In England, mustard bath is a popular remedy for sore and aching muscles. It is also recommended for treating cold and flu. Several centuries before the English people recognized the therapeutic benefits of mustard bath, Ayurvedic physicians in India had discovered the benefits of adding mustard to warm bath water to prevent cough and cold during the winter and improve sleep. According to naturopaths, mustard bath works by stimulating detoxification. When added to warm bath water, mustard triggers perspiration, which helps the body to get rid of the toxins through the skin pores. Toxin buildup in the muscles causes muscle tension. The detoxification bath, by flushing out toxins, helps in reducing the pain and discomfort in the muscles. Furthermore, mustard bath helps in improving circulation, which increases oxygen supply to the muscles. By relaxing your body, the mustard bath will also help you to sleep better.
Here Is How You Can Make Your Mustard Bath At Home
Basic Mustard Bath
The basic mustard bath recipe, which is very popular in English homes, is a simple concoction of mustard powder, baking soda and water. This warming bath recipe works fast and provides quick relief from stressed muscles and chest congestion and improves the quality of your sleep.
How To Make
Mix a quarter cup of mustard powder with a cup of baking soda. Add four tablespoons of the mustard powder and baking soda mixture to warm bath water. Stir until the mustard powder and baking soda mixture dissolves in the water. Soak in the warm mustard bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
Mustard Bath With Essential Oils
To further boost the therapeutic property of your mustard bath, you can add essential oils that help in relaxing the muscles and improving circulation to your basic mustard bath recipe. Essential oil enriched mustard bath works faster and provides better result than your regular mustard bath.
Ingredients You Will Need
To prepare mustard bath enriched with essential oil you will need a quarter cup of mustard powder, a cup of baking soda and 3 to 6 drops of eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender or wintergreen essential oil. You can use a single plant essential oil or blend different types of essential oils. The aforementioned essential oils are valued for their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antiseptic properties.
How To Make
Blend the mustard seed powder, baking soda and essential oils. Add four tablespoons of the mixture to warm bath water. Soak in the warm bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
Mustard And Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt contains magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxant. When added to your mustard bath recipe it will help in providing fast relief from muscle aches.
Things You Will Need
To prepare the bath, you will need a quarter cup of mustard powder, half a cup of Epsom salt, half a cup of baking soda and 3 drops each of rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus and wintergreen essential oil.
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients. Add a quarter cup of the mixture to warm bath water and stir to dissolve the ingredients. Soak in the warm mustard and Epsom salt bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
Mustard And Sea Salt Bath
Sea salt contains sodium, magnesium, calcium, zinc and other minerals that help in relaxing the muscles and reduces pain. Sea salt also absorbs toxins from your skin and stimulates sweating, which helps in detoxification of the deep tissues. You can enjoy a refreshing bath by combining mustard and sea salt.
Things You Will Need
The ingredients for this bath recipe are a quarter cup of mustard powder, a quarter cup of baking soda and half a cup of sea salt and 10 drops of essential oils mix.
Mix all the ingredients and dissolve the mixture in warm bath water. Relax in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes.