I think this Homemade Sore Muscle Soak would make a perfect wintery gift for someone on your list! Or perhaps it would make a great addition to a spa basket you can make up?
I often find myself with sore muscles in the summer. I think it’s because we’re out hiking more and working outside more. 🙂 Because of this, I find it really nice to have a warm bath with some of my homemade sore muscle soak! This one smells delicious because it uses fresh mint and lavender (or essential oils). Here’s how you can easily make up your own batch of homemade sore muscle soak:
Homemade Sore Muscle Soak
- 1 cup of Epsom salt
- 1 cup of baking soda
- ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves, chopped OR 7-10 drops of peppermint oil
- ¼ cup of fresh lavender, chopped OR 7-10 drops of lavender oil
- Begin by mixing your Epsom salt and baking soda in a bowl. Mix well.
- Chop your herbs fine and add them to the mixture. Or, add your oils at this time. For the mixture you see here, I used fresh mint and used lavender oil in place of the fresh lavender.
- Continue mixing well. The moisture from the herbs and oils may cause some clumping. This is not a big deal. Just use your spoon to break through the clumps.
- Store the mixture in a glass jar with lid or air tight container. I like to let it sit for a few hours before using.
- To use your homemade sore muscle soak, just pour it into a running bath. The lavender will help you relax and ease muscle tension, the mint will help revitalize, and the Epsom salt and baking soda will help with inflammation and pain.
- When done, drain your tub as usual. You may wish to remove any larger herb clippings by hand to avoid drain issues.