Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DIY Detox Bath

So I've been told that I'm kind of a "fad" person. I will get really into something for a little bit and then just kinda stop doing it. For example I haven't met my Fitbit goals in months, I gave up trying to drink 64 oz of water a day, I've only used my elliptical a handful of times, and so on and so forth.

Recently I've been in a phase where I love baths. I don't mean like a quick 15 minute bath, I'm talking set up the laptop and lay in the tub for 45+ minutes while watching Netflix. If you have never done it, trust me it's a fabulous way to spend your time.

To take my bath time fad one step further I started doing research (on Pinterest ;)) about Detox Baths. They are supposed to have A LOT of positive effects on your body: removing toxins, decreasing inflammation, helping you get over colds and sickness, and even some claims of weight loss. Since I already love me some bath time I decided to do a little experimenting on one type of Detox Bath.

Know first let me share what I read about this Detox Bath before I tried it.

Ginger: Ginger offers numerous health benefits when ingested. But what’s good for the inside the body is good for the outside as well. Ginger is a miracle ingredient. Both topically and ingested, ginger can relieve muscle spasms, pain from arthritis, nausea, menstrual cramps, headaches, and cold and flu symptoms. Ginger also promotes sweating, allowing your body to get rid of toxins.
Epsom Salt: Epsom salt is well known for its multiple benefits for the body. Most commonly used on our feet to soothe them from continuous wear and tear, applying Epsom salt to your body has all the same benefits and more. Epsom salt is not a salt at all. It’s a naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Epsom salt works on a chemical level to rejuvenate our bodies mentally and physically. Stress, the most prominent and reoccurring antagonist to our body, drains our body of magnesium and increases our levels of adrenaline. Adrenaline is not something we need constantly active in our bodies because it causes an unnecessary increase of our heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety. When dissolved in water, Epsom salt dissolves and our body absorbs the magnesium, helping to relieve stress. Magnesium also helps release serotonin, which is a feel good chemical that increases energy and stamina. For this bath, you’ll get the extra benefits of muscle relief, anti-inflammation, revitalization of your nervous system, and most importantly, a detoxing of heavy metals and other toxins from your body. (information from Here.)

Ingredients (what I used):
1 Cup Epsom Salt
2 Tablespoons crushed Ginger

The first thing to know about this Detox is that drinking water is essential. I would recommend drinking water before, during, and after the bath. The 2nd thing to know is you are going to get very hot and sweat (but that's the point!) so you may want to keep a towel near by to wipe off your face. 
So here's the method!
1) Start filling your tub with as warm of water as you can stand.
2) Mix the Cup of Epsom Salt and the 2 Tablespoons of ginger.
3) Pour it into the stream of water as it is filling.
4) Fill the tub as high as possible so the majority of your body can be submerged.
5) You will want to stay in the tub for at least 20 minutes, but no longer then 30.

I can tell you from experience that it worked just like they said it would! I was sweating a lot and could feel the effects of the bath for the next couple hours after. in the future I would recommend taking my detox bath right before bed, because it really relaxed my muscles and made me very sleepy. 

I'm thinking about purchasing a set of Young Living Essential Oils from my sister and then I would definitely do more experimenting with using the oils in my detox baths. 

Other Detox Baths to Try via Pinterest:



Let me know if you try any variations of the detox bath and what your experiences are! I plan on doing more experimenting as time goes on :) Have a great Tuesday!! 

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