If you’re feeling like your body is due for a little relaxing and resetting, a detox bath may be just what you need. Dipping into a detox bath is a good way to cleanse your body, rest your mind, and give extra support to several of the body’s systems. There are various types of natural DIY detox baths that you can choose from, each of which have their own goals and benefits provided. Some from our list you may have tried, others are baths you may not have heard of before. Relax and enjoy… Calgon’s got nothin’ on these baths!
1. Essential Oils Detox Bath
You can easily turn your bath into an amazing sensory sensation simply by dropping some essential oils in your tub. The great part about it is you can be pretty strategic with it by including oils according to what you’re problem is that day. Say it’s a very long day and you’re feeling totally fatigued. There’s an essential oil for that; you’d want to choose peppermint for that bath. They’ve got it all mapped out for you and have you taken care of whether you’re feeling stressed out, depressed, worn out, or even if you have a headache. It’s customized detoxing in your tub!
- Add ingredients while drawing your hot bath.
- Soak for 20 minutes, once weekly.
- Rinse off with a cool shower for 5 minutes to wash away all excreted toxins and to close your skin’s pores. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel afterwards!
This combination draws out toxins and lowers stress-related hormones, while balancing your pH levels.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Bath
In case you’re not yet familiar with the benefits apple cider vinegar provides, it’s important to invest some time to learn about just what it can do for you, both consumed internally, and used externally to treat a number of conditions. Here it’s being used in a detox bath to help with conditions such as arthritis and gout, as well as anything else that is caused by inflammation. This is a great bath to take if you’re feeling like you need to sweat the toxins out, and likewise if you want to ensure that you get to sleep without lying awake with a wandering mind.
♥ 1-2 C of raw Apple cider vinegar
- While drawing your bath, add the apple cider vinegar.
- Soak for up to 30 minutes. Remember, hot water is best for all detox baths since hot water is what is needed to help detoxify as it opens up the skin’s pores. Keep water to drink nearby as well as a washcloth…this bath is gonna make you sweat! Get a head start by drinking some water while you are running the bath too.
- Dry yourself off after the bath, but don’t be surprised if you continue to sweat for a couple of hours afterwards. You may also find that the vinegar detox bath makes you a little sleepy, so you might want to head straight to bed after hopping out of the tub.
- Make sure to drink water before you hit the pillow, and have water handy in case you wake up in the night so you can keep hydrated.
Check with your doctor if you have any conditions such as high blood pressure or a heart condition before using this natural apple cider vinegar detox bath recipe.
3. Ginger Detox Bath
Ginger is a root that possesses loads of healthy properties when you eat it, but it can also be used in other ways to help the body, like soaking in a ginger bath. You can either grate fresh ginger into your bath or sprinkling in some ginger powder. The author of the recipe says that it’s a way to get the body to sweat a lot more and get even extra amounts of toxins out, much like taking a sauna or sitting in a steam room. They say it leads to feelings of increased energy, feeling cleaner, and warding off symptoms of an oncoming cold.
♥ 1/2 C of freshly grated ginger or a rounded teaspoon of ginger powder
- Add grated ginger or ginger powder to hot or warm water.
- Soak for 15-20 minutes.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water after your ginger bath.
Please remember that the ginger bath will make you sweat profusely for at least an hour afterwards, so wear sweat clothes or a bathrobe. If you have sensitive skin or are allergy-prone, test ginger on your skin for irritation before dipping into the bath.
4. Baking Soda Detox Bath
Are you aware that common baking soda, the kind you keep in your fridge to absorb odors, can also be used as a detoxing device? It’s true, just adding this to your bath you’re giving it properties it otherwise wouldn’t have. It’s been said that a baking soda bath can help you to de-stress. It’s very important to view stress as a toxic condition, and to look at different ways of relaxing as a way to detox the body. Baking soda is scientifically known as sodium bicarbonate, great for neutralizing the chlorine that has been added to most city water sources. It’s tough to detox in a bath that’s full of a toxic chemical, so it’s good that this makes it cleaner naturally.
- Combine 1-part Epsom salt to a 2-part baking soda – mixture creates this basic detox bath for one 30 minute soak. For a first detox bath, measure 1 cup of Epsom salt and 2 cups of baking soda.
- Add mixture while drawing hot bath water, filling the tub 2/3 of the way full.
- Soak for at least one half hour.
Other ingredients may be added to this basic detox bath, depending on the need. For example, salt can be drying to the skin. Therefore, you can add 10 drops of glycerin to your bath water to counterbalance this reaction.
5. Sea Salt Detox Bath
A salt bath is among the oldest baths out there, and has been used for many years to help people relax and unwind. But did you also know that sea salt alone can help to pull toxins out of the body, and provide extra benefits to your skin? This recipe uses sea salt, so you’re getting all natural salt, not the kind that is iodized and sold in cylindrical containers. Some of the reported benefits from soaking in this bath: having more energy at the beginning of the day, not needing to reach for a caffeine jolt, and feeling better throughout the whole day.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Draw a bath with hot water, as hot as you handle. As the water is filling the tub, add all of the dry ingredients and the vinegar. The flowing water will help mix it, but make sure to mix it up well. (If your water turns yellow or orange, that’s just the ginger and the vinegar).
- Soak for about 40 minutes and relax.
You can use chopped fresh ginger if you choose, but we suggest putting it in a tea ball or something similar so pieces of ginger aren’t floating around in your tub or clog your drain.
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