Magnesium Flakes are a naturally occurring compound called Magnesium Chloride. Magnesium Chloride naturally occurs in the ocean - Mg + Cl (2), which makes it a salt. Magnesium Chloride is also present in our bodies in the intercellular fluid. We source our Magnesium Flakes from the Zechstein source in Northern Europe. The brine (salty water) is drawn up from deep under the earth and then dried into flakes.
Both these bath salts are naturally occurring, and both are sources of Magnesium, but they are actually different compounds. Magnesium Flakes are Magnesium Chloride and Epsom Salt is Magnesium Sulphate.
There are many reasons why someone could be deficient in Magnesium. These include:
- Lower levels of Magnesium in our food due to farming practices and food processing techniques
- Many magnesium products (such as supplements) have poor bioavailability
- Common medications (eg for stomach acid and heartburn) increase excretion of magnesium from the body.
The best way to increase your Magnesium levels is by taking oral supplements PLUS through transdermal absorption (ie a Magnesium bath, or magnesium skin products). The most bioavailable oral supplement is Magnesium Citrate, however with a daily requirement of 400mg/day, this is not possible to get through oral supplement alone. Adding Magnesium baths, massages or sprays to your routine will ensure your Magnesium intake is adequate.
We do not recommend making your own Magnesium Oil. Magnesium Oil is the natural brine that is extracted from the Magnesium source, deep beneath the earth. Our Zechstein Magnesium Oil (or brine) is 100% natural and pure, and has a Magnesium Chloride concentration of 31%. After pumping the brine up to the surface, the product is bottled for sale as Zechstein Magnesium Oil.
To make Magnesium Flakes, we evaporate the water so that a solid flake is formed. Although this is a natural process, there is a slight chemical change to the product as the liquid dries to a solid. Therefore, if you combine water and flakes to make your own Magnesium Oil, you do not end up with the same brine (Magnesium Oil) that was extracted at the beginning of the process.