My husband has started taking reining riding lessons and not only is he new to the sport of reining he is also a novice rider. He grew up around horses and even worked in an equine vet clinic in high school. He played my loyal and faithful groom and trained 2 yearling longe-line horses (winning 3rd at the APHA World Show in Non-Pro Yearling Longe Line) but has spent little time in the saddle. So, thanks to his new found love of reining and many hours in the saddle he has some very sore muscles.
As fellow equestrians, I am sure you can all relate to sore muscles so I thought I would share with you an amazing remedy that helps ease the pain. There is nothing like a long soak in a hot tub to ease your aching muscles but if you add the following recipe (courtesy of an expert in Chinese medicine by way of www.goop.com) to your hot water you will be back in the saddle in no time.
Mix Together and Pour In A Hot Bath.
1 cup bath sea salt
1 tbsp almond oil or 2 tbsp whole milk
3 drops sweet orange essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1-2 drops ginger essential oil
The sea salt will give your body much needed minerals. The sweet orange and lavender calms the nervous system and releases tension. The ginger warms the muscles and relieves pain. The almond oil or milk helps blend all the oils together.
Here is a picture of my husband on Iceman (the sorrel horse in the middle) waiting his turn during a reining riding lesson.