How To Detox In Your Bathtub
It seems everyone is interesting in knowing how to detoxify their bodies these days and I personally think that’s a good thing, because we live in an increasingly toxic world. Today’s article will give you a great recipe showing you how to detox in your bathtub.
Toxins In Our Environment
Our bodies are subject to more toxins than ever before. Toxins are in the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, the medications we take, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, the cosmetics we use, the unfiltered water we drink, our mercury dental fillings, even aluminum cookware.
Toxins can cause irritation, inflammation and destruction to the tissues of our bodies. Even though your body does much detoxification work all by itself – it has many ways of removing and metabolizing these dangerous compounds – the ability of the body to repair itself is not endless and you will doubtless be aware of this if you have had breast cancer.
So I believe that the more we can do to support the various systems of our body, by way of something as simple as taking a very particular kind of bath, the better!
There are many different kinds of detox baths out there – just Google “detox bath” and you’ll find them. Here’s the one I recommend because of its wonderful healing effects.
How To Prepare Your Detox Bath
Hot water will help detoxify as it opens the pores of your skin. Keep a glass of water close by as well as a washcloth, this bath will make you sweat. Drink some water while you are running the bath too. As the water is running, add the following:
2 cups Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda (especially if your water is not filtered)
1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
½ cup bentonite clay
10 drops of medicinal quality essential oils
Soak for as long as you wish. Finish by rinsing yourself with a cool shower for 5 minutes to wash away all excreted body toxins, clay, and to close the pores of your skin. Please follow up with at least 2 glass of filtered water in the hours following. You will be amazed at how good you feel afterwards!
Why these particular ingredients? Here’s a bit more information on each one.
Epsom salts – or magnesium sulphate – is wonderful for so many things. They help to ease stress and improve sleep and concentration, helps muscles and nerves to function properly, reduces inflammation thus relieving pain and muscle cramps, helps to flush toxins out of the body, improves absorption of nutrients, even help to prevent or ease migraine headaches. The best and cheapest place to obtain Epsom salts is at your local large animal supply store – they give Epsom salts to horses when they are not well. Otherwise, here’s a good one from Amazon.
Baking soda – something as simple as baking soda helps neutralize the chemicals in the water – primarily chlorine – as well as helping to increase mineral absorption.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – kills bad bacteria, is a natural anti-fungal and anti-viral, it is excellent for helping to balance the pH of your skin, helps to detox your liver, ease leg cramps and restless leg syndrome. Taken internally, ACV has many other health benefits as well. Here’s a good organic one from Amazon.
Bentonite Clay – a naturally-forming clay which magnetically pulls toxins, heavy metals and wastes from the body. It will make the water look a bit muddy, but don’t worry about that, mix it in. Amazon has it readily available in a one pound package.
Essential Oils – besides filling your bath with a wonderful aroma, the careful choice and addition of essential oils to your bath can help you with a variety of ailments, from stress and exhaustion to acne to a migraine headache. The use of essential oils takes the bath from being merely therapeutic to being targeted for your particular problems. For detoxification purposes, helichrysum, geranium, cardamom, ruta, vetiver and cumin seed oil may possibly be heavy metal chelators, although there is a general lack of research proving that to be fact. I include them here because traditional use of these particular oils indicates their usefulness for detoxing and possibly chelating.
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