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Sports Soak DIY Bath Salts Recipe for Sore Muscles

This easy bath salts recipe is made with magnesium flakes to help with muscle soreness recovery after a hard workout. In conjunction with an uplifting blend of essential oils, you’ll find these homemade bath salts are ideal for relieving sore muscles, as well as relaxing your mind!

bath salts recipe for sore muscles

This post was sponsored by NOW as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Bath Salts Recipe + NOW Foods

Earlier this month I jetted off to Chicago for a whirlwind event with NOW Foods, and I do mean whirlwind. The amazing folks at NOW crammed more events and activities into a 24-hour period that I ever thought possible, including an Iron Chef-style cooking challenge, a 6:30am wakeup kickboxing session, a DIY smoothie bar, a make-and-take beauty products demo (one being the sports soak bath salts recipe I’m going to share), and so, SO much more. I flew home completely exhausted, but full of ideas for blog content and a newfound #FanForLife view of this incredible company.

But let me back up for just one second… Just as I don’t take calling any recipe “the BEST” lightly, my brand loyalty certainly cannot be bought. In fact, I’m not a brand loyal person by nature — AT ALL. I have a small handful of items that I buy time and time again, but overall, I’m looking to get the most for my money at the grocery store, at the drug store, and certainly at the health food store.

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Some weeks the best deal is a national brand and others it’s the store brand. I don’t discriminate. But after spending 24 hours with NOW, I can tell you that I will definitely choose their brand whenever possible. Their commitment to not only their customers, but also to their employees (who ALL make a living wage and earn quarterly bonuses!), is almost unheard of these days.

sports soak bath salts recipe to help sore muscles

Highest Quality at A Low Price

NOW truly goes above and beyond what is required to ensure it brings pure and effective natural products to market. They spent over $100 million on the lab equipment they use to test their products for quality, some of which are the only devices of their kind in the U.S.! AND they share their findings freely with their competitors. Can you imagine?!

In fact, when I asked the CEO of NOW, Jim Emme, about whether a NOW brand collagen powder would be coming to market, he told me they’re still on the hunt for a source that’s consistently clean — and then went on to recommend this competitor brand as a good choice to use right now. Who does that? NOW Foods, that’s who.

And that’s still not all. My absolute favorite thing about NOW is that they’re not interested in profiting from the 100-300% markup that’s typical in the health and beauty industry. Their products are of the highest quality, but are always priced lower, because they believe that’s what fair to their consumers.

I adore this quote from Elwood Richard, NOW’s former CEO: “You shouldn’t ask why we’re so affordable; you should ask why everyone else is more expensive.” Let that sink in for just a moment…

diy bath salts ingredients for muscle soreness

DIY Bath Salts Ingredients

Okay, I’ll stop gushing now and get to sharing how to make bath salts — using NOW products, of course. Not only do these DIY bath salts smell amazing, but they’re filled with magnesium flakes, which help with achy, sore muscles and muscle recovery after a workout.

I brought home a small sample of the homemade bath salts we made during our make-and-take session, and my daughter snatched them up immediately. She used them when her legs were sore after a cross country meet and absolutely fell in love with them. I promised to make her another batch, and I figured I’d document the process to share with you. Because we ALL have tired and sore muscles at times, right?

First, you’ll need to gather these products:

You’ll also want to pick up some containers to store your homemade bath salts in. I like these 8-oz. BPA-free plastic jars because they have tight fitting lids to keep them fresh. And as a bonus, they come with sticky labels! (Although, I prefer to label mine with an old-school embossing label maker.)

how to make bath salts to relieve muscles soreness

How To Make Bath Salts

Making your own DIY bath salts really could not be easier. For this sports soak version for muscle soreness relief, you simply stir together the magnesium flakes, sea salt, and baking soda in a medium glass mixing bowl. Then add the jojoba oil and essential oils, and continue to stir until the oils are evenly distributed.

Easy-peasy, huh?! One batch of this bath soak recipe will produce about three of the 8-oz. containers I mentioned above.

homemade bath salts for muscle soreness recovery

Homemade Bath Salts for Muscle Soreness Recovery

This bath salts recipe is ideal for relieving exercise-related temporary aches and pains. Plus, the essential oils used in these DIY bath salts add the following benefits:

peppermint — revitalizing, invigorating, cooling
lavender — soothing, normalizing, balancing
eucalyptus — revitalizing, invigorating, clarifying
rosemary — purifying, renewing, uplifting

Soaking in this soothing combination of essential oils and other natural ingredients relaxes both your muscles and your mind.

This bath salts recipe would make such a great DIY gift for the athlete in your life… Or maybe a fun make-and-take activity for your teen’s sports team! Any other ideas?

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diy bath salts recipe to relieve sore muscles

Sports Soak DIY Bath Salts Recipe

Yield: 3 (8-oz.) containers
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This easy bath salts recipe is made with magnesium flakes to help with muscle soreness recovery after a hard workout. In conjunction with an uplifting blend of essential oils, you'll find these homemade bath salts are ideal for relieving sore muscles, as well as relaxing your mind!

Tools

Instructions

  1. In a clean medium-size glass mixing bowl, add the magnesium flakes, sea salt, and baking soda. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Add the jojoba oil and essential oils. Continue to stir until the oil is evenly distributed.
  3. Divide the DIY bath salts evenly among 3 (8-oz.) plastic containers.

Notes

How To Use Bath Salts


  • Run a warm bath and add 1/4 cup (or up to 1/2 cup) homemade bath salts to the water. Swirl the water around to mix the bath salts in thoroughly.
  • Relax and enjoy!

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how to use bath salts to help with muscle soreness

How To Use Bath Salts

  • Run a warm bath and add 1/4 cup (or up to 1/2 cup) homemade bath salts to the water. Swirl the water around to mix the bath salts in thoroughly.
  • Relax and enjoy!

I’d love to see how your DIY bath salts turn out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check them out. Enjoy!

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Laura

Sunday 7th of July 2019

Thank you for ideas. Why do you explicitly write to use plastic containers? Won't glass do? Especially since you suggest mixing in glass jar? Why instruct use plastic unnecessarily?

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 7th of July 2019

You can certainly choose to store your bath salts in a glass container, if you want! However, I personally prefer plastic because I know my kids will also be using these bath salts, and I worry about them shattering a glass container on the tile or marble in our bathroom. I'd also note that the plastic containers I chose are very high quality, and we refill them over and over again as we use them up.

Kelsey Vinson

Sunday 28th of October 2018

Peppermint essential oil

Eileen Boyce

Sunday 28th of October 2018

I'd like to try lavender oil! Thanks

donna porter

Sunday 28th of October 2018

These are some wonderful products. I am not excited to try the essential oils.

Celeste Herrin

Sunday 28th of October 2018

I would like to try their cheer up buttercup uplifting essential oil. I have used a lot of their different essential oils and I love them! They always seem high quality and I have never been disappointed. Thank you so much for all the information in this post. I can't wait to try the bath salts!