Get this from any drugstore or from the Amazon link below.
Epsom salt is available almost anywhere you shop. You can buy any kind. Some are scented and are a treat that way if you like to take scented baths. Some have claims, like this one that it helps detoxify and energize, I'm not so sure about that. For the purpose of taking an epsom salt bath any epsom salt will do.
The way it works:
The way this works is actually debatable! I am going to give you the science and my thoughts. So epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, which can be taken orally. When taken orally it helps as a laxative, keeps blood pressure normal, produces energy and helps in detoxification -- just a few claims of what magnesium can do.
So the big debate comes over the question, is it actually raising your magnesium levels when our skin is exposed to it? OR can we only receive the benefits if taken orally? In other words can we absorb it in a bath and receive the benefits? Science argues that the salt is not something that is easily passable through skin. Others argue that they and their clients have seen tremendous benefits with soaking in a bath of epsom salt. Scientific findings vs age old remedy.
For me, I support the latter. I am also fully aware of placebo and the potential for it, and honestly, I'm ok with that. Soaking in a hot bath is going to feel relaxing and calming regardless if epsom salt is in your bath or not. The salt makes me feel better, so I use it. I also believe that our skin is responsible for absorbing many things in our environment. I wish we could predict what passes and what doesn't but it just makes sense to me that we are constantly absorbing, yes some things more than others BUT just because science hasn't published proof doesn't mean that it won't in the future. Go with your gut on this one!
So which remedy do I use??
If you are dealing with sore muscles, I would take a hot bath. Then, depending on the severity of your soreness I would use Deep Blue or Veterinary Liniment.
If you are dealing with an injury stay away from the heat and ice it! Alternate between icing, DMSO and Veterinary Liniment. Also see this post on bioelectric stimulus at home. It can also help you recover from injuries! Hoping you feel better soon!