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- DIY Sore Muscle Soak to Alleviate Aches and Pains
- Homemade Bath Soaks
- Bath for Sore Muscles Recipe
- What Causes Sore Muscles?
- 12 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles
- #1 – Prevent Sore Muscles with Water
- #2 – Topical Magnesium – Epsom Salts and Magnesium Oil
- #3 – Heat or Cold – Which is Better for Sore Muscles?
- #4 – Oral Magnesium
- #5 – Essential Oils for Sore Muscles
- #6 – Movement
- #7 – Massage
- #8 – Hot Pepper Rubs
- #9 – Rest
- #10 – Tart Cherry Juice Helps Sore Muscles After Workout and Increases Muscle Strength
- #11 – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- #12 – Coconut Oil
- Sore Muscle Soak with Essential Oils
- Best Bath Soaks and Oils
- Can a hot tub help sore muscles?
- Suffering with sore muscles after exercise? A soak in a hot tub might be just the ticket!
- Muscles recover with warmth
- Underwater jet massage can help muscles recover faster
- Enjoy a soothing soak
- Post Workout Recovery
- What can I do to stop sore muscles? Prevention is better than cure!
- What helps with sore muscles?
- Can Hot Baths Prevent Sore Muscles?
- 7 Insanely Blissful Bath Recipes to Make You Forget Winter
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DIY Sore Muscle Soak to Alleviate Aches and Pains
The older I get, the sorer I get! Whether it’s from exercise, inflammation, or stress, I find myself taking a bath for sore muscles more and more. And it really helps alleviate aches and pains!
Homemade Bath Soaks
I’ve made a lot of bath soaks over the years – from Candy Cane Bath Salts to this Homemade Oatmeal Lavender Bath Soak for Dry Skin and even this Soothing Rose & Oatmeal version. It is a wonderful way to relax and unwind. I also love to make bath fizz versions of my favorite bath soaks, like this Candy Cane Bath Fizz recipe.
Lately, I’ve been working hard on some fitness goals of mine. With the increase in exercise, I have extra soreness, especially when I start a new exercise routine. Cue the sore muscle soak!
Bath for Sore Muscles
I’ve used a variety of essential oils and other ingredients in my bath for sore muscles soak, but this version is my absolute favorite. It eliminates extra fluid, soothes muscles, and is invigorating and uplifting.
The base of this bath soak is simple: Dead Sea salts. These salts contain 21 minerals, including magnesium and potassium, and have been shown to help improve skin appearance and decrease inflammation at the skin level (see this 2017 study).
Additionally, Dead Sea salt dissolves easily in the bathtub and always leaves my skin soft and smooth.
Essential Oils In The Bath
In this bath soak, I also include some of my favorite essential oils for sore muscles: juniper berry and cypress.
Juniper berry essential oil is wonderful for inflammation and joint pain. I use it often for these reasons. Juniper berry essential oil also helps stimulate circulation and release excess fluid.
Cypress has been traditionally used by many cultures to treat pain and inflammation. Cypress essential oil is a favorite of mine for inflammation because I love its balsamic aroma and warming qualities.
I also added lemon essential oil to this blend because I love the uplifting aroma and it’s pain relieving abilities. Lemon essential oil has also been used to relieve inflammation.
It’s important to note that essential oils will never mix with bath salts (or baking soda for that matter). See this great resource from the Tisserand Institute on bath safety.
To dilute the essential oils in this bath for sore muscles recipe I use liquid castile soap. You can use any liquid soap (or shampoo or shower gel) that you happen to have in your bathroom. I prefer an unscented soap base for these purposes.
I generally use this bath for sore muscles soak in the morning because I find it to be uplifting and energizing. Plus, my muscles are always sore the morning after I start a new exercise routine. A bath soak helps me get up and moving much easier.
This DIY sore muscle soak recipe is easy to make and will have you feeling your best in no time!
Bath for Sore Muscles Recipe
Author Katie Vance
- ¼ cup Dead Sea salt (find it here)
- 1 tablespoon unscented liquid Castile soap (find it here)
- 2 drops juniper berry (Juniperus communis) essential oil (find pure juniper berry EO here)
- 3 drops cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil (find pure cypress EO here)
- 3 drops lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil (find pure lemon EO here)
- Thoroughly mix essential oils and unscented Castile soap in a small bowl.
- Measure in Dead Sea salt and mix well.
- Add to a full bathtub of warm water.
- Soak for 20 minutes.
This recipe can be customized to fit your needs. However, I find this combination of essential oils to be particularly effective when I take a bath for sore muscles. Plus, this blend of essential oils smells amazing together!
Some sources do say to avoid juniper and cypress during pregnancy, but there is no definitive research on either of these claims. We encourage you to do your own research and use what you feel is best.
Have you ever tried a bath for sore muscles? What works for you?
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Whether you’re dealing with delayed onset muscle soreness after workouts (and work) or sore muscles for “no reason at all”, something’s going on in your body to make you uncomfortable. In this post, we’ll talk about common causes of sore muscles and how to get rid of the ache, including topical treatments, essential oils and supplements.
Always remember, if pain is severe or incapacitating, please see your health care professional. This post is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to replace trained medical advice.
What Causes Sore Muscles?
Sore muscles may be linked to a variety of causes, including:
- Exercise, injury or overuse
- Blood flow problems from illness or lack of activity
- Lack of minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium
- Certain medications, like statins, chemotherapy drugs and anesthetics
Soreness After Exercise
General soreness after exertion (Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)) is typically cause by micro tears in the muscle fibers. Lactic acid can also build up in the muscles, increasing irritation.
Over time as the tissue rebuilds itself stronger to accommodate the activity, muscle soreness should decrease. You can read more about this at “What Causes Pain and Soreness After Exercise“.
Are sore muscles a good sign?
It depends. Post workout soreness in the first 72 hours is normal, but soreness that lasts more than 5 days may be a sign of overexertion or damage. Gradually increasing the intensity of your workout (or work load) can help reduce the risk of injury.
Cramps, Sprains and Strains
A muscle cramp, is “a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes”.
A muscle sprain is “an injury to a ligament (tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint). In a sprain, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn”. A muscle strain is an injury to a muscle or a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone).
In a strain, a muscle or tendon is stretched or torn. Sprains and strains are generally caused by trauma (falls, twists, impacts) or overuse.
Muscle soreness from cramps can usually be addressed with home care. Sprains and strains may require professional care and physical therapy.
12 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles
These home treatment options for sore muscles cover ongoing self care as well after workout tips to get rid of muscle pain.
#1 – Prevent Sore Muscles with Water
Start simple. Dehydration can cause muscle soreness, hydration can help prevent it and clear it. It’s not a quick fix, it’s a general self-care tip. Stay hydrated!
#2 – Topical Magnesium – Epsom Salts and Magnesium Oil
Magnesium is natural muscle relaxant, and as salts, these compounds also help to pull excess fluids out of the tissues, reducing swelling. Most of us have a hard time getting enough magnesium in our diets, especially as we age. (Excess sugar consumption ties up magnesium, too.) Topical magnesium targets muscle pain by getting the magnesium directly to the sore muscles.
Epsom Salt for Muscle Pain Relief
Tried and true, a cup or two of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) dissolved in a warm tub of water works wonders for aching muscles. Use warm water, not hot water.
For sore muscles, soak for 15 minutes or until the water has cooled, up to three times per week. Epsom salt baths are not recommended for those with health conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes.
Magnesium Oil Stops Leg Cramps
Magnesium oil (magnesium chloride in water) is typically applied with a spray pump bottle, which makes it easier to target on a specific area, such as a sore calf or foot. We keep a spray bottle next to the bed for nighttime leg cramps.
When leg cramps hit, the first thing we reach for is the spray bottle of magnesium oil, followed by a drink of water. If we’ve been doing heavy labor, we’ll spray on magnesium oil to prevent sore muscles and cramps.
Note: Magnesium oil has a slightly tacky feel when you spray it on, and does sting a little on freshly shaved legs. (It is a salt, after all.) The leg cramp relief far outweighs any minor sting at application.
#3 – Heat or Cold – Which is Better for Sore Muscles?
A warm shower or bath is a natural muscle relaxer, which can be great for tension knotted shoulders or muscles tight from overuse. While an ice pack used to be recommended for muscle sprains, research now indicates that cold slows down the body’s healing process.
The article “Is R.I.C. E. all wrong?” notes:
“Nearly everyone who ices today,” says veteran athletic trainer Gary Reinl, “believes they’re doing it to prevent inflammation, reduce swelling, and control pain. But here’s the problem: Icing doesn’t prevent inflammation or swelling; it only delays it.
Once tissues rewarm, the inflammatory process resumes and your body’s innate intelligence sends the correct amount of fluid to the damage site. Although icing can provide temporary pain relief, numbing just shuts off protective signals that alert you to harmful movement. And the Journal of Athletic Medicine Research recently showed that icing actually kills muscle cells.”
#4 – Oral Magnesium
Low levels of magnesium in the body can lead to general muscle soreness and muscle cramps. You may want to consider a magnesium supplement, but you can start by including foods that are high in magnesium in your diet.
Some of the top food sources for magnesium are:
- molasses (see below)
- squash and pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- Swiss chard
- cocoa powder
- black beans
- flax seeds
- sesame seeds
- sunflower seeds
One Earth Clinic user says 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses in a cup of coffee each day cured his chronic muscle pain.
Another way to get combine ACV and molasses is the old fashioned drink called Switchel, which was commonly used before the age of brightly colored sports drinks and juices shipped from around the world.
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- tap water to make 2 quarts
Mix first four ingredients to blend, then add water and mix until dissolved. Chill or serve over ice, if desired.
#5 – Essential Oils for Sore Muscles
A number of essential oils and essential oils blends may be helpful for muscle pain relief.
- Cramps: Try lemongrass with peppermint and marjoram
- Spasms: Top recommended oils are basil, marjoram and Roman Chamomile.
- Tension: Try marjoram, peppermint, helichrysum, lavender or Roman Chamomile.
To use an essential oil for muscle pain, add one to two drops of the essential oil into one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil, and apply to the affected area.
#6 – Movement
Our muscles tend to want to stay doing whatever they’re doing, unless we force them to change. If you’re tensed up, they’ll stay tensed up. Stand up, walk, run, stretch, garden – do whatever you can to be active, so you can stay active as you age. Increase blood flow = faster healing and sore muscle relief.
For injuries, a new healing acronym is A.R.I.T.A. – active recovery is the answer. Don’t beat the heck out of an injury, but don’t avoid moving for too long. Note: Always check with your doc for severe injuries.
#7 – Massage
Massage helps to stimulate blood circulation to an area, which speeds healing. When combined with healing oils, such as the essential oils blends listed above or pepper rub
below, you get a double benefit.
Self-massage for sore shoulder muscles…
Simple self massage for sore knees…
#8 – Hot Pepper Rubs
Capsaicin, which produces the burn in hot peppers, has been used to relive pain from arthritis, joint and muscle pain and general muscle soreness. It is available in over the counter products such as Cramer Atomic Balm Warming Cream, or you can make your own by mixing:
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and
- one cup of olive oil or coconut oil, warm -or- aloe vera gel
Apply the rub to the affected area, and wash your hands after application. Keep the rub away from your eyes, nose and mouth – it will cause irritation. Test on a small area to make sure that it does not make you more uncomfortable instead of providing sore muscle relief. This one is not for everyone.
#9 – Rest
Sometimes the best sore muscle treatment is not do anything at all. If you rest up for a couple of days, general muscle soreness due to overexertion should pass on its own. Of course, when things get busy in the garden or on the farm, rest isn’t easy to come by, so do what works for you.
Don’t sit around too long, or you may make the muscle soreness worse. Remember – Active Recovery Is The Answer.
#10 – Tart Cherry Juice Helps Sore Muscles After Workout and Increases Muscle Strength
A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in which volunteers drank either a cherry juice blend or a drink containing no cherry juice showed that:
Average pain scores came in at 3.2 for those drinking the dummy mixture and 2.4 for those drinking cherry juice. Pain also peaked at 24 hours for those drinking cherry juice, but continued to increase for those on the dummy mixture for the subsequent 48 hours.
The cherry juice drinkers also had better muscle strength. You can generally only find tart cherries available fresh in season or frozen, but tart cherry juice concentrate is available year round.
#11 – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
To reduce muscle soreness, mix a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it down. Some folks drink a tablespoon straight like a shot. Still others rub the vinegar directly on the area of the sore muscle/cramp.
Don’t like the taste of vinegar? Try 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, a sprig of fresh mint and 8 to 10 ounces of cold water, well mixed.
#12 – Coconut Oil
Try 2-3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day in cooking and applied on foods like butter. if you want an easy way to eat more coconut oil, may I recommend some coconut oil fudge, which contains coconut oil and cocoa powder?
You may also enjoy the post “Natural Back Pain Relief” and other posts in the Home Remedies series.
Originally written in 2013, last updated in 2019.
Sore Muscle Soak with Essential Oils
I am an avid runner and huge fan of Epsom salt baths after a long run, or strenuous cross-training session. I’ve tried all kinds of ways to help my sore muscles and my favorite way is to soak in an Epsom salt bath with essential oils. This recipe for a Sore Muscle Soak is the perfect combination to help you relax and muscle detox after a hard workout.
The magnesium from the Epsom salt literally soaks through your skin and is absorbed by your body and will fight off the soreness.
- Add in the Lavender essential oils to help you relax and calm your body after strenuous exercise.
- And then add in the Panaway essential oil blend that works to soothe overworked and tired muscles.
This is the perfect combination of oils and Epsom salt to help you relax and muscle detox after a hard workout. It’s my go-to recipe for post-long run soaks when I’m training for a half marathon.
- Related: Sore Muscle Rub Cream
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- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drop Panaway essential oil
- Draw a warm bath.
- In a glass bowl, add the Epsom salt and baking soda and stir gently.
- Add 10 drops each of Lavender and Panaway essential oils each to the Epsom salt mixture.
- Stir the Epsom salt-essential oils mixture into the warm water in the bathtub.
- Soak for 20 minutes.
This recipe is included in our eBook, Essential Oil Recipes for Healthy Hair & Skin, along with more than 60 other tried & true recipes that we’ve created, tested, and personally use.
More beauty recipes you might enjoy:
- Sore Muscle Rub Cream
- Peppermint Foot Scrub
- Invigorating Shower Bomb
- Spa Bath Salt Recipes
There’s nothing better than finding out something delicious or pleasurable is actually good for you, like the drinking whiskey and horseback riding. And there’s no better time, because we are living in the age of bathfluence. Long steeps in the tub have never been more popular—or documented— and for good reason.
So get ready for the best news you’ll hear all day: luxuriating in a long, hot bath actually has medicinal benefits. Our longstanding cultural traditions surrounding bath-time may have clued you in to its subversive powers—the Japanese tradition of bathing, or onsen, for instance, as well as Roman bath-houses, and even Baptisms. So what’s so great about getting into the tub? Here are 8 reasons you should draw a bath tonight.
1. Baths Can Elevate Your Mood
Obviously settling into warm water feels good, but that pleasure happens to have staying power. According to psychologist Neil Morris, who surveyed 80 people, bathing can diminish feelings of depression and pessimism because “Baths give you…a wonderful combination of isolation, quiet, and comfort.” The feelings of closeness we receive from being submerged in warm liquid “gives us connotations of being in the womb, and it is very comforting,” Dr. John Harcup, chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for the British Spa Foundation, suggests. Overall, bathing induces feelings of comfort and easiness, and that kind of security allows your mind, and subsequently your body, to relax.
2. They Can Help You Sleep Better
The benefits of quality slumber are widely recognized, but how to actually get an effective eight hours remains elusive to many. One enduring theory claims that a colder core body temperature will help induce sleep, which is why some scientists recommend going to bed in a cold room. But a warm bath before bed can yield similar results. At night our body temperatures naturally drop, which signals the production of melatonin—or the sleeping hormone. Soaking in a warm bath will raise your body temperature, and exiting will more rapidly cool it down, thus instigating the production of melatonin, and better preparing you for sleep.
3. A Hot Bath Can Help Relieve Muscle Pain
Heat will get your blood moving, which is not only great for circulation (more on that later) but can also help sore or tight muscles to relax. The addition of epsom salts in your warm bath has been proven to help reduce inflammation in your joints caused by arthritis or other muscular diseases. The anti-inflammatory properties of salt baths have also shown to have positive effects on people suffering from metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes.
4. Baths Can Make Your Heart Healthy
Taking a regular warm bath can help reduce blood pressure, according to some research. This is significant because reduced blood pressure can help in preventing more serious heart conditions, like heart attack or stroke. By using heat to induce better blood flow and circulation, you’re giving your a body a mini-workout. Which brings us to…
5. They Burn Calories
Sure, a soak is no match for water aerobics or active hydrotherapy, but a good sweat induced by a hot bath can burn as many calories as taking a walk.
6. Baths Can Relieve Cold And Flu Symptoms
Steam from a hot bath works wonders for stuffy noses and bad coughs. Congestion is caused by inflammation in your nasal passages, and steam gets the blood vessels in your face and nose moving, thus loosening any mucus blockage. A temperate bath can also help your immune system to better fight off viruses.
7. Baths Can Soothe Irritated Skin
While scalding baths can make your skin more irritated, a warm bath—in combination with certain essential oils, like coconut, olive, or lavender, and also oatmeal—can better hydrate and heal dry or irritated skin. Plus, aromatherapy is great for regulating your mood or reducing stress.
8. Baths Can Help You Feel More Awake
Pursoma founder Shannon Vaughn explains that when you have a hot bath, you begin to sweat. “That’s a kind of activity in and of itself—so afterwards people tend to feel refreshed.” And even better: if you are feeling fatigued, a bath won’t make you feel drowsy, but once you do go to sleep, it will aid in you sleeping more deeply.
How To Draw The Ultimate Healing Bath
The water temperature shouldn’t too far exceed your own body temperature. While a hot bath feels great, a warm bath is better for your skin and immune system. Add oils like rose, lavender, calendula, aloe, oil, or coconut and also oatmeal for your skin. Epsom salt is great for your muscles and reducing any chances of infection. Keep part of your body, like your face, out of the water to prevent over-heating. Soak for 10-15 minutes, breathe, relax.
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Can a hot tub help sore muscles?
Suffering with sore muscles after exercise? A soak in a hot tub might be just the ticket!
Long before the invention of hot tubs, hot springs were sought out for their therapeutic benefits. Immersing yourself in hot water feels good, so it’s no surprise that when you have aching muscles you want nothing more than hot bath or even better, a soak in a hot tub.
Muscles recover with warmth
There’s no doubt that sitting in a hot tub with sore muscles feels great, but does it actually help your muscles recover? Until recently scientists weren’t sure if applying cold or heat was best for muscle soreness, but you’ll probably be pleased to know that new research has revealed that you can skip the ice bath and jump straight into a warm hot tub!
According to the New York Times, the study found that “muscles recover better after exhausting exercise if they are warmed than if they are chilled”. The new research, published in the Journal of Physiology, found that “warming muscles probably aids in recovery by augmenting the muscles’ uptake of carbohydrates”.
Underwater jet massage can help muscles recover faster
Another study found that “warm underwater jet-massage” improves recovery from intense physical exercise. The study, by Viitasalo JT, Niemela K, Kaappola R, et al, studied muscle soreness in junior track and field athletes. Half the group used an underwater jet massage three times a week for 20 minutes, while the control group did not. Those using the jet massage saw gains in performance, suggesting their muscles recovered faster.
Enjoy a soothing soak
So can a hot tub help sore muscles? Scientific studies seem to support what we instinctively feel – that soaking in a hot tub soothes sore muscles, and may even help them recover.
So if you have been exercising hard, why not try a soothing soak, if nothing else, you’ll feel relaxed afterwards, and your hard-working muscles might thank you for it. Take a look at the full HotSpring Hot Tubs range.
Post Workout Recovery
Sore muscles can be caused by excessive strain, unbalanced exercise or untrained muscles: Everyone will have experienced sore muscles at some point, whether working in the office, gardening, playing sport without training, overdoing weight training. It’s not necessarily a bad thing: Sore muscles are an indication that the muscles are growing. Although it means that muscle fibers are torn, the body repairs the damage so that the muscle is larger in the end.
What can I do to stop sore muscles? Prevention is better than cure!
Firstly, your training regime is important here. If you’re a beginner or have had a long break it’s a good idea to start slowly and then increase the workload gradually. Warming up and stretching are a very good idea too, but they don’t protect against sore muscles if you strain them. Stretching sore muscles can even cause damage and is only advisable after plenty of rest.
Although it is not scientifically proven, many sportsmen and women are convinced that magnesium prevents sore muscles. It’s a fact that this trace element promotes the body’s production of protein. Magnesium in turn strengthens muscle building. Thus is increases performance and loosens up your muscle, particularly for sport.
What helps with sore muscles?
There has been a lot of discussion by experts on whether to continue training with sore muscles or not. So far they agree that training with sore muscles doesn’t help but many people still feel better if they continue to train. But the experts advise you to keep the training gentle to avoid increasing the risk of serious muscle injury such as a torn muscle fiber.
Can Hot Baths Prevent Sore Muscles?
Question: “Will a hot bath help prevent muscle soreness after a workout?”
Answer: Cold water is a better bet, says Marty Jaramillo, CEO of the I.C.E. Sports Health Group. “Immersing yourself in chilled water is like an ice pack for your entire body,” he says.
When you exercise, your blood vessels open wider and stay that way for at least an hour afterward. Soreness occurs when waste products like lactic acid settle in your muscles through these dilated vessels. Colder temps constrict vessels, limiting the amount of waste product that accumulates, explains Jaramillo.
Cool the Pain — with a Cold Bath
- If you’re feeling brave, fill your tub halfway with cold water and add a bucket of ice cubes.
- Gradually submerge your body into the water to your waist.
- Don’t submerge your chest; the extreme temperature could cause injury.
- Work up to soaking for 30 seconds to one minute (a cold shower won’t yield the same results, but it will get you to stop fantasizing about Matthew McConaughey in boxer briefs).
Give your sore muscles a little TLC with this soothing bath soak. Made with magnesium rich epsom salt, calming chamomile, and pain-relieving eucalyptus, this sore muscle bath soak is especially effective for aching pregnancy hips, postpartum healing, or post-workout muscle fatigue.
Soaking in warm water and epsom salt, which contains magnesium sulfate, relaxes tense and sore muscles and promotes healing. Want to double up the magnesium rich fun? Sip on this extra chocolatey hot cocoa!
Add 1/2 cup of this sore muscle bath soak to running warm bath water, then stir to dissolve the salts. Be careful getting in and out of the tub! Epsom salts make the tub very slippery. Put on some good music or your favorite audible book and soak for at least 15 minutes.
- 2 cups epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 bags chamomile tea
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- In a large bowl, mix together the epsom salt and baking soda until well combined.
- Cut open the chamomile tea bags and dump the contents in with the salt. Mix to combine.
- Mix in the eucalyptus essential oil.
- Pour soak into a glass jar and seal until ready to use.
- Add 1/2 cup to warm bath water, mixing well to dissolve the salts.
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PHOTO 3/8 Epsom Salt Soak for Sore Muscles Why we love it: This Epsom salt bath recipe hits your sore spots in all the right ways. Adding Epsom salt to your bath raises levels of magnesium, which is a natural stress-reducer and energy-booster (and athletes swear by it). According to Neka Pasquale, licensed acupuncturist, certified Chinese nutritionist and founder of Urban Remedy, a line of good-for-you snacks and meals delivered to your door, adding vinegar to your bath balances your body’s pH levels, thanks to its alkalizing properties.
1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 cup Epsom salts
1/4 cup cider vinegar
12 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Directions: To make your bath, fill the tub with the hottest water you stand. Add salt, baking soda, Epsom salts and vinegar, and swirl the water around to dissolve all of the granules and evenly distribute the vinegar. Add your fragrance drops under running water. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes.
Source: Urban Remedy
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