Looking for a way to relieve sore muscles after a long day at work or an extra-hard workout? Give these homemade bath bombs a try.
It’s pretty normal to have a bit of stiffness after a new or intense bout of activity, but that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck with soreness all weekend long. Soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salt can be a great workout recovery. You can even get specially made bath bombs packed with Epsom salt and essential oils to really give yourself a treat.
You’ll find them in retail stores for up to $15 a pop, but you can actually make them for pennies at home. The results are fantastic.
How Epsom Salt Minimizes Muscle Soreness
Most bath bombs or bath soaks use sea salt, but I’ve switched it up here to make great use of epsom salt—which actually isn’t a salt at all.
Epsom salt is actually a naturally occurring mineral compound, named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.
Long known as a natural remedy for everything from constipation to stress relief, several studies have shown that the magnesium and sulfate found in Epsom salts can be absorbed through the skin, making a soak in them a great way to enjoy some of the amazing health benefits of Epsom salt.
Magnesium is vital for stress relief. It helps regulate more than 300+ enzymes in your body, and has been shown to reduce inflammation, and boost muscle and nerve function.
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Sulfates are also important for overall health.
They’ve been shown to improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and ease migraine headaches. When dissolved into a bath soak, these benefits come together to reduce stress, increase a sense of calm and relaxation, reduce inflammation and swelling on cuts and bruises, minimize muscle soreness. It will even soften skin and neutralize foot odor.
And, if those benefits don’t already have you running to the store for Epsom salt, here’s further science that connected an Epsom soak to stress relief:
Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline. When dissolved in warm water, Epsom salt is absorbed through the skin and replenishes the level of magnesium in the body. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.
Research shows that magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells. Experts believe that bathing with Epsom salt at least three times a week helps you to look better, feel better and gain more energy. Magnesium ions also relax and reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline. They create a relaxed feeling, improve sleep and concentration, and help muscles and nerves to function properly. (via Saltworks)
How to Make Homemade Bath Bombs with Epsom Salt
While you can always dissolve a cup of Epsom salt into your bath, this easy recipe for homemade bath bombs is a great way to have a ready-to-go Epsom bomb anytime you need a little muscle relief.
Stirred together with detoxifying baking soda, soothing essential oils, and nourishing coconut oil, you can make several batches and have them on hand for post-workout soaks. Don’t forget to try my Soothing Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe, too.