Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy That Really Works

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Today I’m sharing this sore muscle soak home remedy. As I get older, I find that it takes less work to result in sore muscles.  I used to spend several hours weeding my garden and besides a bit of stiffness, I was fine.  Now, if I spend more than an hour weeding the garden at a time, I feel it for several days. Of course, the garden isn’t going to stop needing to be weeded and I don’t see the kids developing a sudden burning need to help me with it.  I know that many people just take an ibuprofen to help with the pain and think nothing about it but I would really rather use a sore muscle soak home remedy rather than medication.

Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy

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Sore Muscle Soak Home Remedy

The primary ingredient in this sore muscle soak home remedy is Epsom salts.  Epsom salts really aren’t salt at all. They are a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Since magnesium and sulfate are easily absorbed through the skin, the ideal way to take advantage of their health benefits is by adding them to your bath.

Sore muscle soak home remedy

Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.



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Place a cup of Epsom salts in a Mason jar and add three drops of lavender essential oils.  For visual interest (if you are making this as a gift), add two tablespoons of dried lavender. Put a top on the jar and allow it to sit for several hours so the Epsom salts infused with the essential oil. Add the entire contents of the jar to a warm bath and soak. I generally soak for about thirty minutes to let it work.

You can see why this sore muscle soak remedy is so effective. The addition of a few drops of lavender essential oil will help calm your mind while the Epsom salts work to calm your sore muscles. To make this sore muscle soak home remedy energizing rather than calming, substitute eucalyptus essential oil instead of the lavender essential oil.  I like to use this before bed so my favorite choice is lavender.   You can double this recipe if you like.  I generally make only a few uses at a time so the essential oils retain their properties.

This is one of my favorite natural remedies for muscle pain and inflammation. Using this means I don’t have to use a muscle pain relief medicine except in the most severe instances.

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  1. Now I need to go shopping - this looks great and would even be a great gift for friends!!  Oh, and Ellen, it's not that you're getting older, it's just that the garden is getting more demanding...that's all!! I always say that we're all "babes" to Christ, so I'm never getting old!! :)  Pinned & Tweeted!
  2. Ding ding ding. I happen to have all these things in the house. Guess what I'm making this weekend!
  3. Amber Edwards says
    I never thought about DRY lavender. That is awesome, I should look into using that. We use epsom salts all the time when we are achy or get sick. A good hot bath soak helps to clean out toxins and help your body repair itself. I like to add Birch when I am achy or sore muscles. Plus it smells like Old Fashioned root beer. lol. 
  4. Mistee Dawn says
    This look great and so easy to make. I definitely need to soak my sore muscles.
  5. the soaks can cost so much at drug stores, this would be great to make at home. I love the addition of the lavender, I am sure this smells wonderful.
  6. Brittany C. @ Mom. Wife. Busy Life. says
    I've been working out a lot lately, so this soak would be soooo nice. My muscles are a bit sore from running/cycling! 
  7. Rose Powell says
    I love all of these home remedies, saves a lot of money and is that much more fulfilling knowing you created it with your own hands! LOVE this!
  8. carly peterson says
    I am super excited to try this! I recently upped the weights I use at Jazzercise and boy have my arms been sore.  Thanks for sharing.  Soaking in the bath sounds like a wonderful thing right now!!
  9. Jennifer @TheRebelChick says
    I don't think I've ever really thought about making a DIY muscle soak! My husband could use this after his rough work outs!
  10. Feliss (Two Little Cavaliers) says
    I have never used Epsom salt just regular kosher salt or sea salt but I have used a few drops of lavender essential oil and most recently peppermint. I usually soak to help rid my body of toxins. Next time I go to the store I will pick up a container of Epsom Salt to have in case of sore muscles this summer. Thanks for the tip.
  11. Jennifer Soltys says
    You know we have been buying pretty expensive bags of this!!! I am totally making my own next time!! Such a great idea!
  12. Clair Boone says
    I LOVE homemade remedies and can't wait to try this for Hubs as he gets sore back. Thanks for sharing!
  13. I love my Epsom salt baths. I don't even wait for sore muscles to use it. Lol lavender EO is my favorite addition.
  14. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says
    This is awesome! I've recently gotten back on the treadmill after a long hiatus and could really use this recipe! I'm going to try it, thanks!!
  15. Mindy Grant says
    This is such a great idea!  You have so many wonderful natural remedies.  I'm really trying to start getting away from medications as much as possible for me and my family.  I don't like the side effects from them, and I think home remedies quite often do a better job!  I have back pain quite often, so I will definitely be trying this out!  Thanks for sharing!
    • Ellen Christian says
      Thank you so much, Mindy! I am really trying to work toward more natural solutions. I hope this works for you!
  16. I love using epsom salt soaks. I have never thought of adding lavender.
  17. I just got into essential oils and have to try this!  Perfect for after a workout!
  18. I think this would be really great for my hands in the kitchen. Also a great gift idea! 
  19. Tammilee Tillison says
    I need to get some Lavender oil. This sounds amazing. My Husband works outside and some nights he comes home so stiff and sore. This would be perfect for him. 
    • Ellen Christian says
      I'm sure it would help with the stiffness! Maybe use a bit less lavender if he doesn't want something scented.
  20. Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations says
    This looks amazing. :) I totally need it since my day job is very physical. :D
  21. I pinned this too Ellen!! Perfect for post shoveling time.
  22. michelle rattan says
    I am going to have to go to the store. I must try this.
  23. Heather @ It's a Lovely Life! says
    I love the lavender. It's soothing and looks pretty in the jar too! I be the smell is amazing!
  24. Pauline Cabrera says
    This is a great post, Ellen! Not only adult or old people get sore muscles, I guess everyone has it whenever the muscle is stretched beyond its normal limit. Thanks for the post. :)
  25. Seriously, you make the most amazing things!  I could use this tonight!
  26. Keely Hostetter says
    We take Epsom salt baths and they are very helpful. Never put lavender oil in with it. That's for the tip!
  27. i love you home remedies. no doubt we would be very good friends in real life. i use herbs and oils whenever i can. we have a giant lavender bush and i picked it all before the frost. i'm going to make this asap! my feet are tired! 
    • Ellen Christian says
      Thanks, Candice! If you are ever in Vermont, just let me know!  I would so love to be able to grow lavender in zone 4 but sadly no luck :(
  28. CrazyMom a/k/a Melanie says
    I love this... I have had  soo much pain (illness related) lately and my muscles just hurt like there is no tomorrow.. it!!! Soo simple thanks for sharing... do you think I could make it a bit stronger and use it as a room smelly? I love lavender smell but the ones in the store never smell right, they always smell fake... thanks for a great it
    • Ellen Christian says
      Sure you could definitely add a bit more essential oil and use it to scent the room. I'd get a piece of cheesecloth and double/triple fold it and use it on top to release the scent.
  29. Dawn Pruitt says
    Ohh, I love lavender and this is so easy to make!  I am going to make me some!  Thanks for sharing!
  30. I could use this! Seems like the older I get the more aches and pains I have!
  31. Made this today! I am excited to use it. Plan to have a weekend soak :)  Thanks!
  32. Kathy from Delaware says
    Have you ever used or heard of vinegar for sore muscles ? I can't remember if it is apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. I did try it and it worked but I haven't used it in so long I forget which one. I have been diagnosed with MS and I sure need a good muscle soak. I will try yours but I would also like to know more about the vinegar. Thanks!
  33. I use all those in my soak but have you tried adding baking soda and ground ginger...they are great at helping detox your body and get the rest of that stress out...I swear by it
  34. I love anything that makes me feel more comfortable! A natural soak - I will be there tonight.

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