Statistics show that over 40% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. You can’t test for magnesium deficiency using a blood test since only 1 percent of the body’s magnesium is found in the bloodstream. So you have to let your symptoms be your guide.  My friend Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND has devoted a large chunk of her life to educating people about the huge variety of diseases that are actually just magnesium deficiency. Carolyn has also made up a chart of common signs of magnesium deficiency so you can check which symptoms you have.

Aside from being nature’s muscle relaxant, magnesium also has powerful bone/teeth-building, cardiovascular, nervous system, and detoxification properties – among it’s many talents!

Recently there has been a scare in the raw food world over a supposed miracle product called Adya Clarity, that turned out to contain high levels of aluminum (that were not disclosed on the label). So now thousands of people who have taken this product need to now detoxify it (and the aluminum) from their system.

Without getting into chelation agents, there are some simple, yet tested ways to remove heavy metals from the body and these include the use of: Magnesium, chlorophyll, chlorella, cilantro, vitamin C, algae, kelp, lemon juice, etc. For now, let’s just look at using magnesium, both to detox and to address likely deficiencies.

As many people know, taking magnesium orally can loosen the bowels or even cause spasming as your peristalsis kicks into high gear to get rid of it. I discovered that magnesium citrate is very irritating to mucosal membranes (e.g. the lining of your intestines) the day I made it into a suppository (cause that’s the kind of ‘mad scientist’ I am) – this resulted in an intense ‘burning’ sensation in my rectum and let me tell you, I got rid of it pretty darn quick!

How To Take Large Doses of Magnesium

So how can people with IBD, or sensitive guts, or people using it to detox get enough magnesium into their system, without irritating their bowel? Basically, you need to bypass the digestive system. If the magnesium does not go through your intestines, then there is no irritation, absorption rates are WAY higher and it does not cause diarrhea or loose bowels.

We carry both Transdermal Magnesium and nano-sized Mini-Minerals Magnesium and these have been used extensively by my readers with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (and you don’t get much more sensitive than that!). I’m going to give you instructions on how to use both, then I’m also going to tell you how I use them to get a ‘bigger bang for my buck’.

Transdermal Magnesium – also knows as magnesium oil because it feels like an oil to the touch, but it is really just condensed seawater. Traditional methods of application are to dilute the oil (supersaturated magnesium chloride) 50:50 with distilled water/clean water. Spread 1-2 tsp on your body after your morning shower. On the trunk/torso is better—as it gets a bit itchy on legs and arms. Also, magnesium oil naturally elevates DHEA in the body. Some people find it too itchy, in that case, wash oil off the skin after 30 minutes – most should be absorbed by then. Or, instead, add one ounce of magnesium oil to a warm/hot foot bath and soak feet for 30 minutes. Or, you can add 1-2 ounces to your bathwater and soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes.

Personally, I find magnesium oil WAY too itchy to apply directly to my skin (even diluted) – I am literally hopping around trying to stop myself from washing it off immediately. HOWEVER, here’s my turbo-charge secret: I add one ounce of transdermal magnesium along with 1 cup of Epsom salts (which is much cheaper – especially if you buy it at Costco) to my bathwater. I find the two work synergistically together and that I get a nice infusion of magnesium for a much cheaper price than using magnesium oil only, and no itchy skin! If you want to make it smell nice, add any essential oil that you like directly to your tub of epsom salts and stir well. For a 10 lb tub of epsom salts we add about 50-70 drops of essential oil. Or, you can just add about five drops to each cup before you pout it in your bath. To relax: add essential oils of lavender, rose, bergamot or jasmine. To invigorate: add essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint or spruce.

I run my bathwater through my shower filter (to take out the chlorine) and if I want a simultaneous respiratory treatment then I stuff a towel at the crack of the bathroom door and add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to the bathwater when I first turn on the shower. The hot shower spray then turns the bathroom into a eucalyptus steam – which is great for clearing sinuses and lungs. Then I add my magnesium oil and epsom salts when I climb in. I find I have to turn the hot water up super-high when it’s coming through the shower filter, since it cools so much by the time it hits the bath. Hence I don’t sit in the bath while it’s filling, I just fill it first, then add my magnesium oil and epsom salts and then get in the tub. This is especially relaxing last thing before bed.

Oral Nano-Sized Mini-Minerals Magnesium – Here’s tip #2: You can take magnesium orally as long as it is in nanoparticle or angstrom-sized form. Which means the mineral is so tiny it is absorbed instantly (even through the lining of your mouth) and thus does not need to pass through the digestive system. Nano-sized minerals are used extensively with autistic kids – who often refuse to swallow anything.

Since the nano-sized magnesium does not pass through, nor irritate your digestive tract, you can take very high doses and suffer no ill effects. In my teleseminar with Mini-Minerals manufacturer, Jim Haszinger, I asked him what would happen if one took an ‘overdose’ of nanoparticle minerals? He replied that the body would react the same way as if you ate too much spinach or kale – since the minerals in plants are nano-sized as well.

It is important to note that the Mini-Minerals that Jim produces are not tech-manipulated to nano-size, they are naturally grown and harvested in this form. Unfortunately, we cannot get the full details of this process as it is proprietary. However, this technology has been around for millennia, since nanoparticles were used by artisans as far back as the 9th century in Mesopotamia for generating a glittering effect on the surface of pots.

Mini-Minerals Magnesium Dosage

A daily maintenance dose of the Mini-Minerals Magnesium is 1 tbsp per day. For myself, I also take the Bone Support and the 62 Trace Minerals (both are also angstrom-sized minerals) every day and the Bone Support contains a 3:1 magnesium to calcium ratio. So 1 tbsp of the Mini-Minerals Magnesium is enough for me. I once got a killer cramp in my foot (too much yoga!) so I took a capful of the Mini-Minerals magnesium (1 tbsp) and the cramp disappeared in about 40 seconds! I have also tested this with my two eldest children – one is in competitive gymnastics and the other in competitive soccer and it eliminates  their leg pains or cramps within a  minute or two. So it’s nice to have confirmation that the product works!

You could easily double or triple the daily dosage if you are deficient (2 – 3 tbsp). And for detox, I would combine the oral Mini-Mineral Magnesium with daily magnesium baths (combining magnesium oil and epsom salts) or foot baths – uptake through the soles of the feet is also very good. Adding clay to your bathwater would further increase the detoxification.

Are Nano-Sized Minerals Safe?

When I looked at the fact that plants naturally produce nanoparticle-sized minerals, thus indicating that our bodies have been safely absorbing minerals in this form for millenia, that gave me a base of confidence to try nanoparticle and angstrom-sized minerals.

As well, I looked at people/groups who have been consuming nanoparticle minerals for years already – athletes and children with autism. Jim Haszinger, the president of the company we get our Mini-Minerals from, gave me a list of autism clinics in the U.S. who have been using his minerals for 2 – 6 years already. Jim and his family have been consuming his nanoparticle minerals for over 20 years. A good friend of Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND – veterinarian Terry Wood – has been using nanoparticle minerals and nano-sized electrolyte blends with animals and athletes for over 5 years. There were no accounts of adverse effects from using nanoparticle minerals from any of these groups.

I also found a number of studies showing clear benefits to nanoparticle or angstrom-sized mineral supplementation for osteoporosis and tooth decay.

Why Is Nano-Sized Magnesium Better?

My friend Dr. Dean explains this perfectly in an article she wrote for my Infoletter:

“Physicists tell us that the size of the mineral channels in our cells, are between 4-5 angstroms in diameter. An angstrom is one ten billionth of a meter, a range between a nanometer and a picometer. If minerals are larger than this size, they are not readily absorbed through the cell membrane. What I call “dirt minerals” may be millions of times larger than the channel they are trying to enter. Colloidal minerals and ionic minerals, while they may claim to be smaller than dirt minerals can still be thousands of times bigger than angstrom [nano-sized] minerals. Therefore, you not only need to take the proper type of magnesium, but it also has to be in an easily absorbed form.”

Regular Magnesium Citrate

Of course, if you tend towards constipation, then you may prefer to take your magnesium as magnesium citrate, which has one of the best absorption levels for regular magnesium, but will loosen the bowels. I like a product called Natural Calm for this you can drink before bed – ensures a restful nights sleep and a bowel movement in the morning!

Transdermal and Nano-Sized Magnesium

33 thoughts on “Transdermal and Nano-Sized Magnesium

  • Hi Jini,
    This is great information about arthritis, acidosis, bone loss, magnesium and sulfur that Jim H. wrote!


    It’s not how much calcium you eat. Its how much calcium you prevent from leaving your bones. Why does Calcium Leave Bones? There are 28 amino acids in nature. The human body can manufacture 19 of them. The other 9 are called essential. We must get them from the foods we eat. One of the essential aminos is methionine, which is C-5, H-11, NO, S One needs Methionine for many human metabolic functions including digestion, detoxification of heavy metals, and muscle metabolism. However, an excess of methionine can be toxic. Eating foods containing too much methionine will cause the blood to become acidic. The body then leaches calcium out of the bones to neutralize the acid.

    According to Dr. Sellmeyer, “Sulfur containing-amino acids in protein-containing foods are metabolized to sulfuric acid. Animal foods provide predominantly acid precursors. Acidosis stimulates osteoclastic activity and inhibits osteoblast activity. Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton.” American Journal of clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4) Animal proteins contain more methionine than plant proteins. In 1988, N.A. Breslau and his colleagues identified the relationship between protein rich diets and calcium metabolism, noting that protein caused calcium loss. His work was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology (1988;66:140-6) “Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high protein diet.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979; 32 (4)

    In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another mineral element, magnesium. Milk and dairy products contain only small amounts of magnesium. Without the presence of magnesium, the body only absorbs 25 percent of the available dairy calcium content. The remainder of the calcium spells trouble. Without magnesium, excess calcium is utilized by the body in injurious ways. The body uses the calcium to build the mortar on arterial walls which becomes atherosclerotic plaques. Excess calcium is diverted by the kidneys into painful kidney stones, blocking our urinary tracts. Excess calcium contributes to arthritis; painful calcium buildup often is manifested as gout.

    Society stresses the importance of calcium, but rarely magnesium. Yet, magnesium is vital to enzymatic activity. In addition to insuring proper absorption of calcium, magnesium is critical to proper neural and muscular function and to maintaining proper pH balance in the body. Magnesium, along with vitamin b6 (pyridoxine), helps to dissolve calcium phosphate stones which often accumulate from excess dairy intake. Osteoporosis is NOT a problem that should be associated with lack of calcium intake. Osteoporosis results from calcium loss. Bones break because women eating the wrong foods create an acid condition in their own bloodstreams, which must be neutralized by available calcium. The body achieves balance by taking calcium out of its own bones.”

  • I am a recent graduate of the University of Memphis. I created a degree in social wellness and community research resource development in order to empower others like me who have medically been left to die. Would you consider a partnership which would privaledge our center with your products at affordable rates to those with no insurance, left to die with no money and willing to “test trial your products” in order to reverse the medical conditions they are left to die with?

    Our center have clients from fibromyalgia , gout, arthritists, congestive heart failure, obesity, diabetes and others. We are cyber in order to leverage our services to the public. Please send additional information. I understand that the basic foundation for all diseases is inflammation. So, this should be a good base for the research of these groups , correct?


    Betty P. Tyler

  • BETTY – It’s hard to know whether this is spam or not, as you have posted a link to a website with no content… I suggest you build your site and your community first as this will give you credibility. All the best.

  • Jini, I have just finished reading your book “Listen to Your Colon” and am implementing many of the protocols. I had been on daily Miralax for about 2 years and had been wanting to wean off it using natural methods and solve the underlying causes, but did not know how until I read your WONDERFUL book! I have just started on 266 mg mag citrate (two 133 mg capsules) and 99 mg pot citrate and will increase as you suggest. I also started the wild oregano oil, Healthy Trinity capsules, psyllium seed powder, more healthy fats, more greens, etc. I understand your warnings about not doing high dose mag long term but am wondering what is “high”? Would 133 mg mag citrate and 99 mg pot citrate be OK long term as long as it does not cause me cramping or diarrhea? Thanks.

  • Hi Julie – that’s fantastic! Well done for being so proactive. By “high” I mean 1,000 mg. Many people need 250 mg as a normal maintenance dose of magnesium. If you are using just straight psyllium powder, then next time I encourage you to try the MetaCleanse to see which your body likes best.

    NOTE: Metacleanse has been discontinued by the manufacturer since this comment was posted. Jini now recommends a combination of sprouted flax and chia seed powder + bentonite clay as an alternative.

  • Jini, I suffer from constipation. I have tried different kinds of magnesium and instead of helping me go poo, it makes it worse. Would your Nano size magnesium be more helpful. I cannot tolerate yougurt either. I am seeing a naturopath, and she is stumped as well. I suffer from migraines too, so we were really hoping that magnesium would help me.

    Thank you

  • MARY – I wonder if that’s because you also have anal stenosis or an anal stricture? In that case, Magnesium or laxatives can make it harder to poo. Read the details here and then get the eBook if you think you have it:

    For relaxing blood vessels and muscles, you could take either the transdermal or oral nano magnesium – neither of these would affect your bowels – see links in the post above.

  • Hi–

    I have been taking over 1200 mg of magnesium in oral supplement form for at least four years. I have constipation that doesn’t ever go away, so I have to take something. I see the comment above about how you don’t recommend long-term use of high doses of magnesium. What would you suggest instead? Would Miralax actually be better for me? Of course, I have tried to find the underlying cause but to no avail thus far. I am currently doing some detoxing, taking a probiotic, digestive enzymes, and Zypan (contains some betaine HCL). I have healed GERD and gastritis and ileitis and improved my gut flora and rid myself of candida overgrowth. It appears that my leaky gut and many food sensitivities are getting better. But the stubborn constipation remains.

    1. Hi Alysson,

      Have you been taking your magnesium in nano/angstrom form or in a more traditional form like magnesium citrate? If you haven’t tried the nano/angstrom form then that would be our first suggestion as you may find that the constipation disappears. If you have been using the nano/angstrom sized magnesium and are still experiencing constipation then we’d recommend checking out Jini’s constipation symptom page at the link below for ideas about how to counteract it naturally:

      If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

    2. Just go HCLF vegan and your digestive issue will be gone within a few months.
      (Sauerkraut in addition to your diet will help also)
      Gluthamine and Aloe vera also help to repair the gut lining.

  • Justin, thanks for your reply.

    I’ve been taking magnesium in the traditional form, which has varied over time. Now it’s magnesium citrate, Slow-Mag, and Blue Ocean Minerals (okay, I guess the last one isn’t so traditional).

    I’ll definitely try the nano/angstrom form. I’ll also take a look at Jini’s link, at least to get acquainted with her ideas.

    Thanks again!

  • Justin, I’ve been taking the traditional forms of magnesium to relieve constipation, and they do work, though I take a high dose. Per the text above about the nano/angstrom form, this form doesn’t go through the digestive tract. However, I need the magnesium to go through my digestive tract to pull water into my digestive tract in order to relieve the constipation.

    I am not deficient in magnesium. The last two times I had my Magnesium, RBC tested, it was 6.2 mg/dL.

    Unless I’m completely misunderstanding, it sounds I should go ahead with reading the constipation page and check out other ideas for counteracting the constipation naturally.

  • Hi. I would like to ask for advice. Let me explain, first, my situation. I have suffered for four years in a form of permanent muscular stiffness (spasmophilia). As known, the problem is often lack of magnesium. But I didn’t know it, so, after great suffering, I found by chance the first, extraordinary relief with oral supplementation of magnesium. After a few months, however, the improvements dwindled. Over the years I continued to take magnesium orally but without solving the problem. I made further improvements using other methods: elimination of gluten, dental abatement, kefir and probiotic, Multivitamin-Mineral and vitamin C mega doses. After years in which I was resigned to staying ALMOST well, a month ago I try applying transdermal magnesium oil. I spread it everywhere, except the head and intime parts, and firmly massaged, it itches and burns but it’s okay, I resist to pain. Every day, twice a day, for a week. Since the first application, the results were EXTRAORDINARY, as much as the first oral supplements of many years ago. I finally found a way to bring magnesium back to the right levels. I feel like I’m going to heal. Here the actual problem begin. On which I’m asking for advice. After a week of application I started to have itching all over the body, and not only when applying but throughout the day. It is not very strong, but it is annoying. I interrupted applications but after three weeks I still have itching. What should I do? Should I wait longer? I read here and there online that this could be a BENEFICIAL DETOX REACTION. So what am I supposed to do: start to apply and wait it out over time? Or do not apply until it passes the itching? Definitely I have to dilute the solution with water, and maybe mix it with coconut oil or almond oil. But should I start again or wait? I would like to start again, mildly. Thanks for answers and sorry for my english.

    1. Hi Dom,

      First of all, we would suggest trying Jini’s “turbo-charge secret” from the post above because, like you, the magnesium makes her skin itch as well. If you mix 1 oz of the transdermal magnesium with 1 cup of epsom salts and put the mixture into a bath then perhaps you will not experience the itching. The other thing you may want to try (if you haven’t already) is an oral nanoparticle magnesium supplement. You should be able to get far more usable magnesium from that than from traditional oral supplements like multivitamins which could translate into better results.

      Kind regards,
      Customer Care

  • Thanks a lot. I would like to try Re-mag or some nanoparticle magnesium, but I’m not sure nanotechnology is ok. I’m not well informed but It’s sound like something strange to me. Anyway, my problem now is this itchiness I which have been lasting for a month since I stopped applying mag-oil…

  • Hi Jini! I just bought your book Listen to your Colon, wow it was fantastic I’m so grateful. I have a question for you that relates to this post. My 20 month old son has been constipated for almost a year, ever since he started solids. We finally got a stool analysis and confirmed my suspicions: he has absolutely no growth of Lactobacillus and he has 2 opportunistic pathogens in high numbers. We have been using probiotics for a few months, but after reading your book, I will only be buying Natren. I will also be doing Wild Oregano oil like you suggest, as our D.O. suggested it as well, in conjunction with high quality probiotics. So that is our new plan. Now for my question…

    We’ve had my son on Natural Calm for about 6 months now, daily, because it is the only thing we’ve found that keeps him regular. After reading your book and this post, I am distressed to find out that it irritates the gut.. now I feel I’ve done more damage than good. I have 2 questions: is there anything I can give him, in addition to Natren probiotics and wild oregano, that will help to heal the probable irritation? And secondly, is there anything else you recommend we use for a natural laxative until we start seeing results from the probiotics?

    Thank you so much for sharing so much wonderful information, I am truly grateful to have found your website. Kind regards,


    1. Hi Chris,

      Thank you for contacting us today. You need to avoid Magnesium Ascorbate if you are susceptible to diarrhea and just take Mini-Minerals Magnesium . If the magnesium does not go through your intestines, there is no irritation, absorption rates are WAY higher, and it does not cause diarrhea or loose bowels.

      If you tend towards constipation, then take magnesium citrate to bowel tolerance (250 mg – 1000 mg per day) like Natural Calm before bed to stimulate a bowel movement in the morning.

      Please let me know if you have additional questions!

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  • Is it best to take magnesium before or after my calcium and d3 supplement. And how long would you leave it between the two so they dont compete for absorption.

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