Know what professional runners do after racing to prevent and ease sore muscles? Ice bath–brrrrr. Personally, I’ll take the achy muscles over submerging myself in a tub of ice water, thank you very much. As it turns out, I’ve come up with a pretty good alternative to the ice bath. It uses warm (yay) water, Epsom salt, and pure essential oils to make a bath that is as comforting to the muscles as it is to the spirit.
I may be Epsom salt’s number one fan. As unsexy an ingredient as it may sound (it brings to mind images of a foot bath for stinky feet), Epsom salt is a miracle ingredient for health and wellness. (Read my full love letter to Epsom salt here.) As it pertains to muscle aches, Epsom salt is fabulous! To that add the following pure essential oils: Eucalyptus for purifying, oxygenating and energizing, this oil also possesses antitoxin qualities and helps heal blisters and other skin irritations. Juniper to stimulate the lymphatic system, and also great for deep cleansing, and rosemary for detoxifying, energizing and uplifting. Not only will this bath ease and prevent further muscle pain, but will restore your energy levels.
Here’s what to do. To a warm bath add:
2 cups of Epsom salt
3 drops eucalyptus oil
3 drops juniper oil
3 drops rosemary oil
Soak for at least 20 minutes.
For an added bonus, add nutrient-heavenly seaweed to this, or any, bath, here’s how.
By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living