If you're a fan of soaking in the bathtub after a long day or as a relaxing weekend activity, you're in luck. You now have a new reason to hang out on the water: detoxification.
Detox baths have many benefits and if you have a decent-sized tub, are worth incorporating into your weekly routine.
What Does It Mean to Detox?
The idea of a detox is to rid the body of any built-up toxins, heavy metals or other harmful substances that weaken the immune system, slow digestion and impede the absorption of essential nutrients. "Unclogging" the body's vital systems can help them function at their best so you can feel your best.
What You Need
To create a detox bath, fill your clean bathtub with warm water. It should be comfortably hot, but not scalding. Next, it's time to add your ingredients:
Bath Salts/Epsom Salt -- These salts help draw toxins out of the body by encouraging you to sweat. They also help replenish your body's nutrients -- Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. You can find plain salts or those with added essential oils and other ingredients. Follow instructions on salts for how much to use -- typically 1 to 2 cups for an adult.
Essential Oils -- We all respond differently to certain aromas and scents and you can change them up based on your mood. Lavender to help you relax or ginger and citrus to invigorate you. Essential oils also help nourish and hydrate the skin, but use no more than 10 drops for an entire bathtub of water and never apply them directly to the skin.
Herbs -- Adding in fresh herbs is another way to bring aromatherapy into the bath and you can choose whatever scent you like. Mint leaves are especially potent with a bright and refreshing smell. Rosemary is another one that promotes relaxation.
After combining these ingredients in the water, feel free to hop right in and soak!
Benefits of a Detox Bath
There are many popular forms of detox, including fiber, juice and herbal cleanses. However, these can be restrictive (in terms of diet) and uncomfortable. A detox bath is a more gentle way to experience the effects of a successful detox by drawing the toxins out through the sweat, which is released through the skin. The skin is the body's largest organ, after all.
Soaking with salts also allows the body time to soak in the minerals they provide. One such mineral is magnesium, which is essential for tissue health. This can be beneficial for sore muscles as well as the bones and joints. The water and minerals will also soften the skin and can be beneficial for anyone suffering from a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis. The salts can be used as a scrub to remove dead skin cells.
When you come out of the bath, you should feel refreshed and regenerated and take it easy for the rest of the day. This is why it's great to take a detox bath in the evening when you're winding down.
The heat and sweating that a detox bath encourages can make you feel a little dizzy or tired, especially if you haven't done one before. Here are some guidelines to follow to get the most out of the experience of a detox bath:
Drink plenty of water before and after to stay hydrated.
Leave the bathroom door open if you can or crack it open if it gets too steamy.
Make sure you've eaten in the hour beforehand.
Add cold water too the tub if you feel like you're overheating.
Aim to soak for 20 to 45 minutes.
Massage or dry brush the skin afterward to get the lymphatic system moving.
Apply a moisturizer to the skin after the bath.
Rest and relax.
It's also important to notes those with medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure shouldn't take a detox bath without the consent of their physician. As previously mentioned, the bath can make you feel lightheaded and dizzy. If these symptoms become too severe, discontinue detox baths and consult your doctor.
A detox bath can help you cleanse and nourish the body when done the right way. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!