How To Take A Magnesium Bath

by lydia on December 31, 2015

“Magnesium is almost as important for life as the air we breathe.”

Magnesium is lifesaving.
Magnesium is crucial for every single function in our bodies.
Magnesium is necessary for both the action of insulin and the manufacture of insulin.
Magnesium is a cofactor for multiple enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism.
Magnesium serves hundreds of important functions in the body and one of them has to do with the efficiency of red blood cells and their capacity to carry oxygen.
Transdermal administration of magnesium bypasses processing by the liver.
Without magnesium the body cannot properly use the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat every day. (source)

“Magnesium is the most important mineral to man and all living
organisms.” – Dr. Jerry Aikawa

Why Use Magnesium Transdermally?

The vast majority (if not everyone) of people today have a magnesium deficiency. Our soil has been depleted for so long, our food is too and most people do not get enough in the diet as it stands. It’s also not in our water these days. Not to mention, many things easily deplete our tissue magnesium stores.

Taking oral magnesium supplements is often not enough to restore tissue levels of magnesium since we do not actually assimilate all that is ingested. So we must apply it topically to help rebuild.

How Do I Know If I Am Low in Magnesium?

It’s a good idea to TEST first before starting any additional supplementation or adding any single mineral. However, this is one mineral I can safely say we all need and are not getting enough of – and transdermal is the safest way to add it in without testing first. If you have not yet tested – you may want to plan on it in the very near future.

There are two ways to test:

  • RBC Mag – This is simple blood test, most doctors will likely run this along with a CBC if you ask, OR you can easily order on your own if you have a Lab Corp near you. Simply order online through Walk In Labs here (cost is $49).  Anything lower than 6.0 is low, optimal levels are 6.5-7.0
  • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)– This will tell you your entire current mineral picture and it’s a good idea to know to improve and restore health. This will include more information than just your magnesium and provide a 3-month game plan to work on. Get Started Here:

Magnesium is supposed to be in the cell – but it will leach out to ‘service’ the blood. Once the blood shows low magnesium, the reserve is almost exhausted.

The RBC blood test is more sensitive to magnesium deficiencies than a standard magnesium blood test. When the body becomes magnesium deficient, it pulls the magnesium that is stored in red blood cells out of those cells and into the serum of the blood. A standard blood test, therefore, may show magnesium levels as normal even though the red blood cells’ stores of magnesium are depleted. Magnesium is crucially important for bone and muscle health. Early detection and treatment of a magnesium deficiency helps to prevent the development of more chronic problems.

Because magnesium takes longer to build up adequate reserves, it is good to know where your body is at. Anything below a reading of 6.0 is low.

Why Magnesium Chloride Flakes Are Better Than Epsom Salts to Rebuild Magnesium Levels

Magnesium is SO critical and yet it’s so difficult to build tissue stores, and then maintain them.

One key way is through transdermal application – but you have to be diligent and do it daily if possible or several times per week.

Epsom salts won’t do the trick either – you need magnesium chloride flakes in a bath or foot bath, OR magnesium oil spray or lotion (made with magnesium chloride flakes) or use the oil in a foot bath.

Epsom salts are magnesium sulfate, which are better for detox and not as good for rebuilding tissue mag levels. Some people cannot handle epsom salts due to genetic defects. I don’t know what mine are yet, but I know I cannot handle epsom salts baths; they make me bloat up really badly.

Dr. Mark Sircus explains in this article why magnesium chloride flakes are a better option than epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) for rebuilding tissue stores of magnesium in the body.

He says, “For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride, which has a strong excretory effect on toxins and stagnant energies stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin. Chloride is required to produce a large quantity of gastric acid each day and is also needed to stimulate starch-digesting enzymes.”

According to Daniel Reid, author of The Tao of Detox, magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts, is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate. This would explain in part why the effects from Epsom salt baths do not last long and why you need more magnesium sulfate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results. Magnesium chloride is easily assimilated and metabolized in the human body.

How To Take A Magnesium Bath

How To Take A Magnesium Bath //

Magnesium baths are a great way to end the day, very relaxing and rejuvenating. You just need a few simple ingredients and it’s really best to round out the baths with a broad spectrum of minerals and not just magnesium alone. I use magnesium chloride flakes (not epsom salts), baking soda and either dead sea salts or himalayan pink salt. Here are a few basic recipes you can get started with:

Magnesium Foot Bath

1/3 cup each magnesium chloride flakes, baking soda and dead sea salt

Add all three to a small basin and add water hot enough to dissolve the salts. Add enough water at a temperature you tolerate just to cover the top of your feet. If you are using essential oils, feel free to add a few drops – lavender is always a nice option. Soak for about 20 minutes.

Since not everyone can or wants to take a full bath, the foot baths are a nice option. If you do not have a whole house water filter, a foot bath can be a great option since you can just use a small amount of filtered water or bottled spring water.

Newbie Magnesium Bath

1/2 cup magnesium chloride flakes

1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup himalayan pink salt or dead sea salts

Make sure you tolerate the bath well before ramping up the amounts you use, especially if you are someone who is chronically ill or super sensitive to any changes. Those with severe adrenal exhaustion always need to be more cautious and go slow. Always pair your magnesium baths with other minerals.

Relaxing & Purifying Magnesium Bath

1 heaping cup magnesium chloride flakes

1 heaping cup dead sea salts

1 heaping cup baking soda

Lavender & Cypress Essential Oils (I used about 10 drops each of Young Living oils – if you are new to oils, just start with the lavender essential oil at first).

Sodium bicarbonate allows your body to use magnesium – this is why adding baking soda to your magnesium baths is a GREAT idea! This is because bicarbonate acts as a transporter of magnesium into the mitochondria.

It takes consistency to rebuild tissue stores of magnesium. If you are serious about your health and rebuilding all of your minerals, not just magnesium, please come on over and join my Healing With Mineral Analysis Facebook group. We talk about all things minerals!

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Mary anne meade February 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Why can’t your articles be emailed or put on Pinterest?


Janet (Divine Health Assistant) March 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Great questions Mary! If you’d like to pin an article simply find the main image of an article, for this one it’s the “How To Take A Magnesium Bath” image. In the lower-left corner there is a “Pin It” button. Thanks for sharing!


carla June 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

How often would you have to do this?


lydia June 6, 2016 at 11:24 am

I recommend that folks do this 2-3 times per week (alternating days).


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