A great bath starts with a little preparation. Set the mood and get everything ready before you hop into this luxurious hour of relaxation!
Take all phones out of the room, turn off the TV. Light some candles (I now prefer the ones I can turn on and off), a little relaxing music and the lights dimmed. Lock the door. After all, this is your time!
Invest in a natural bristle body brush. Dry skin brushing unclogs your pores and helps your skin absorb more of the nutrients you’re going to get, in your Epsom salt soak. Brush, starting at your feet and moving in long sweeping motions towards your heart…always brush towards your heart. Brush the entire body, being careful when going over sensitive areas. Rinsing the dead skins off in the shower is best.
Note: Detox baths help pull toxins from your skin, which also means that it can be quite dehydrating, so it is recommended that you drink one full glass of water before your detox bath and bring another large glass of water to the bath with you and drink it during your bath.
Combine ingredients in large pitcher:
2 cups Epsom Salt
1 Cup Baking Soda
8-10 drops of organic lavender essential oil
Pour in 5 cups hot water and stir to dissolve.
Run bath water – the warmest water that you can “comfortably” handle is best because this will draw the toxins out to the surface of your skin. And as the water cools, toxins are pulled into the water.
Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, which help relieve your sore muscles and fight inflammation. According to the Journal of the American College of Nutrition “At least 68% of us are magnesium deficient (most likely more), leading to a host of health problems”.
Magnesium is among the long list of minerals that are lost to modern farming practices – the soil that our grandparents grew their produce in, was full of wonderful nutrients. Not so any more. And, if the nutrients aren’t in the soil, they aren’t in our food. The same applies to our drinking water. Years ago, healthy drinking water came directly from streams, rivers, and lakes, rich in mineral content. This is why Epsom salts soaks are so beneficial to our health, as the minerals absorb readily through the skin – our largest organ.
According to the Epsom Salt Industry Council, “A simple salt soak is beneficial to heart and circulatory health, and can lead to lower blood pressure, helps ease muscle pain and eliminates harmful substances from the body. It also improves nerve function by encouraging proper regulation of electrolytes”.
Baking soda helps to make the bath water alkaline, neutralizes skin acidity and helps aid the elimination of toxins. The baking soda can also help refresh, renew and soften your dry skin.
Lavender helps to calm and relax your mind and body,
Any detox process can create flu-like symptoms like headache or nausea, from toxins exiting your body.
Take another glass of water, lie down in bed for a few minutes after your detox bath because you may feel dizzy, which is common after soaking in hot water, and releasing toxins. Also, it’s so beneficial to not just “jump back into life”, as we are prone to do. Relax and take the rest of the hour you set aside for you. You owe it to yourself!