First up, prevention. Try to remember to stretch before any kind of strenuous physical activity. And yes, you should stretch and warm up before shoveling those walks! Stretching before and after will help prevent those pesky sore, achy muscles, but will also prevent injury. The soreness after exertion comes from the build-up of lactic acid in muscles. It takes a little while for your body to carry that lactic acid away. Cooling down and allowing blood to keep pumping will definitely help prevent excessive soreness.
6-8 drops of Essential Oils – PanAway, Deep Blue, or Muscle Relief Synergy Blend. Each of these oil blends contain similar ingredients and are recommended for sore muscle pain relief. Choose your essential oil blend according to your brand preference and price range.
Mix the epsom salt, sea salt, and baking soda together until well combined. Add essential oils and soap colorant/food coloring (if desired), and continue to stir until the oil and color is evenly distributed. Store the sports soak in a large glass mason jar.
To use: simply add 1 cup of the sports soak to your bath water to provide relaxation and relief for tired, sore, and achy muscles. This sports soak also provides a detoxing effect for your body, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!