Tired & achy muscles? Hit the gym too hard? Too rough at sports practice? Try this quick and easy DIY sports soak to soothe your sore muscles! 

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Do you have tired and achy muscles? Are you stiff and tight from overdoing it at the gym or sports practice? This quick and easy DIY sports soak is just what you need to soothe your overworked muscles and sore body!

Refreshing Salt Soak for Sore Muscles

What You’ll Need:

Salt Soak for Sore Muscles - Great for after the gym or sportsMix the epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda together until well combined. Add essential oils and soap colorant/food coloring (if desired), and continue to stir until the oil and color is evenly distributed. Store the sports soak in a large glass mason jar.

diy sports soak in mason jar To use: simply add 1 cup of the sports soak to your bath water to provide relaxation and relief for tired, sore, and achy muscles. This sports soak also provides a detoxing effect for your body, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

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  1. Ok, silly question. When you use the food coloring does it cause you to turn blue per say. OR since your using a large amount of water it would be ok. I have made bath salts before but have never added coloring. But it looks so pretty 🙂

    1. Not a silly question at all, Melissa! My kids have bought bath bombs at the store before that have turned their skin completely blue, so I totally understand the concern! With these bath salts, there ends up being such a small amount of colorant in a large quantity of water that it hardly even affects the water color, let alone your skin. 🙂

  2. This sounds great. I already use other EO with Epsom salts like lavender. I also use Panaway, diluted. I would be afraid it would be a wee bit warm on my more sensitive parts in a bath, but my tense muscles could use it. You haven’t had that problem?

    1. I know what you mean, Ruth, but I haven’t had that issue! Using a large amount of bath water really helps to dilute the intensity, so I have never had a problem with it! 🙂

  3. Great idea and all natural with essential oils, how can you go wrong. This seems like a great idea for young athletes so you don’t expose them to chemicals! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is wonderful, I love this remedy soo much that I’ve shared it with all my personal training clients in person and via my website =)

  5. PanAway has a stimulating scent that I like, really love the color of the salt you made, looking forward to trying this.

    1. You add it to the bath. As the post says, “To use: simply add 1 cup of the sports soak to your bath water to provide relaxation and relief for tired, sore, and achy muscles.” 🙂

  6. Cant even imagine how nice this would feel and the way you presented it makes it look like a great gift for fitness enthusiasts as well! Thanks for the idea and hope you have a great new year!