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Sore Muscle Soak

The therapeutic uses of water with a high concentration of minerals have been known since at least ancient Roman times. Naturally-occurring mineral springs are found in many parts of the world.

Mineral salts with added scent and color have become popular recently as bath salts. About 2 tablespoons of mineral salt can be added to a bath to help you relax. In larger quantities, mineral salts help relax sore muscles and relieve pain from minor sprains and bruises.

To make your own sore muscle soak:

In a large glass or metal bowl, stir together 4 cups Epsom salt and 4 teaspoons baking soda. To scent it, add 10 to 20 drops of essential oil or fragrance oil, stirring well.

Epsom salt is made of magnesium sulfate. It is available in many grocery stores and drug stores. Other mineral salts such as Dead Sea Salt can also be used. Do not use table salt - it will dry out your skin.
The baking soda is optional, but makes the skin soft.
Scents can be either relaxing or invigorating and have their own therapeutic effects. Essential oils and fragrance oils can be purchased in small bottles in many craft stores. Look for them with the candle-making or potpourri supplies.

Directions for Use

In a bath:

Start running a hot bath.
Pour up to 2 cups of Sore Muscle Soak into the water and stir to help the salts dissolve.
Soak and relax 15-20 minutes or until the water starts to cool.
Dry off.
Keep tired muscles warm so they stay relaxed.

Also excellent for:

Foot baths
Minor sprains

Dissolve 1/2 c. Sore Muscle Soak in 1 quart water.
Apply with a towel or pour into a basin for soaking.

Last updated April, 2009