How To Use Epsom Salt to Soothe Sore Muscles

By Marion Shaw

As Summer approaches, it’s time to get those muscles back into shape for all of your warm weather activities.  However, those first few workouts can often leave you feeling stiff and sore, so here are some ways to relieve that soreness using Epsom Salt.

What exactly is Epsom Salt and where does it come from?  

Epsom salt was originally discovered in 1614 at Epsom in England.  The therapeutic baths there were boiled down and these white crystals remained.  The correct name is Magnesium Sulfate and it contains many minerals that can replenish the body.  During your workout your body becomes depleted of magnesium and electrolytes.  Also, when you are training, your body needs more protein and vitamin D. The magnesium in your Epsom salt will be absorbed through your skin and actually help the body to better absorb vitamins and nutrients.  Also, when exercising, your muscles build up lactic acid.  Soaking in a tub that contains Epsom Salt will draw the lactic acid from those muscles and avoid some of the stiffness.

If you want to avoid some of the sore muscles, taking a hot bath after exercise with Epsom Salts will definitely help.  But why not make that bath more luxurious and beneficial by using our Float or Chill bath salts, which combine the effects of essential oils and botanicals with Epsom Salt to add to your experience?

Many people know the benefits of stretching out muscles before starting their exercise program, but did you know that you also need to stretch them out again after exercise?  Definitely do this.

Now here’s instructions for your soothing bath soak.  Fill your bath with comfortably hot water and add 1/4-1/2 cup of either Float or Chill bath salts.  Swish around with your hands to dissolve and lie down and relax in that wonderfully soothing water.  Not only will the salt in your bath replenish your minerals, but it will also pull out toxins from the body. Always shower following the bath.

So which of our Kismet Essential's bath salts should you choose?

Float, made with a combination of Epsom Salt and Bokek Dead Sea Salt, will help to soothe sore muscles, while the invigorating scent of Eucalyptus essential oil and Peppermint leaves will help to calm your mind. Because of the energizing effects of the Eucalyptus and Peppermint leaves, this is an ideal soak for earlier in the day when you still have things to do.

Chill, made with a blend of Epsom Salt, Pacific Sea Salt, and Activated Charcoal will help to detoxify your body, while Lavender and Rosemary essential oil allow you to slip into a state of deep relaxation. If you are taking that bath before bedtime, this is the one for you.  While the combination of the Epsom and Pacific Sea Salts will work on your muscles, the relaxing effect of the Lavender and Rosemary essential oils will ensure that you can slip into a deep sleep.

Or, why not try both formulas? This will help make your task of getting fit less stressful and painful. 



Paul Baluch