I LOVE a good soak in the tub with herbs and salts, and during this month of detox, your body will appreciate it too! While you are busy getting into working out and eating healthier, your muscles are probably feeling all of your hard work. One of my favorite natural ways to soothe muscle pain is with a Rosemary Lime Herbal Salt Bath that also has Lavender and Juniper essential oils in it, but first, let us talk about the health benefits of bathing!
Bathing for Medicinal Purposes
The use of baths has been around for as long as civilizations have been around. Baths have been recorded for medicinal use as far back as 3,000+ years ago, during the Yin Dynasty, when it was common for members of the imperial family to bathe in hot water mixed with medicine. Bathing became highly developed by the 1600's (during the Qing dynasty) and practitioners in all sorts of disciplines were able to help people with many different ailments. The Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Israelites all used cold and hot water baths for religious and medicinal purposes. While the ancient Romans loved bathtime more for the Spa value and built great spa houses so that they could partake in the social aspect of bathing, the ancient Greeks loved baths more for their medicinal value, developing many medicinal therapies including bathing in the ocean for medicinal purposes. Hippocrates (aka “the father of medicine”) even dedicated a large portion of his work to studying the therapeutic properties of bathing in heated water.
Rosemary + Lime
There are many great herbs that can be used for muscle pain relief and anti-inflammatory purposes, but nothing works quite so well as rosemary. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a well-known muscle pain reliever and can help reduce swelling in strained muscles. It has four anti-inflammatory properties that work together to help calm inflamed muscle tissue and speed healing. Lime (Citrus latifolia) peel and essential oil (which comes from the lime peel) have shown to reduce joint and arthritic pain by relaxing the blood vessels and producing an anti-inflammatory effect that significantly reduces painful sensations. Together they make for a fantastic herbal infusion in your bath, and they smell AH-mazing!
The majority of the population is magnesium deficit, causing a whole host of problems from muscle pains to sleeplessness. Getting more magnesium isn't as hard as it seems, besides the obvious diet options, you can also get more magnesium by taking Epsom salt baths! Magnesium is the primary component in Epsom salt. It is a mineral that the body needs and, unlike other minerals, can be absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath. Magnesium helps relax skeletal muscles by flushing lactic acid buildup in the muscles, which may occur during physical exertion, such as an intense workout. Soaking in an Epsom bath after an intense workout can really help soothe sore and tense muscles and aid in a speedy recovery.
DIY Rosemary Lime Herbal Salt BathIngredients:
1 cup pure Epsom salt
1 cup pure Dead Sea salt (optional – You can substitute more Epsom or Himalayan salt instead)
1/4 cup organic Rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis), chopped or ground to a powder
Zest of 1 organic Lime
3 drops Young Living Lime essential oil
Combine salts and essential oils, stirring until completely combined. Add in the rest of your ingredients, and stir until all mixed together. Pour ingredients into a lidded mason jar to store for later use. I actually prefer to make up a large batch and store it in a large, lidded, glass apothecary jar on my bathroom counter for multiple baths, since I use epsom baths for detox so frequently.
To use, add 1/2-1 cup to a very hot bath. If you use epsom regularly, you can use a larger dose, but be careful that you do not initiate too much detox at once. Ensure that you drink plenty of filtered water before, during, and after doing epsom baths, to assist your body in flushing the toxins out of your body. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture into a large mesh produce back to hang off your bathtub faucet! Soak and enjoy!