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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hot Tub vs. 2 Different Forms of Bath Soaks

Water is so very healing!  

A hot tub soak is a pleasant way to unwind and to catch a little outdoor time even when the weather is cold.  Although the hot tub time surely helps my muscles, it does little compared to a hot bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

Epsom salt with several drops of essential oil, namely lavender, has been very helpful to me over the years.  There have been times it has been as helpful as receiving massage therapy (minus the comfort of human touch & energy of course).    Epsom salt is known to reduce inflammation.  My experience has been such that a muscular problem will disappear completely or for at least 12 hours. 

Bath salt blends comprised of sodium borate, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride and sodium sesquicarbonate are less effective for me. Abra sells a blend which is nice, but considering the higher cost and lower effectiveness, I'll use Epsom salt.  Now, my mother has said sodium borate (Borax) can get rid of warts so perhaps there are other benefits of which I am unaware.

Hydrogen peroxide baths are known to be very therapeutic but I cannot comment since I've not done them correctly nor consistently.  One thing I will say is do not use the regular drug store hydrogen peroxide.  Do your research including ordering 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide.


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