This detox bath recipe contains only two ingredients, will help remove toxins, and leave you feeling great.
I was never all that big on baths until I got pregnant for the first time. As my body changed and I became more and more uncomfortable, baths became a wonderful respite for me. I enjoyed frequent soaks in the bath during both of my pregnancies, but haven’t really done it much since my littlest was born.
Recently, though, I have been trying to soak once or twice a week for detox purposes. As a cancer patient, I am trying to keep myself as healthy as possible, which truthfully, can be difficult in this day and age.
Our world is full of toxins. They are in the air, on/in our food, in our personal care products, even in our carpets and furniture. While the body has an amazing ability to detox itself, if it becomes too overloaded, it simply won’t be able to keep up with the demands. This is where a detox bath soak can come in handy.
A detox bath may help to usher some of those excess toxins out of your body, relieving the toxic burden on your body’s natural systems, thereby improving function.
Now, you may be thinking, “I don’t have time to take a bath!” And believe me, I get it. However, I promise that working this into your routine once or twice a week will be worth it. Plus, it is so incredibly easy, you will wonder why you didn’t start before!
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This particular recipe only calls for 2 fairly common ingredients – epsom salt and baking soda.
- Epsom salt – Epsom salt is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. It is very different than table salt. Epsom salt has been used for hundreds of years for ailments ranging from constipation to fibromyalgia to insomnia.
- Baking soda – Baking soda, not to be confused with baking powder, is often used along side epsom salt for detox baths. It is known especially for soothing itchy skin, which can be beneficial in relieving symptoms of various conditions.
Potential Benefits from this Detox Bath Recipe
- Magnesium boost – Magnesium is absolutely crucial to the body’s function. It plays a part in over 300 biochemical reactions that benefit nearly every system in the body. Many people today are deficient in magnesium. Proponents of epsom salt baths for detox claim that magnesium is more readily absorbed through the skin than by supplementation by mouth. So, epsom salt baths can potentially help to boost magnesium levels.
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Relieves constipation
- Draws out toxins from the body
- Better sleep
- Relieves stress, anxiety, and depression
Tips for Detox Bath
- Make sure the bath is warm/hot enough to make you sweat a bit. Sweat is one of the most powerful, natural detoxifying systems that our body’s possess. The epsom salt will help pull toxins to the surface and your sweat will release them all from your body. So, make sure that the water is quite warm.
- Hydrate well! If you are going to be sweating and stirring up toxins in your body, then you want to make sure you are properly hydrated. Not only can sweating potentially dehydrate you, but drinking a lot of water is another good way to flush toxins out of your system.
- Soak for at least 20 minutes. Most people will advise staying in the bath for at least 20 minutes. This will allow time for the whole detoxification process to be completed.
- You could also add a few (3-5) drops of your favorite essential oil to the bath, as well.
*A word of caution – If you have any skin conditions, rashes, open sores, etc., you will want to check with your doctor before using this detox bath recipe.
How to Make This Detox Bath Recipe
- Start filling the tub up with very warm/hot water.
- Once the bottom of the tub is covered by about 1-2 inches of water, sprinkle 2 cups of epsom salt and 1 cup of baking soda around the tub.
- Let the bath fill the remainder of the way.
- Swirl the water a bit before getting in to make sure everything has dissolved.
- Soak for at least 20 minutes.
- Carefully get out of the tub, and gently pat dry.
- You could also pour your ingredients right under the spout while the tub is filling. This would help naturally circulate the epsom and baking soda throughout the tub.
Have you ever taken a detox bath before?
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