Oh, you dirty thing, you!! You need a bath!! A detox bath!
A trip over to Wikihow gave me exact directions on how to have a fabulous detox bath while eliminating toxins and absorbing minerals and nutrients from the bath water. Some use mineral clays, aromatherapy oils, seaweeds and enzyme herbs to draw the toxins out of the body through the skin, but this recipe is using common products such as, epsom salts, baking soda and a little ginger.
Here are the steps to get you on your way to good health:
- Prepare your bath on a day that you have at least 40 minutes available. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.
- Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.
- Add Epsom salts (a.k.a. magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salt actually helps replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension. The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints. Epsom salt is very inexpensive. It can be purchased in decently sized bags or cartons at discount stores in the garden center or pharmaceutical area. Very large bags can be ordered from garden centers. (For adults 100lbs or more, use 2 cups or more to a standard bath)
- Add 1 to 2 cups or more of baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate). Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has antifungal properties. It also leaves skin very soft. Large bags can usually be found in the swimming pool chemical area, but the boxes from the bakery aisle will work fine.
- Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea (optional). Ginger is heating to the body and may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added. (Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold).
- Add aromatherapy oils (optional). There are many oils that will help the bath to be a pleasant and relaxing experience (such as lavender and ylang ylang) as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus). Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath. (If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves (warming), lavender flowers (soothing), chamomile (soothing), or anything else that suits your mood.)
- Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak. Again, 40 minutes is recommended (the longer the better), but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within the first few minutes. (If you feel too hot, start adding cold water into the tub until you cool off.)
- Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. On top of that, the salts make your tub slippery, so stand with care. This might be a good time to call in someone you don’t mind seeing you in the raw, to help you out of the tub.
- Drink plenty of water. Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don’t, you will likely feel sick afterwards.
Remember…detoxing is a lifestyle therapy and cleansing foods and juices can optimize your detox program. As with all new therapies, please consult your doctor or health practitioner before beginning any new therapy, even if it is just a detox bath.
- A bath of Epsom salt and baking soda bath is detoxing in and of itself, but other items can be added for further effects.
- Don’t eat immediately before or after the bath.
- It’s also a good idea to drink water before and during your bath, especially if you’re feeling overheated from the tub water.
- Dry brush your skin before the bath for further benefits.
- Relax for the rest of the day and allow your body to continue to detoxify and heal itself.
- Have your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.
- Shower off the Epsom salts if desired, but it’s not necessary.
- Other additives used by some are grapefruit seed oil, rosemary, and thyme.
- Avoid putting hydrogen peroxide in your bath. As an oxidizing agent, it can have corrosive effects on your skin.
- Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues.
- This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or otherwise take the place of the advice of your licensed healthcare practitioner.