emulsifying issues with your lotion and choose NOT to use borax, try this… After you’ve completely blended all of your ingredients together, put them in the fridge for a half hour and then blend them all together again. This should help!

How We Apply This Lotion

Our favorite way to apply Magnesium Lotion is to rub it in to the soles of our feet just before bed. I like to use about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per foot, rub it in and then wear socks over them so my sheets don’t get oily. (The soles of your feet absorb anything you put on them really well and your feet will be SO smooth!) It takes about 20-30 minutes for this lotion to completely absorb into your skin, so if after that time you’d like to rub the lotion off with a wet cloth, feel free to.

For those of you who are wondering, you can put the Magnesium Oil, made in the very first step of this recipe, into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto your skin too. For some people, it can cause a bit of skin irritation though, which is why we prefer to use the lotion instead.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different essential oils or adjusting the amounts in this recipe to achieve the texture and aroma you are looking for. We really hope you love this lotion as much as we do.

How to make Magnesium Lotion that will benefit your health in amazing ways! || www.DevotionalFamily.comIf you would like to learn more about the benefits of Magnesium and how it can positively impact your health in amazing ways, be sure to check out The Magnesium Miracle.

Do you supplement your diet or make Magnesium oil or lotion? We’d love to hear about your experiences with this mineral and the health benefits you’ve had.

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  1. edie zahn says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I’m going to make it ๐Ÿ™‚ I am wondering why you put cinnamon in it though; must be some benefit I’m not aware of. I have very sensitive skin and have read that cinnamon is a skin irritant, so I’m going to leave it out of mine.

    • says:

      For us, cinnamon was mostly just for the aroma. I wanted to add something that my husband and boys would also like. You can absolutely leave this ingredient out! ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, I’m updating this post today to include one other ingredient that will make this lotion a lot creamier. Be on the look out for it.

  2. Nancy Bricker says:

    I have made the magnesium lotion twice now and both time it is separating. what can I do to correct this. I love the lotion and am feeling better after only one week.

    • says:

      Nancy, I am so happy to hear that this lotion is helping you feel better. That is so awesome! I’d love to hear how it is specifically working for you. Since I first made this, I’ve decided (after doing a lot of research) that adding an emulsifier, to help keep all of the ingredients from separating, will help greatly. My lotion began separating slightly and I’ve just remixed it, which has worked fine, but I wanted to try and make this an even creamier, less-greasy lotion. So, I’ll be updating the recipe today, which will include a pinch of (completely safe) borax powder. You won’t need to throw out what you’ve already made. All you’ll need to do is melt your lotion down once more and add the borax, let it cool and remix with a blender. I hope this helps.

  3. Do you store your magnesium lotion at room temperature or in the fridge? Thanks

    • says:

      Bobbie, I store my lotion at room temperature to keep it a bit softer. If you make a larger batch though, you could easily store what you’re not using in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

  4. BrendaLea says:

    Interesting. Where does one find the magnesium flakes?

    • says:

      Hi Brenda, all of the ingredients to make this lotion can be purchased online through Amazon. The magnesium flakes, shea butter, beeswax and oils are all linked (in the recipe section of this post) to the specific ingredients I used and purchased from Amazon. I am adding an update to this post today to also include a pinch of borax powder, which can also be purchased online. I’ll give an explanation as to why this helps to make an even better, creamier, less-greasy lotion.

      • Have you updated the recipe yet? I just want to make sure that I purchase all the ingredients.

        • says:

          Hi Angela,
          Yes, I’ve updated the recipe to include a bit of borax and adjusted the other ingredient amounts as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Gina Bombin-Wilk says:

    I have a questions regarding the Borax powder. Is this regular Borax that one would use for cleaning and making detergent?

    • says:

      I purchased Milliard’s borax powder, which can also be used for cleaning. But Milliard’s powder seems to be a finer powder and works very well in this recipe. You only need a very small amount.

  6. Just curious if you could leave out the beeswax or substitute it with something else? I think I may be allergic to it.

    • says:

      Jennifer, I haven’t tried making this without beeswax because the beeswax combined WITH the borax is what makes the oils and water mix well and stay blended. However, you could use a different kind of emulsifying wax such as Milliard’s Emulsifying Wax ( ) to substitute for the borax. There are two alternatives that I know of for beeswax, although I haven’t tried them myself. They are Caranuba Wax ( )and Candelilla Wax ( ). Both are a little harder than beeswax, so the amount you would use would need to be reduced some. But, with a bit of experimenting, I bet you could come up with a great batch of Magnesium Lotion. I hope this helps! Let us know what you come up with.

    • I have substituted soy wax for beeswax before in some recipes. That might work.

  7. I’ve been using this on my daughter for 2 weeks and it has changed our world. She went from struggling to focus, fighting sleep, and really being kind of a hyper kid to being much more focused, laid back and much calmer. I’ve been using it, too and I feel more mellow and laid back, too. Thank you for this article and recipe!

    • says:

      Oh, you’ve made my day!!! I’m so happy to hear that magnesium lotion is helping you and your daughter so much! We see the same results here in our home too and it really is a life-changer. Thank you so much for sharing these great results here!

  8. April Lopez says:

    I’m going to try this. Thank you for the Amazon links. I have depression, fibro, chronic fatigue, anxiety, well I could go on! So I think it’s worth a try. Can it be put on during the day? Does night time make a difference? I hate sleeping with socks on!

    • says:

      I don’t love wearing socks at night either. I do it, but then usually end up taking my socks off after an hour or so when the lotion has soaked in. My updated recipe (as of 2/15/15) which includes an emulsifier has made this lotion creamier and less greasy though…so I’ve started putting it on my arms in the morning after my shower as I’m getting ready for the day. It actually soaks in very well and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, just moisturized. I definitely feel more energetic and less anxious/overwhelmed during the day when I do this. Let me know how this works for you.

  9. Thank you .. great recipe.. was wondering if I could use powder: natural vitality , Natural Calm , Mag citrate ?
    I can’t drink it.. but thought it might work as a lotion…….. ?

    • says:

      I’ve only ever used Magnesium Flakes for this recipe, so I’m not sure about using the powders you mentioned, but I’ve heard of others buying a pre-made magnesium oil to use when making their lotion and that works too.

  10. I am so happy that I found this information!! Thank you!!

  11. I can’t seem to get my lotion to set at all. The top part thickens a little, but the rest remains oil and I can’t blend it. I followed the recipe exactly, even triple checked. What could I have done wrong?

  12. says:

    Hi everyone! I apologize for not responding to your questions about how to get your lotion to mix well and emulsify sooner. Our son had major surgery on 1/20/15. We were in the hospital for 10 days and his recovery is a long and challenging one. Unexpectedly, he has to go back in for another surgery this Friday, 2/13, but I will do my best to answer your questions and share an updated/altered recipe with you later today. I made a new batch this morning with a bit of a different technique and although I love the recipe listed above in this post, I like this one even better. It’s creamier, less greasy and emulsified really well. Stay tuned…I’ll share it with you later today! Thanks for all your grace and patience, friends!!

    • Can you please let me know what your adjusted recipe includes? I’m confused as to if the above recipe is the new one or the old one. Thanks for your help.

      • says:

        Hi Tia,
        This (adjusted) recipe includes a tiny amount of borax to help the ingredients emulsify so that the water from the mineral oil and the other oils won’t separate. When I first created my recipe, it didn’t separate initially. I loved it. But, after a few weeks, I did notice the ingredients didn’t stay completely blended, so after some research and experimenting, I decided to add a bit of borax (which is known as a good option as an emulsifier if also combined with beeswax). And it made all the difference. This is the updated and current recipe as of 2/15/15. Thanks! So glad you asked.

  13. Any ideas as to why I could not get the lotion to thicken?

    • says:

      Cynthia, if you’re still have trouble getting your lotion to thicken, put it in the fridge to harden for about 15 minutes or so, and then try blending all the ingredients together a second time. This always works for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Where does a person buy magnesium chloride locally? I searched the drug stores in the are, but they don’t carry the flakes, just supplement capsules.

    • says:

      Mary, I’ve only ever purchased my Magnesium Flakes online at Amazon. But, maybe you might be able to find them at your local health food store or possibly even a larger drug store in your area.

  15. This is great, I’ll have to make this for sure!

  16. This sounds wonderful! Have you tried using liquid lecithin as an emulsifier? I Remember seeing it in a make-your-own body products book I used to have.

    • says:

      I’ve not tried using liquid lecithin as an emulsifier yet, but know many others have. I may need to give that a try next. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Joan Click says:

    Would putting the ingredients in a Vita Mix make them creamier?

    • says:

      Hi Joan,
      It probably would…I’ve seen others use a Vita Mix to blend all of their ingredients and it worked beautifully for them. If you try this, I’d love to hear how it works for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Wow! Made this cream last night And Love It!! Use the lavender essential oil and about 5 drops of cinnamon bark. Had a little problem with the cream emulsifying but follow your instructions on leaving it on the fridge for about 15 minutes and then blend and it came out perfect!! Thank you

    • says:

      Yay!!! Ohhhh…this makes me so happy, Sylvia! I’m so glad that second blending helped! I’d love to hear how it’s working for you!

  19. Just curious – would this help once you have a headache, or only as a preventative?

    • says:

      When I began using Magnesium Lotion, I noticed a significant decrease in my headaches and migraines, for sure. But there have been several times when I’ve rubbed my lotion straight onto my forehead and on the back of my neck…and then went and laid down. I’ve been completely amazed because it really did take the pain away. I will say, that I’m not a huge fan of using this lotion on my face often, only because I personally don’t like a lot of lotion of any kind on my face. So, once it had soaked in and I rested, I wiped the excess off with a warm wet cloth. Also, if you’re going to use this lotion on your face, I would be sure you keep your ingredients as natural as possible. I don’t use the emulsifying borax in my own lotion, so just keep that in mind. Facial skin can be more sensitive that the rest of our skin. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Thanks so much for sharing this! Cannot wait to try this on myself and the kids. My son’s neurologist recently hinted we might be looking at ADD or ADHD… Hoping this will help! I hope your son’s surgery and recovery went well and that he is as good as new!!

    • says:

      Thank you so much DK. Our son’s surgery and recovery has been a very long journey that we are still navigating. But, he is doing really well and looking forward to a great summer ahead!! Let me know how this lotion works for you. We love it and YES, it cam be very helpful for those who have ADD/ADHD. ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care, and blessings to you!

      • Hey there, do you apply everyday?

        • says:

          April, I do apply this lotion to my feet every night before bed, which helps me sleep so much better and I notice when I forget to use it, I wake up in a much thicker fog. So, this magnesium lotion definitely helps this “so-not-a-morning-person” mama rise and shine in a much mood and with a lot more energy.

  21. I just made your magnesium lotion. I may have done it wrong. When making the magnesium oil, it becomes more then 1/2 cup. Do you just use 1/2 cup or all of it? Thanks. But on the up side it seems to have mixed well.

    • says:

      Jessica, I only use a 1/2 cup of the magnesium oil in this recipe. Although, I do save the leftover oil in the fridge for future batches. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I found Naturally Calm Magnesium supplement and started taking it for my anxiety…oddly enough I stopped having my monthly cycle every 2 weeks and went back to a normal 28 days! I can’t live without this stuff! And I can not even begin to tell you how it helps my IBS. I can’t wait to make this lotion!


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