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How to Use Magnesium Oil

by Dr Mark Sircus(more info)

listed in nutraceuticals, originally published in issue 227 - January 2016

Magnesium deficiencies are present in healthy populations[1] thus it behoves every healthcare practitioner and doctor to become fully familiar with how to use magnesium oil, which is the best, most versatile form of magnesium. When one floods the body with magnesium chloride, one can choose and combine multiple avenues of administration. One can take magnesium orally, transdermally on the skin through direct application or using it heavily in medicinal baths, and one can nebulize it directly into the lungs.

Magnesium Oil

Magnesium can also be administered through intramuscular injection or intravenously during surgery, heart attacks and stroke. There is no replacement in the pharmaceutical world for magnesium; in fact, most pharmaceuticals leave the patient more deficient, thus needing even more magnesium. Practising medicine without magnesium is not a good idea.

Magnesium oil is magnesium chloride and is one of the most powerful medicine/medicinals in the world. It is also the purest, coming as it does from 1,500 meters underground Europe from a trapped seabed hundreds of millions years old. Surgery is certainly safer when magnesium is used before, during and after operations. Though the above magnesium oil product is sold primarily for transdermal use, it should be clear that it is the purest product that can be used for all applications.

Magnesium oil is oily but there is no oil - it is approximately 35 percent magnesium chloride. Oil is the right word though, not only because you can use it transdermally as a lubricant to transform simple massages into a medical treatmentfor cancer and all other patients, but also because it acts as an oil for almost all physiological processes in the body. What oil does for an engine, magnesium oil will do for your health.

Magnesium chloride is also an extremely versatile medicine. It can be used intravenously, nebulized directly into the lungs; it can be put directly on the skin, used orally as a laxative and orally for general intense use. There is nothing like getting a massage with magnesium oil, and breast cancer or fibroid patients can apply it on their breasts many times a day for great effect.

Moreover, magnesium chloride in bath flake form (or Epson or Dead Sea Salt) can be used in baths with sodium bicarbonate for strong medicinal effect.

Principles and Practices of Transdermal Medicine

Transdermal medicine delivers medications to the exact site of injury/pain. Transdermal medicine is ideal for pain management as well as sports and pediatric medicine. In fact, it is one of the best ways of administering medicines quickly and effectively. Transdermal methods of delivery are widely used because they allow the absorption of medicine directly through the skin. Gels, emulsion creams, sprays and lip balm stick applicators are easy to use and are effective in getting medicine into the bloodstream quickly.

Traditional methods of administering medicine such as tablets or capsules get watered down and become much less effective due to stomach acids and digestive enzymes before they eventually get into the bloodstream. Bypassing the stomach and liver means a much greater percentage of the active ingredient goes straight into the bloodstream where it is needed. In many cases, transdermal methods are used to help avoid potential side effects such as stomach upset or drowsiness. The full potential for transdermal medicine has not been explored by modern medicine, though it has been practised for thousands of years in hot springs around the world.

Drugs enter different layers of skin via intramuscular, subcutaneous, or transdermal delivery methods. The most common ways to administer drugs are oral (swallowing an aspirin tablet), intramuscular (getting a flu shot in an arm muscle), subcutaneous (injecting insulin just under the skin), intravenous (receiving  medicines  through a vein), or transdermal (wearing a skin patch). It is not a surprise, when you consider the large surface area of the skin, that when you apply a substance to the entire body, rapid absorption and resultant effect is sufficient to put transdermal administration on par with or even ahead of other methods of administering drugs.

Transdermal medicine is a versatile form of medicine everyone can use and benefit from. With transdermal medicine we can address systemic nutritional deficiencies, act to improve immune, hormonal and nervous systems, protect cells from oxidative damage, open up cell wall permeability, reduce the risk of cancers, shrink tumours and do just about anything else we do with oral and intravenous methods of application.

Transdermal magnesium therapy is ideal for pain management. The combination of heat and magnesium chloride increases circulation and waste removal. The therapeutic effect of magnesium baths is to draw inflammation out of the muscles and joints. Magnesium chloride, when applied directly to the skin, is transdermally absorbed and has an almost immediate effect on pain. As an alternative to baths, especially for patients who cannot get into them, is to use a Biomat while getting a massage with magnesium oil (or gel).

What better way to reduce or eliminate pain then by simply taking a therapeutic bath or rubbing magnesium chloride in liquid form directly onto the skin or affected area of the body? From the pain of sports injuries to low-back pain and sciatica, headaches, relief from kidney stones, the pain of restless legs, arthritic pain, and just about every painful condition imaginable - all will in all likelihood benefit from magnesium applied topically.

Medicines taken by mouth (oral) pass through the liver before they are absorbed into the bloodstream. Transdermal application bypasses the liver, entering the tissues and blood more directly. Magnesium oil can be applied directly to inflamed areas.

Transdermal magnesium therapy offers an exciting breakthrough in sports medicine. Coaches can now treat injuries, prevent them, and increase athletic performance all at the same time. Transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy enhances recovery from athletic activity or injuries. It reduces pain and inflammation while inducing quicker regeneration of tissues. Topical application of magnesium chloride increases flexibility, which helps avoid injury. It also increases strength and endurance.


Medicines can enter the body in many different ways; they are absorbed when they travel from the site of administration into the body’s circulation. A drug faces its biggest hurdles during absorption. Medicines taken by mouth are shuttled via a special blood vessel leading from the digestive tract to the liver, where a large amount may be destroyed by metabolic enzymes in the so-called ‘first-pass effect’. Other routes of drug administration bypass the liver, entering the bloodstream directly from or via the skin or lungs.

Human skin is like a tightly woven fabric, seemingly impervious but porous at the microscopic level. Through its millions of tiny openings, the body oozes sweat and absorbs substances applied to the skin. For a topical agent to be effective, obviously it must first be absorbed. The drug must enter in adequate concentration to its proposed site of action to produce the desired response of the skin. This skin is involved in dynamic exchange between the internal and external environments through respiration, absorption, and elimination. It is highly permeable even though it has the ability to maintain its important bacteria-inhibiting barrier with the environment.

Individuals vary in the amount of medication they absorb through the skin. In transdermal medicine, substances are applied to the skin’s surface and then diffuse into the stratum corneum where they build a reservoir and defuse through the stratum spinosum. At this point, they can be metabolized and bind to receptors thus exerting their effects. Finally, whatever healing or medical substance is applied, is delivered into subcutaneous fat, the circulatory system achieving overall systemic penetration.

The concentration of the applied dose, the surface area of the body, and the elapsed time the chemical is on the skin are the main considerations affecting absorption. As the concentration of a drug is increased, the total amount absorbed into the skin and body also increases. Increasing the surface area of the applied dose also increases penetration.

Penetration occurs over time. The longer the substance is on the skin, the greater the chance for continued penetration. The total amount of a drug absorbed during a 24-hour period obviously will be different for a single application as opposed to the same amount applied in divided doses. In other words, applying a medicine once a day in the morning delivers a different concentration as opposed to applying a medicine three times a day, eight hours apart.

When using transdermal medicines, applying more of a substance increases the amount absorbed. Penetration will generally stop when the skin is saturated. Absorption into the bloodstream is also increased if the concentration of a substance is higher and if more of the body is covered. Occluded (covered) or well-hydrated skin is easier to penetrate than non-occluded or dry skin.

There are many things that affect skin absorption.[2] Absorption occurs by distribution around and through the cells that make up the skin. Some absorption takes place along hair follicles or through sweat ducts. Skin thickness and barrier accessibility are different in various areas so absorption rates will vary in different parts of the body. For example, hydrocortisone (a synthetic preparation used in the treatment of inflammations, allergies, and itching) is absorbed through the skin six times better on the forehead than on the arm, and 44 times better on the scrotum.

The physical condition of the skin is a significant variable. The skin of an infant or child is more permeable than an adult. The skin over the organs in decreasing order of permeability is genitals, head and neck, trunk, arms and legs.[3] Skin abrasion allows a locally applied substance to come directly in contact with subcutaneous tissue and blood vessels. Absorption is at a much higher rate than in healthy skin. Inflammation leaves the skin leaky and allows larger molecules to be absorbed.

LL’s Magnetic Clay, the company that provides the Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil that I recommend include the main points discussed above on their website.

They summarize that the factors that increase the amount of magnesium oil absorbed through the skin include:

  • Increasing the area of application;
  • Increasing the amount of time the application is left on the skin;
  • Increasing the frequency of application;
  • Varying the location of application, with areas such as the scalp and armpits exhibiting higher rates of absorption;
  • Increasing temperature of the area of application;
  • Applying to well-hydrated skin.

They also make available a handy and informative guide to the proper applications of their various Ancient Minerals products.

See my books and video on the practice of magnesium medicine. Books are available as ebooks or as hardcopy from


[1] There is Chronic Latent Magnesium Deficiency in Apparently Healthy University Students. Hermes Sales C1, et al; Nutr Hosp. 2014 Jul 1;30(n01):200-204;

[2] The dose is the quantity of medicine to be administered at one time and the regimen is a strictly regulated program. The concentration of the applied dose, the surface area of the body, and the elapsed time the chemical is on the skin are the main considerations affecting absorption. As the concentration of a drug is increased, the total amount absorbed into the skin and body also increases. Increasing the surface area of the applied dose also increases penetration. Penetration occurs over time. The longer the substance is on the skin, the greater the chance for continued penetration. Chances for toxicity may occur when high concentrations of a drug are spread over a large area of skin

[3] Marks R M, Barton S P, Edwards C (1988). The Physical Nature of the Skin. Lancaster: MTP Press.

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Dr Mark Sircus Ac OMD DM(P), prolific writer and author of medical and health-related books, has distilled many divergent medical systems into a new form of medicine that he has coined Natural Allopathic Medicine, representing a new therapeutic principle revolutionizing both allopathic and naturopathic medicine. Dr Sircus’s protocol addresses foundational physiology and focuses on pH management, cell voltage, magnesium and iodine medicine, cannabinoid medicine, carbon dioxide medicine, re-mineralization of the body, increasing oxygen transport and oxygenation of the tissues, opening up of blood vessels, saturation and healing of cells with concentrated nutrition via superfoods, breathing retraining, emotional transformation processing, detoxification and removal of heavy metals and radioactive particles.

With cancer, Dr Sircus pays attention to the terrain, surrounding cells and the surrounding extracellular matrix, which interacts and shapes cancer cell growth.  Cancer cells cannot turn into a lethal tumour without the cooperation of other cells nearby. It is not just the friendly healthier cells but also the interstitial environment (pH, oxygen and CO2 levels) that plays a role in determining what will happen to a person when they have cancer. It’s a long road to win the war on cancer for some people, especially if they have been devastated by mainstream oncology. Others, especially if they have caught their cancer in its early stages can cut through to a cure quite quickly if they are willing to follow the discipline of doing the full protocol. For cancer there is a suite of books by Dr Sircus that cover the full territory patients need to travel which can all be accessed at

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