The other day my husband came home from work complaining of sore muscles in his lower back because he had spent the day moving paint cans from one shelf to another (and then back again). We performed the usual sore muscle routine: ice and ibuprofen but as the evening progressed he didn’t seem to be improving. Knowing he had to go back to work today and move the paint cans (back and forth) again today, I offered to make him a “Sore Muscle Soak” for the bath. Of course, being a man, he said he was fine (repeatedly) until he finally admitted that it sounded like a good idea once our girls were finally in bed. So here’s my formula, this makes enough for 1 bath:
Sore Muscle Soak
4 drops Wintergreen essential oil
4 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
5 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Frankincense Serrata essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
1/4 cup Epsom Salt
1/4 cup Baking Soda
Combine Epsom Salt and Baking Soda in non-reactive glass jar. Add essential oils one at a time, stirring between each additional oil. This can now be stored for up to 3 months in a sealed glass container or immediately added to a warm bath. Soak for about 30 minutes to relieve muscle soreness.
Each of these oils helps with muscle pain, inflammation, AND relaxation, so this mixture is perfect for a nice long soak. My husband actually admitted to feeling much better after his bath!