As I've mentioned in a previous post , I am doing several things to detox : daily Epsom Salt bath, yoga, meditation, Chlorella , supportive supplements, lemon water, skin brushing , massage , acupuncture and green superfood smoothies . For this post, I want to focus on the Detox Bath. They are great for anyone suffering from a chronic illness, but they are also great for our well friends too! We all face toxins on a daily basis from chemicals in our food, pollution in our air, pesticides in our lawn, perfume on our skin and so on. So, from now on, instead of Calgon, take me away...try EPSOM, take me away!
To get started, pick up these inexpensive ingredients from your local grocery store- Epsom Salt - Baking Soda - Apple Cider Vinegar - Hydrogen Peroxide - Ginger - Essential Oils
Other items that will be helpful and can usually be found at Target, Wal-Mart or the like- Dry Brush (A necessity!) - Bath Pillow - A good book
The Most Important Step: Dry Brushing If you don't own a dry brush, go out and get one...today! Dry brushing is highly beneficial! Not only does it slough away dead skin so that you can more easily release toxins through the skin, but it also gets the blood circulating and lymph moving, which is so important to your health. Start at your feet and begin making circular motions up your legs toward your heart. Then do the arms, the back and the stomach, finishing with the chest. You do this 'dry' as the name suggests, before you get into the water.
"Skin that is healthier and smoother: removing dead skin cells and opening pores to allow them to “breath” and absorb nutrients.
Stimulated lymphatic and circulatory systems: boosting your immune system and increasing circulation to help detoxify.
Stress relief: increasing your blood flow reduces stressed areas of the body and stimulates nerve endings in your skin which in turn rejuvenates your nervous system.
Reduced cellulite: increasing blood circulation to the skin helps break down and releases toxins that cause cellulite in legs and hips."
Do not skip this important step! It will make your detox efforts much more successful!
The #1 Ingredient: Epsom Salt Personally, I use Epsom Salt in every bath to help my body detox. I started at 2 cups and worked my way up to 4. Epsom Salt is beneficial because it helps detox the body, reduce inflammation, prevent blood clots, improve the absorption of nutrients and also helps increase your Magnesium levels. I typically add in one other ingredient, which I usually change daily.
Choosing The Second Ingredient Baking Soda: From what I've read, the Baking Soda helps reduce chlorine in the water and helps the skin absorb the magnesium from the Epsom Salt. I usually just dump a generous amount into the water, but some sites say to use a cup or two.
Apple Cider Vinegar: The Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for detoxing and has the added bonus of relieving muscle and joint pain. A cup or two should do the trick.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Sometimes I'll put in a cup of Hydrogen Peroxide as my second ingredient, as it help to oxygenates the skin.
Ginger: Ginger is not something I've used yet, but I've heard it helps heat the body and encourage sweating, which is detoxifying in itself! Grate the ginger and either sprinkle it into the bath or, as one person recommended, put it in a tea strainer so that you don't clog the drain. Prepare to sweat up to an hour afterwards, so wear a robe or a towel until the sweating abates.
Essential Oils: If you are not sensitive to smells and want to kick your bath up a notch, add in some essential oils. It is best to mix them with a base oil, such as almond, coconut or vegetable oil first to avoid irritating the skin. There are some great essential oils that not only smell great, but also aid in detoxification and encourage relaxation, like lemon, grapefruit, lavender and peppermint. Bath Time! I typically stay in the bath for 20 minutes, as one site I read said studies show that there isn't much detox progress after that 20 minutes. Other sites say 40 minutes...the first 20 to detox and the second 20 to absorb the minerals. So, maybe shoot for 30 minutes to be safe. Grab a bath pillow and a good book and the time should fly by!
Rinse Don't forget to quickly shower off after the bath to remove the bath ingredients and hopefully some toxins along with it!
Hydrate Be sure to drink plenty of water after a detox bath! This will help aid the body in removing the toxins by flushing them out.
I hope you have found this helpful! Once you get the hang of it, you'll be mixing up your own detox bath recipes. A daily bath may seem like an inconvenience at first, but if you just make it a part of your daily routine, eventually it will seem less inconvenient and perhaps you will even look forward to it. Happy detoxing!
I'm off to take my daily detox bath. Epsom, take me away!
P.S. I would love to hear your detox bath recipes! Please share them in the comments below.