Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Green Skin Care: Fresh From Your Kitchen

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

Green Skin Care Blog brings simple spa delights to your home with Fresh From Your Kitchen: DIY recipes & treatments you can create with a trip to the grocer or health food store. Direct from the creator of The Grapeseed Company's personal stash of fresh beauty creations and concoctions.

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Check out past Fresh From Your Kitchen features:
the buzz sun repair mask
acai berry-oxidant mask
B.C.C. hair mask
vanilla dream salt glow
strawberry kiwi exfoliating mask
super silky bedtime bath salts
cold care
cool cucumber under eye mask
lemon ginger revitalizing bath
breakout busters
parsley facial steam


  1. Just found your blog through Twitter and very glad I did. I love the sore muscle soak recipe. I will now be a returning visitor! I love homemade beauty recipes too!

  2. hi Robin,
    Thanks, I love posting the beauty recipes and am constantly concocting new ones, so check back often!

  3. Oh wow! From one competitive swimmer to another :D I too have spent my entire childhood in the pool...many early early morning workouts going to school with a wet head! LOL! I even swam in college...and now..now as a mommy and wife, I remember those days with such sentiment and emotion. Swimmers ROCK!! :) Anyway-

    I have come to realize as a mom of a child with severe food allergies and Eczema, how important nutrition is. I always knew it you know...but could eat what ever I wanted and burn it off...not worrying too much about the outcome of my food choices. Through everything we have gone through with our little guy, our whole family has a new outlook on what we eat and what we put on our skin. We have really changed and now I am on a mommy mission to help others.

    A cream we love to use for our skin is the Topricin pain cream and I use the foot cream, and we love it! It is totally natural and feels great on my muscles. I appreciate this recipe though for sore muscles as anything natural is way way way better than the chemical alternatives!

    Great to finally find a mommy/swimmer! I have looked and looked. Swimming has been such a part of my heart for so long, and now my role as mommy and wife is my whole heart...though I still long for the days of the water. Thanks for the post :) I will for sure check back!

    Caroline *smilinggreenmom

  4. I'm going to create this today!! Thanks so much!

  5. I'm not 18 any more either...in fact pushing 40 and feeling more like 80 some days! I love this bath soak idea. I wouldn't have thought mustard seed, so I'm going to get some of this from my kitchen tomorrow, along with those essential oils and some thyme from the garden, and give it a go!