The Best Muscle Soak Products

Sore muscles cause discomfort and pain and make it difficult to go about daily activities. Even simple movements are sometimes excruciating. Unless you have a serious strained or sprained muscle, it doesn’t seem practical to visit the doctor, but you can bathe in helpful products and remedies at home that will calm and sooth muscles.

Soak strained and sore muscles. (Image: Choreograph/iStock/Getty Images)

Epsom Salt

The reason Epsom salt works is because it’s pure magnesium sulfate, a mineral compound that affects the body in various ways, from creating a “feeling of well being and relaxation” to flushing toxins in the body, according to the Epsom Salt Council. Specifically, the magnesium in Epsom salt eases stress, helps nerves and muscles to work correctly and reduces pain and cramps of muscles by decreasing inflammation, explains the council. The sulfates help the body to flush out toxins, create joint proteins and absorb nutrients.

For sore muscles and other aches and pains, pour about two cups of Epsom salt into warm bath water and soak for at least 10 minutes. The crystals will dissolve and relax aching muscles and ease swelling of minor strains, sprains and bruises, according to the care2 website. Mix with sea salt for extra soothing benefits.

Sea Salt

When oceans evaporate, sea salt is deposited near shores, and it is collected, especially near man-made pools, for distribution and sales, according to the wiseGeek website. The Dead Sea is famous for its sea salt, and it is distributed worldwide as a health and beauty supplement, reports HealthGuidance. Traditionally, people bathed in the Dead Sea for its natural healing qualities. Sea salt is different from table salt because it doesn't contain additives but does have naturally healthy minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron, explains wiseGeek.

The dissolved crystals of sea salt release much needed minerals to relax the body, help relieve body aches and pains and soothe tension in muscles while reducing anxiety and stress, according to HealthGuidance. Add a few cups or more to bath water. Mix sea salt with Epsom salt and baking soda for more relief.

Herbs

Mix certain herbs with olive oil or baking soda to alleviate pain and soreness in muscles. The Yoga Journal suggests Ayurveda treatments, such as mixing “two-thirds of a cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of ginger powder” to a warm bath to soothe and heal muscles. Ginger helps muscles by promoting blood flow, and baking soda pulls toxins from the body. The yoga site also recommends herbs such as fennel turmeric, camphor, clove and menthol for sore muscles. These are found in natural and Ayurveda massage oils or Chinese Tiger Balm and should be applied directly to the skin after bathing. However, some of these herbs are added to bath water. Put dried herbs in a clean, thin sock and soak with it in the bathtub. Add in olive oil, baking soda or the salts listed above for more relief.

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