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With all the daily stresses in life, the hectic schedules we keep, the lack of adequate sleep we get, the unhealthy foods we grab for, and the emotions that often overwhelm us, we are in desperate need of a good CLEANSE. We are familiar with a variety of different Detoxes and Fasts that help rid our body of the harmful buildup of toxins by changing our diet for a period of time, but what about detoxing with a relaxing bath and scented candles??? Isn’t that what draws people to enjoy a Spa Day Escape? Unfortunately, escaping the pressures of life at the spa is not my reality, not just because of my budget, but because my duties as mom, wife, worship leader, and youth leader keep me busy. Oh believe me…I have every intention of enjoying one of those fabulous Spa Day Getaways one day here, but for now…for the day-to-day routine, I am able to seriously detox my body by soaking for 30 minutes in a tub of hot, steamy water. This is something that can be enjoyed once the kids are in bed and you have some uninterrupted time to yourself. Grab a good book, a big glass of water, a scented candle (you know, for ambiance) and let your bath do all the hard work while you sit and soak.
Detox Baths are a great way to refresh, heal when you feel sickness trying to attack your body, and literally melt away the stress.
Detox Bath Recipe
- 1/3 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/3 cup Sea Salt
- 1/3 cup Baking Soda
- 2 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine all the ingredients into a bowl.
Draw a bath with water as hot as you can stand it. As the water begins to fill the tub, add the dry ingredients and vinegar directly under the running water. Give the water a stir to help incorporate the ingredients into the water and allow it to mix in (there is nothing worse than a scratch on your rear from a salt crystal…LOL!) The water may turn a yellowish or orange-ish color from the ginger and vinegar.
Soak in the bath for about 30 to 40 minutes and ENJOY! You can rub your skin gently (towards your heart)to stimulate your lymphatic system and continue helping your body clear out the toxins.
You are welcome to use fresh ginger instead of the ground ginger, but I would put it in a tea ball or something similar to keep the ginger pieces from clogging the drain.
You can make a pre-mix of the dry ingredients and store into mason jars or another well sealed container. These also make great gifts and you can attach this Recipe & Instructions print out tag.
I will definitely be making some homemade DIY gifts for Christmas this year!
Benefits of Each Ingredient:
- Epsom Salt: helps your body to release toxins through sweat, reduces inflammation, relieves muscle aches, a common additive in most bath salt mixes
- Sea Salt: helps to draw toxins out of your body, helpful for acne, softens skin, another common additive in bath salt mixes
- Baking Soda: highly alkaline, helps to balance an overly acidic system, helps to eliminate chlorine in unfiltered tap water, softens skin
- Apple Cider Vinegar: helps to restore the acid-alkaline balance in your body, helpful for acne and other blemishes, softens skin
- Ginger: increases circulation, opens pores, helps your body to release toxins through sweat, naturally has anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties
Important to consider B E F O R E taking this bath:
When undergoing any type of detoxing process the body can become fairly dehydrated. The minerals in the bath draw out the toxins and excess water from your body. It is important to drink a full glass of water before, during, after taking this bath.
Be careful when getting out of the bath as the water temperature and length of time, along with the detox process can cause you to feel weak or light-headed if you stand up too quickly.
You may find that you feel tired after this bath, so it’s best to take it when you can go right to bed. You can relax in bed or conk out and fall asleep and wake up feeling quite refreshed.
If you are pregnant, have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or if you are diabetic please do not take hot baths or salt baths and be sure to talk with your physician before starting any type of detox.
Depending on the level of toxins in your body, it is common to feel as though you are coming down with the flu.Do Not Panic! This is your body’s natural response as it works to rid you of the toxins and cleanse you and it means this detox is working! It’s very important to Stay Hydrated to help your body during this process. Remember to listen to your body, get plenty of adequate rest, hydrate, and you should be feeling GREAT pretty quickly. (Even when doing food detoxes, this same natural response of feeling sick is very common. Symptoms like headaches, aching muscles, fatigue, and that flu-like feeling are all side effects of the release of toxins. Everyone experience different levels of symptoms during this time of releasing).