Sore muscles happen to everybody, but they’re never fun. Luckily, Tommie Copper® is great at making those kinds of aches go away. We’ve created a four-step plan to drain the pain from your body every time. And if you use it right, you might prevent muscle soreness in the future, too!
1. Make Our Easy Bath Bomb Recipe in Advance
Make some bath bombs tonight with ingredients you probably already have at home so you’re not caught unprepared the next time you have unexpected soreness. All you need is:
- ¼ cup Epsom salts (great for sore muscles — you can color them with food coloring if you’d like)
- ¼ cup baking soda (half of the bath bomb fizz)
- ¼ cup citric acid (reacts with the baking soda for the other half of the bath bomb fizz)
- ¼ cup corn starch (or arrowroot powder, a filler ingredient so the above two don’t react too quickly)
- ½ tbsp water
- ½ tbsp melted coconut oil (moisturizing)
- Optional: 10-30 drops of essential oil for scent
If you want to color your Epsom salts (not for sore muscles — just for fun), start by dividing them into as many bowls as you want colors and adding food coloring to each one.
Mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ones. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, but just a little at a time. Stir between pours. There will be a little natural fizzing, but the idea is to minimize it as much as possible to save it for the bath.
When you’re done, it should have the consistency of wet sand. You can add a little bit more water if it isn’t sticking together, but no more than ½ tsp at a time.
Take two plastic ornaments or bath bomb molds, pack them as tightly as possible with the mixture, stick them in the fridge, and then go get a good night’s sleep. Remove the molds in the morning, and the bath bombs with Epsom salts for sore muscles are ready to use! Or you can store them in an airtight container for up to six months.
2. Put on Compression Gear in the Morning
The day after making the easy bath bomb recipe, be sure to add compression wear to your outfit. It can be garments or braces, just so long as you have something that improves blood flow to the muscles, reduces inflammation, and supports your joints.
The gear will be a major factor in your muscle recovery. Compression works while you’re wearing it, which is why the Epsom salts for sore muscles will be key after you take it off, but it will aid your body’s natural rebuilding process to keep the pain away later.
3. Draw a Warm Bath for the Bath Bomb
Draw a bath of warm water, not hot water! Hot water can worsen swelling instead of helping it. When combined with the salts and oils of your bath bomb, it can irritate the skin. But warm water is an ancient trick for easing soreness and loosening joints. It increases the size of your blood vessels, so, like the compression gear, it increases the blood flow to them for recovery.
And don’t forget to actually use the bath bombs! Toss one in as the tub is filling up, and enjoy the way it fizzes and spreads the oils and Epsom salts for sore muscles throughout. Soak in the bath for at least 15 minutes to get the most of the relaxing and pain-relieving effects.
4. Follow up with Pain Relief Cream
To get the last strain of soreness, finish off by using some soothing Pain Relief Cream on the most affected muscles. You’ll experience a sensation of numbness in the targeted areas, so don’t use it across your entire body. (You should apply regular body lotion everywhere else, though. Epsom salts are great for sore muscles, but they can dry out your skin.)
You can also consider a liquid roller if you prefer, or moisturizing foot cream if the sore muscles came from being on your feet all day. Just so long as you have something to finish off the experience, you’re bound to feel more relaxed!
If you regularly use compression gear, you’ll find that you have less pain to deal with from the start. But if you follow the four steps to our easy bath bomb recipe with Epsom salts for sore muscles routine, even when aches do arise, you can help make them go away quickly every time.