On Sunday I did a post about a purifying sea salt scrub, and I thought it only appropriate to follow that up with a post about how to do a detox bath. Hint: it's as simple as running the bath water and throwing a few things in the tub that you probably already have in your kitchen!
Detox baths are gaining popularity, and for good reason. Not only does it pull toxins from your body, but it can also increase circulation and give your body a great boost of magnesium, which has a long list of benefits that include easing muscle spasms (yes, that means menstrual cramps, too) and relieving stress. Magnesium is also a key player in absorbing other nutrients, reducing inflammation, and easing/preventing migraines. Are you hooked yet?
I usually leave myself an hour for the detox bath, but you can do 45 minutes if pressed for time. The first chunk of time is to pull the toxins from your body, and after that you will absorb the nutrients. It's never happened to me, but keep in mind that you may get lightheaded, so be cautious when getting out. You can use as many of the ingredients I list, or leave some out if you wish. Keep in mind that Epsom salts are the source of the magnesium, so I always include them in my baths.
If there's one thing you MUST do while taking these baths, it's to drink plenty of liquids. This will help flush out more toxins. I usually drink ginger-lemon tea or water. Also, if you include ginger in your bath, it will increase circulation, and may make you sweat.
Here's what I use for detox baths:
Tub filled with water as hot as you can stand it
1 Tablespoon ground ginger, or 1-inch chunk of fresh ginger
1 lemon, sliced
10 drops lavender oil
2 cups Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
Lots of liquid to drink (water, tea, etc.)
Directions: Fill tub with water and pour in all ingredients. Gently swirl until the Epsom salt and baking soda have dissolved. Soak for at least 45 minutes, drinking a lot of liquids.
I always feel great after a detox bath. My mood is lifted, and I feel incredibly relaxed and rejuvenated. What do you put in your favorite detox bath?