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Last Updated on November 15, 2013 by
I have been seeing a massage therapist for about 6 months to help fix some neck and shoulder issues. She does a wonderful job at both making me HURT and making me feel better! Last week I pulled a muscle in my side doing Taekwondo. Apparently when one hits 40 (and then some...), one should not be kicking and jumping quite as vigorously as I was! Well, my massage therapist recommended a bath product for sore muscles that is made from mustard powder. The mustard bath that they have in their store is (of course!) rather pricey but I brought it home and really enjoyed it. My massage therapist told me to mix it with some plain Epsom salts for relief of my sore muscles. I flipped over the package and read the ingredients and this bath product for sore muscles has only about 4 ingredients in it, all of which I have in my house. So, this afternoon I decided to put together a home made bath product for sore muscles that will get the job done at only a fraction of the cost that the spa charge me. If you are suffering from sore muscles, this might be just the thing you need. The primary active ingredient in it is mustard powder. You may wonder why you would use mustard in a bath product but apparently it is great for not only sore muscles but also drawing toxins out of the body as well. Adding some sinus awakening essential oils makes this a great remedy for colds as well as a therapy for sore muscles.
Mustard Bath for Sore Muscles
(enough for 3 baths)
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- ½ cup mustard powder
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1. Place all ingredients in a large glass bowl and whisk together until well blended.
2. Store in airtight container until use.
3. For relief of sore muscles, add approximately ½ cup of this mixture to your bath and swirl to mix. Soak for 30 minutes. You can use 1 to 2 TBSP in water if you just want a foot bath. Just add a smaller volume of water.
4. Store the bath powder in a cool, dark place between uses.
Do you have a bath product for sore muscles that you like to use?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.
This sounds great. Where do u buy mustard powder in that large of quantity?
Some stores like Whole Foods have bulk spice bins but I also know that they carry it on amazon. I saw a 5 pound bag for about $22 but they also have smaller containers as well. Good luck with it!
I've actually made this! It's kind of awesome!
This sounds so relaxing! We could all use some pampering from time to time.
Oh my goodness!!! I have a bath soak I make that is exactly like this, but without the mustard powder, because I didn't know it worked with muscles! Now I have to alter mine, and will definitely be using yours from now on!
according to the info I researched mustard powder is great to use as a cellular detox, too. try adding some next time!
This looks awesome! I'm sitting here icing after the gym right now so I'll have to try this out!
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I love all things health and wellness, Diane, and I also struggle with muscle spasms from time to time so I am eager to try this DIY bath soak recipe. Thanks much for sharing it. I never knew that mustard powder -- like faith as a mustard seed, perhaps -- could be so mighty! THANKS. Visiting from Mercy Ink.
I found it fascinating the historical uses for mustard powder. Apparently a mustard plaster on the chest is an old fashion remedy for colds and respiratory issues. The mustard seed is a mighty thing! Hope you like the bath product if you try it out!
Thank you for these bath soak recipes. Will definitely try it.
I have started making my own soaps and bath salts and thoroughly enjoy it. I will someday start my own when I retire.