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Monday, September 5, 2011

Discovering the Joys of Bath Salts

Once I started working out in earnest each day, my muscles got tricky to release. One muscle in particular on my thigh got locked, was sore all the time, and made it hard to climb up stairs because it didn't want to bear weight.

I did lots of stretches which helped, but it didn't release or relax that locked muscle. My massage therapist recommended trying Bath Salts, the most common being Epsom Salts. It worked! And since I continue to strain and stress my muscles, using bath salts has become a regular part of my routine.  It is so easy to use and the most affordable muscle reliever out there.

There are many different varieties out there and at all price points. Buying Epsom Salts at the grocery store is by far the most economical. The most expensive I found was some bath salts I bought at a spa made by Kneipp. I really liked it for its aroma from added essential oils and also for the way it completely dissolved in the bath tub. I couldn't find it on line to buy and I bought it out of town, which was probably a good thing, because it forced me to do some more research to find something similar.

First I tried Burt's Bees Bath Salts. It is very affordable but also very strong. Too strong for me. The salts are large and don't tend to completely dissolve. It actually stung my skin. ore recently I have tried a couple of versions from Village Naturals. I like both the Aches & Pains Relief as well as the Stress & Tension Relief. Each has a number of essential oils added and a unique appealing aroma. They are an even better buy than the Burt's Bees. We have a Jacuzzi bath tub so it is important the salts don't foam. The Village Naturals do not. All of these you can order on line through Amazon.com as well as Drugstore.com which can be even more economical than buying them at places like Whole Foods since there is no tax and often free shipping!

After a long day there is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a bath tub with aromatic bath salts.