A hot bath does many great things for your body including relaxing the muscles and releasing tension and stress. It’s always a good way to unwind and forget about the day. But a true detox bath is an even better way to cleanse the body, open the pores of the skin and release toxins.
By adding nourishing substances to a hot bath, we give our body a boost to naturally health itself, the work it’s designed to do! Here are some ingredients that can make for an excellent detox bath.
Simple Detox Baths
For a simple detox bath, add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to a tub full of hot water. Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, is especially effective in drawing out toxins. It has many amazing healing properties including, reducing inflammation, easing muscle pain and stiffness, easing stress and improving sleep, and improving absorption of nutrients.
Baking Soda (no aluminum)
Keep in mind, your pores open up to release toxins… but at the same time they can also absorb any harmful materials present. If you’re using unfiltered water containing chlorine, fluoride or other pollutants, this could be a problem. Adding 1 cup of baking soda will help neutralize any harmful materials. Be sure you use non-aluminum baking soda, or also known as sodium bicarbonate.
It can used by itself in a hot bath, but also makes for an even better detox with Epsom Salt. Add 1 cup of Baking Soda and 2 cups of Epsom Salt.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Adding 1 to 2 cups of organic apple cider vinegar can be a particularly good detox bath for gout and arthritis relief.
Using either freshly grated ginger root (2 ounces) or essential oil, this makes for another simple but effective detox option. Ginger is naturally anti-inflammatory and increases blood circulation. If you have sensitive skin, try testing the ginger on your skin before the bath.
Essential Oils are well suited to treat specific problems, each having a different effect. Do a little research to find the best quality oils and ways to use effectively. They can be used safely either by inhalation, absorption on the skin. However essential oils should not be ingested as they are very concentrated.
This makes them a perfect for your bath, combining the benefits of inhalation and absorption through the skin! Essential oils can make a great addition to a Epsom Salt and Baking Soda bath. 10 drops of the any of the following could serve you well:
- Lavender – Calming
- Grapefruit – Uplifting
- Peppermint – Fatigue
- Cedarwood – Depression
- Chamomile & Rosemary – Headache
- Eucalyptus – Stuffy head, congestion
It’s also referred to as an “Oxygen Bath,” may be a good idea anytime you feel a cold coming on. In addition to purging toxins, it also oxygenates the body. Well known to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, it has many other amazing uses, making it a great idea to always have some on hand.
Add 3 pints (about 1.5 liters) to a hot bath with some ginger is a great combo! Be sure to use 3% grade hydrogen peroxide, which you can find at any local drug store.
Keep in Mind
Add the ingredients to the tub while its filling. Be sure to use the right proportions for the ingredients and don’t over do it. You may be more sensitive to the detox process than you realize. Try to go for a gentle detox as you first start out and see how you react.
As for the bath itself, soak your entire body up to your neck, for 20 to 30 minutes. This can also be a good time work on your breathing exercises, listen to relaxing music, meditate, read, etc.
Getting Out of the Bath
Be careful not to get up too fast as you may be dizzy or light-headed. Try to shower off in some cool water. Don’t use any unnatural soaps or shampoos as the chemicals from them will be absorbed into your open pores. Likewise, use only natural moisturizers avoiding any lotions with fragrances, dyes or chemicals. Remember the point is to eliminate the toxins and reduce the amount we take in!
Be sure to drink plenty of filtered water before and afterward to rehydrate your body. You might continue to sweat for a few hours afterwards. Allow yourself some time to rest and recover after the bath, especially before eating or doing anything strenuous.