Bibrave is so great for me because there are always new products to try without me having to go do research or spend time figuring what to get, they just send it to me.
So in this case I was send a HUGE tub of Energizing Epsoak Sport which is a mix of Epsom salt with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. I was intrigued because I just assumed all Epsom salt was the same however I quickly learned from the materials sent by San Francisco Salt Co (makers of Epsoak salts) that this is not true. I also did not know why soaking in Epsom salt was helpful for a runner like myself.
As it turns out magnesium sulfate (salt) is a mineral that minimizes muscle cramps, increases recovery rates and decreases post workout slumps. I didn't realize that it actually did stuff, I just thought it felt good and that's why people did it. Look at that, learnin knew stuff! In fact, the salt reduces swelling, gets rid of toxins that buildup during hard workouts or races and can even help prevent injuries by helping your body to recover better in between the torture sessions we inflict on it. The Epsoak sports line is actually made of pure magnesium sulfate to ensure it has maximum effectiveness.
There are 3 types of Sport salts offered by San Francisco Salt Company: Energizing (kind I got), Soothing and Pure Unscented. As I mentioned Energizing has the addition of Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils which not only smells lovely especially in a warm, soothing bath but also helps with deep muscle recovery. The Soothing Salt is infused with lavender which helps with restoration and relaxation soaking. I did not have the pleasure of smelling this one but I'm sure the Lavendar is wonderful to smell as well. As you might assume the pure unscented is exactly what it sounds like just pure, plain salt which is perfect for those who are sensitive to different smells or perhaps too manly to soak in a scented salt ;-)
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If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, San Francisco Salt Co is currently having a sale on their website on the 5lb bags of salt. You can also use the code RAVE10 to save an additional $10 on the 5lb bag, great deal!