Epsom Salt Recovery Soak

Are you in need of some muscle relaxation after a particularly long bike ride, run, or heavy weight training day? Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a wonderful way to alleviate muscle aches and pains, and at the same time can help you relax and de-stress.

Epsom salt is made from the compound magnesium sulfate, and is not really salt — it derives its name from the town of Epsom in Surrey, England where it was discovered. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is an age-old remedy to reduce muscle soreness or muscle cramps, important in exercise performance and recovery.

Make your own Epsom salt soak infused with lavender to create an extra-calming soak. Lavender has been used since ancient times for its calming effects and may help with sleep and mood disorders among other things.


  • 3 cups Epsom salt
  • 1 cup course sea salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 5-6 drops lavender essential oil
  • Dried lavender (optional)

Add 1-2 cups to a bath and soak 20-30 minutes

Soaking in a warm bath with your own Epsom salt and lavender mixture helps you to feel rejuvenated and relaxed.  Make it a regular part of your self-care routine.


Kathy Schoenberger, LAc

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