Relaxing Detox Bath
Taking a relaxing detox bath at the end of a long day can not only wash away tension, it can help to heal your body and eliminate toxins.
Since my sweet (very energetic) boys were little, I have found that the best way to escape the chaos of the day is to take a hot bath and just let the drama of the day melt away.
Once I started transforming my lifestyle and looking for simple ways to incorporate healthy living, I realized that I could easily turn my baths into a time of healing.
SO…why should you take a detox bath?
Every day we are exposed to toxins in our air, water, food and personal products. The good news is that God designed our bodies to work hard and eliminate these toxins through our organs.
The liver is the primary detoxification organ in the body, but your skin, lungs and kidneys play a major role in eliminating toxins.
When your body is exposed to more toxins than it can handle, we begin to see problems like fatigue, headaches, acne, skin rashes, and weight gain….just to name a few.
Detox baths help draw toxins out through the skin and ease the burden on the liver.
What ingredients should I use for a detox bath?
The bath is designed to open the skin’s pores, so make sure you are using all natural ingredients.
- Epsom Salt which is also known as magnesium sulfate is not only great for pulling toxins from your skin, but also eases stress, improves sleep by increasing your magnesium levels, reduces itching, and reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
- Bentonite Clay is a healing clay that helps to bind toxins. This makes it a great compliment to Epsom salts. While the magnesium flushes metals and toxins from your skin, the clay will absorb these toxins and will be flushed down the drain.
- Baking Soda will help to neutralize the chlorine in the water (if you do not have a filtration system) as well as your body’s pH.
- Essential Oils – Lavender oil helps to calm and relax your mind and body. Frankincense oil helps to ease anxiety.
The Ultimate Detox Bath Recipe:
- 1 cup of Epsom Salt
- 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay
- 1/4 cup of Baking Soda
- 5 drops of Lavender oil
- 5 drops of Frankincense oil
Tips for taking your detox bath
To open your pores and increase the absorption of the minerals, fill your bathtub with hot water. This will also help you to sweat releasing more toxins.
While the water is filling, combine the salts, clay, baking soda, and oils in a glass bowl and mix them with a wooden spoon. Make sure you do not use plastic or metal with oils or charcoal as they can pull toxins from these materials. When the water is about full, sprinkle the mixture evenly throughout the tub. You can use your hands and feet to help dissolve the ingredients once you are in the tub. (Note: Some people mentioned the Himalayan salt made their skin tingle. If that happens with you, you can simply use less or eliminate all together on your next bath.)
Dry brushing before getting into the tub will help you to shed dead skin cells and unclog pores so the body can eliminate more toxins and absorb more minerals. It also helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and reduce cellulite….count ME in!!
I also use this DIY charcoal and clay mask on my face while taking my bath. It has just become part of my ritual.
For best results, I recommend soaking in the tub for 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes will give your body time to eliminate toxins, and the last 20 minutes will help you to absorb the minerals from the salts.
Remember to RELAX and enjoy your ME time! Let go of your day and think positive, affirming thoughts. If you meditate, practice your deep breathing.
Make sure to drink a glass of water during or after your bath to help keep you hydrated.
Be careful getting out of the bath as you can become lightheaded. Every person will react differently to a detox bath. Depending on your toxic load, you might feel tired or even have a headache afterwards. If this happens, try using only half of the mixture next bath and drinking more water.
The first detox bath I took, I sweated quite a bit and felt weak afterwards. Since then, I feel relaxed afterwards and I am able to get a more peaceful night’s sleep.
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