I like to get in the hot tub with Epsom salts and a little bit of lavender essential oil.
Personally, whenever I have aches and pains, sore muscles and that kind of thing, this feels great.
Magnesium is Key
A little bit of that magnesium from the Epson salts is actually absorbed through the skin. This helps your muscles to relax. For centuries people have been using hot Epsom salt baths to ease their aches and pains and sore joints. The problem is people that eat a junk food centric diet or not likely to get enough magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is very common in western society. We tend to eat a lot of foods that aren’t so good for their magnesium. Now magnesium supplements aren’t necessarily a good way to increase magnesium in your body. They can be if you get the right quality supplement.
A really embarrassing thing happened to me.
I went to the store and I picked out the cheapest magnesium supplement I could find, brought it home and started taking it. The problem was, my intestines weren’t doing a very good job of absorbing the magnesium and it all wound up in my large intestine. There it caused diarrhea and discomfort. It was kind of embarrassing when I took it back to the store.
So do your own research and find a type of magnesium that is going to be better absorbable for your body. There was magnesium oxide in the supplement that I took and my body just didn’t absorb it very well.
Making the Problem Worse?
Now surprisingly, health conscious people can actually add to the problem by taking too much calcium. There is a big focus on osteoporosis; am I getting enough calcium, I got to drink my milk, I got to take my huge calcium pills. Well here is the problem. The calcium and magnesium are supposed to be balanced in the body.
If you are eating a true natural healthy diet of organic foods, fruits and vegetables, quality meats, nuts and seeds, oils and all kinds of proper nutrition, you would be getting some where around a two to one ratio of calcium to magnesium. You would have healthy levels of both calcium and magnesium, but hardly anybody eats that way, so they’re almost automatically deficient in magnesium to begin with.
Now add to that, a bunch of calcium and now you have a vastly skewed calcium to magnesium ratio; instead of a healthy two to 1, it is a much worse looking ratio and this really makes the magnesium problem in your body even worse. The body depends on magnesium for many many vital important functions.
Lavender Has Been Loved by Aromatherapists for a Long Time
Lavender essential oil is the most popular and well known essential oil for relaxation. When it comes to relaxing the mind and body, aroma therapist experts have been recommending lavender oil to their clients for relaxation for a really long time.
When I am in the hot tub, I just grab my little bottle of lavender oil and put a few drops on the sore spot. I rub it in a bit and then immerse it in the hot water. I also will be sure to put my nose over that spot on the water and inhale the oils that are released. This way my brain gets that relaxing scent that goes to the back of my brain.
Continuing Pain Releif
Once I am done with my hot tub and I have dried off, if I still have sore muscles, I get out my Infrex Plus, hook up the electrodes to the sore spot and turn on the electrotherapy. It puts out interferential current, which is one of the most popular forms of electrotherapy in the world.
It used to be you’d have to go to a doctor or a clinic to get interferential therapy, which made it expensive and time consuming and difficult for a lot of people to access, but with a home unit like the Infrex Plus, you can just hook it up yourself whenever you feel like it, plop on the electrodes and fire up the unit.
I like to use it whenever I want to do a little bit of exercise and I might have a sore stiff spot. I just put the electrodes over the sore spot, turn it up a little bit, strap it on with the belt and then I am able to do my movements in a much more comfortable fashion and it’ll actually help to relax my muscles a little bit and loosen things up.
Your grandmother was probably familiar with the “aches and pains” reducing powe of epsom salts. A hot bath tub and some epsom salt poured in.
I grabbed this video from Youtube. This chick is a little over the top, but you get the idea how to prepare an Epsom/lavender bath.
I personally like to use my hot tub, with 2 large bags of Epsom salts poured in. Then I rub a bit of lavender on the sore spots and soak in the healing water.