This is a soothing muscle soak that is perfect after a day of strenuous physical activity—or when you just need to relax. Epsom salt (or magnesium sulfate) is a classic cure for sore muscles and can be found in the health-care or first-aid aisle of your local store. Salt is mildly astringent and helps increase blood flow. SORE MUSCLE SOAK MAKES 24 OUNCES
• 1 cup salt
• 1 cup baking soda
• 1 cup Epsom salts
1. Mix all ingredients together and stir well.
2. To use: Fill your tub with warm water and pour 1 to 2 cups of the bath salts under the running water. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002) and lives in Medford, Oregon.
Click here for the main article, Body & Soul: Soothing Health Benefits of Salt.