When you live a busy life, making time for yourself can be a daunting task. There are never enough hours in a day. One of the ways I wind down and relive stress is with taking a detox bath. Taking regular detox baths helps your physical and mental state in many ways, including,
- Supporting your immune system
- Ridding the body of toxins (the hot water opens pores and encourages sweating)
- Clearing your mind and relaxing your body
- Bringing down stress levels
- Soothing the muscles and joints
- Boosting endorphins
- Supporting lymphatic drainage, which is the body’s garbage system for removing waste
The minerals in a detox bath help to pull toxins from your skin. That process can be very dehydrating so it’s imperative that you drink water before, during and after your bath. I personally recommend dry-brushing your skin prior to taking the detox bath. Dry brushing helps to unclog your pores and excrete toxins that are trapped in the skin. To effectively dry brush your skin, you start at your feet and move in long sweeping motions towards your heart. Always brush towards you heart, several times in each area overlapping as you go. Take precaution as you brush over sensitive areas of your body. After you’ve done that, you are ready to detox.
There many variations of a detox bath. My favorite recipe is the salt detox bath. This bath soothes skin irritations and boosts magnesium levels. It is a great way to de-stress and boost your immune system as well. For this bath, you will need the following ingredients:
Salt Detox Bath Recipe
· 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
· 1/4 cup Epsom Salt
· 1/4 cup Baking Soda
· 1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
· Favorite essential oils (I personally love lavender because it’s calming and relaxing)
YOUR DETOX BATH ESSENTIALS
There are other detox bath remedies you can use depending on what you want to achieve. I use different ones depending on what I’m feeling. Bentonite Clay is another favorite of mine for a full body detox. In addition, I switch up my essential oils as well. When I need to de-stress or relax, I use lavender. If I’m fighting a cold, I’ll switch up to eucalyptus. Here’s a list of different ingredients you can use for your detox baths.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Has anti-inflammatory properties and balances pH levels.
- Aluminum Free Baking Soda – Cleansing, regulates pH and has anti-fungal properties.
- 35% grade Hydrogen Peroxide– Oxygenates blood and helps rid the body of disease.
- Mineral Mud – Balances pH, pulls out toxins and re-mineralizes the skin.
- Bentonite Clay – Detoxifies heavy metals.
- Epsom Salt – Cleansing, eases muscle/joint aches, improves circulation and allows minerals to absorb through the skin.
- Essential Oils and Green Tea – Have various physical properties and emotional benefits.
- Vitamin E Oil – Intensely moisturizing and nourishing to the skin.
- Honey (use organic, local honey) – Boosts immune system and replenishes the skin.
- Milk – Helps exfoliate and hydrate the skin.
The key to reaping the benefits of a detox bath is to relax. You should soak in the tub for about 30 minutes. Set a timer so you aren’t worried about looking at a clock. Close your eyes and allow your body to relax in the hot water. I use this moment to clear my mind of any distractions and worries. Doing this 2-3 times a week is a quick way to relax, decompress and de-stress from a busy day. I tend to do this after my kids are asleep. After my detox bath, I’m usually tired. (this is a dehydrating process). I get out of the tub, drink another glass of water and treat my skin to something luxurious, like a rich body butter. My body is relaxed and I tend to sleep better after detoxing. It’s a quick and economical way to tend to yourself when time is limited.
Until next time,
Take care of yourselves and one another