Sore muscles cause discomfort and pain and make it difficult to go about daily activities. Even simple movements are sometimes excruciating. Unless you have a serious strained or sprained muscle, it doesn’t seem practical to visit the doctor, but you can bathe in helpful products and remedies at home that will calm and sooth muscles.
The reason Epsom salt works is because it’s pure magnesium sulfate, a mineral compound that affects the body in various ways, from creating a “feeling of well being and relaxation” to flushing toxins in the body, according to the Epsom Salt Council. Specifically, the magnesium in Epsom salt eases stress, helps nerves and muscles to work correctly and reduces pain and cramps of muscles by decreasing inflammation, explains the council. The sulfates help the body to flush out toxins, create joint proteins and absorb nutrients.
For sore muscles and other aches and pains, pour about two cups of Epsom salt into warm bath water and soak for at least 10 minutes. The crystals will dissolve and relax aching muscles and ease swelling of minor strains, sprains and bruises, according to the care2 website. Mix with sea salt for extra soothing benefits.
Do you have tired and achy muscles? Are you stiff and tight from overdoing it at the gym or sports practice? This quick and easy DIY sports soak is just what you need to soothe your overworked muscles and sore body!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt
- 1/2 cup Coarse Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 6-8 drops of Essential Oils – PanAway, Deep Blue, or Muscle Relief Synergy Blend. Each of these oil blends contain similar ingredients and are recommended for sore muscle pain relief. Choose your essential oil blend according to your brand preference and price range.
- Blue Soap Colorant or Food Coloring (optional)
Mix the epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda together until well combined. Add essential oils and soap colorant/food coloring (if desired), and continue to stir until the oil and color is evenly distributed. Store the sports soak in a large glass mason jar.