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Why Athletes Use Magnesium Oil For Muscle Recovery

When it comes to fitness supplements, Magnesium can often be over shadowed by the big guns such as protein and creatine, particularly when it comes to gains, muscle health & recovery. While modern science has shown us that both protein & creatine both play a vital role in building muscle mass and improving athletic performance, it also teaches us that adequate muscle recovery is required to achieve those oh-so-coveted performance or physique goals. This is where topical Magnesium Oil comes in.

We’re going to give you a simple breakdown of it’s importance to the body in general, and why you may want to consider adding it to your recovery routine, especially if you workout consistently.

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Sources of Magnesium 

Magnesium is the 2nd most abundant vital mineral in the human body and is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions necessary for normal biological functions. Some of the most notable is it’s role in maintaining electrolyte balance, normal nerve & muscle function, cellular production of energy & protein in addition to immune system health and bone strength.

Magnesium is found in many food sources such as dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards, etc.) vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and whole grains to name a few.

Even though we can get this vital mineral from food, or in oral supplements, studies show that one in five Americans (that's 60%) receive less than half the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Additionally, we don't fully absorb what we eat, and dietary supplements can cause a laxative effect (think milk of magnesia). This is where topical magnesium comes in - it's a method to safely increase magnesium levels in the body for immediate results without the undesired side effects.  

So you're probably asking, what is Magnesium Oil?

A good place to start is that it’s not actually an oil at all. It’s magnesium chloride dissolved in liquid, most commonly in water, that has an oily feel when applied to teh skin, hence the name.

Applying Magnesium Oil to the skin is a transdermal delivery method allowing it to enter the blood stream faster & start working on the affected area. Skin, our largest organ is a living and breathing tissue and while one of its jobs is to keep toxins out, an equally important job is detoxification. The detoxification process involves the internal organs such as the liver and kidneys, but with the skin it starts on the surface by absorbing the air and what we put on it. The second part involves excretion through sweat. This is why it’s so important to be conscious of what goes on your body from personal care products because you could actually be absorbing the unwanted chemicals.

The benefits of topical magnesium for you

“Magnesium oil can be sprayed or rubbed on the body and is easily absorbed through the skin. It helps to greatly to increase the amount of magnesium in body tissues and overcomes the problems that some people have with loose stools when they try to take enough magnesium to meet their needs.This can be especially important in cases of severe magnesium deficiency that were treatable only with IV magnesium before magnesium oil came along.” 1

  • Increased athletic performance
  • Reduces DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
  • Reduced muscle aches, pains, cramping and spasms
  • Healthy skin and reduced outbreaks of eczema and psoriasis
  • Better relaxation and stress management
  • Increased energy levels and improved moods
  • Sleep improvement

How to increase Magnesium levels through the skin

The best two ways to increase magnesium topically is through soaks such as dead sea or epsom salts, and sprays. The soaks can be used as a full bath or if you don’t have access to a tub, a foot soak is just as effective. Magnesium spray is another method and you can use it directly on affected areas or it can be sprayed on the abdomen, lower back and bottom of the feet. Once it's sprayed you'll want to lightly massage it in then leave on or remove after a minimum of 20 minutes. While it can be used any time of day, we recommend immediately post workout or before bed. Things to note about topical magnesium is that most people will feel a slight tingling or itchy sensation that subsides after a few minutes. This is completely normal and is an indication that there's some level of deficiency. The more often it's used, that sensation will decrease.  

Let us know your thoughts or questions by commenting in the section below. 


1- Dean C. The Magnesium Miracle. New York: Ballantine Books; 2007.


  • Hi Leslie, Great Q & sorry for the confusion. The amazing thing is, magnesium oil can be used anytime, anywhere that works best for you! Here’s some examples:

    1. Some like it rinsed off, but it’s not necessary. If that’s the case, then leave it on a minimum of 20 minutes before showering, bathing, etc.

    2. It can be used before/after workouts, massage & foam rolling, on rest days and especially before bed. It can be sprayed directly where you feel tension or soreness. For overall general benefits, it’s best to use on abdomen, lower back or bottom of feet.

    Hope this helps, let us know if you have more questions!

    The Lucabello Team
  • It says leave on or take off after 20 minutes which is best please I’m a little confused ? Also it says straight after a workout is that after a shower or not ?


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