Detox Baths

Safety

I know it sounds stupid having safety warnings for a bath but although detox baths are great for alleviating a number of aches and pains, if you’ve got an existing condition such as heart disease or diabetes, or if you are pregnant, check with your doctor before having one to see if they have any recommendations for certain materials to use.

Take care getting out of the tub when you’re done – stand up slowly and wrap up in a fluffy towel. Detox baths can leave you feeling a little bit light-headed, so don’t jump out in a hurry! If you’re applying anything to your skin afterwards – deodorant, moisturisers, etc. – make sure they are natural and chemical-free. You don’t want to undo all the detoxing goodness of your bath!


A Few Tips For The Perfect Detox

When your body is getting rid of all those bad toxins through sweat, your also losing water. We suggest having a drink of water before going in. It would also be good for you to do it afterwards too. Don’t do it during or if you are going to then take small sips. This is because you don’t want your body working hard to digest during the detox.

Also Don’t eat immediately before getting in the bath and after. Give it a while before you eat anything.


Pure Water

Tap water carries a few chemicals, whether you have hard water or soft. Naturalise this with a cup of bicarbonate soda. Not only does this purify the water your detoxing in but also it is a great stress reliever! Perfect for a detox bath, or any bath for that matter, nobody wants stress now do they.


Not Too fast!

You should be soaking in the tub between 20-30 minutes. Any less and you having give the bath enough time to really detox your body fully. But if you stay in too long you risk your body overheating. Now we all know that time flies by when your relaxing in the tub so set an alarm or watch a 25 minute episode. Also you should only be doing a detox bath once or twice a week. When you start getting used to them you will be able to do it more

Ingredients

Here are a few ingredients you can use for a detox bath, all having different effects

Epsom Salts

This little beauty is the key to a successful detox. Not only does it ease stress and migraines, but it works wonders for helping you sleep, keeping your muscles healthy and improving your concentration levels. Pour two cups of Epsom salt into your bath along with five to 10 drops of essential oils (we’ll cover which oils are good for which ailments later on!). Give it all a stir and make sure the water is hot – remember, you want to be sweating! Don’t make it too hot though – you want to enjoy your soak as well as reap the health benefits.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is a great natural detoxing ingredient and has been used since ancient times to help people rejuvenate. Remember, you’re after natural sea salt here, nothing that’s been chemically modified, in order to give you the best cleanse possible. This will give you an energy boost that will make you feel more alert and perky throughout your day, making this a good one to have if you’re soaking in the morning. It also soothes irritated skin, which – combined with the hot water to open your pores – works as a pretty fantastic facial. In terms of quantity, you want ¼ cup each of sea salt, Epsom salt, and bicarbonate of soda, all mixed together to give you a super-soothing soak.

Apple-Cider Vinegar

If you want to give your joints some attention, apple cider vinegar is the best form of TLC you can get. It’s ideal for anyone suffering from arthritis or conditions caused by inflammation. Pour 1/3 cup of this in along with the ingredients listed in the sea salt bath and give your muscles a good soak.

Essential Oils

Depending on what effect you want your bath to have, you can choose from a number of essential oils to detox effectively:

  • Lavender will relax you and improve your mood
  • Lemon will give your body an overall cleanse
  • Rosemary is great for relieving a headache
  • Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial
  • Five to 10 drops of the oil of your choice will be perfect with some Epsom salts (see above), or if you want a less intense detox experience, they can be added to hot water on their own.

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