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anti-inflammatory and minor pain relief bath salts (for those times when you mangle your knee when tripping over a dog in the middle of the night)

He looks so harmless when he’s sleeping, doesn’t he?

I tripped over the dog in the middle of the night the other night (that’ll teach me to not drink water right before bed). I had my feet tangled up in 90lbs of Chester the Chesapeake and in an attempt not to hurt him, I lunged forward and managed to smack my tuque off of the chest at the end of our bed and mangled my knee pretty good. Fortunately, we’ve been watching our way through season two of Deadwood, so I had a whole arsenal of bad words appropriate for just such an occasion. I used most of them. I don’t even think the dog raised his head, but he might have blinked when I called his parentage into question. The crash and resulting tirade did send the dad leaping out of bed and to my aide (to his credit, that amount of noise at 4 am in the pitch black did not cause a heart attack).

I made it through the day yesterday, but I was definitely ready for some kind of nice hot bath for a soak by the end of it. This is what I came up with – it’s essentially my sore muscle soak with one addition:

Anti-inflammatory and Minor Pain Relief Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Epsom salts (reduces inflammation, relieve aches and pains)
  • ¼ cup sea salts (remove lactic acid build up that occurs in sore muscles)
  • ¼ cup baking soda (softens water and helps absorb the epsom salt)
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil (has analgesic {pain relief} and anti-inflammatory properties)
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil (has analgesic properties)
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil (has analgesic properties)

Mix together in a small bowl, fill bathtub with hot water and put the salt mixture in under the faucet as it is filling. Soak for at least 20 minutes to allow absorption of mineral salts and essential oils. Enjoy.

This one smells really nice.

I should also add that the amount of essential oils used in a bath should be limited to 6-8 drops in total. The oils are concentrated and can cause a contact dermatitis (angry itchy burny skin reaction) if used in excess. Also, a carrier of some sort (oil, bath salts, honey or cream) should be used to keep the oils from lying on top of the bath water and coming into direct contact with skin. This is why I mix them with oils or salts when I use them.

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