Why would I want to take a detox bath? Don’t I have organs that take care of that? If that thought ran across your mind, then you’re absolutely right. We do have organs that detox our bodies on a regular basis such as: the liver, kidneys, blood, bowels, and skin. However, our bodies are constantly bombarded at a higher level these days through our food, environment, and various products that we use. This is where we can be a great support system for our bodies by doing things such as taking a detox bath. What a great way to have a “Calgon, take me away” moment too!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 4 tsp ground ginger or grated ginger (more or less depending on your tolerance)
- Essential oils (any essential oil that suits you) – I encourage you to research to see which essential oils would be your go-to-oils of choice.
Here are some essential oil suggestions based on how you may feel that day.
- Lavender – calming, relaxes muscles
- Peppermint – fatigue, helps relieve stress, tension, and headaches
- Citrus oils (Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange) – uplifting
- Tea Tree – helps ease joint pain and reduce inflammation
- Rosemary – soothes aching and fatigue muscles, exhaustion
Run a tub of very warm/hot water, only as hot as you can comfortably stand it. Please be careful not to scold yourself. Remember, you want to be able to sweat, because sweating is a natural form of detoxing. Hot water opens the skin’s pores, while sweating helps to eliminate toxins. It also relaxes your muscles.
Pour the ingredients in the tub under the running water to help them dissolve more efficiently. You should still stir the water to make sure they dissolve and mix as much as possible. Grab that book you’ve been trying to read for the past couple of months, or listen to your favorite music. Get in, and enjoy your bath while you detox. For better results, soak for 20 – 40 minutes.
Make sure that you drink water to stay hydrated after your detox bath. You may even want to be proactive and drink some water during your bath, because you are going to really sweat; some more than others. Expect not to be very active after your bath. It’s normal if you find that you’re tired or still sweating afterwards. Carefully get out of the tub and allow yourself to rest. After all, you deserve it.
- If you have heart problems or high blood pressure, then use warm water instead of hot. Also, don’t add the ginger in your bath because of its heat, and avoid rosemary essential oil if you have high blood pressure.
- Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate (scientific name) has been known to neutralize the chlorine that is added to most city water sources.
- You can also use these ingredients individually in a detox bath, such as an Epsom salt and baking soda bath, ginger bath, or an essential oils bath.
If you use freshly chopped or grated ginger, then you may want to put it in a tea bag, muslin bag, or something similar to avoid a clogged drain.
For those who may not know or need a quick reminder, ginger is a hot herb. Meaning it adds heat to whatever you put it in. You may still sweat after your bath depending on how much ginger you use. Some people are okay with it because of its beneficial properties. But if the ginger is too hot for you, then remove it from the ingredients you use for your bath. It won’t make it any less of a detox bath, so you’ll be fine.
Here’s an idea to test and see if the ginger is too hot for you before taking a bath with it. Add some ginger to a cup of warm to hot water (whatever temperature you would use for your bath). Let the ginger sit in the water for a couple of minutes, then let your fingers sit in the water for 5 – 10 minutes. If the heat is too much for you, then you know.
Important Detox Tip:
Keep in mind that you may feel worse before you feel better during your detox process. This occurs because your body is ridding itself of more toxins at that time than it normally would on a regular basis. For example, you may feel tired after your detox bath, but experience increased energy levels the next day. Understand that all of the toxins in your body will not come out in one detox bath. However, doing this continuously over a period of time will contribute to the elimination of toxins from your body to at least help lessen them.
What a great way to treat yourself to a relaxing bath and detox at the same time! Talk about dual cleansing.
Tell us how you enjoyed your detox bath or share your detox bath recipe. We would love to hear it!
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