4 Amazing Detox Bath Recipes
Written by: Kavata Kithome
I have talked about self-care several times in the past, because I feel that it is an integral part of wellness and health. Most of us have so much on our plate, that we suffer from exhaustion and stress.
I know that when I am stressed and I don’t feel like my best self, I usually end up making less than ideal choices for my health. Those all natural fruit snacks and rice crispy treats become more and more appealing, while waking up in the morning for my workout becomes less and less of a priority.
This state brings about toxic overload in the body that can lead to disease and ailments like colds, allergies and just overall discomfort. Who wants that, really?
This, even if you may not feel like it, is a great time to detox your body. This can be done in several ways, such as juicing and working out, but one of my favorite ways is taking a detox bath.
This is one of the easiest methods to provide self-care in my opinion. Detox baths are cleansing and very relaxing and are a great way to wind down after a hectic day. I love detox baths because they can provide healing and relieve ailments that can creep up on your due to your hectic and stressful days.
Here are 4 bath recipes that I know you will love.
1. Skin Therapy
If you have been following my articles, you know that I suffer from eczema and dry skin. When I am stressed, my eczema flares up and is just itchy and annoying. This bath not only helps soothe my irritated skin, but also helps me relax.
Try adding 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar to your bath. Apple cider vinegar helps regulate your pH levels when you drink it and does the same for your skin. Apple cider vinegar has a strong smell that may not sit well with you, so you can add 10-15 drops lavender or rose essential oil to your bath.
***I also rinse off after my bath to help remove the vinegar smell.
I am often amazed by the number of people I come across on a daily basis who suffer from insomnia. While I am fortunate not to suffer from insomnia, there were times when I had so many things that kept me up at night, that I could not calm my mind. During those times, I took a relaxing bath. Here is my recipe:
- 1 cup of Epsom salt (bath salts work too)
- ½-1 cup of baking soda (this helps neutralize the chlorine in unfiltered water)
- 10 drops of chamomile and lavender
I found this bath recipe really helps soothe me. The smells of lavender and chamomile help relax and allow for more restful sleep.
3. Tension And Stress
In this day and age, it is rare to find anyone who doesn’t have tension and/or stress. Most of us spend our days with our shoulders hunched over a computer, creating all sort of tension in the shoulders, neck and back.
Soaking in Epsom salt is the best way to gain some much needed relaxation after a long day. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate that helps the muscles relax and sedates the nervous system, making just the antidote for stress and tension.
- 1- 2 cups of Epsom salt
- 10 drops of lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils
Sit in the bath and let the relaxing powers of Epsom salt carry you to a place of bliss.
4. Cold And Flu
There is nothing worse than being sick, at least in my opinion. When you are busy, stressed and exhausted, your immune system is impacted and affected negatively, which can lead to you catching a cold. You can fortify yourself by adding 1-2 bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 tablespoon of grated ginger and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil.
- Ginger promotes sweating and toxins removal
- Hydrogen peroxide oxygenates and promotes detoxification
- Eucalyptus clears congestion
After this bath, I like to drink a cup of chamomile tea with one drop of oregano essential oil to help with the fortifying.
Note: it is important to drink plenty of water before and after your detox bath to help prevent dehydration. If you are new to detox bathing, begin with soaking for 10 minutes and slowly work your way up to 40 minutes. Keep your detox bath to no more than 2-3 times a week.
Do you know any other detox recipes? Share in the comments below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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