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As a runner (with multiple marathons this year alone), and someone who loves to lift heavy weights I really enjoy soaking in an epsom salt bath. Over the past few weeks I have been testing out a new (to me) brand of epsom salt – Epsoak. Epsoak is from the San Francisco Salt Company, which has been a leader in the salt industry since 2002. I was interested to learn that their epsom salt brand is the premier choice for float tank therapy across the US – which I have not yet done, but hear great things about float tanks. Epsoak uses quality epsom salts and essential oil blends that create formulas specifically for athletic muscle recovery. Epsoak SPORT is made with premium grade Magnesium Sulfate, a mineral known to minimize muscle cramps, increase recovery rates, and eliminate post-workout slumps.
All of that sounds pretty impressive. However, I will say as much as I love epsom salt baths, especially when they include oils like lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint, there really is no scientific study that has actually proven that they are as beneficial as they say when it comes to recovery. When I first started running I did a lot of “research” (which means I googled ‘benefits of epsom salt baths’) and what I found was the idea behind epsom salt is that it helps to soothe muscle pain, speed recovery, reduce inflammation and detox. I also found many people saying epsom salt baths don’t actually work they way claim, and it is likely just a placebo effect. Whatever your view is about epsom salts, I will say that I enjoy incorporating epsom salt baths into my recovery routine. Personally, I do think they help with recovery and help to make my muscles less sore.
What can’t be denied is the calming effect of a nice warm salt bath. I received the Energizing Epsoak SPORT to review (with eucalyptus & peppermint oils). In their Sport line they also have Soothing (lavender) and Pure Unscented. The peppermint oil used in Epsoak is much stronger than what I am used to, which I very much liked. While taking a bath or soaking my feet I could feel a nice cooling effect because of the peppermint. I would agree that it feels energizing, and the cooling effect feels great when you are soaking your sore muscles. Epsoak recommends using 2-4 scoops (scoop provided) for optimum recovery. 2 scoops is standard and 4 scoops for maximum sports therapy. Personally I didn’t notice a difference between the 2 vs 4 scoops. I used Epsoak after long runs, speed work, squats & deadlifts – basically whenever I worked my legs pretty hard.
- Pleasant scent, or unscented option if that is your thing
- Helps with my recovery by soothing my sore muscles
- Comes with scoop and directions (how much epsom salt to use & how long to soak)
- Great quality
- Can be used as an exfoliating scrub
- No scientific proof that epsom salt baths actually work as claimed (for athletic recovery)
I’d like to note, that while I didn’t notice a huge difference in recovery between Epsoak vs other brands I have used in the past, I did notice a big difference in the scent. The peppermint and eucalyptus was much stronger and it made my bath more relaxing and enjoyable. The stronger peppermint also made my legs feel a bit more energized during and after my soak.
If you would like to check out Epsoak SPORT use code “RAVE10” for 10% off the 5lb bags in all scents. Join us for #bibchat on Tuesday, January 3rd at 6pm PST and check out what other BibRave Pros thought!