More than just soothing, a detox bath helps the body cleanse through its largest organ - the skin.
This is not just taking a bath for removing dirt and odors but rather a deep cleansing process that draws toxins out of the body through the sweat glands.
Any of the elements can be helpful on its own. For example, the hot water stimulates healthy perspiration and allows your body's temperature to rise then fall, boosting melatonin for blissful sleep.
But all the ingredients together do provide a special kind of magic.
Obviously taking a bath for this purpose is not for everyone. Check with your healthcare provider especially if you have a heart, skin, or neurologic condition.
* Can substitute 4+ capsules ginger supplement or 1+ teaspoon ground ginger depending on age/quality. Fresh is best.
Grab a washcloth for sponging off and a glass of water (no ice) to rehydrate yourself. Begin filling your tub with comfortably hot water, then add all the ingredients and stir. Climb into the tub and soak 20-30 minutes, adding more cold or hot water if needed.
Towel dry then get dressed for bed. Expect lots of perspiration, even an hour or so later. You may want to set a glass of water by your bed in case you wake up thirsty.
Here is a rundown of what the ingredients do and a couple additions to consider. You can use any of these elements alone or in combination.
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and sea salt draw toxins from the body. The magnesium in Epsom salt also relieves body aches, improves your mood, fades bruises, and helps your body recover from stress.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) soothes and softens the skin while removing residues to help the cleansing process.
Ginger is a wonderfully aromatic root with antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. In a detox bath, ginger kicks up the heat, causing your body to sweat even more. Ginger can make your skin slightly red in the cleansing process, so be aware of that. If you think you may be sensitive to ginger, spot test first or omit it from your bath recipe.
Baking soda will soften your skin, but you can also add a spoonful or two of glycerine to further moisturize, if desired.
For added cleansing, fragrance, and skin softening, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Eucalyptus oil is especially good for sinus or chest congestion. Watch out for slick residue the oils may leave behind.
Learn about eucalyptus oil and more at Essential-Oils-4-Healing.com.
Enjoy this body cleanse whenever you health condition allows, up to three times a week. Avoid skin brushing before a detox bath, and don't use salt if you have open wounds.
The detox bath can be especially powerful when you are coming down with a cold or flu. Nothing like sweating out the toxins - and a good night's sleep - to give your body the winning edge.
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