After a long day, I love taking what I refer to as a detox bath. Now why a detox bath vs just a bath? Well, toxins (parabens, Phthalates, BPA’s etc) are everywhere in the world in which we live and build up in our system over time. By taking a detox bath you can sweat them out with the added benefit of mineral absorption from the epsom salt. This bath will also leave you feeling relaxed & rejuvenated…sounds good right? My husband is all too familiar with this: when I say I need to just “decompress”….that means I’m getting ready to take my bath & chill so don’t bother knocking on the door cause I’m tuned OUT. (it’s a much needed break ;)
2 cups Epsom Salt (draws out toxins while you are bathing, helps with the circulatory system and improves nerve function)
1 cup Baking Soda ( neutralizes the chlorine in tap water)
(Optional) 2 Ginger Tea Bags or 2 Ginger caps (it’s a way to get the body to sweat a lot more and get an extra amount of toxins out, similar to taking a sauna )
(Optional) 15 drops Essential Oil (the scent will sooth your cares away-I use lavender)
–Tips & Awesomeness: This detox bath is inexpensive; you can take so many more of them vs buying the premade bath salts at the store (they’re basically scented epsom salts) . You can find epsom salt in the beauty department… I get a really big container for $3 at the dollar store. I use baking soda for a ton of things, so I get that mega bag from Sams, but as you know you can find baking soda…anywhere. Why Ginger? It makes you sweat even more maximizing your bath time. The essential oil is a nice final touch; I use lavender because its really calming. While you may spend more initially buying all the ingredients in the long run you save a bunch because you can take a ton of baths by doing this yourself.
Fill the tub with really warm water. Since part of the detox has to do with sweating out the toxins you want this really warm, but don’t scald yourself by any means.
Pour all the ingredients listed above in the tub. The ingredients I always include are the epsom salt, baking soda & essential oil. If you have Ginger, great…it will help you sweat it out. If not, it’s ok. Speaking of ginger, the easiest way for me to add it is through ginger tea bags or I empty out 2 ginger capsules into the water.
Soak for 20-40 minutes. You need to soak at least 20 to get the full effect but the longer you soak the more you’ll sweat out & absorb the minerals so I usually do about 30 mins on average.
- If you haven’t taken a detox bath before don’t go crazy. You may want to do just 20 minutes the first time to see how you take to it. Also, no more than 3 per week.
- Drink lots of water before & after the bath…you want to stay hydrated
- Get out of the bath slowly & carefully: you’ve just been sweating and may be a bit lightheaded
- Don’t eat a heavy meal after the bath
- I would advise doing this at the end of the day, you will be super relaxed & kinda tired afterwards…I’m kinda like jello which is great at the end of the day :)
Christmas is coming… This is a really easy, inexpensive and useful gift you can give without having to be super duper crafty . You can just combine the ingredients in a bowl, then fill up a cute glass container like a mason jar. Simple right?
Happy Detoxing & Decompressing Friends :)
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