I don’t know about you but when the cold weather sets in, I love a good bath. Especially if I am sore and achey or when I feel a cold coming on, a good hot bath can make all the difference. That and a good book to read in the tub (I can’t seem to do just one thing at a time.) I’ve been wanting to make a batch sore muscle bath salts for a while now and finally got around to making it. I’ve made other bath salts on my blog (Lemongrass Ginger Rose and Detox Bath) and when I run out I just toss in some epsom salts and a few drops of pure essential oils that I have sitting next to our tub. I’m always ready for a good bath!
The basic ingredients in my bath salts are epsom salts, baking soda and pure essential oils. Today I’ve used a little different ratio of epsom salts to baking soda. I thought for sore muscles I would need a bit more epsom salts. Epsom salts is primarily made of magnesium which is absorbed through the skin. So a bath is a great way to get more magnesium. Magnesium is known to help sore muscles by relaxing muscles and flushing out lactic acid buildup. (Read more about epsom salts at the Epsom Salt Council or here’s a nice article on Livestrong.com.)
Baking soda is said to neutralize chemicals in your bath water and the lemon zest adds more color and scent but is optional in this recipe. And now for the pure essential oils, I used fir needle, eucalyptus and lemongrass. I personally like the scent of this combination and for the properties that each brings to the recipe. However if you want to substitute peppermint for the fir needle, that would work nicely too.
- Fir Needle: antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal properties; relieves muscle pain and swelling; lovely evergreen scent
- Eucalyptus: antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties; reduces fatigue and alleviates pain
- Lemongrass: analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties; warms up muscles and relieves mental strain
So I mixed 2 cups of epsom salts to 1/2 cup of baking soda and added 15 drops of pure essential oils and the zest of 1/2 a lemon.
Mix well and store in a glass jar or container. Pure essential oils can react to plastic I believe so it’s best to store them in glass. To use, add 1/2 cup to your bath and soak your tired muscles away… and read a good book while your at it!
Below is what I had on hand to make this into a little gift for Christmas. Most people have lots of craft supplies at home and probably can do a better job than me decorating these jars. Some pretty scrap book paper would make nice tags but I could only find a little kit I had with the 3 colors of papers and matching ribbon. (I know I have a big book of lovely paper but heck if I could find it.) I also like raffia for decorating. Just my preference.
The epsom salts, baking soda and glass jars I bought at the dollar store and I had the lemon and oils on hand. So this cute little jar of salts really only cost a few dollars to make and this recipe will make about 3 jars for gifts. I doubled this recipe and used 2 bags of salts from the dollar store (which came out to 4 cups perfectly) and made 6 jars. I hope you enjoyed this little project and especially hope you get to take a nice soothing bath over the busy holidays with this lovely recipe. Enjoy!
Sore Muscle Soak Bath Salts (using essential oils)
- 2 cups epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 15 drops of pure essential oils 5 fir needle, 5 eucalyptus, 5 lemongrass
- zest of half a lemon optional
In a large glass or ceramic bowl add all your ingredients and mix well.
Spoon into glass containers for gifts or for yourself.
Use a 1/2 cup of bath salts per bath.
May substitute peppermint oil for fir needle oil if you prefer.