Is there a difference between Magnesium Chloride and Epsom Salt?

Although both contain a form of magnesium, magnesium chloride is much better suited for topical application. We have an excellent piece on this in our FAQ's section too.

What is The Difference between Magnesium Chloride and Magnesium Sulphate?

If you’ve ever pulled a muscle, had an epic workout, or enjoyed a remedial massage, you’ve probably been advised to soak in a warm tub of Epsom salts (AKA magnesium sulphate). For hundreds of years, Epsom salts have been a go-to treatment for easing all kinds of aches and pains. But did you know that not all magnesium soaks are equal?

There is actually a BIG difference between magnesium bath flakes and epsom salts;

  • Epsom salt is a compound of magnesium and sulphate; whereas
  • Magnesium chloride flakes (sometimes referred to as “magnesium salt”) are a compound of magnesium and chloride.

So yes, both products contain magnesium. But there is a small yet critical difference between them. Put simply, magnesium chloride flakes absorb more easily into the body than Epsom salts.

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Caim & Able source our magnesium chloride from The Dead Sea, the deepest and most saline lake on earth, has been known from biblical times for its healing properties as it is the worlds most potent magnesium rich body of water, ergo less does more. 

Magnesium chloride flakes have been shown to:

    • Provide more concentrated bio-available magnesium into the body
    • The Dead Sea has been successfully used for decades to treat many patients with rheumatic diseases.
    • Create more intense and longer-lasting effects.
    • Studies have shown remarkable skin benefits, and have concluded Dead Sea treatments are beneficial in several rheumatology diseases and psoriasis and have a good safety profile 

It’s estimated that 2 out of 3 people living across the globe are magnesium deficient. Yet magnesium is critical for helping over 300 processes in your body function well. Yes,  you can take magnesium via oral supplements. However, your digestive system isn't what it used to be and absorption is very low.

Magnesium chloride is more easily absorbed and utilised by the body. When applied to the skin, magnesium (chloride, not sulphate)  absorbs into your body, bypassing the digestive system and heading straight for your bloodstream and cells.

Magnesium chloride is more easily assimilated, and therefore more bioavailable or absorbed and utilised by the body. Whereas magnesium sulphate is not as easily absorbed and utilised in the body. Magnesium sulphate is also more rapidly excreted through the kidneys than magnesium chloride, which explains why results don’t last long, and more amounts are needed for desired effects.

Winding down at the end of the day with a magnesium soak is a perfect way to calm the body and ease the mind into a deeper, rewarding sleep. Magnesium baths are great for stress relief, muscle soreness after working out, improving circulation, relieving headaches, joint pain, skin conditions, and so much more.

While it may be tempting to run out and buy the significantly cheaper epsom salts, for your nightly relaxation soak, magnesium bath flakes and topical magnesium oil (both made from magnesium chloride) are your best bet for when looking to soak away the stress of the day, and wind down for a good night’s sleep! 

If you're looking to relieve leg cramps, muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, or any other body aches, it's magnesium chloride you need, choose from Magnesium Oil Sprays (convenience) or Magnesium Bath/Foot Bath Salts too.