Today I am going to share an amazing DIY detox bath recipe with you! I use this detox bath to relieve stress or to help get over a cold and it works great!
Sweating is the body’s natural way of detoxifying, so just soaking in hot water helps to pull toxins out of your body to the surface of your skin. Toxins are also drawn out of your body as the water in the bath starts to cool down.
And it worked! I felt more relaxed just getting into the bath and when I woke up the next morning I felt completely refreshed! I woke up by myself half an hour before my alarm went off and I continued feeling great all day!
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DIY Detox Bath Recipe
- 1/3 C Epsom salts
- 1/3 C sea salt
- 1/3 C baking soda
- 2 1/2 t ground ginger
- 1 C apple cider vinegar
*NOTE* Baking soda and vinegar react with each other (you know the fun fizzing volcanoes you made as a child?!) and will negate each other, so don’t use both in the same bath! It won’t hurt if you do, but you won’t get any benefit from either one. Instead, just choose one for your bath and skip the other this time. They each have different benefits (see below) so choose the one that will be best for your bath, and remember, you can always mix it differently next time!
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Draw a bath with water as hot as you can stand it. As the water is filling the tub, add the bowl of dry ingredients and the vinegar. The flowing water will help mix it, but make sure to mix it well. (Don’t worry if your water turns yellow or orange, that’s just the ginger and the vinegar)
Soak in the bath for about 40 minutes and enjoy! If you want to you can rub your skin gently (always towards your heart) to stimulate your lymphatic system and help clear out the toxins.
You can use chopped fresh ginger if you would rather; I would just suggest putting it in a tea ball or something similar so you don’t get pieces of ginger floating around or clogging your drain.
If you like the bath you can make a bulk version of the dry ingredients and store them for future use. If you have a fun container to put it in, this would also make a great gift! Just mix up all the dry ingredients (the first three if you’re using fresh ginger, the first four if you’re using ground ginger) and store it in something with a lid. Then just grab 1 cup of the mix and 1 cup of vinegar when you want a bath.
These are some benefits you can get from each of these ingredients. Feel free to mix and match the recipe and ingredients so that it works best for you!
- Epsom salts: helps make you sweat, reduces inflammation, relieves muscle aches, found in most bath salts
- Sea salt: another common bath salt, helps leach out toxins, soothes open sores or blemishes
- Baking soda: highly alkaline, helps balance an overly acidic system, helps eliminate chlorine in the water, softens water and skin
- Ground ginger: increases circulation, opens pores, makes you sweat
- Apple cider vinegar: helps restore the acid-alkaline balance in your body, helpful for acne, softens skin
Important considerations before taking this bath
This bath and the detox process can be fairly dehydrating so make sure you drink plenty of water during and after the bath. I had my 1-liter water bottle with me and drank a full bottle during the bath and another full bottle after. I was definitely thirsty!
When you’re getting out of the bath please be very careful and move slowly. You may feel weak or light-headed if you stand up too quickly.
You will probably feel tired right after, so take this bath at a time when you can go right to bed if you need to. I wrapped myself up in a bathrobe and watched a few episodes of X-Files while drinking water. It took about an hour before I felt like getting up and moving around, and I was still very tired.
Also, please don’t take hot baths or salt baths if you are pregnant, have heart trouble, high blood pressure, or if you are diabetic. If you’re not sure, talk to your doctor first.
If you start to feel like you are coming down with the flu, don’t freak out. While your body works to detox and flush out the toxins you may feel a bit under the weather for about half a day. It probably means it’s working! Stay hydrated to help your body clear out the toxins and you should feel better pretty quickly.
How do you relax? Have you ever tried a detox bath recipe like this before?
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