After a long day at work or a grueling workout, a warm bath is just what your body is craving. Even better is a warm bath that will help you detox as you relax.
Anyone can benefit from that! Performing this routine before bed can help you sleep better, as well as help those with skin issues or irritations such as acne or eczema. The calming ingredients in these homemade detox baths (see recipes below) will soothe you from head to toe, all while helping your body expel toxins.
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Incorporating detox baths into your bathing routine is an enjoyable way to take care of your health.
There are numerous ways to create a detox bath, all of which are simple, affordable and easy to recreate at home. You can even find the ingredients needed in your local grocery or health food store! It’s funny to think that you can grocery shop and fill your beauty cabinet simultaneously!
Detoxification is a process that your body naturally facilitates through use of its vital organs; mainly your kidneys and liver. Though your body does this on its own, there are ways to make it easier for your body to do so.
Fortunately, nature is chock full of plants and compounds that act as catalysts for toxin elimination. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, these methods are completely natural with no negative side effects or dangers. This method of detoxing is gentle, simple and effective.
1. Epsom Salts Bath
In the modern diet of most, vital vitamins and trace minerals are lacking in sufficient quantities to enable the body to complete its daily upkeep. Simply put, vitamin and mineral deficiency is the cause of many ailments, illnesses and diseases. The encouraging truth is that this is well within your realm and control to influence.
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In addition to tweaking your diet to include more raw fruits and vegetables, you can also absorb minerals into your body by soaking in epsom salts.
Epsom salts are scientifically known as magnesium sulfate. Absorption of magnesium and sulfate through the skin has been found to be more effective than digestive absorption. When a substance is applied to the skin, it penetrates the dermal layers and advances directly into the blood stream; making its effects often expedited. Epsom salts offer a plethora of health benefits:
- Prevents headaches
- Enhances absorption of nutrients
- Relieves the body of stress
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- Enhanced heart health
- Facilitates detoxification throughout the body
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
Apple cider vinegar acts as an effective alkalizer and detoxifier when consumed through the digestive tract. Luckily, it can also have the same positive impact on the body when applied from the outside. Apple cider vinegar baths can help:
- Detoxify and naturally cleanse skin pores
- Draw out impurities
- Balance out skin pH and regulate oil production
- Naturally cleanse body odor
Apple cider vinegar has the same positive effect on your scalp and hair, making it a perfect bath to take a dunk into. Adding 1/2 cup of vinegar to your bath water is sufficient to help you receive these alkalizing health benefits. Adding lemon juice to this bath will help take away a bit of the vinegar edge and add a zesty kick.
3. Essential Oils Bath
Essential oils are very potent, robust, aromatic compounds made from a wide range of plants. Not actually oils, essential oils resemble more of a watery texture and provide a multitude of health benefits. When making an essential oil bath for yourself, look to the soothing, calming, relaxing and rejuvenating essential oils such as:
- Peppermint: soothing, rejuvenating, revitalizing.
- Lavender: relaxing, calming.
- Lemon: a natural astringent, cleansing and purifying.
- Rosemary: encourages blood circulation & hair growth.
To incorporate these healing oils into your detox bath routine, add 15-20 drops of your desired essential oil to a tub full of warm water. Experiment with different combinations to get a wide range of benefits. For example, you could break it up into:
- 5 drops peppermint
- 5 drops lavender
- 5 drops lemon
This combination will make for a detoxifying bath that also releases your impurities.
4. Baking Soda Bath
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring inorganic compound that has an alkalizing effect on the body. This common household item can be used in a myriad of ways, giving this household staple an incredible value. The white powder can be used as a natural countertop cleaner, as an antacid, in a facial mask and also in this natural detoxifying bath. Incredible, right?
When added to a bath, baking soda neutralizes the tap water’s pH and transforms it into a detoxifying experience for your entire body.
It has also been found to compensate for most public water supply’s high chlorine content by normalizing it.
The recommended amount to add to your bath water is about 3/4 cup of baking soda.
5. Herbal Tea Bath
Herbal teas are traditionally consumed to have a soothing, detoxifying effect on the inside of the body. Similar to these other remedies, herbal teas can have the same healthful benefit from the outside of the body when added to your bath water. Ultimately, your skin is your largest organ and it acts as a giant sponge for all that surrounds it. So, feed it the good stuff! This makes an herbal tea bath ideal for relaxing and repairing your body, head to toe.
The most economical way to utilize herbal teas for bath use is to purchase them in bulk, premix them, then sprinkle them into your warm bath water.
Herbs to search for in bulk include:
- Peppermint: eases aches & pains
- Lavender: relaxing
- Chamomile: soothing
- Rose Petals: calming
- Lemon Peel: purifying
- Rosemary: rejuvenating, stimulating
Drop about 1/2 cup of dried herbs to a warm bath for an instant aromatherapy experience.
Adding some detox baths to your weekly routine is an excellent step in a healthy direction. The best part is that this isn’t a painstaking chore, it’s relaxing and enjoyable! Keep in mind that enjoying these detox baths alone will not give you the ultimate benefits of detoxification. You will experience the biggest energy lift and overall livelihood boost from being mindful of what you’re consuming as well.
Raw plants such as vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds should make up a large portion of your diet. This will ensure that you’re providing your body with the nutrients and fiber it needs to naturally detoxify, purify and rid itself of the toxins that build up in your system. Best of all, you feel better, lighter and healthier when you have less junk clogging your system! Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Avoiding plastic when possible, drinking filtered water and getting enough rest can also attribute to effective detox. You can even make it a couple’s relaxation and enjoy this detox bath with your partner. Dive right in! Which detox bath recipe will you try tonight?