I’m a confessed bath bomb fanatic and I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try. I take luxurious baths pretty often for relaxation, but lately, I’ve been working out consistently and with that comes a familiar companion – sore muscles!
Even after searching the usual places for a sore muscle bath bomb, I was unable to find an all-natural option. What better excuse to craft your own version?
I’ve made some pretty amazing bath bombs in the past, but never one as focused as this. Sure, soaking in Epsom salts can definitely get the job done, but how boring is that? What I wanted was something effective but also fun to use with a good fragrance to boot. That’s where the idea for magnesium bath bombs began to take shape.
The essential oils in these puppies are strong in their ability to ease muscle tension, soothe soreness, and alleviate the aches and pains associated with a good workout.
Magnesium oil not only acts as a conduit for the pain relieving essential oils in this recipe, it also helps to slowly top up your magnesium levels through the skin. If you didn’t know already, magnesium is an amazing muscle relaxant and keeping your levels in top condition prevents muscle cramps during exercise.
And that’s not all, magnesium is also responsible for easing:
• Blood pressure issues
• Muscle spasms
• Restless leg syndrome
Magnesium impacts nearly every system of the body by playing a key role in over 300 enzyme functions. It regulates the metabolism of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and cholesterol production. It helps modulate insulin sensitivity and maintains the structural health of cell membranes. Magnesium also helps keep your teeth and bones strong and healthy among many other amazing things which you can read about here.
So you can see why I was so excited to add this amazing oil to this recipe!
Magnesium Bath Bombs for Sore Muscles Recipe
This bath bomb recipe is pretty easy to throw together and keep on hand for when you need a therapeutic soak for sore muscles, spasms, and cramps.
Magnesium Bath Bomb Ingredients
• 1 cup baking soda
• ½ cup Epsom salts (be sure to grind these up in either a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder – this is the secret to a great bath bomb that holds together well)
• ½ cup citric acid
• ½ cup cornstarch, powdered milk, or powdered coconut milk to make a luxurious vegan bath bomb
• 1 TB magnesium oil (this is my favorite brand, but this one is also a great option. It even comes as a nighttime blend!) Also, see the note below!
• 1 TB coconut oil (added a little at a time until mixture holds together)
• 10 drops peppermint essential oil
• 5 drops ginger essential oil
• 5 drops balsam fir essential oil (can sub Douglas Fir)
• 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• 5 drops copaiba essential oil (can sub helichrysum)
• A large glass bowl
• A small glass bowl
• Fork for mixing
• Bath bomb mold, ice cube tray, or another type of mold for pressing your bath bombs
If you’re having trouble with these staying together, omit the coconut oil.
Loving preparation – Magnesium Bath Bombs for Sore Muscles
These bath bombs are very fizzy and give your bath water a smooth silky feel. The coconut oil moisturizes the skin while the magnesium goes to work on sore muscles and minor aches and pains. The essential oils permeate the air with a fresh scent that soothes both the senses and the body. These magnesium bath bombs are everything you need for physical and mental support after tough workouts.
Here’s how to make them:
1. Begin by grinding the Epsom salts into a finer grain. This will ensure that the ingredients hold together well.
2. Next, mix all of the dry ingredients until well combined in a large glass bowl
3. Mix the magnesium oil and the essential oils in a small glass bowl
4. Drip the magnesium oil mixture into the dry ingredients very slowly a little at a time, mixing thoroughly with your hands each time. Adding the wet ingredients too quickly will cause a reaction and the bath bombs will lose a lot of fizz.
5. Now add the coconut oil very slowly, little by little and mix well
6. Keep mixing in the wet ingredients with your fingers until well combined and the final mixture feels like slightly damp sand. It will hold its shape when squeezed in your hand.
7. Now the mixture is ready to be packed into the mold of choice! Be sure to over-stuff the molds to ensure a solid bath bomb
If you have sensitive skin or are not yet accustomed to using magnesium oil topically, sub 1/2 of magnesium oil with coconut oil or sweet almond oil to dilute it. Magnesium is known to cause a tingling sensation on the skin of those who are low in magnesium. The more you use these bath bombs, the less tingling you will experience. Also, do not exceed 1 TB of magnesium oil in this recipe or you will end up with a huge foamy blob that keeps growing. I made this mistake the first time I made these and it was a mess!
Anyways, when properly made these bath bomb really are the bomb dot com. I hope you give them a try!
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