So I decided to try a Detox Bath last night.
So off I went… I even brought my cell phone in with me to be sure I stayed in for the recommended 40 minutes. I tend to get very bored sitting in the tub and am not really a bath person so I promised myself I would stay in until the timer went off. I started the water, waited for it to get hot and then added my Epsom Salt and Baking Soda. I swished it around and got in.
You are supposed to cover as much of your body in the water as you can. I had at this point decided we now need a bigger tub because no matter what I do in ours I cant fit my entire body from the neck down (added that to my mental honey-do list! MUST get bigger tub…)
It took me a few minutes to feel the sweating.. I mostly felt it on my face (I assume because most of me was submerged in the water). I laid my head back and shut my eyes and tried to really relax for once – and yes I did not even check my Facebook!! If you know me you know that is HARD for me to do.
Of course no bath in my home would be complete without being interrupted by my 6 year old! I did make it an entire 29 minutes and 11 seconds before he knocked on the door wanting to come in! Sigh… motherhood.
I got to finish the last few minutes of my bath – still feeling the sweat on my face. I got out and patted myself dry. I then rubbed some moisturizing body cream all over my skin – head to toe. Then I wrapped up in super warm footed pajamas and a robe so I could continue to sweat even after my bath.
I was super thirsty afterward and ended up drinking three 16.9 ounce bottles of water. I could feel the heat inside my jammies and robe continuing to work well after my bath – and that says a lot coming from a gal who is always freezing and had the thermometer cranked up.
So give it a try! Here is how….
WHY A DETOX BATH
A detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies we can do to facilitate our body’s natural detoxification system.
Detoxification of your body through bathing is an ancient remedy that anyone can perform in the comfort of their own home. In detoxification circles, your skin is known as the third kidney, and toxins are excreted through sweating. A detox bath is thought to assist your body in eliminating toxins as well as absorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water. Most of all, it’ll leave you feeling refreshed and awakened.
Some of the benefits of a detox bath are:
- Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
- Help muscles and nerves function properly
- Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
- Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots
- Make insulin more effective
- Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
- Improve oxygen use
- Flush toxins
- Improve absorption of nutrients
- Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
- Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
Despite the benefits, Epsom salt baths aren’t for everyone. They generally aren’t recommended for people who have conditions such as heart problems, high blood pressure or diabetes. If you aren’t sure whether an Epsom salt bath is safe for you, consult your doctor first.
Remove any makeup or deodorant you are wearing. The point of this bath is for your skin to expel toxins.
Fill your tub with comfortably hot water.
Add Epsom Salt (I used Lavender but you can use any fragrance you choose)
- For children under 60 lbs – add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
- For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs – add 1 cup to a standard bath.
- For people 100 lbs and up – add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
Add 1 to 2 cups of Baking Soda
Swish the ingredients in the tub and then soak. The recommended time to stay in the detox bath is 40 minutes. You should start sweating in the first few minutes.
When you get out of your detox bath BE CAREFUL … you may feel slightly weak or even dizzy. Your body had worked very hard (despite feeling so relaxed).
When you are done apply lotion all over your skin – but but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals. DO NOT apply any deodorant.
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 get rid the body of a bug of some sort of disease, like the flu, or a cold.
Drink lots of water. You will want to help you body keep flushing out the toxins. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.
Optional: Add 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup ground Ginger or fresh ginger tea. This can increase your heat level causing you to seat even more. You can also add around 20 drops of essential oils to your detox bath (tea tree oil or eucalyptus help with detox and lavender & ylang ylang can help with relaxation) Or if you prefer you can add fresh herbs to your bath (such as mint leaves – warming, lavender flowers – soothing, or chamomile – soothing).