I am an avid runner and huge fan of Epsom salt baths after a long run, or strenuous cross-training session. I’ve tried all kinds of ways to help my sore muscles and my favorite way is to soak in an Epsom salt bath with essential oils. This recipe for a Sore Muscle Soak is the perfect combination to help you relax and muscle detox after a hard workout.
The magnesium from the Epsom salt literally soaks through your skin and is absorbed by your body and will fight off the soreness.
- Add in the Lavender essential oils to help you relax and calm your body after strenuous exercise.
- And then add in the Panaway essential oil blend that works to soothe overworked and tired muscles.
This is the perfect combination of oils and Epsom salt to help you relax and muscle detox after a hard workout. It’s my go-to recipe for post-long run soaks when I’m training for a half marathon.
- Related: Sore Muscle Rub Cream
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Sore Muscle Soak with Essential Oils
- 2 cups Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- 10 drop Panaway essential oil
- Draw a warm bath.
- In a glass bowl, add the Epsom salt and baking soda and stir gently.
- Add 10 drops each of Lavender and Panaway essential oils each to the Epsom salt mixture.
- Stir the Epsom salt-essential oils mixture into the warm water in the bathtub.
- Soak for 20 minutes.
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Cate Beckwith says
I’m confused by the recipe…I was always told that the baking soda would neutralize the Epsom salt. I was instructed to use the baking soda at the end of the bath if you are using the epsom salt as a detoxification bath. So, I was wondering if it would have the same effect when used with the essential oil bath? What would the purpose of the baking soda in this recipe?
Beth K says
Hi Cate, I’ve not ever heard of baking soda neutralizing Epsom salt. Baking soda is alkaline but Epsom salt is pretty neutral in pH so I’m not sure how it would neutralize the effects.
I love this recipe and it is actually just what I was looking for. I would like to make this up as a teacher gift for someone that is a big runner. My question is this… Does this need to be used immediately after being made or will it keep for a little while? Thanks in advance!
Beth K says
This could be stored in a glass jar. That’s such a great idea!
Shwan Marsh says
My most loved detox shower is
One cup baking soda
One cup hydrogen peroxide
One cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Two cups Epsom Salts
20 in tub
20 out of tub setting down
Drink a lot of water:- )