DIY Mustard Bath Recipe

Here is one of my favorite DIY recipes that is perfect for the winter season. Soothe those achy muscles after working out or surfing with this mustard bath. All you have to do is mix together these common kitchen ingredients. This is the perfect remedy for sore muscles or to relieve your body from the side effects of a common cold. Mustard seed has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for its beneficial warming properties.

woman relaxes in warm bath
Simple Mustard Bath Recipe (*Photo courtesy of

Since the star of this recipe is the mustard powder, don't worry if you are missing some of the other ingredients. Really, ground mustard seed or mustard powder is ALL you need. Just add a couple of tablespoons directly to your bath to soothe those muscles and warm up from the winter weather.

Soothing Mustard Bath Recipe

Mix together the following and store in a glass jar.
  • 1/4 Cup Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
Add up to 8 tablespoons to your warm bath water and soak for 15-30 minutes. *Remember to test the skin on the inside of your arm using a bit of dissolved mustard powder in water at least 24 hours in advance. Make sure your skin does not react before immersing your body in the soak. 

You can also add 5-10 drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil to enhance your experience even more. 

For a foot soak, just add one tablespoon to a basin of warm water. Marvelous!

You can also soak a hand towel in a small basin with some mustard bath and then wrap the towel over any areas of muscle soreness. Cover the area with a large towel to retain the heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Don't forget to test for skin sensitivity first!

CAUTION: Check with your doctor if you are pregnant or have any health conditions before using this and other home remedies. Some essential oils are contraindicated for certain people. On a side note, NEVER ingest essential oils without consulting a Naturopathic Physician or Licensed Healthcare Professional. Even though essential oils are natural, they contain powerful chemical components. Never follow the advice of unlicensed representatives that advocate for the internal use of essential oils without a doctor's consultation and/or prescription. These people may be well-meaning, but they are not fully trained in the therapeutic use of plant extracts. These oils can be harmful when taken under the wrong circumstances. 

Happy New Years! I hope you enjoy my mustard bath recipe. This is a perfect way to unwind after getting a therapeutic massage at my Waialua massage clinic near Haleiwa. If you are visiting the North Shore of Oahu, don't forget to make your trip complete by booking a lomilomi massage. We also accept your Hawaii health insurance when it covers massage therapy. I love being a massage therapist, and I look forward to working with you soon.

Give me a call for all your massage therapy needs.

With love,
Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
Owner of Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy
We are located on the second floor of the Ka'ala Healing Arts Building in Waialua.
I specialize in deep tissue massage and ashiatsu barefoot massage therapy.

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