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iVillage: Best Natural Remedies From Around the World

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In England: Mustard Baths Quell Muscle Pain

Soaking in a hot mustard bath is a traditional English remedy for tight, achy muscles. Think that’s a weird (and smelly) proposition? Mustard actually has healing plant compounds that draw toxins out through pores, improve circulation, relax tight muscles and speed healing of damaged tissues, says James F. Balch, M.D., co-author of "Prescription for Natural Cures."

To do: Mix 2 cups epsom salts, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup dry mustard powder in a jar, then add 1/4 cup of this healing mix to the hot running water as you fill your tub. Soak 20 minutes, then rinse.

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