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Sore Muscle Remedy: A Hot Bath + Epsom Salt, Part 2

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Last time on the BoxStalker blog, we discussed hot baths with Epsom salts as a good at-home remedy for the tired muscles you will experience after a challenging workout. As a recap, adding Epsom salts to your bath water can have numerous benefits for your muscles!  Epsom salts (which are not made from salt at all, but rather from magnesium and sulfate) have been shown to have great physical benefits, including:
  • relaxing the nervous system
  • curing skin problems
  • soothing back pain and aching limbs
  • easing muscle strain
  • healing cuts
  • treating cold and congestion
  • drawing toxins from the body (“Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits,” Salt Works)

Now, you could certainly just follow the directions for addition to a bath on the box of Epsom salts, which would benefit your sore muscles.  But if you’re going to go to the trouble of using Epsom salts (not that it’s really much trouble!), why not go the extra mile and whip up a batch of bath salts using Epsom salts and other body-beneficial ingredients? Today, we would like to share two DIY bath salt recipes that you can easily concoct at home.

Just remember, though, if you choose to add Epsom salt to your bath: it is not recommended that you use soap in your bath water if you are using Epsom salt, as the soap will “interfere with the action of the salts.”  It is also recommended that you rest for a couple of hours after your Epsom salt bath (“Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits,” Salt Works).  For this reason, you might consider having an Epsom salt bath just before bedtime.

 

Photo via Living Traditionally

The first recipe is a simple one, with only two ingredients!  Although the ingredient list is short, this recipe allows for customization when it comes to essential oils.  You could use just one variety of essential oil, or mix and match by combining two or more complimentary scents.

 

DIY Essential Oils Bath Salts, via Living Traditionally

"Epsom salts have been used by various cultures for centuries. They possess a number of different beneficial properties and are used for detoxifying the body. Epsom salt  softens and exfoliates skin, and gives hair extra shine. It is also a great way to relief stress and replenish your body with magnesium."

 

Ingredients:

2 cups Epsom salts

15 drops of your favorite essential oil

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients well. Transfer to a jar for storage. To relieve stress: Add two cups of Epsom Salt mixture to a bath and soak for at least 12 minutes.

For more information about this recipe, visit "DIY Essential Oils Bath Salts" at Living Traditionally.

 

Next, we have a recipe with additional ingredients, one of which is baking soda. Since the original recipe is intended for a foot soak, you might ask yourself, "Should I really use this recipe for my bath water?"  Absolutely!  Adding baking soda to your bath can actually have some great benefits.  Even Arm & Hammer brand's website recommends taking a bath with baking soda: "

For a relaxing ending to a long day, add ½ cup of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration. Your skin will feel silky smooth"  (Soothing Bath Soak, Arm & Hammer).

So now that you know more about why baking soda would be a good addition to your bath, let's check out the recipe!

 

Sore Tired Muscle Soak Recipe BoxStalker CrossFit Apparel

Photo via Tidy Mom

 

DIY Lime Mint Foot Soak via TidyMom

Instructions: To make the foot soak, combine 2 cups of Epsom salts with 1/2 cup baking soda and zest of one lime in a large bowl, and add  3-4 drops of lime essential oil and 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil.

Stir with wooden spoon to mix thoroughly.

(Optional, you could add just a drop of green food coloring if you’d like)

Pour the mixture into a jar or bag, and use within a few weeks. *store in a cool dark place, like refrigerator if using lime zest.  If you’d like it to keep longer, omit the zest.

For more information about this recipe, visit DIY Lime Mint Foot Soak at TidyMom.

And here is some more information about why each of these ingredients are beneficial:

  • "Epsom Salt will soothe aches, eliminate smells and softens up rough skin.
  • Baking Soda is good for exfoliating, leaving your skin soft and smooth and helps eliminate odors.
  • Lime is routinely used for its energizing, fresh and cheerful aroma. It is well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify and renew the spirit and the mind. It is also said to be effective in cleansing the aura.
  • Peppermint is uplifting and fresh.  The menthol induces a cooling sensation, and can help to cool you down,  help ease tension headaches and muscular aches and pains" ("DIY Lime Mint Foot Soak," Tidy Mom).
So there you have it!  Whether you need to treat your sore, tired muscles from your CrossFit workout at the gym or from an at-home CrossFit workout, you have an easy treatment solution: a hot bath with Epsom salt!

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