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)
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 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 1/2 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.