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Bath soaks for weary muscles

From transferring patients to walking miles along the same hallways, a nurse’s muscles are always in need of a little TLC.

Epsom salts have long been used as a method for easing muscular aches and pains. Combined with the healing properties of essential oils — and oh! Do they smell divine — you’re on your way to blissful relief.

These muscle soaks are as delicious as they are soothing.

Homemade soaks

  • Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Peppermint Oil: This aromatic muscle soak mixture combines eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint oil. From Fresh Living.
  • Fresh Herbs: This muscle soak recipe incorporates fresh plants and herbs like lavender, juniper berry, pine needles, sage leaves and peppermint leaves. Gather ingredients in a piece of cheesecloth or the toe of an old stocking before placing in your bathtub. From The Nerdy Farm Wife.
  • Ginger, Orange, Cinnamon: A lovely concoction of fresh ginger, cinnamon and sweet orange essential oil. Simultaneously relaxing and energizing. From Lightly Crunchy.

Store-bought soaks

Don’t have time to create a custom muscle soak? Here are two store-bought alternatives that will offer relaxation and relief without breaking the bank.

  • Ahava Eucalyptus bath salt: A combination of Dead Sea salts and Eucalyptus oil. Available online at Ahava.
  • SheaMoisture Lavender and Wild Orchid Dead Sea salt: A blend of Dead Sea salt, shea butter, lavender and orchid extract. Available on Amazon.
By | 2020-04-05T13:30:40-04:00 November 17th, 2014|Categories: Archived|1 Comment

About the Author:

Meaghan O'Keeffe, BSN, RN
Meaghan O'Keeffe, BSN, RN, has worked in pediatric critical care and pre-operative care and enjoys working with individuals with special needs. She is passionate about writing and thrilled to write for Scrubbed In, where she gets to pay tribute to the nursing profession and help uplift those who practice every day. She has two children in preschool who refuse to stop growing and a supportive husband who works in the coffee industry and provides her with a steady stream of caffeine. She likes to laugh, and LOVES to sleep — something nurses and parents never get enough of! And like you, she's a master of multi-tasking, a sucker for suctioning and a translator of medical jargon.

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