I don't know about you, but I just can't shake this flu/cold I have. But this helps. Though, so does chocolate :)
This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or otherwise take the place of the advice of your licensed healthcare practitioner. See your doctor for advice first.
Prepare your bath on a day that you have at least 40 minutes available. The first 20 minutes are said to help your body remove the toxins, while the second 20 minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water. Soaking in Epsom salts actually helps replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension. The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.
Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.
For children under 60 lbs, add 1/2 cup to a standard bath.
For children 60 lbs to 100 lbs, add 1 cup to a standard bath.
For people 100 lbs and up, add 2 cups or more to a standard bath.
(It is basically calculated for every 50 lbs = 1/2 cup of salt)
Epsom salt is very inexpensive and can be purchased in decently sized bags or cartons at discount stores in the garden center or pharmaceutical area. Very large bags can be ordered from garden centers.
Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has anti-fungal properties. It also leaves skin very soft. Large bags can usually be found in the swimming pool chemical area, but the boxes from the bakery aisle will work fine.
While this step is optional, ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. However, since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity.
*Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold.
Again optional, but many people love the fragrance of such oils and for many, the oils have particular therapeutic properties to take advantage of. There are many oils that will make the bath an even more pleasant and relaxing experience such as lavender, as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus).
*If you prefer, you can use fresh herbs. Add mint leaves (warming), lavender flowers (soothing), chamomile (soothing), or anything else that suits your mood. Also there is grapefruit seed oil, rosemary, and thyme Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak.
- Drink plenty of water. This is VERY important! Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don't, you will likely feel sick afterwards. Have at least 1.5 liters of cold drinking water at your finger tips to drink before and during your bath.
- Place your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.
- After the bath, you might like to rub down your body with a loofah. This can help to stimulate the lymphatic system, which can aid with the release of toxins. Use long, gentle sweeping strokes aimed toward the heart. Shower off the Epsom salts if desired, but it's not necessary.
- Relax for the rest of the day and allow your body to continue to detoxify and heal itself.
- Don't eat immediately before or after the bath.
- Dry brush your skin before the bath for further benefits.
- Avoid putting hydrogen peroxide in your bath. As an oxidizing agent, it can have corrosive effects on your skin.
- Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues. It states on the Epsom Salt package if you have diabetes you should check with your doctor first.
- As with any application of essential oils, be aware of the properties of the oils and any contra-indications (things that might bring about harm) for your particular conditions.
- Before adding herbs not on the list to your bath, please read what their effects are. Some herbs CAN be poisonous.