Glam Tip: How to Take a Detox Bath

It’s the new year and if you’re like me you are looking for some new natural ways to treat your body like the temple it is.

I’ve known for years that Epsom salt, also known as magnesium sulfate, had a lot of natural health benefits but I had no idea just how many.

  • Draws and flushes out toxins and impurities
  • Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
  • Help muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Help prevent artery hardening and blood clots
  • Make insulin more effective
  • Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improve oxygen use
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
  • Help prevent or ease migraine headaches

 

There are several different “formulas” for a detox bath but I’ve found a few of my favorites and they even promote weight loss!

You should do your detox bath on the evening before bed time because you will feel a little tired and sometimes symptoms of flu can occur – this is because your body is getting detoxified and epsom salt will make you sweat which is the central purpose of a detox bath.  Some experts maintain that you can take a detox bath every day, while others suggest no more than three or four a week

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Basic Detox Bath

Ingredients:

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Epsome Salt
  3. Baking Soda
  4. A Bathtub

1. Add 5-10 drops essential oil (I love lavender) to 2 cups epsom salt, then add to a standard tub full of water.

2. Ideally, you want the water quite hot as we are looking to create a nice sweat.

3. If your bath water is not filtered, add 1 cup of baking soda as this helps neutralize the chemicals, primarily chlorine, as well as increase mineral absorption.

4. Immerse yourself in the water, all the way up to your neck. You want as much of your body underwater as you can. Close your eyes, do some breathing exercises and soak for at least 20 minutes.

5. Once you are done soaking, rise out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. You may feel a little dizzy and light-headed, this will go away as you shower off quickly in cool water.

6. It is important not to use harsh soaps or shampoos as your pores are open and will just absorb the chemicals found in those products.

7. Once dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like body butter, shea butter or coconut oil and some aluminum-free deodorant, but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals.

8. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.

9. Instead hydrate yourself with filtered water before and after.

10. Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.

 

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Detox Bath with Ginger (Ginger helps to open up the pores, causing you to sweat more and get rid of toxins in your system more easily.)

Ingredients:

  1. Grated or Fresh Ginger
  2. Epsome Salt
  3. A Bath Tub

1. Draw the bath using very hot water, as hot as you can stand without scalding or burning.

2. Add two tablespoons of grated or fresh ginger together with two cups of epsom salt.

3. Soak in it for 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Once you are done soaking, rise out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. You may feel a little dizzy and light-headed, this will go away as you shower off quickly in cool water.

6. It is important not to use harsh soaps or shampoos as your pores are open and will just absorb the chemicals found in those products.

7. Once dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like body butter, shea butter or coconut oil and some aluminum-free deodorant, but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals.

8. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.

9. Instead hydrate yourself with filtered water before and after.

10. Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.

 

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Detox Bath with Vinegar (This bath can help relieve muscle stress and joint pains. It can also flush out excess uric acids from your body.)

Ingredients:

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Epsome Salt
  3. A Bath Tub

1. Draw the bath using very hot water, as hot as you can stand without scalding or burning.

2. Add a cup of apple cider vinegar into your warm bath together with 2 cups of epsom salt.

3. Soak in it for 40 minutes

4. Once you are done soaking, rise out of the tub very slowly and cautiously. You may feel a little dizzy and light-headed, this will go away as you shower off quickly in cool water.

5. It is important not to use harsh soaps or shampoos as your pores are open and will just absorb the chemicals found in those products.

6. Once dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like body butter, shea butter or coconut oil and some aluminum-free deodorant, but again no lotions with perfumes, dyes or chemicals.

7. Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.

8. Instead hydrate yourself with filtered water before and after.

9. Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.

 

 

I recommend lighting a candle and some soft music while you are soaking.  Plus put your mobile devices on vibrate and put them down.  Part of detoxifying your body is relaxing your mind.  Enjoy YOUR peaceful time!

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Caution: Do not take detox baths with epsom salt  if you have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or are diabetic.  If you are concerned or have any of these health problems please seek your physicians care first.  

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