Does the winter weather leave you feeling slow and sluggish? Could you use a pick-me-up?
Then you should definitely try a detox bath.
The Best Detox Bath Recipe
I have poor circulation in my legs, thanks to genetics, and this bath is just what I need quite often to keep my ankles from looking like I am 9 months pregnant. The great thing about kaolin clay for someone like me is that it helps circulation in the body, among a few other things.
Kaolin clay can help cleanse, purify, heal, and soothe all skin types. There are no chemicals in kaolin clay and it is very beneficial. It is very mild, and has proven effective in improving blood flow to the skin, cleansing and exfoliating. Kaolin clay is recommended for oily and normal skin but should be discussed with a doctor if one has sensitive skin.
Kaolin clay helps remove toxins and oils from your skin and eliminates skin blemishes when used on the face.
Epsom salts cause you to sweat, which is the central purpose of a detox bath. Drugs, toxins and poisons in your body will escape through the pores in your skin. You want the water to be pretty warm and you need to soak in it for about 20 to 30 minutes, though you shouldn’t soak any longer than that. As the water cools, the toxins will be sweated out of your skin. Be sure to drink lots of water during and after the bath, to replenish the liquids you’ve sweated out.
Soaking in a bath of Epsom salt can relax your muscles, reduce inflammation, minimize pain, fade bruising, aid digestion, relieve stress and tension, and detoxify your body.
Some experts maintain that you can take a detox bath every day, while others suggest no more than three or four a week. Talk to your doctor to see what he recommends before starting a detox bath regimen.
Benefits of a Detox Bath
From eHow Health:
Having too much adrenalin in your body due to stress and tension can result in a low magnesium level. When you soak in an Epsom salt bath you allow magnesium to be absorbed through the skin. Magnesium then attaches to serotonin, a mood-enhancing hormone, and helps to relax you. It can also lower your blood pressure, improve your concentration and help you sleep.
Your body can accumulate a residue of medications and impurities from the environment. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salt can pull these toxins from the cells of your body through reverse osmosis. This is a process where salt is drawn from your body and the toxins come with it. It can also soothe your nerves by balancing your electrolytes.
According to Natural Home Remedies, Epsom salt can assist in blood circulation, aid in wound healing, remove foot odor, soften your skin and increase your strength and stamina. The Epsom Salt Council says that Epsom salt can also increase the effectiveness of insulin, lower blood pressure, improve oxygen use and ease the pain of migraine headaches.
Detox Bath Recipe
Makes 2 1/2 cups
- 1 cup sea salt (medium or course)
- 1 cup dead sea salt (fine)
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 2 tbsp. kaolin clay (china clay)
- sprinkles of any dried herbs or botanicals
- 1 tsp essential oil (lavender, rose, tea tree, peppermint, etc)
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