Wellness Week - Detox Bath
In honor of Wellness Week I wanted to start with a simple question, "What is wellness?"
The true definition is the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. "Stress affects every aspect of wellness.” Our world is full of stress relief remedies and detox being one of the most natural can be a great tool for us. Detox means to literally rid the body of poisonous substance and in this case that poison is stress.
A detox bath will help your body in eliminating toxins as well as adsorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water.
1. Prepare your bath on a day that you will have at least 40 minutes available. The first twenty minutes are said to help remove the toxins, while the second twenty minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.
2. Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.
3. Add Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salts actually helps replenish the body's magnesium levels, combating hypertension.
The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.You can purchase Epsom salt at garden centers and pharmaceutical centers, I got mine at Walgreen's.
4. Add 1-2 cups or more of baking soda. Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has anti-fungal properties, also leaving the skin soft.
5. Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea. While this step is optional, ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. However, since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.(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 rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold.)
6. Add aromatherapy oils. Again optional, but many people love the fragrance of such oils and for many, the oils have particular therapeutic properties available. There are many oils that will make the bath an even more pleasant and relaxing experience (such as lavender), as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus). Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.
7. Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak. Again, 40 minutes is recommended (the longer the better), but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within the first few minutes.
8. Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. On top of that, the salts make your tub slippery, so stand with care.
9. Drink plenty of water. Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don't, you will likely feel sick afterwards.
10. After the bath, you might like to rub down your body with a loofah or vegetable bristle brush. This can help to stimulate the lymphatic system, which can aid with the release of toxins. Use long, gentle sweeping strokes aimed toward the heart.
- It’s also a good idea to drink water before and during your bath, especially if you’re feeling overheated from the tub water.
- Don't eat immediately before or after the bath.
- Have your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.
- Eucalyptus essential oil in a warm bath helps open breathing passages.
- Make sure you don't put water that's too hot, you can pass out.
- Don't wet your hair in this water.
- Turn off the lights. Light candles. Clear your mind, meditate & relax.
- Before adding herbs not on the list to your bath, read what their effects are. -
- Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues.