Posted by on 3/14/2020 to Let's Talk: Relax, Soak and Unwind after Work
Bath Bombs for Sore Muscles: Check Out this Muscle Relaxing Bath Bomb
Let's discuss bath bombs for sore muscles. Bath bombs have long been associated with terms like fun, aromatic, relaxating and beautiful, as they have become more mainstream in the last 20 or so years.
However, can bath bombs serve other purposes as well, like muscle relaxation?
I believe one of the best remedies for muscle relaxation and soreness is simply soaking in a hot bath along with some aromatic Epsom salts. This is my go to whenever I have an intense week of working out, or my body just simply needs a rest. What if I told you that we could actually add Epsom salts right into our bath bombs!
It's true, and it's super easy to do yourself as well. Let's talk about Epsom salts for a moment, and some of the theorized benefits of it.
Healthline (2018), discusses that Epsom salt is popular for many ailments, such as muscle soreness and stress. Webmd, talks about Epsom salts history as having been around for hundreds of years and about it's chemical makeup. When "in water, the salts break down into magnesium and sulfate" and the therapy of Epsom salt is that it is able to then get into your body via your skin (WebMd).
People use Epson salts for all sorts of reasons, not just sore muscles and stress but also; fibromyalgia, ingrown toenails, insomnia and sunburn pain. So how can we take the benefits of Epsom salts and combine them into the perfect muscle relaxing bath bombs!
It's actually quite simple, really. We like to get the most out of these bath bombs so we couple the Epsom salt benefits to that of aromatherapy by using specific essential oils that may also help in the aid of muscle pain, swelling, and tension for the body and mind. The more well known essential oils for this purpose are lavender, peppermint, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary and ginger oil (Cronkleton, 2019).
Supplies to make a bath bomb for sore muscles:
- Mixing Bowls
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Eye Protection
- Hand Mixer (optional)
- Spray Bottle
- Mold of Choice (Stainless Steel 3 oz. Round Molds Work Well for this Recipe)
Ingredients to make the perfect bath bomb for muscle soreness
Put it Together
Take all of the dry ingredients mentioned above. This includes your baking soda, citric acid, corn starch, Epsom salt, Kaolin clay, Mica (optional) and combine them into one bowl.
Mix thoroughly, getting out any and all lumps from the baking soda that you can.
Mix your wet ingredients. Take your Polysorbate 80, Shea butter, essential oil(s) and mix in another bowl. Mix well, get that mica incorporated into the oils.
Pour your wets ingredients into your dry and begin to once again mix. Whisk any lumps out. I prefer to use my hands for this step for small batches because you can get a good feel for the correct consistency and texture, but you can also use a hand or stand mixer and then check every couple of seconds to see if the mix is ready to mold.
Your mixture will not be ready for molding yet. Use your spray bottle and add a few spritzes and immediately begin mixing, as the water from you spray bottle will cause your mixture to react and fizz, which you don't want at this time.
Time for the drop test. To test whether your mixture is ready for molding, grab a handle of mixture and squeeze it tightly in your hand. If it does not fall apart, attempt to drop it from about 6-10 inches above your bowl, and if it stays together after dropping, it is surely ready for the molding process.
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Take both halves of you stainless steel mold and over-fill them. You can do this by scooping up the mixture using each half of the mold, or by simply using your hands to fill.
Now press together the two halves of the mold. Careful not to twist to much.
Tap the bottom and top of the mold, while still pressed together (you can use something like a wooden spoon for this).
Remove the top half of the mold and the tip it over into your hand.
That's it you have your first relaxing bath bombs to help with those sore, tired muscles. Simply place the bath bomb on a soft surface like egg carton foam and let dry for 48 hours.
Place in a hot bath and enjoy!
There is not much else to it. It is truly not hard to make a beautiful relaxing bath bomb with just a few simple ingredients. however it you prefer ones already made for your, head on over and check out our selection.
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