Bath/ Natural Living

Epsom Salts Bath

Get instant relief from DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) ease stress and eliminate toxins from the body with this soothing Epsom Salts Lavender Bath.

epsom salts 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?

epsom salts bath

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.

epsom salts bath

 No bathtub? Use as a footsoak instead 🙂

How do you ease the pain from DOMS?

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Epsom Salts Lavender Bath
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups / 390g Epsom Salts
  • ½ cup / 150g baking soda
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix epsom salts, baking soda and lavender essential oil.
  2. Store in a large glass container with a tight fitting lid.
  3. When ready for bath, add ½ cup of your salt mix to the bath water.
For children use ¼ cup of the mix

 

 

 

 

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Alina
    April 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Hi! I am so happy to see this, as I am also using Epsom salts with my own home grown & dried lavender. It does wonders!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      April 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Home grown lavender sounds like a dream Alina!

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    Amber
    March 13, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I am always doing an epsom salt bath, or foot soak. It’s such an important part of my healing/detox! Thank you for linking up to us at the Best of the Blogosphere! I’m glad to have found your blog and discover some great posts. 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 13, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you so much Amber!

  • Reply
    Angie Wilson
    March 10, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Funny I should see and like, a tutor of sorts was talking about DOMS yesterday. I’m day 2 into a Health and Fitness programme and my muscles are screaming bloody murder!!! I know what I’ll be picking up tomorrow. Thanks 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Angie! I know the feeling, hope you get some relief soon..:)

      • Reply
        alkha
        September 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        You are amazing, I noticed you took the time to reply to everyone.
        I’m an average reader. I love natural living and i live a healthy lifestyle way of life. I saw natural food and natural remedy, so i wanted to read about it. Great article, my mother putted me onto Epson salt a few years ago-I never looked back since…

  • Reply
    Deborah Davis
    March 10, 2015 at 6:26 am

    What a delightful idea for a healing bath!! I love lavender and epsom salt! Thank you for sharing this natural remedy with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I sincerely appreciate it. I’m pinning and sharing!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Deborah!

  • Reply
    Donna
    March 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Never thought to combine with baking soda. Good idea and thank you.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 9, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you Donna! Enjoy.. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    March 7, 2015 at 2:54 am

    I don’t know how I’d live without Epsom salts! They make life so much more bearable, lol 😉 And lavender is my favorite scent…I’ll be making this combo soon!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 7, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Lavender is so good for relaxing, its my favourite as well!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    You know… I’ve never taken used epsom salts! Time to change that. 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Oh yesss! You owe it to yourself.. 🙂

  • Reply
    Charlotte
    March 4, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I love lavender and footbaths are so relaxing. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you Charlotte!

  • Reply
    Chloe @ How We Flourish
    March 4, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I love epsom salt and lavender baths! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks Chloe!

  • Reply
    Sarah McLain
    March 4, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    LOVE epsom salts and lavender… we also mix magnesium flakes in our baths… it’s been a while since I’ve done this, I think I need to make the time 🙂 thanks for this great post!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Reply
    Raine Saunders
    March 4, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I love epsom salts and I try to use them as often as possible. Right now we don’t have a tub we can use, which has really been challenging. So I’ve been using a large bowl to do epsom salt soaks with my feet. My family has also been going to the mineral hot springs in a neighboring community. We love, love, love the hot springs!

    Thank you for sharing your experience with using epsom salts for sore muscles! Great post!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Raine! The hot springs sounds amazing!!

  • Reply
    Karen
    March 4, 2015 at 3:21 am

    LOVE epsom salt baths with lavender oil!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:55 am

      It’s awesome right!

  • Reply
    Daja @The Provision Room
    March 4, 2015 at 2:15 am

    What a great gift, too! Mother’s Day is not too far away. I should pin this for my kids to see. 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Good idea Daja!

  • Reply
    Jessica
    March 4, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Fantastic DIY epsom salts recipe. Perfect!!! Isn’t it incredible how well these soaks work!?

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. And thanks for the great pictures, too…so pretty!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Yup, so simple yet so effective! Thanks Jessica.

  • Reply
    Jamie
    March 4, 2015 at 1:54 am

    I have used epsom salts several times lately in my bath for soreness! Love them!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:59 am

      They work wonders don’t they!

  • Reply
    Jessica
    March 4, 2015 at 12:50 am

    We love our eppie bathes there! So good for you, whether ill or not.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Indeed!

  • Reply
    Andrea Fabry
    March 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Epsom salts with lavender is a divine combination. I love the addition of baking soda. I add a bit of vitamin C powder to help neutralize the chlorine in my bath water.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 4, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Great idea Andrea, I will try that next time.

  • Reply
    Megan Stevens
    March 3, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for this. I have found it to really work.

  • Reply
    Faith
    March 3, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I love Epsom salts baths, & especially when I am achy or have a headache!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Yes, they’re the best!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    March 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Epsom salt baths is such a great idea. A lovely way to relax too.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      They are! My daughter is having one as we speak , saying this is the best bath ever!:)

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    March 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    You and I exercise the same – I have zero concept for easing in 🙂 Ha! This is great – I didn’t know about how it can delay the onset – that is awesome! We love eppie baths here! Beautiful pictures too!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Renee, glad to know I am not the only crazy woman around! LOL

  • Reply
    Tianna
    March 3, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    thanks for sharing this! love a good recipe for beauty and epsom salts are always amazing!!

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    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks Tianna! Epsom salts are great aren’t they!

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    Amy
    March 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    That sounds like a relaxing mix. I want to take a bath now!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 3, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      It IS really relaxing Amy.. 🙂

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