A detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies we can do to facilitate our body’s natural detoxification system. In this day and age, our bodies are subject to more toxins than ever. Toxins are in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medications we take, and in the water we drink. Toxins cause irritation, harm, and destruction in the body if left unchecked.
Detoxification is the body’s way of removing and metabolizing these dangerous compounds. It is a process the body does naturally without us even knowing it. However, the capacity of the body’s detoxification process is not endless. While it is impossible to abolish our exposure to all toxins, we can reduce unnecessary exposure, as well as improve out body’s efficiency and ability to eliminate them. A detox bath encourages the body to efficiently to flush out toxins. Typically, a detox bath is made with Epsom salt also known as magnesium sulfate, which not only draws out toxins, but also has health benefits of its own:
• Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration
• Helps muscles and nerves function properly
• Regulates activity of 325+ enzymes
• Helps prevent artery hardening and blood clots
• Makes insulin more effective
• Reduces inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
• Improves oxygen use
• Flushes toxins
• Improves absorption of nutrients
• Helps form joint proteins, brain tissue, and mucin proteins
• Helps prevent and ease migraine headaches
How to draw a Detox Bath:
• Add 5-10 drops essential oil (I LOVE lavender) to 2 cups Epsom salt, and then add to a standard tub full of water.
• You want the water quite hot as we are looking to create a nice sweat.
• If your bath water is not filtered, add 1 cup of baking soda. This helps neutralize the chemicals, primarily chlorine, as well as increase mineral absorption.
• 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 meditative breathing and soak for at least 20 minutes.
• 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.
• 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.
• Once you dry you can apply a natural moisturizer like coconut oil or sesame oil. Do not apply any lotions with perfumes, dyes, or chemicals.
• Do not eat immediately before or after taking a detox bath.
• Hydrate yourself with filtered water before and after
• Allow time after your bath to rest and rejuvenate.
Taking a detox bath, not only boots our health and well being, but it also strengthens our immune system and prevents disease.