If you’re feeling sluggish, tired, achy, or think a cold may coming on, a relaxing bath with this detox recipe may be an easy and wonderful remedy.
In our daily lives, we are subject to toxins everywhere from the air we breathe to the foods we eat and everything in between. We can do our best to reduce our personal toxin intake by using naturally-derived cleaners and detergents, and eating fresh organic produce (staying away from prepackaged foods), but it is impossible to have zero exposure to toxins today.
Our bodies naturally flush out toxins when we sweat and go to the bathroom, but the more toxins we are exposed to, the harder it is for our bodies to rid of them effectively. A detox bath helps our bodies efficiently flush out more of these toxins, which in turn strengthens our immune system and helps ward off illness.
A hot bath alone can help you feel restored and rejuvenated as you can relax your mind and body. Try adding these ingredients to your next bath to help rid your body of toxins, soothe sore muscles and lower stress hormone levels.
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt a.k.a. magnesium sulfate (draws out toxins, helps muscle and nerve function, reduces inflammation to help ease muscle and joint pain)
- 4-5 drops of PURE lavender essential oil (calming, induces sleep, helps with stress and anxiety, relaxes muscles)
- 4-5 drops of PURE eucalyptus essential oil (decongestant, helps with pain relief, rejuvenating)
- 1/4 cup baking soda (neutralize chemicals like chlorine in the water)
- 2 chamomile tea bags or 2 TBSP loose leaf tea in a muslin bag (reduces swelling, promotes relaxation and helps with insomnia)
- Add bath ingredients to your tub, filled with hot water (make the water as hot as you can comfortably stand, as you want to sweat while in the bath)
- Jump in the tub. Do some deep breathing. Listen to calming music or a guided meditation. Relax.
- When you’re done, be careful as you get out. Make sure to rinse off in a cool shower, gently exfoliating with a loofah (try not to use any fragrances, soaps or body washes). This will remove any toxins that were released from your skin, so they aren’t reabsorbed.
- Drink plenty of water.
You can enjoy a detox bath as often as you feel necessary. Be sure to use high quality ingredients in your bath. Here’s a great article on The Essential Oils Industry – What You Need to Know.