Relax Sore Muscles

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Herbal Bath SaltsOur customers are loving their Whole Body Vibration sessions at Taking Shape, but muscles can get a bit sore. My Nona Tessie had a great bath remedy that we’d like to share with you. Tessie was “old school” way before that phrase became a thing.

Tessie grew up on a farm in Italy. She worked hard from before sunrise till long after the light faded. Daily farm work in the early part of the last century was an all-day super charged cross-fit work-out.

Sore muscles were common, but never an excuse. You had to be ready to get up and do it all over again early the next morning. Ahhhh yes! The good old days!

Tessie’s bath remedy was to take Epsom salts and mix them with whatever herbs she had handy: rosemary, basil, mint, or sage. When she lived with us in New York, she would draw the bath steaming hot and then drop the mix in and stir it around the tub with a big wooden kitchen spoon. The smell of the herbs and the sound of Tessie’s glorious off key song stylings would drift into the basement to where my brothers and I watched our TV shows. This is a childhood memory I enjoy reliving.Grandma Tessie Pisacane

This past weekend we recreated Tessie’s sore muscle remedy. It was easy to make. We grabbed some herbs from the garden (basil, rosemary and sage) and mixed them with some lavender Epsom salts that we picked up for a couple of bucks at the local Rite Aid. The house smelled wonderful. I was reminded of Nona Tessie and those little things in life that only a grandma can teach you.

Relax your sore muscles. Make the time to enjoy a nice warm, herbal bath. Tell us how your body feels!

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