If your like me, your life is crazy busy. Even after the holidays we’re still going non-stop with New Years resolutions and setting up our goals for the 2017. Most of us rush through the day without a thought to alleviating all the damage that is being done to our bodies from what we eat, the air we breathe, and the stress inflicted upon us. A detox bath can sweat out those toxins, alleviate their harmful impact and boost your immune system!
The process for a detox bath is really quite simple and cheap. Detoxers immerse themselves in a tub filled with very hot water and essential ingredients, some active and some soothing. As you soak, the toxins are pulled to the surface of the skin and then washed away.
The key to a successful detox bath is preparation. It is very important to properly hydrate before you begin. The day before you plan to detox, increase your fluid intake and avoid dehydrating ingredients, such as caffeine. This will ensure that no damage occurs to your body as the impurities are drained from your body. FYI, do you want a little flavor? Fresh coconut water is a wonderful beverage to hydrate and a nice replacement to water every once in a while.
Detox baths require very hot water. As hot as your body can tolerate. Warm water or reasonably hot water will just not work. It is essential that the body sweats during the detox process, and that won’t happen if the water is too cool. To actively draw out toxins, detox baths should to contain at least one strong, active ingredient and several soothing ones. For example, harsh ingredients such as apple cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide might be offset by essential oils. The ingredients you choose will determine the benefits to your body. Many recipes are available on the Internet. One of my favorite is listed below.
While it may be tempting to quickly dip into a hot tub and dry off, the length of time spent in the tub will determine the success of your detox. Most recipes call for a soaking of more than 20 minutes. You need to give those impurities time to float to the surface!
When you have completed the recommended stay in the water, gently wipe off your skin and drink water. Give your body time to recover from the strain of detoxification, which will enhance the benefits and enhance your well-being.
MY FAVORITE DETOX BATH
1 cup Epsom salt
1 Cup Sea Salt
10 or more drops of essential oil (my fav is lavender or Peace and Calming)
½ cup fresh ginger*
Put all the ingredients into your HOT bath water and relax for 20 minutes
After the bath, lock in moisture into your skin by applying coconut oil to your skin as a moisturizer.
* Ginger adds heat and will make you sweat. Spot test on your hand for allergic reaction before adding into your bath water.