Magnesium Oil is pretty wonderful and definitely a simpler recipe to make, but when you need to target tense shoulders or restless legs, magnesium gel is definitely easier to apply! I incorporate magnesium into my body care routine, and I also take a powder supplement, and as a result, I honestly have never felt better: less tension, less headaches, better sleep – who wouldn’t want all of that!

Low magnesium levels are typically diagnosed by symptoms as it is hard to get an accurate gauge through blood tests alone. Here are a few symptoms of magnesium deficiency:

☹️ Depression and anxiety

☹️ High stress levels

☹️ Insomnia, difficulty sleeping

☹️ Restless legs

☹️ Nausea

☹️ Low blood pressure

☹️ Headaches, migraines, cluster headaches

☹️ Muscles aches and pains

☹️ Hair loss

So, if you have already discovered the wonders of magnesium oil, you will absolutely appreciate the awesomeness of this recipe. If you’re yet to try adding magnesium to your life, I highly encourage you give it a go. Magnesium oil has a tendency of causing a mild tingling feeling, however, I find this gel recipe to be a lot less tingly. As far as I am aware, magnesium is safe to apply on all ages, and during pregnancy (but, if you’re doubtful, do your own research).

Magnesium Gel

Makes: 200 g | 7 oz Prep time: < 5 min.


100g | 3.5 oz magnesium chloride flakes

1 tsp (flat, approx 2g) xanthan gum

100g | 3.5 oz hot water

20-30 drops essential oils

My choice of essential oils…

My favourite essential oils in this recipe are lemon and lavender, but don’t be limited by my suggestions. Use oils that fit your budget, or those that you already have in your collection. Read here for more information.


1. Combine magnesium chloride flakes and xanthan gum in a bowl and mix until well combined.

2. Add hot water and mix quickly until ingredients are well distributed, smooth and combined.

3. Add essential oils and mix well.

4. Transfer into container of choice.

To Use

Apply to areas of body that hold tension, such as shoulders and back, and to sore joints and muscles.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

If the tingly feeling doesn’t subside or it bothers you too much, rinse it off.

Check out my Magnesium Oil and Whipped Magnesium Cream recipes too!

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author and Advocate for natural living

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website.


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