Get instant relief from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) ease stress and eliminate toxins from the body with this soothing Epsom Salts Lavender Bath.
It was my first week of back at the gym after not working out for 3 months! GASP! You would think that I would take it easy, but no. The gym and take it easy does not belong in the same sentence for me. When I walk through those gym doors it’s go hard or go home. I’m in “beastmode” all the way! At the end of the week I was sore, really sore. My whole body ached. I swear I could hear my muscles screaming at me. Why o why did you have to deadlift that much weight!! Ooops! I posted a funny meme on my instagram account and my very good friend who just happens to be a bikini competitor, yoga instructor, professional dancer and superhuman commented ‘I’m still feeling my doms and have no idea how i’m going to tackle leg day tomorow’ Oh my, good to know I wasn’t alone. She suggested an epsom salts bath to relieve my pain. Why the heck didn’t I think about that? I mean Epsom salts baths have benefited me when I had a cold or just for a general detox so why not now?
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How does an Epsom Salts Bath help relieve Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness?
Epsom salts are an excellent source on magnesium. Low magnesium intake results in a buildup of lactic acid which is partly responsible for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Magnesium is important for flexibility, without it muscles do not relax properly causing pain and tightness. We can obtain magnesium from food. Bananas and leafy greens are good sources of magnesium but unfortunately, even organic soils are depleted of minerals. There is hope yet! Magnesium is absorbed efficiently through the skin so by taking an epsom salts bath you can reap all the benefits of this mineral.
Let me tell you this bath worked wonders. The next day I could actually walk down the stairs like a normal person without screaming in agony after each step. The recipe is pretty simple too just combine epsom salts, baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil into a glass container with a tight fitting lid. When you’re ready for the bath pour ½ cup (or more) of this mixture into the bath water. Relax and feel your aches and pains melt away.
No bathtub? Use as a footsoak instead 🙂
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- 2 cups / 390g Epsom Salts
- ½ cup / 150g baking soda
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- In a large bowl, mix epsom salts, baking soda and lavender essential oil.
- Store in a large glass container with a tight fitting lid.
- When ready for bath, add ½ cup of your salt mix to the bath water.