I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! Since I became a competitive swimmer at the tender age of 5, I've always had a "work hard, play hard" mentality. I'm definitely feeling the effects this morning after a long weekend filled with multiple surf sessions and rollerblading! Since my lifestyle and athletic habits aren't about to change anytime soon, I concocted this bath soak to ease the pain of my sore 30-something muscles. Think I'll double down on the yoga sessions today to help bounce back as well! Here's an at home spa treat you too can whip up in your kitchen when your body is saying "I'm not 18 anymore!"
Cheers and enjoy ~ Kristin
"I'm not 18 anymore" Muscle Soak
1 T epsom salt
1T sea salt
1/2 t mustard seed
1 bag chamomile tea (or dried chamomile flowers)
1 t fresh thyme
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
~crush the mustard seed, fresh thyme and chamomile flowers (if you are using the full dried flower instead of tea) with a mortar and pestal or put all ingredients in a ziploc and crush with the flat side of a meat tenderizing mallet.
~add the salts to your crushed herbs and mix in remaining ingredients
~draw a warm bath and add your mixture to the running water
~hop in and soak your aching muscles!
~after your soak, massage fresh cut herbs bath & massage oil into damp skin
~Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help your body recover
what it does
The epsom salt and thyme help to reduce swelling. I grow thyme in my window boxes, but it's easily available at your local grocery store in the produce section with other fresh herbs.
Eucalyptus* is an anti-inflammatory. It helps to relax sore muscles and joints and has an uplifting effect when breathed in.
Chamomile is known for calming and anti-spasmodic effects.
Mustard seed helps to detoxify the body, relieve tension and stimulate circulation. Blood flow to your muscles helps them heal.
*side note: do not use eucalyptus oil if you are pregnant
Fresh cut herbs massage oil helps to both moisturize the skin and treat a sore bod. Learn more about the benefits of this multi-use wonder oil here
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