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Best Sore Muscle Bath

Best Sore Muscle Bath

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.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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1:19PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

What about lavender?

10:53AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

But just so you know I read this on another epson salt site,,,,

Caution: If you have high blood pressure or any heart condition you should not have an Epsom salts bath. Elderly or frail people, or those that can hardly move their joints without excruciating pain, should start with a smaller quantity of salts (about 100g - 225g), and gradually increase that as the bath becomes better tolerated.

6:52PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

I'll give it a try. Thank you.

7:57PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

great article, thanks!

10:57AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Thanks Melissa. I should have tried this a few days back, when I had some serious muscle aches.

2:16AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:45AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

Forgive me ... I have so little time, so I am just here for points for the animals ...

1:55PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

thanks for the info

2:47AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:39PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Great article and warm Epsom Salt baths for muscle aches or tired feet.

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