Can i produce my own “MAGNESIUM OIL” by adding water to Magnesium Flakes?
The basic answer is: No. We strongly advise against this.
The analysts at Zechstein Inside in cooperation with the Magnesium Health Institute do not recommend this.
Magnesium Flakes is obtained by heating Magnesium Chloride brine to approximately 160°C so that the water evaporates and it reaches a concentration of 47% of magnesium chloride (this is when it stabilizes and forms crystalised flakes during the cooling process). Through the heating process, some MgCl2 decomposes to magnesium hydroxide chloride (MgOHCl), magnesium carbonate (MgCO3) and hydrochloric acid (HCl); these substances will not dissolve again even after adding water, therefore you will never “regain magnesium oil” in its original form and quality.
Magnesium Flakes is safe to use when mixed in water to form very low concentrations, ie. max 5% for foot soaks and body baths. There are a number of bloggers and some medical professionals who have talked about “making” your own magnesium oil at home. We’ve even had people ask us about doing this. This really concerns us because of the presence of substances such as hydrochloric acid that are released when mixing magnesium flakes in water. In tiny amounts in baths when it is in a high dilution of MAX 5% in foot soaks and body baths it is fine and safe. However, we cannot and do not support the use of magnesium flakes mixed with water for direct topical applications like you would with magnesium oil, even less so for oral ingestion. There have yet to be any studies showing the side effects (good or bad) of long-term use like this. But we always prefer to be safe and we advise you to stay safe as well. While you may benefit from the magnesium chloride that is in this “homemade” oil, your body would be exposed to unnecessary substances that it would have to neutralise or detox (more work! that you could easily avoid).
The pH reading of Elementz Magnesium Flakes is ca. 8.5 (aqueous solution 10%).
The pH reading of Elementz Magnesium Oil is 4-6 (current batch: ca 5.5).
For your information:
5 litres of water + approx 500g magnesium flakes = 5%
This max concentration using magnesium flakes is used for athletes/high endurance performers or for those with a severe need and want to use magnesium flakes for therapeutic purposes in a foot bath. For an average user, the norm is to use 1-2% concentrations (100-200g in 5 litres of water for a foot soak). Adjust the quantity of flakes used according to the amount of water. We hope this helps to clear up any misunderstanding and misinformation that you may have been exposed to. Your health and safety are always our top priority.