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Magnesium Balm

Magnesium Balm improves skin while delivering fast-acting topical magnesium. Our Balm is made with magnesium chloride in its most natural state, with over 90 other trace minerals not found in lab-produced magnesium chloride.

Combined with natural coconut oil, raw shea butter and beeswax, it’s our richest formulation.


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Can you really absorb magnesium through the skin?

Why Magnesium Balm?

Your body needs essential minerals. Magnesium is one of the most critical for your muscles, joints, metabolism, and more.

You might not be getting enough magnesium from your diet, though. It’s too easy to deplete your magnesium faster than you can top up your levels. Topical magnesium is a convenient way to get more of this mineral through your skin.

Magnesium Balm is a thick and rich cream that holds magnesium on your skin, so it can gradually absorb. Enjoy magnesium’s soothing + energizing benefits in a deeply penetrating balm scented with lavender.

What's in Magnesium Balm?

Bolton’s Naturals Magnesium Balm is a blend of topical magnesium, natural emollient ingredients, and lavender essential oil. It’s clean and simple.

Bolton’s Naturals only uses magnesium chloride concentrated from seawater. All of our topical magnesium products contain over 90 trace minerals not found in lab-produced magnesium chloride.

Each teaspoon of magnesium balm contains approximately 200 mg of magnesium chloride.

All Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbitan olivate, magnesium chloride, water, beeswax, tocopherol, hydrogenated olive oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, olea europaea (olive) oil unsaponifiables

How to use Magnesium Balm

Magnesium Balm is easy to use! Just rub this rich cream into your skin and let the magnesium absorb. Try massaging it into your feet, your muscles, your back, your neck, or anywhere you have tension.

Some people prefer to use lavender essential oils before sleep because of the relaxing effect, but you can use magnesium balm anytime, day or night. It won’t make you sleepy.

Your body regulates how much magnesium you absorb through the skin. Don’t worry about how much you use. Just try to use it daily.

Cautions: For external use only. Keep away from the eyes. This product should not cause skin sensitivity; however, discontinue use if you experience redness, rash, or irritation.

Evidence for Topical Magnesium

How effective is magnesium absorbed through the skin? Consider the evidence from studies:

  • Topical magnesium with a 31% magnesium concentration applied to the skin and via a foot bath was found to increase cellular magnesium concentration by 59.7% in 89% of study participants1
  • Magnesium cream applied daily at a low dose (56 mg) over two weeks was found to significantly increase blood serum and urinary magnesium concentration in a group of participants2
  • Topical magnesium chloride spray applied to the skin for 4 months significantly increased intracellular magnesium concentration3
  1. Watkins K, Josling PD. A pilot study to determine the impact of transdermal magnesium treatment on serum levels and whole body CaMg ratios. The Nutrition Practioner. 2010;14:1-7.
  2. Lindsy Kass, Andrea Rosanoff, Amy Tanner, Keith Sullivan, William McAuley, Michael Plesset. Effect of transdermal magnesium cream on serum and urinary magnesium levels in humans: A pilot study. PLoS One. 2017;12(4):e0174817.
  3. Fabio Piccini, Guglielmo Ragazzoni, Laura Valentini, Emanuela Faloia, Pietro Gobbi. Intracellular absorption of transdermal magnesium demonstrated by ESEM-EDS. Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology. 2014;119(1):1.

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    Tamara S.

    This balm is amazing and helps instantly with knee pain. This is not the first time I have bought it; before this it was in jars. On my recommendation, two of my friends bought it. I don’t take Tylenol anymore. And the balm also has a long-lasting effect. Thanks to those who created it.

    April 13, 2024
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    Elaine Anderson

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    Michelle Lawrence

    I am trying it with my clients and pain levels are low

    February 22, 2024
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    Great skin product.

    June 26, 2023
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    Great product and shipped fast!

    April 22, 2023
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    Bonnie C.

    love this Mag cream, I get quick relief of cramping or restlessness in my legs, it doesn’t have an odour and absorbs well not feeling greasy and doesn’t get itchy like the spray or gel can, I have gifted it also and people said they like it

    February 5, 2023
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    Wendy W.

    Love this product. My father found it was great for restless leg and my husband and I use it for muscle aches and pains. A friend of mine (who recommended it to me) says she applies it before undertaking any strenuous chores like working in the garden.

    January 26, 2023
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    Fernanda K.

    I had terrible muscle pain the other day from shoveling and applied the Balm locally. I feel like I did sleep better and it helped reduce the pain – It didn’t eliminate the pain completely (which I’m not sure if I could even expect). I feel like it works less than the oral magnesium for sleep support, though – maybe because the dosage is harder to measure. I still think it did a good job overall.

    January 20, 2023
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can magnesium chloride liquid be taken orally?

The magnesium chloride used in our Magnesium Chloride line of products tests clean for heavy metals, contaminants and toxins. However, it is licensed and recommended only for external use.

Is this magnesium chloride haxahydrate?

Magnesium chloride hexahydrate (MCH) is chemically/laboratory produced. Our Magnesium Chloride topical magnesium products are ‘wildcrafted’. That means, they’re taken directly from salt evaporation ponds. Hexaydrate means “without water” and when MCH topical brands make magnesium spray, cream or “oil”, they rehydrate these lab-produced magnesium flakes. MCH only includes magnesium chloride without the 90 naturally-occurring trace minerals found in our wildcrafted magnesium chloride from seawater. We believe that many of these trace minerals are also transdermal and beneficial to our health.

How pure and natural is your magnesium chloride?

Whenever a new batch of Magnesium Chloride is released, it is lab tested to validate that there are no contaminants. It is tested for petrochemicals, pathogens, agricultural runoff and heavy metals that might be harmful. It tests clean or we don’t use it.

Where does your magnesium chloride come from?

Our Magnesium Chloride is derived from salt evaporation ponds along the coast of Southern California. Depending on prevailing temperatures and inches of rain, the ocean water captured in the ponds will sit for 3 to 6 months until sufficient water has evaporated to cause the salt to drop out of suspension. The water that remains on top of the salt is naturally high in magnesium chloride as well as approximately 80 other trace minerals.  

Can I apply cream or makeup on top of magnesium chloride?

Some people use our Magnesium Chloride liquid as a toner, to tighten and smooth skin before applying other products in the morning or at night. Others use Magnesium Chloride Balm as a facial moisturizer. Allow the magnesium 20-minutes or so to absorb into the skin before applying any other product.

Do I need to rinse magnesium chloride off my skin?

Your skin should absorb the magnesium transdermally in approximately 20 minutes. If you’re using the Magnesium Chloride liquid, spray or gel, you may wish to rinse it off. The Magnesium Chloride Balm is very emollient, like a rich cream, and is meant to be left on until your next shower or bath.

Can children use topical magnesium chloride?
Transdermal magnesium supplementation is ideal for children. It’s a wonderful solution for babies, toddlers and children of all ages who need magnesium , but often don’t get enough in their diets. Most children have sensitive skin, so you’ll want to start with a very dilute solution. Our Magnesium Spray is ideal for kids because it’s prediluted and sprays on in a thin layer. You can also try our half-strength Magnesium Gel, but because it goes on in a thicker layer, use sparingly. Magnesium Chloride Liquid is full strength. For children you can add a capful to a bath or mix the liquid with a natural oil and rub it into the skin.
Why does my skin feel tingly when I apply magnesium chloride?
The Magnesium Chloride line of products contain magnesium chloride sourced from ocean water and can feel similar to seawater on the skin. If you have sensitive, irritated, or broken skin, you may notice slight tingling, depending on which product you use. Our full-strength product is Magnesium Chloride Liquid. You may wish to dilute it 1:1 with water or a skin-friendly oil. Magnesium Chloride Spray, Balm and Gel are diluted to 50% strength and are suitable for most skin types. Magnesium Chloride Balm is especially ideal for sensitive skin because it is a rich, oil-based cream. If you experience irritation using our transdermal magnesium chloride products, discontinue use.
Is there any risk in applying “too much” magensium to the skin?

Your skin effectively regulates the amount of magnesium absorbed. There is no risk of taking in too much magnesium transdermally. The only consideration is personal comfort.

Are there any precautions to using topical magnesium chloride?

Think of our topical magnesium as you would seawater. If your skin is broken or irritated, you may experience discomfort. Use caution on damaged or inflamed the skin. Although magnesium chloride liquid is healing (much like seawater) it is advisable to start with a conservative application, and if necessary, further dilute the product to comfort.

Should I use Natural Calm Magnesium while also using magnesium topically?

Using both topical and oral magnesium as part of a daily regime is a great way to treat and prevent magnesium deficiency. Some people find they get the best relief from their symptoms when they double-up on magnesium. There is further no reason to avoid using both. Your body regulates the amount of magnesium it absorbs through the skin, so there’s no risk of applying too much topically. If you are sensitive to the gentle laxative effect of Natural Calm Magnesium Citrate Powder, simply use less of the powder and more of the topical magnesium.

Will I experience a laxative effect with magnesium applied to the skin?

No. Magnesium absorbed transdermally (through the skin) pybasses the digestive tract, targetting cells directly. You should not experience a laxative effect.

Is there any oil in your Magnesium Chloride Liquid?

Magnesium chloride has an oil-like texture; it feels silky. However, magnesium chloride itself is not an oil and is non-staining. Only our Magnesium Chloride Balm combines magnesium chloride with oils. Magnesium Chloride liquid, spray and gel are oil-free.

What is the difference between your magnesium chloride products?

Our Magnesium Chloride line of products deliver magnesium chloride through the skin. Magnesium Chloride Liquid is a concentrated form of pure magnesium chloride. Most users will wish to dilute the full-strength liquid prior to use. Magnesium Chloride Balm combines magnesium chloride with coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. It’s rich, moisturizing and ideal for those with sensitive skin. Magnesium Chloride Spray is a diluted version of the full-strength liquid, and it comes in a convenient spray bottle. It’s also suitable for sensitive skin. Magnesium Chloride Gel is ideal for massaging into tense, painful and spasming muscles. Like the balm and spray, it is also a diluted form of magnesium chloride.

Will your topical magnesium make me feel sleepy?

Many people report a feeling of relaxation when they use our topical magnesium products. However, there is no reason to believe you will feel sleepy. Magnesium is essential for both energy production and proper sleep.

When should I use your topical magnesium? Is it better to apply in the morning or at night?

Topical magnesium can be applied at any time of day. Use it when you have muscle tension, aches or pains. When applied in the evening, our topical magnesium can help to prevent restless legs and other muscle-related sleep disturbances.

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