October 6, 2012
For centuries people have used baths for much more than just getting clean. The bath is a great place to relax, meditate, and even improve your health. The practice ofhydrotherapy is the use of water in the prevention of illness and disease, detoxification, and a general health booster. But, before you go buy that blue box of chemical crystals to color and scent your bath water, here is a better idea – take a detox bath.
Why Take a Detox Bath?
A detox bath is something you can create at home with ingredients you probably already have. Unlike commercial bubble baths, oils, and salts, this isn’t just designed to make your skin soft and smell good—it’s made to actually help rid the body of toxins, alleviate pain, improve tissue health, and help you relax.
Use this bath a few days a week to help remove toxins from your skin and to encourage general health. This is especially useful if you are fasting or doing another internal detox, as it is a gentle way to slowly and safely encourage daily pollutants and toxins out of the body.
There are a few different DIY detox bath recipe options. Follow the basic recipe and then make changes as you see fit. If at all possible, use the most filtered water you can, whether it come from a shower filter or whole house filtration device.
Basic Recipe (Store these ingredients in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid and add 1 C. of mixture into running bath water):
- 2 cups of Epsom Salts
- 2 cups of Sea Salts (any kind will work, but those especially suited for healing properties are best)
- 2 cups of Baking Soda
Additional Options (Add these at bath time):
- Several drops of essential oils to scent the bath. We like sandalwood or lavender if you want something calming. Try sweet orange or another citrusy scent if you want an energizing bath.
- 3-5 T. fresh minced ginger: to increase circulation and add scent
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar: to soften the skin.
The salts in your bath will decrease inflammation and draw toxins from the skin. They can also work to heal wounds and blemishes. Baking soda will refresh the skin and balance the ph levels in your tissues.
Not only does a bath like this have more benefits than a commercially packaged bubble bath, it looks prettier sitting on the edge of your tub. Try hot water on days when you need to relax and a cooler bath when you are looking for a pick-me-up.