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Why should I use Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential element for the human body responsible for a great deal of biological processes. Research shows that the populations of Western countries show a staggering deficiency when it comes to magnesium which may be responsible for an assortment of maladies such as insomnia, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and , and possibly even the epidemic of ADHD in children.1

  1. Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnes Res. (1997)

Is it likely that I have a deficiency?

If you are living in a western country, chances are you have a deficiency. Studies show that 68% of American adults are undernourished when it comes to magnesium, and that a staggering 19% get less than half of the daily recommended dosage.2 A Western diet heavy in dairy, wheat products, and red meat are thought to contribute to this statistic, as well as a lack of leafy green vegetables in our daily fare.

  1. Jacka FN, et al Association between magnesium intake and depression and anxiety in community-dwelling adults: the Hordaland Health Study. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. (2009)

What are the symptoms of magnesium deficiency?

One of the most common early signs of a deficiency is difficulty sleeping. While most symptoms are fairly benign and we don’t want to resort to scare tactics, the list of possible issues is long and daunting. If left untreated magnesium deficiency can lead to full on insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness. Other symptoms include blood pressure issues, migraines, weak bone structure leading to osteoporosis, and even hypertension which can lead to death in some extreme cases.

Why transdermal application?

Some people have reported stomach issues from oral ingestion of magnesium supplementation. Others just don’t appreciate the briny taste that magnesium powder has when mixed in with a health shake or smoothie. For those people, our spray is the ideal solution. Magnesium is absorbed very well through the skin, which is exactly the principle behind the popularity of “Epsom Salt” baths. While a good soak could take hours, our spray is an instant dosage of magnesium.

What are the ingredients of your Magnesium Oil?

Our product is made from 31% magnesium Chloride from the Zechstein source in the Netherlands. The only other ingredient is pure water. While the product is advertised as an “oil”, this is only because of the tactile sensation caused by the magnesium, which is quite slippery and oily on the skin. In actuality there is no oil added to the product.

How much magnesium is in one spray?

Always read the instructions on your product label. The 31% Magnesium Oil should give you around 400 mg pure magnesium per twenty spray actions, which is the lower end of the daily recommended dosage. You can dose all at once, or give yourself 10-15 sprays twice daily for full supplementation and 100% of your required magnesium.

Why is the source of Magnesium so important?

There was once an ancient inland sea in what is now the area of Northern Europe. This was the Zechstein Sea: dense and highly saline, not unlike the modern Dead Sea. Though the sea is now long gone, new technology developed in the 80s allowed parts of the seabed to be extracted, and it was discovered to hold some of the world’s purest magnesium. This is our source for the Magnesium spray product—the Zechstein Source of magnesium chloride in Veendam Netherlands. After being mined, the product is put through the rigorous demands of the “Zechstein Inside®” testing protocols which aim to ensure quality and purity of the highest level.

What about that tingling sensation?

This is a normal reaction, though for those with sensitive skin it is likely best to begin with a small dose of our product (say a few sprays) to see how you react. After that, feel free to gradually increase your dosage. That warm, tingly feeling you may experience is just the product permeating your skin. However, if you still feel for some reason that the spray is irritating your skin, simply dilute it a bit with water.

Can I have an allergic reaction to Magnesium?

While it is possible, in rare cases, to have reaction to magnesium, it is extremely unlikely to be a serious issue. Magnesium is found all over in the natural world, and being allergic to magnesium would mean you were also allergic to seawater (which has a high Mg content). We all have magnesium in our bones, and a severe reaction to this bodily element. Some people may experience some splotchy redness of the skin when using magnesium oil, and it is recommended that these people dilute the spray in water. However, if you do notice any serious or enduring problems, promptly discontinue use and call your doctor.

How much Magnesium Oil should I use?

Twenty sprays, twice a day rubbed into the skin is our suggested application. This ensures a full recommended daily dosage of magnesium is gently absorbed into the skin.

I’m an active person with a healthy diet, should I use Magnesium?

Surprisingly, studies have shown that people who perform lots of cardiovascular exercise may actually burn more magnesium than sedentary people, meaning that supplementation for athletes may be even more important than for couch potatoes. Further studies have shown that subjects who underwent magnesium supplementation actually performed better at triathlons.3 While a healthy diet is key to good physical fitness, active people should derive great benefit from transdermal application either before or after a workout.

  1. Golf SW, Bender S, Grüttner J On the significance of magnesium in extreme physical stress. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. (1998)

Can I use the Magnesium Spray on my children?

As magnesium supplementation has been shown to improve breathing in asthmatic children, and attention in young people diagnosed with ADHD, certain children could derive great benefit from transdermal application. However, there is no substitute for a healthy diet, and most kids would be better off eating a salad three times a week. For the very young (6 and under) consult your doctor before using any nutritional supplements.

Does my Magnesium Spray expire?

While the date on your bottle may say that the product expires three years after opening, research shows that magnesium is very resilient (it has been tumbling around the ocean for countless eons without ‘expiring’ after all). If you store the product in a cool, dark place, it will likely last a very long time.

How much elemental Magnesium delivers your oil per ml?

1 ml contains about 100 mg magnesium.
In our directions we say: Use 2 sprays per 20 pound body weight daily. So if you weigh 120 pounds use 6 x 2 = 12 sprays per day. When you suspect that you have a magnesium deficiency, use double the amount. Most people (research states more than half of US adult population) have a magnesium deficiency.

20 sprays is approximately 3 ml. So 300 ml (a full bottle of Ultra Pure Oil) is good for 2000 sprays. In the example of a person who weighs 120 pounds, they would need a new bottle after 167 days , and in case of a deficiency after 83 days.

However, please take into account that a spray it is not a good measurement because it differs from person to person how much pressure one puts on the spray top. That’s why we work with ml. (milliliter).

1 US teaspoon = 4.92892159 milliliter. So in one US teaspoon there is almost 5 ml.

Can I make Magnesium Oil myself with flakes?

People often say they make magnesium oil with magnesium flakes themselves. Of course this is possible, but please be aware of the differences. Here’s an explanation:

Magnesium flakes are made of magnesium oil. Contrary to what many people think the magnesium flakes do not come directly from the ground and they are also not the original magnesium chloride (magnesium salt) that you sometimes see on the edge of salt lakes such as the Dead Sea. Magnesium flakes are made from magnesium oil and this is a comprehensive process.

In short, magnesium flakes which are used for foot baths and baths do not have the same purity as magnesium oil despite the fact that they are made of magnesium oil.

How come?

First of all, magnesium chloride (MgCl2) is hygroscopic, which means that it attracts moisture easily. You may have noticed that if you expose them to humid air they begin to melt. This is because during the manufacturing process an evaporation method is used. This is done under a very high temperature. In order to make magnesium flakes, the magnesium oil is heated to about 160 degrees, where the water is evaporated so that a concentration of 47% magnesium chloride is reached. Due to the heating process the substance will decompose into a small amount of MgCl 2 (magnesium) to MgOHCl (magnesium chloride), MgCO3 (magnesium carbonate) and HCl (hydrochloric acid). The resulting compounds are responsible for the turbidity that may occur after the dissolution of the flakes in water. They are not dangerous, but they are byproducts of the necessary steps to make the magnesium flakes.
Because magnesium flakes have a very high magnesium concentration (47%) they are ideal for body or foot baths. The high dilution (less than 5% in a foot bath), in these applications also means that any by-products arising during the production process are diluted so that their presence cannot cause damage.

When you make your own magnesium oil by adding water to the flakes, this high concentration and the possible impurities can harm the skin and we advise against it. If you want to do it, then please dilute it, but then it does not have the effect of magnesium oil.
For direct transdermal applications, we recommend the pure and 100% pure magnesium oil. This comes straight from the source, without additional heat treatment or resulting compounds.