DIY Sore Muscle Bath Recipes

I’ve noticed a bunch of social media posts from friends saying they were sore from running in marathons, 5ks, and hitting the gym a lot lately. Here are some easy remedies to help ease the soreness. Athletes and people with injuries use bath soaks for treating sore and strained muscles. For swollen or pulled muscles, prepare a cool or cold bath. For strained, tight muscles prepare a warm or hot bath. You can prepare a bath soak in your regular bathtub, but make sure the tub is clean to prevent infection, especially if you have any open cuts or wounds associated with your injury.

DIY Sore Muscle Soak:

Ingredients:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Measuring Cup
  • Water
  1.  Measure 2 cups of Epsom salt into a standard bathtub. Instructions on the package will provide dosage for smaller baths, bowls and foot-soaks.
  2.  Fill the tub with hot water, checking the temperature to make sure it is safe and comfortable for soaking in. Swish the water around to dissolve the Epsom salts.
  3. Soak the sore muscles or body in the Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes or so. The recommended minimum time is 12 minutes, three times each week; your Epsom salt package may provide additional timing for specific uses.

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Herbal Baths

There are a thousand different ways you can take an herbal bath, and each of them are healing and relaxing. You don’t need to run out to the store for dried herbs to take a relaxing herbal bath, by the way. You already have perfect options in your kitchen cabinet right now:

  • Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent – GREAT for people with oily skin or back acne
  • Rosemary: Relaxing and great for alertness, also astringent and clarifying
  • Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
  • Chamomile: Extremely, relaxing, and calming – perfect for dry or irritated skin
  • Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, anti-aging, and very healing for any skin type
  • Lavender: Relaxing, calming, astringent, and clarifying

Of course, you could use things like rose petals, calendula, orange peels.

How to take an herbal bath:

While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.

Other ways Relieve Muscle Aches

  •  Use over-the-counter topical analgesic creams. Topical analgesic creams relieve minor aches and pains as well as arthritis pain. They have a variety of active ingredients, such as salicylate, capsaicin or menthol, which are applied directly to the skin. These creams are inexpensive and can be found in your local pharmacy. Try to thoroughly follow the directions for application.
  • Treat yourself to a full session with an experienced massage therapist. Try a sports, deep tissue or Swedish massage. Massages alleviate pain, increase muscle flexibility and improve circulation of the blood flow in our bodies. Choose a massage therapist that has a proven track record, as well as an extensive education. Need a referral  Contact me! Being in the spa industry 17+ years, I know many great therapists.
  •  Use a Jacuzzi to relieve muscle aches and pains. Jacuzzis, also known as hot tubs are designed to relax the muscles and relieve stress in the body. Jacuzzis are known as a type of hydrotherapy.
  • Stretch your muscles before and after exercising to minimize injury. If you are experiencing aches and pains after a challenging workout, try to stretch the muscles as often as possible. Stretching also improves your range of motion and stability.

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Bedtime Bath Recipe

Do you struggle to wind down at night? Does it take you a while to get comfortable in bed, or to feel relaxed and ready for sleep? Are the muscles in your shoulders and back feeling tight and tense by the end of the day?

How does a nice, hot bath sound to remedy all that? Uh, yeah. My guess is it’s been a while since your last bath time, right?

A bedtime bath is by far one of the most therapeutic tools you can have in establishing healthy sleep patterns. Taking time to yourself to relax in warm, soothing water is great as it is, but if you really want to turn your bath into a sleep-boosting, stress-busting, muscle-relaxing miracle worker of a sleep remedy, this is how it’s done.

(Oh, and YES—this works for calming the kids down at night, too!)

You’ll need just two simple key ingredients: epsom salts and baking soda.

Epsom salts, made of magnesium sulphate, are an old-fashioned remedy for soothing tired, aching muscles.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant; it accomplishes this by moving calcium out of the muscles, and back into the bloodstream where it can be mobilized elsewhere. It’s also a critical nutrient to your body’s glucose metabolism—magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar by assisting cells in producing energy from glucose.

What does that all have to do with sleep? Well, releasing muscle tension is a key element in allowing the body to initiate the relaxation response (think, the opposite of the stress response), which is necessary for sleep. And because the metabolism-supportive benefits of magnesium help to produce cellular energy, your blood sugar can be better stabilized—this is essential for maintaining balanced hormonal levels that help you sleep.

Your body can absorb this magnesium from epsom salts quite efficiently, so epsom salt baths are an excellent way to supplement the calmative mineral. And epsom salts also serve to provide a gentle, effective detox bath. 

Sleep benefits of baking soda
Baking soda added to an epsom salt bath is another powerful sleep aid. That’s because it supplements the body with extra CO2 to be absorbed. Did you know that C02 is one of the most important chemicals in your body? It supports healthy cellular energy production—which in turn promotes healthy sleep and keeps stress hormones at bay.

Your sleep cycles are designed to maintain CO2 levels during the night. In REM sleep, breathing is shallow and inhibited, and CO2 levels rise. The naturally-restful deep sleep stages allow for a greater production of CO2, which allows for cellular repairs to take place as stem cells multiply and mitochondrial energy is supported with lots of that good CO2.

So here’s a recipe for the ultimate in bedtime relaxation:

Bath Recipe it’s to be used in a regular-sized full bath tub filled.

Ingredients
2-4 cups (or more) epsom salts
1 cup baking soda
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For aromatherapy:
Essential oils or dried herbs of your choosing. Chamomile (oil; dried) and lavender (oil;dried) are excellent sleep-promoting choices.

If you aren’t noticing a muscle-relaxing effect from the epsom salts, increase the amount until you do. Some people need as much as 4 pounds of epsom salts in their bath! As your body’s magnesium stores become replenished, you will find that you’ll need less epsom salt as time goes on. Generally, a good maintenance dose is about 2 cups of epsom salts, when used in a full bath for at least 20-40 minutes.  
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Chamomile Stress Relieving Bath Soak

End your long day with a relaxing herbal bath before retiring to the bedroom. Chamomile’s sedative qualities is a wonderful additive to your bedtime bath to encourage a restful night. Prepare of pot of chamomile tea made from dried chamomile flowers (loose chamomile is preferable to chamomile tea bags to get the best benefit from this healing herb). Allow the tea to steep for ten minutes. Strain the flower particles from the brewed tea. Pour the warm tea into the bath while the tap water is filling your tub. Immerse your body and soak away your stresses.

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