A circulation boosting, fragrant bath soak for aching muscles.


The end of February gave us some amazingly warm days. It felt like Spring was here already with daffodils, warm sunshine and, for me, a sudden overwhelming urge to start digging in my garden


Now I know that’s a really bad idea on the whole (to start digging in February) but I couldn’t help myself and I’ve been itching to get a new herb bed started. It looks like a lot of other people had the same urge to get outside, because my clinic has been filled  with people with aching backs and necks and shoulders. And lots of deep, deep muscle aches and tiredness.

So now, with the return of cold, grey days and the start of March, I’ve put my spade away, apologised to my soil and earth worms, pleaded with my bumble bees to get back into hibernation and returned to evenings of reading seed catalogues and soaking in delicious hot baths


I do love running though, and today’s was a particularly wet and freezing run through evening woodland and fells. To thaw out my toes when I got home I ran the deepest bath possible, threw in handfuls of my own epsom salt concoction, lit some candles and lay back….heaven!

So here’s how to make your own epsom salt bath soak. You can experiment with different oils but I love this one for its hit of circulation boosting and for filling the bathroom with the most beautifully scented steam. You’ll see it’s a bit influenced by that new herb bed too….topiaried twisted stem bay tree in pot


ps you could always  add some fresh of dried herbs to this. Personally I don’t like the floating bits in the bath if the herbs are loose (although dried rose, lavender and marigold petals do look very pretty) so I tie mine up in a little square of muslim, sort of like a big tea bag!

Relaxing, circulation boosting, muscle ache soothing bath salts.

makes enough for one deep bath

4 tablespoons of Epsom Salts (these are actually Magnesium Sulphate so very good for muscle aches, oh and you never go wrinkly, no matter how long you soak!)

1 teaspoon of sunflower oil or sweet almond oil if you have some

5 drops of lavender essential oil

2 drops of rosemary essential oil

2 drops of sweet marjoram essential oil

2 drops of chamomile essential oil

in a small bowl mix together well the essential oils then stir in the Epsom Salts.

The salts will keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

to use add the fragrant, therapeutic salts to warm bath water after the bath has been filled and stir the water to dissolve them fully.



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