Sweating is your body’s natural way of detoxifying. However, unless I am in a hot yoga class or an extra intense spin class, I don’t sweat very easily which makes it hard for me to release the toxins through my skin. Cue – Detox bath! Soaking in hot water can help pull out harmful toxins from your largest organ. They also help with sore muscles, like from said spin class, or carrying kids around (my 1 year old is pushing 26 lbs and my 3 year old wears 5T clothes – (Wide-eyed emoji)) – Their daddy is 6’4″.
So, every week I try to schedule a time for my detox bath, at least 40 minutes. Time is very limited so I am all about multi-tasking.. I’ll throw on an organic hair mask, a DIY face mask, and try to read a motivational book, all while I lounge in my tub! Triple win!
First things first – Drink water! These baths can be a bit dehydrating so chug a glass of filtered agua beforehand.
Next, grab the essentials –
Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
Unfiltered/Unprocessed Apple Cider Vinegar
Essential Oil of choice (lavender is my fave, but it is entirely up to you!)
Step 1 – Dry brush your skin. It helps speed up your lymphatic systems ability to eliminate waste and harmful bacteria/toxins. I suggest using a dry brush with a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body.
Start at your feet and work up your legs. Move in sweeping motions toward your heart and make your way up your mid-section, front and back, and across your chest. Then move the brush up your arms toward your armpits. Step 2 – I love diffusing lavender (or you can use non-toxic candles) and listening to soft music to help me relax.
Step 3 – Fill up the tub and add everything in!
Add 2 cups of epsom salts. This replenishes magnesium.
Add 1 to 2 cups baking soda. It is anti-fungal and leaves skin super soft!
Add 1/4 cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt. The magnesium combats stress and calms the nervous system; calcium increases circulation and prevents water retention; potassium balances skin moisture; sodium is important for lymphatic balance and immune function.
Add 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar. Major health benefits from ACV, namely boosting your immune system.
Add 20 drops of lavender or ylang ylang. Fresh herbs are great too, like mint, lavender or chamomile. I also love adding ginger to help me sweat, about 1/3 of a cup but maybe less depending on your sensitivity to heat. Step 4 – RELAX! Soak for 20 to 40 minutes. Hydrate during your soak and take care not to overheat. Drink lots of water. Its okay to add cool water if you start to feel too hot. Step 5 – Relax some more! How often do you get “you time”? For me, this is pretty much it.. So soak it all in! I try to stay in for 40 minutes but honestly, my mama duties usually call in after about half an hour. So once you’ve got all your toxins out, get out of the tub slowly, brush your skin again and take a quick rinse off in a cool shower.
Step 6 – I love to slather on my organic coconut/jojoba oil mixed with some yummy essentials oils in it as well, usually frankincense or a vanilla/peppermint combination. Basic guide is 1 cup of carrier oil to 50 drops of therapeutic grade essential oils. I store in a glass jar on my counter!
Step 7 – Rehydrate again! Drink at least another liter of water. I add lemon to mine to combat any nausea from the heat or the detox, plus it helps flush out more toxins. Yay!
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