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Let the forest help soothe your aches with these muscle relaxing pine bath salts! Pine does wonders on aches and pains.
If you have sore muscles or achey joints a bath is often just what is needed and of course, a plain Jane bath can indeed help soothe things just on its own.
However, adding bath salts… particularly these muscle relaxing pine bath salts will really kick things up a notch and have to relaxed and comfortable in no time.
I’ve used pine needles in my rejuvenating pine vinegar hair rinse before and I’ve shared a post on herbal ways to reuse your Christmas tree…
And now I’m sharing how to use pine in your bath!
Bringing the Forest Indoors
I know we often don’t think about using evergreens in beauty or health products (unless you are REALLY crunchy) and instead we tend to save them for Christmas trees and maybe a holiday scent but pine actually is a wonderful herb that we really should use more often!
Pine, Fir, Evergreen? Why all the names?
While I named these “PINE bath salts”, I actually used fir needles. So this really should be called Muscle Relaxing FIR Bath Salts.
But most people aren’t searching for products with fir and even autocorrect is hating the word as each time I type fir it autocorrects to “for”. So I chose to go with pine… although “evergreen” would have worked as well since both pine and fir are evergreens.
I actually have both pine and fir trees in my yard but I usually opt for using fir for no reason other than it makes me think of Christmas.
Pine or fir trees are about the same in terms of making herbal products. I’m sure as you forage and test out these different evergreen varieties, you will soon find a favorite.
Pine/Fir have quite a few benefits which I’ll explain below…but first a few informational/disclosure notes about using pine/fir….
Pretty much any pine or fir tree is safe to use except for the ponderosa pine and the yew tree.
You can also make use of your Christmas tree but you’ll want to check that it hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals.
(Here is a great post on foraging for pine needles). I’ve also heard that Australian Pine and Norfolk Island Pine are toxic but those seem to be more iffy as some sources seemed to think they were not toxic.
*And of course, it’s always worth doing a small test to make sure you aren’t allergic to pine as some people can be allergic or sensitive to it. (My husband being one of those people)
Ingredients in these Muscle Relaxing Pine Bath Salts
Well known for their muscle relaxing properties, epsom salts are key to a good relaxing bath. Epsom salts will ease stress and help you relax. Epsom salts also help your body detox by flushing out toxins from your body.
Pine is anti-inflammatory so it can help soothe skin and easy muscle aches which of course is particularly why we are using them in these bath salts!
Pine is anti-everything! Antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. This means it’s great for treating issues like psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot, and more.
Pine is also a calming herb. And if you are working extra hard or are just tense during the holiday season, what better time for a nerve calming soak in the tub?
Pine Essential Oil
Just like using the pine needles, pine essential oil adds to the scent and skin benefits!
Note on finding pine needles… you are best off foraging for pine needles (or for needles) yourself. For some odd reason, it’s rather hard to find pine needles for sale. Even amazon did not provide me with pine or fir needles.
Muscle Relaxing Pine Bath Salts
1 cup epsom salts
1/2 cup finely chopped pine/fir needles (dried unless using right away)
10-15 drops of pine or fir essential oil
Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into a jar and store in a cool, dry place.