HOW TO TAKE A DETOX BATH AT HOME
PLUS, 3 DIFFERENT DETOX BATH RECIPES YOU CAN TRY.
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Ooooo, how I absolutely enjoy a day relaxation at the spa! From the aroma of the pure essential oils that permeate the air, to the use of holistic and exotic herbs and spices, to the soothing zen-like music, I would never tire from daily visits to a beautiful resort spa!
However, we all know that DAILY spa retreats can become quite expensive. Have no fear, though! You can create your own spa-like oasis in the comfort of your own bathroom by taking a relaxing detox bath…and at a very affordable cost!!
As the name implies, detox baths can help the body rid itself of some of the toxins that we encounter on a daily basis.
These toxins can come from the use of chemically-based skin care products, our environment (indoors and outdoors), and by ingesting pesticides used to grow some of our produce.
Detox baths can also provide splendid aqua therapy to help your body unwind and release some of the stress of daily life. For starters, here are the items that I gather in preparation for my own spa day at home:
A cup of herbal tea of choice
Then, run your bath water at a temperature as warm as you can tolerate it without burning your skin.
When you sit in this warm water, it will open the pores of your skin and should cause you to sweat. Sweating is one of the ways to release toxins from your body.
However, to take your detoxification and relaxation to a higher level, you can add one of the following 3 key ingredients to your bath water. Each one has its own unique therapeutic benefits and properties. I usually employ only one at a time. Here they are:
1.) Add salts to your bath water
When added to bath water, salts have a natural “drawing” action whereby they pull toxins from your body through the pores of your skin.
You cannot visibly see these toxins as you sweat them out of your body, but rest assured that they are in there and salts can help pull them out through your skin. Some of the most commonly used bath salts are Epsom Salts or Dead Sea Salts.
One of my favorite bath salts is Clenapure’s Grapefruit Detox Bath Salts because they are made with mineral-rich Himalayan Pink Salts (HPS).
HPS has a composition that is similar to blood plasma and it contains over 80 trace minerals (1).
HPS is reportedly over 100,000 years old. It is hand-mined from the pristine Himalayan mountains and has been virtually uncontaminated by pollutants. its minerals are easily absorbed into your body.
So, with Himalayan Pink Salts, you not only benefit from its detoxifying power, but you also get healthy mineral deposits onto your skin and in your body.
Plus, the addition of the grapefruit essential oil is beneficial because…and this is a good one ladies….grapefruit essential oil helps to break up cellulite! (2)
To increase the cellulite-reducing quality of your detox baths, be sure to knead the areas affected by cellulite with your fingertips to help further break up the fatty tissue and smooth out the area.
Using a hand-held massager is also effective at breaking up cellulite. This is a good beauty practice regardless of the ingredients you use in your detox bath because most of us are in a constant battle to achieve smooth, firm thighs.
Caveat: If you are prone to high blood pressure, you may not want to partake in a salt-based detox bath because salt has been know to raise blood pressure.
2.) Add bentonite clay to your bath water.
Bentonite clay is also a mineral. When added to your bath water it is highly effective at drawing toxins out of your body through the pores of your skin.
This drawing action is produced by the negative ionic charge produced by bentonite clay when it is liquefied in water (3). It acts as a magnate by attracting toxins to itself.
So when your pores are open from breaking a sweat in your bath water, the bentonite clay detox will “pull” toxins out of your body and “trap” those toxins to itself so that you cannot reabsorb them.
It’s even effective enough to remove heavy metals from the body (4).
Due to its strong magnetic pull, you should not use any other ingredients in your bath water when you detox with bentonite clay.
The reason is that the bentonite clay will absorb the nutrients and “trap” them to itself (just as it traps the toxins), carrying them away from your body.
Here’s a tip on how to prepare your bentonite clay for your detox bath:
Since it will take a while for powdered bentonite clay to become hydrated enough to thoroughly mix into your bath water, you should liquify it beforehand.
You will do this by placing 2 heaping tablespoons of dry bentonite clay into a GLASS jar filled with water the day before you take your detox bath. Allow the water/clay mixture to sit overnight.
On the next day vigorously shake the jar to mix the two ingredients and to ensure that the clay is completely liquified. After the clay has liquified, pour it to your bath water, mix, and enjoy your soothing and luxurious moment of detoxification.
Bonus Tip: Don’t allow any metal instruments (jars, bowls, spoons, etc.) to come into contact with bentonite clay because bentonite clay will absorb some of the metal content, which will in turn go into your bath water. And you don’t want heavy metals in your bath water because you could possibly absorb them into your skin.
3.) Add a variety of herbs to your bath water.
Adding a variety of healing herbs (fresh or dried) will turn your bath water into a blissful treat!
The warm bath water will leach the natural vitamins and minerals that are present in those herbs into your water. Then you simply sit, relax, and absorb the nutrients into your skin.
If you would like, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to boost the serenity and therapeutic value of your detox bath.
Here is a combination of organic herbs that I especially like to use for my herbal spa bath. Each herb has its own therapeutic value that packs a powerful, skin-loving, nutrient-rich punch:
Lavender Buds – relaxing (5)
Oat Straw – soothes irritated skin (6)
Whole Red Clover Flowers – treats psoriasis and eczema (7)
Whole Calendula Flowers – heals skin wounds (8)
Tip: Place your herbs inside a muslin cloth drawstring bag. Drop the bag into your bath water. Allow the herbal infusion of the nutrients into your bath water.
Then sit in the herbal bath water, relax, and absorb the nutrients right into your skin!
Using the drawstring bag prevents you from having a messy clean-up after your relaxing herbal bath.
You can customize your own mixture of organic natural herbs as well. I recommend using organic herbs whenever possible to decrease your chances of adding pesticides to your bath water.
It’s always a good practice to drink a glass of water during and after your detox bath. Drinking water during your detox bath will replace the fluids that you will lose through perspiration.
The reason for drinking water after your detox bath is that you want to continue to flush out any toxins that became mobile throughout your body during the perspiration and detoxification process.
It’s a good idea to add drops of liquid minerals to your drinking water after your detox bath. This will help to replace the electrolytes you lost through sweating. This is my favorite liquid mineral solution.
Now, go ahead! Create your own blissful, stress-releasing paradise at home….and you can do so as often as you would like. Given our busy lives, we can all benefit by incorporating a relaxing detox bath into our regimen. And we deserve it!
Whatever method you try will undoubtedly prove beneficial to your well-being. So, tell me….how do you plan to “spa at home?”