Frequently Asked Questions
ANCIENT MINERALS MAGNESIUM
Where does Ancient Minerals come from?
The pristine source for Ancient Minerals magnesium products lies within a deep underground seabed in Northern Europe–nearly two miles beneath the surface—referred to as the Ancient Zechstein Sea. It is extracted from the earth by a process known as solution mining, and is globally the most coveted source of naturally occurring magnesium chloride in existence. For more information, please visit http://www.genuinezechstein.com/.
Is Ancient Minerals magnesuim "oil" actually oil?
No, although this is a common misconception. Magnesium “oil” is a term that was coined early in the development of transdermal magnesium therapy. It refers to the hygroscopic nature (attracts water molecules) of a highly saturated solution of magnesium chloride in water along with other trace elements. This super-saturated solution happens to present itself in an oil-like texture and lends itself particularly to absorption by the skin.
Is the magnesium chloride in Ancient Minerals “Pharmaceutical Grade” or “USP Grade”?
Many manufacturers rely on the phrases “Pharmaceutical Grade” and “USP Grade” to convey a sense of quality to consumers. Both “Pharmaceutical Grade” and “USP Grade” refer to the same thing–the public standards set forth by the United States Pharmacopeia.
There are several aspects of magnesium chloride defined by USP standards, but arguably the most important and controversial is the standard set for maximum allowable heavy metal content. This standard designates how much mercury, cadmium, lead and other toxic metals may be present while still receiving USP certification.
In the case of magnesium chloride, the USP standard allows for a maximum heavy metal content of 10 parts per million (ppm). Because transdermal magnesium chloride comes into direct contact with our skin, we should pay particular attention to the fact that these allowed elements are known toxins. Even as low as a single part per million of mercury can have negative effects.
What this means for you is that manufacturers can casually use the phrase “Pharmaceutical Grade” without telling you exactly what toxic heavy metals exist in the finished product, and at what levels–so long as these levels are below the USP limit.
By no means do we consider this an acceptable practice, and certainly not a suitable method to represent the purity of Ancient Minerals. For that reason, we refer to the “ultra-purity” of Ancient Minerals as being far beyond any pharmaceutical standard that exists in the world, period. We are completely transparent in our efforts to redefine purity.
I experience some tingling when I apply the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil or gel. Is this normal?
Some users of magnesium oil and magnesium gel with sensitive skin may experience tingling and/or slight irritation at the site of application due to the high concentration of magnesium chloride. This is completely harmless, and varies based on a number of factors, including how much is applied and where it is applied on the body.
Diluting the magnesium oil 1:1 with pure spring water can reduce this effect, although this is a matter of personal preference. Those who experience this effect also report that the tingling lessens with each subsequent application.
Another option is to choose Ancient Minerals magnesium lotion or magnesium bath flakes, for use in foot soaks and/or full body soaks, which offer a gentler form of transdermal magnesium therapy, for those with extremely sensitive or broken skin.
Read more in our Magnesium Application and Usage Guide.
Will magnesium applied topically produce a laxative effect like oral magnesium supplements?
No, there is little to no potential for a laxative effect. This is a fundamental advantage of using Ancient Minerals magnesium products topically, as your skin can naturally self-regulate the absorption of minerals.
Learn more about the advantages of transdermal magnesium.
Why are oral magnesium supplements so difficult to absorb for most people?
There are two primary reasons:
Meaningful quantities of magnesium from dietary supplements have a tendency to create a laxative effect in the majority of users. This reduces transit time through the gastrointestinal tract and decreases overall absorption.
When large quantities of magnesium are taken in a single dose, a smaller overall percentage of magnesium is absorbed.
Get advice on the best magnesium supplements.
Should I continue using other magnesium supplements orally if I am also using Ancient Minerals topically?
This is a matter of personal choice, often dependent on how well or how poorly each individual tolerates oral supplements.
Ancient Minerals topical magnesium represents a welcome alternative:
For those who prefer to avoid the inconvenience of taking pills.
For those who experience loose stools, diarrhea or GI upset when taking oral supplements
For those who do have limited tolerance, Ancient Minerals provides much needed additional magnesium without side effects.
Do I need to shower or rinse the magnesium off after using it?
Rinsing off magnesium oil or magnesium gel after use is a matter of personal preference, and depends on how much you apply and where it is applied on the body. Typically, the more magnesium oil or gel used per application, the higher likelihood you may prefer to rinse it off. In roughly twenty minutes your skin can take full advantage of topically applied magnesium, and it may be safely removed at that point. Keep in mind, also, that Ancient Minerals magnesium gel is designed not to be fully absorbed into the skin, so rinsing off after applying is a fairly common practice.
Please see our Magnesium Application and Usage Guide for more information.
Are there any precautions for using Ancient Minerals magnesium products?
Avoid using Ancient Minerals magnesium gel, magnesium lotion or magnesium oil near mucus membranes such as the eyes and nose, which can cause some irritation.
In addition, though applying the magnesium oil and/or gel to broken skin or wounds can be highly therapeutic and cleansing, the high concentration of magnesium salts may cause discomfort. If you are using Ancient Minerals on broken skin or lesions (i.e. psoriasis, eczema, acne, etc.) it is strongly advised to begin with magnesium baths until the skin had a chance to start healing and become less sensitive to the higher concentration of magnesium chloride in the oil and gel.
Is there a maximum daily limit for using Ancient Minerals topically?
No. The skin has a unique ability to self-regulate absorption, and therefore overuse is of little concern.
Are Ancient Minerals magnesium products safe to use with children?
Most definitely! Ancient Minerals magnesium baths are the preferred application by most parents, and have been used with great success on children as young as 6 months old. They are not only safe, but also highly therapeutic and can calm even the most restless young ones.
Are Ancient Minerals magnesium products safe for animals and pets?
Absolutely. Ancient Minerals topical magnesium products are just as effective on animals and pets as they are on humans. In fact, natural and alternative veterinary clinics around the world use our magnesium gel and magnesium oil for everything from wound care to general health maintenance.
How does Ancient Minerals compare with other topical magnesium products on the market?
Ancient Minerals is the only topical magnesium brand formulated using the exclusive Genuine Zechstein® magnesium chloride source. Other manufacturers use inferior forms of magnesium, sourced from impure ocean deposits and contaminated inland water sources.
Learn about the testing and production processes we employ to ensure a pure magnesium product.
Is it okay to apply the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil to sunburned skin?
Although magnesium is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent and may aid in mild to moderate sunburn recovery, the potency of the full strength magnesium oil will more than likely be a bit too harsh for sensitive, sunburned skin.
If you wish to utilize topical magnesium for this purpose, we recommend a much more diluted application such as the Ancient Minerals magnesium bath flakes, or a dilution of the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil of at least 10 to 1 so as to not potentially agitate already injured skin. This would also apply to those with various forms of dermatitis, such as eczema or psoriasis.
Can I apply lotion on top of Ancient Minerals magnesium oil?
Many people struggle with dry skin during summer months due to weather changes, increased bathing, swimming pool chlorination, etc. Since the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil is a high concentration magnesium salt, for some it may add to that hurdle.
We recommend that if you wish to use a moisturizing lotion following your application of magnesium oil to wait at least 15-20 minutes prior to doing so to give the oil adequate time to absorb into your skin on its own. Don’t forget that we also have a fantastic lotion selection amongst our Ancient Minerals line that is completely free of toxic ingredients and provides a luxurious blend rich in emollients with the added benefit of our Zechstein magnesium.
Is it better to apply the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil before or after my workout?
There are numerous fitness benefits to be had by having sufficient magnesium in the body at all times. That being said, usage both before and after rigorous activity have varying perks that you may want to capitalize on depending on your fitness goals and schedule.
Magnesium can help to increase endurance, stamina, flexibility, and even power output, which are all persuasive reasons for use prior to working out. However, it is also used in the body for muscle recovery along with a whole host of biological processes that are impacted when we exert ourselves.
Is topical magnesium beneficial for those with restless sleep and leg discomfort?
Magnesium in the body acts as a natural nerve calmer and muscle relaxant, among other things. Because of these qualities, those with restless sleep and leg discomfort often find a modicum of relief simply by boosting their magnesium levels whether via food or supplementation.
The benefit of applying magnesium topically is that it can have a more direct and immediate effect to the area in which it is applied – which is obviously incredibly helpful for those experiencing localized pain or discomfort. Our experience has been that initial use will require more frequent applications, tapering off once magnesium levels are sufficiently, and consistently, boosted.
Feedback from those experiencing restless sleep and leg discomfort has suggested that application of the magnesium immediately prior to sleep would be the most effective, as well as keeping it accessible on a nightstand should periodic use throughout the night be required.
MAGNETIC CLAY BATHS
What is it?
Magnetic Clay Baths are a very fine, mineral-rich, clay called [Sodium] Bentonite in its pure form without harmful, commercial emulsifiers. There are over 200 different kinds of Bentonite clay and many of them have a variety of uses and results. Most of them have 15% to 75% aluminum in it. Magnetic Clay Baths have tremendous pulling power due to its high negative (good) charge. We have tested and researched many different clays from around the world and found none that compare with our clay for removal of chemical and metal toxicity. The clay is mixed with a unique blend of herbs, spices, and special ingredients to enhance the detoxification of the body of various dangerous environmental poisons. Different formulas of the Magnetic Clay Baths are specifically aimed at particular detox programs, such as one for environmental and chemical pollutants. One bath rids years of accumulated toxic chemicals and metals in your body.
How does it work?
Bentonite clay is a highly adsorbent substance. Unlike absorption, in which fluid permeates or is dissolved by a substance, adsorption is the adhesion of ions, atoms or molecules to a surface. In this case, the surface energy of the bentonite clay is what draws specific toxins (adsorbates) to it as if they were "pulled by a magnetic field".
The skin's function is as a pathway rather than a barrier, and is one of the primary organs of the body utilized for detoxification. While submersed in a tub of very warm water mixed with the bentonite clay, the high adsorbency draws bio-accumulated toxins from within the body, which then adhere to the surface of the clay.
How often should I take Magnetic Clay Baths?
It is suggested a series of three or six baths in the beginning, spacing them a week or two apart depending upon the user's health status. Thereafter, do a 'spring cleaning' detox bath and an 'autumn cleaning' detox bath to keep the metals and chemicals out! However, toxic substances absorbed over many years may be stored deep in the tissues. For these more entrenched toxic conditions, a more rigorous and long term plan to detoxify the body may be necessary. A hair or stool analysis can be used to determine the extent of the bio-accumulation, and other products can be used to aid in the detoxification process.
How do I prepare for the bath?
It is helpful, but not necessary, to eat a cleansing diet with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and herbal cleansing teas several weeks prior to the bath. Also, you can boost your immune system with 'green foods' such as Chlorella (some chlorellas have mercury in them so be careful), spirulina, blue-green algae, or micro clusters. It is very helpful to get one's pH to a normal range of 7.0 to 7.4 as studies show the "dumping process" of toxins releasing from the body is greater, quicker, and more efficient when at the normal level. So if one wants to "speed up" the process of releasing toxins, keep the pH at 7.0 to 7.4 which is considered normal levels.
Can I use the clay in ordinary bathtubs?
Yes. By using a 'hair trap' or 'sink strainer guard' to prevent drain clogging and by taping it with duct tape or plumber's tape to ensure safety from going down the drain. The kits do have a fiberglass screen and flat drain plug included, as well as an instruction pamphlet with details on protecting your drain.
If you have a small bathtub and cannot get completely immersed in water up to your neck, during the clay bath, then turn on your side for ten minutes and then the other side for the other ten minutes.
For those of you on a septic system, it is not advised that you use more than 2 cups of clay per bath.
How do I know the Magnetic Clay Bath is working for me?
The clay that settles to the bottom of the tub during the bath has adsorbed the impurities and toxins drawn from the body (as well as those in the water). This clay may appear darker than the rest, even black. The color of the water in the tub may also change. Even if the color does not change, toxins are still being pulled out. You may experience a feeling of physical or emotional relief, headache, fatigue, or a general sensation of 'lightness' after the bath. A symptom of nausea, or a 'pulling' effect from the stomach or other areas indicates toxins moving. All of these are normal reactions.
Of course, testing can be done by laboratories, before and after the bath. We feel that the fecal/stool test is the most accurate and can be ordered through Direct Laboratories or your doctor through Doctor's Data. Contact us for sources for having this done.
Are Magnetic Clay Baths good for everyone?
It is recommended that anyone with a heart condition, high blood pressure, pregnant/breastfeeding women, and anyone taking prescription medications or any medical situation, should postpone the bath and check with your doctor or certified therapist. It may be acceptable to take a clay 'pack' instead of the bath or a clay 'foot bath'. Although these are not as effective as a full tub bath, they work more slowly and gently. Foot baths can be done more often though, usually every 2 to 3 days. These baths also have had great success with children. See our instructions section and the Children's Guidelines. Also see testimonials about children.
What follow-up is recommended after the bath?
Some minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes are also removed in the bath and need to be replaced immediately. It is recommended to take a 'green superfood' product containing spirulina, blue-green algae, chlorella, wheatgrass or similar nutrients as they have the majority of vitamins, minerals, strengthening your immune system. Although it contains sugars, coconut water is mineral-rich and makes for a good base for green superfood powders. We also recommend juicing spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro and other dark, leafy greens.
Does the clay have other uses?
Bentonite clay is used for clay packs. Mixed with water, it can help draw out infection, reduce the swelling of insect bites, promote the healing of wounds, and reduce pain, and can be used effectively for burns. This type of clay has great healing capacity by its magnetic drawing power for removing toxins. Our special type of clay formulas with specific herbal and spice enhancers create a very unique, quick, inexpensive, and natural detoxification program. We focus on clay baths to assist in the removal of chemicals and metals such as, industrial, pollution, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, radiation and much more.
What other benefits does the clay offer?
Magnetic Clay Baths are an untreated, unaltered remedy, used for thousands of years utilizing the Earth's natural healing properties.
Magnetic Clay Baths are a safe and effective aid to detoxification when used according to the bath instructions. One bath releases years of toxic environmental pollutants that have been accumulating--- out of your body and down the drain.
Magnetic Clay Baths are inexpensive and do not require costly equipment. It can save you hundreds of dollars and a lot of time compared to chelation therapy and other forms of environmental detoxification programs.
Magnetic Clay Baths can be taken in the privacy of your own home, with minimal inconvenience.
Magnetic Clay Baths Healing properties can be maximized if used in combination with other cleansing and maintenance programs.
Why are Magnetic Clay Baths so different than other clays?
Our detox clay formulas are different for several reasons:
Most other Bentonite clays have 67% to 75% aluminum in them!
Most other Bentonite clays have emulsifiers in them to make them mix smoothly which contain chemicals!
Our clay formulas are synergistically tested to work together.
They work better because of the strong "pulling power" of this particular kind of Bentonite (there are over 200 kinds of Bentonite and they vary dramatically in use and in analysis).
Can I use Nascent Iodine topically?
Nascent Iodine is not a suitable form of iodine for topical use. This is an elemental form of iodine, in an alcohol base, (as opposed to the molecular form) and is specifically meant to be recognized by the body as the most bioavailable and efficient form of iodine. Nascent Iodine is in an atomic, body-ready state, and is effortlessly absorbed when consumed.
Can I add Nascent Iodine to my smoothie or juice?
Nascent Iodine is activated in water only. We do not recommend taking Nascent Iodine with anything other than water, on an empty stomach. Mixing Nascent Iodine with anything other than water will diminish its energetic properties and bioavailability.
Can Nascent Iodine be used for iodine loading?
No. This is not the form of iodine that would normally be used for that purpose. Nascent Iodine is an elemental form of iodine, where in which the molecular bonds of iodine are broken down and the free atoms retain an electromagnetic charge. This form is meant for maximum bioavailability by the body and is not recommended for iodine loading.