This bath helps relax tense, sore muscles, yet doesn’t leave you smelling of a medicinal vapor rub. The aroma will soothe frayed nerves, but won’t lull you to sleep. It’s useful to relieve soreness and aches and pains.
It also smells fantastic and is just the thing to use next time you feel a little achy and have a stuffy nose from a cold!
This wonderful recipe comes straight out of the first unit of beginning online herbal class at the Herbal Academy and I couldn’t wait to share it with you today.
Epsom salts and baking soda can be found in most grocery or drug stores.
Sore Muscles Soak with Epsom Salt & Herbs
Yield: Enough for two baths
To make this, you’ll need:
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
- 1 tablespoon juniper berries
- 2 tablespoons pine needles
- 1 tablespoon sage leaves
- 2 tablespoons peppermint leaves
- 10 drops eucalyptus, peppermint, or juniper essential oil, diluted in 2 tsp oil (jojoba or fractionated coconut oil are good non-greasy choices)
- one 12″ x 12″ square of muslin or cheesecloth, or toe of a stocking (or sock)
- ribbon or string
Combine all ingredients together. Divide into two portions, so there’s enough for two baths.
Place the mixture in the center of the cloth. Take up the corners of the cloth and tie with a ribbon or string. Tie your herb bag over the faucet to allow warm water to run through, releasing the medicinal properties and filling the air with aromatherapy. Relax and enjoy!
Variation: Before tying up in a cloth – gather, then air dry the herbs for two or three days, spread out in a single layer on a clean dishcloth. Once dry, whirl the herbs together in a mini food processor with about 1/4 cup coarse sea salt until finely ground, then stir the resulting fragrant mixture into the baking soda and Epsom salts. Even though the herbs are a finer texture, you still want to tie them up into a bag, so the herb specks won’t make a mess in your tub.
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