Magnesium Flakes - Uses & Benefits

There’s a bit of a shortage of Magnesium Flakes in New Zealand at the moment.


We’ve even had farmers interested in our Salt & Oil magnesium.


But our bags aren’t really big enough for a herd of cows!


Why do cows need magnesium supplements anyway?


Partly for the same reasons we do:

  • Magnesium relaxes nerve impulses, so a deficiency can lead to excitable and nervous cattle.

  • It plays an important role in improving their health, fixing calcium in bones, milk production and increasing gut absorption.


cows in a NZ field need to take a magnesium chloride supplement but not flakes in a bath

Be like a cow – get moooo-re magnesium . Don’t sprinkle it on your food though. Pour your magnesium flakes in the bath, and feel udder-ly relaxed!


So what are magnesium flakes anyway?


They are flakes of magnesium chloride, a naturally occurring mineral salt, usually extracted from brine or sea water. The ones we use at Salt & Oil are from a pristine lake in the Tibetan Plateau that contains large ancient mineral deposits.


The magnesium is harvested naturally and dried using natural solar energy. There is absolutely nothing added to them, and no chemicals used during the process. Some magnesium flakes have a brown tinge, but these are a lovely white colour, without being bleached. The flakes are so pure they are considered food grade. Though they don’t taste nice, and you probably wouldn’t want to sprinkle them on your chips!


Salt & Oil NZ magnesium flakes are pure, unbleached, lovely big flakes for your bath

What you DO want to do is sprinkle some into your bath, as absorbing magnesium through your skin has many benefits, for example it:


  • Relaxes your muscles.

  • Eases tension and stiffness

  • Reduces muscle cramps

  • Promotes quality sleep

  • Supports bone health

  • Relieves feelings of stress and anxiety

  • Can improve energy levels


The best ways to use your magnesium flakes:


- In the bath – If your budget allows, it would be AMAZING to add the whole pouch to your bath. If you try this, do get in touch and let us know how well you slept that night!

However, a third to half the pouch will also be a lovely dose.


Pour your flakes into running water, just before you hop in, to help it dissolve faster. Use very warm but not hot water – you don’t actually want to sweat while you’re in the bath. Aim to soak for at least 15 minutes (top up the hot if you need to!).


If you do this about 1.5 – 2 hours before bed, the cooling effect felt by your body once you get out the bath will give a hint to your brain that it's time for a great sleep.


relax in the bath with Salt & Oil magnesium flakes and a glass of wine

- In a foot spa – aka big bowl or tub or warm water. Add a handful or up to a third of the pouch. Soak your feet for 15 minutes. We totally recommend having someone on hand to top you up with more warm water! Alternatively, boil the jug again and keep it beside you.


For your bath and foot spa, feel free to add your favourite essential oils.