A bath can be such a simple thing, but did you know you can actually put in some relaxing bath additives to improve your health? It’s true; there are many natural ingredients that help aid your body in its detoxification processes. This will help rid your body of toxins that may be causing you a variety of symptoms, such as acne, fatigue, and digestive discomfort. Light some candles, turn on some music, and try one of these relaxing bath additives the next time you feel a need to detox.
The anti-inflammatory effect of ginger makes it one of the best pain-relieving, relaxing bath additives out there. Not only that, but ginger is also a powerhouse detoxifier that helps flush toxins from your body. If you don’t like the taste of ginger, there is great news for you: you can get the same benefits by adding it to your bath! Simply add about 2T ground, fresh ginger to your bath and savor the results. I like to use a coffee grinder for this, but you can also use chopped ginger in cheesecloth (or else you will have to clean it from your drain). You can also try half a cup of ground turmeric for the same effect.
If you have ever thought about taking a detox bath, you have probably heard of Epsom salts. These salts are rich in magnesium and act as a diuretic and muscle relaxer. Don’t worry about getting too much magnesium because your body will absorb what it needs. This bath will help your body detox easily, but make sure you drink some water during the bath because it may be quite powerful for some. Just a couple handfuls should do, or about one cup of Epsom salts. You can find these salts in most grocery stores, typically by the beauty section.
There are so many purposes you can use essential oils for, so there is no surprise that many of them have detoxifying effects. Lavender is the most common one used, as it also has many other benefits, such as an anti-inflammatory. Sage essential oil also aids the body and can be used to fight back acne. Fennel is a diuretic and has many other digestive-related detox benefits. Grapefruit oil is good for kidney and liver detoxification and smells amazing. You only need a few drops, and these all pair nicely with Epsom salt baths as well.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar are like no other. It will help alkalize your body pH, clear skin, it’s a natural detoxifier, and it is anti-fungal. Add this to a bath and you almost can’t go wrong! About one cup added to your bath water is good, or about half a cup if you combine it with Epsom salts. Just make sure you get raw apple cider vinegar, as it still contains the beneficial “mother” in it.
This is probably the most powerful additive yet, and it is sure to help you detox. Baking soda baths can help remove heavy metals, relieve itchy skin, and clear acne. Not to mention baking soda is cheap, so you won’t have any problem buying expensive products. Use one cup in your bath, and you can combine it with essential oils or Epsom salts if you wish. Make sure you bring a water bottle with you on this one because, like I said, this is strong stuff!
You can take a seaweed bath by adding sheets of it to your bath, or by adding in powdered kelp. If you want to go the powdered route, you can add half a cup of ground kelp to your bath water. This is readily available in health food stores, but online stores like luckyvitamin.com sell it as well. You could also add three or four sheets of seaweed (also available in health stores) to your detox bath. Either one will pull toxins from your body due to the abundant minerals, and nourish your skin from the omega 3s contained in them.
Baths containing sea salt can be a great alternative for those who don’t have access to Epsom salts. Although Epsom salts seem to be more effective, sea salt baths are excellent for cleansing. Try adding one cup of coarse sea salt to your next bath. This will pull impurities out of your skin and detox your body. Drinking water is important for this one as well, and you may want to start with less salt if you want less of a detox effect.
I would like to note that these baths should be pretty hot (still tolerable though, so you don’t burn yourself!) and you should soak 20-30 minutes in order for them to work. It is also a good idea to keep a water bottle with you during the baths because some of them will make you really thirsty from the detoxification. Also, expect some detox symptoms to occur (general uncomfortable feelings, nausea, possible sweating), but be cautious and leave the bath immediately if any abnormal feelings occur, such as a rapid heart rate. Do you add anything to your bath to help improve your skin or health?
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