Herbal Bath for Pain Relief
Strained my shoulder yesterday and woke up to the highly unpleasant discovery that my right arm did not want to move or cooperate without lighting up all my nerves in agony. After applying an ice pack, then a heating pad, then painkillers, I got fed up. Here’s the very simple herbal bath that I use for muscle pain and bruises.
- 2 parts Wintergreen Leaf
- 1 part White Willow Bark
- Wintergreen Oil
Combine the wintergreen and willow bark and stuff into muslin sachet bag. Add seven drops wintergreen oil. Hang the bag under faucet as you fill the bathtub, with the water turned as hot as you can stand it. The water should turn a light, transparent green. Add a few drops of wintergreen oil to the bath if desired.
Get in and soak for a good 15 minutes, making sure the sore body part is submerged. (For the shoulder, I submerged it for half the time, until the position made my neck cramp, then I sat up and put a soaked washcloth on it for the remainder.) Once you feel the muscles loosen, lightly stretch the affected area as best you can, but don’t strain.
Once you’re finished, I recommend following this up with more light stretching and an anti-inflammatory. Be careful with this recipe if you are allergic to aspirin.