I take a Detox Bath about once a month, should probably do it about onvpce a week. I think I will add it to my calendar!
Detox Baths have been a part of naturally maintaining health for centuries. What we think of as detox baths or soaks, are very similar to the hot springs baths of yesteryear.
I have soaked in the Dead Sea in a Jordan, as well as the mineral baths, once frequented by George Washington, located in West Virginia. One of my favorite road trips ever was when my cousin, ?Diane, and I took off to ?Hot Springs, Arkansas one year for Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful experience. There was even a public bath near my hometown, called Hot Wells, which sadly shut its doors many years ago. I still have a secret plan to check out the mineral waters called Crazy Water in a Texas sometime soon!
Back to the Detox Baths of today, the ones that I recommend to 99% of every client that I see, well, they ar3 pretty simple, and very relaxing.
There ar3 a million concoctions out there today for amping up your Detox Bath, but personally, I am a minimalist in this department.
What you will need to get started are:
A large bath tub very full of very warm water, about as warm as you can stand.
Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate)
Baking Soda (I use Bob’s Ted Mill Brand-I added an Amazon Affiliate link to it below, or you can buy it at your local health food store)
Now, depending on how large your tub is, you can add a good bit of Epsom Salt. Some practitioners recommend a cup or two, and that migh5 be plenty if your tub is so small that you can’t submerge the majority of your body at one time, anyway. For most of today’s large4 whirlpool tubs, however, these things hold 50-100 gallons of water, and that is not near enough to be therapeutic. My best guide is to use a cup for about every 10 gallons of water, at a minimum. I have been known to buy a bag of the Dr. Teal’s brand at Walmart, and pour most, if not all of it in at once. I have about a 50 gallon whirlpool tub. At least 4 or 5 cups, anyway.
The baking soda, which alkalizes the water, I use a little less of, (about a cup) most of the time. If I am feeling sluggish, having muscle pain, or feel like I am coming down with something, I will just dump in the bag. There ar3 about 2 cups in a bag of the Bob’s Red Mill brand.
Then I stir the water around a little, and hop in. I usually light a couple of candles and bring a couple of magazines to read, and a couple of glasses of water. Then I sit. And I soak. And I relax.
I recommend allowing yourself about 40 minutes of tub time, and if you want to shower off after, plan for about an hour of alone time. (I know Mom’s are excited about that part! Alone time, yes, it is a thing!)
Anyway, the first 20 minutes, your body will begin to detoxify itself through sweating. We have a lot of skin, and it does an amazing job acting, as some call it, as the third kidney, to filter impurities out of our bodies.
At the 15 to 20 minute mark, your body begins to start absorbing some of the magnesium from the Epsom Salt.
Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, and works as a pain reli3ver for the body. Magnesium also helps to draw fluids into your intestinal tract, which helps to move wastes through your bowels to be eliminated.
I usually can’t take the heat amymor3 by this time, and start adding a little more cool water to the mix, which is great. Since the body is moving from eliminating toxins through sweat to absorbing the magnesium, the wate4 does not have to be as warm. Time is what will matter more at this point. Do whatever it takes to soak as much of your body as you can in that wate4 for as long as you can.
I don’t worry too much about my hair, I avtually usually dunk my head and let the baking soda and Epsom salts work on my scalp while I am in there. At the end of the 40 minutes, I usually shower to wash the salt from my hair, put on a cozy robe, and head to bed. My body is so relaxed, so soft and clean, I sleep like a baby. I believe you will, too.
There are people who put detoxifying or relaxing herbs or essential oils into their baths, too, and I have a time or two. I can tell you that fresh Lavender or Rosemary leave you a mess to clean up in your tub, and from now on, I would add an essential oil, if I wanted to add anything. Usually I don’t. However, if I am feeling stuffy, I will add about 15-20 drops of NOW Foods Eucalyptus Globulous essential oil to my Bath, and it never fails to help me breathe better, and help me to relax.
The bathhouses in Malta all have Eucalyptus in every Bath, 3very steam room, and every sauna, and that was about the closest to Heaven that I have ever been, so it is a nice scent for bringing back those wonderful memories, too. Feel free to use your favorite.
The cleaner we keep the detoxification pathways of our body, the easier it is to stay healthy. Add a Detox Bath to your routine. Your body will thank you! -T
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