So, I realized how long it has been since I’ve done anything like float therapy, and while I am not going to dump 5 bags of epsom salt into my tub – I found the next best thing that is said to help a few different things – A detox bath!
So, there are tons of “recipes” online, when it comes to essential oils choose the ones that you personally like. They do have claims for specific therapeutic effects so you can choose whichever you want to use. For example, I have lavender and its supposed to help with sleeping so I added that to my bath.
There are certain recipes for certain issues so feel free to look up the different kinds to suit your needs!
This is what I used:
1/2 cup of baking soda (right on the box it says to use 1/2 cup and that its great to help dry skin!)
1/2 cup of epsom salts
10 drops of your favorite essential oil – or not! Not necessary, other than baking soda and epsom salts the rest is honestly optional but can be a very nice addition! I’ve also read that essential oils act as an antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory.
So, when I was looking up what detox baths are good for, everything I found said the same thing. It helps draw out toxins and put minerals back into the body.
You should do this for 40 minutes with hot water. This will help you sweat out toxins.
The first 20 minutes will give your body time to remove toxins from your system while the last 20 to 40 minutes will allow you to absorb the minerals in the water.
So, what minerals you say?? Magnesium sulfate! What does it do in the body exactly? It replaces magnesium in the body and increases water in the intestines – so, you may need to poop more after 😉 It is also really good for muscles and nerves.
Baking soda is great for your skin and it also helps with pH balance.
Also, this is a great stress reducer, its therapeutic and its like having a spa day in your home without the massive bill.
What did I notice?
Well, the last week I’ve been having troubles getting to sleep and I haven’t been able to figure out why. My stress is minimal, but my daughter has been waking up often throughout the night the last week which makes it hard to go into rest/restore mode.
After my bath, I fell asleep (right after I had to post about it in my group first)
I am so embarrassed to admit this, but here it goes. My toe nails were a tad bit yellow…I know I know. Gross. However, I noticed afterwards, they weren’t anymore. The next morning they looked even better. So as an antimicrobial, ph rebalancing bath that makes sense to me.
My skin was SO SMOOTH. I didn’t realize how not smooth my skin was until I got out of that bath and couldn’t stop feeling my arms and such.
Some tips regarding this:
*Take a glass of water in with you. You will be thirsty! Whether it is the heat and the detox combined, you will be thirsty and it is important to drink enough water to flush out impurities/free radicals in the body.
*Carve out the minimum of 40 minutes – put on some soothing music!
*Do this before bed! You’re going to be going into a thermogenic state as you sleep, so why not start it before. You also detox in your sleep, so it will be a great way to reduce stress and eliminate more toxins.
Benefits of detox baths:
*Stress reducer – let’s face it. In our world, stress is prevalent. So many of us are stressed and don’t even know it because we cope with it. That seems great but it is not. We don’t realise how much stress we have until some bigger issue comes up.
*Drawing out toxins with magnesium sulfate that also has health benefits of its own: Ease stress and improves sleep and concentration. Help muscles and nerves function properly.
*Reduce muscle pain. I found it helpful after exercising at the gym!
*Help you sleep better (probably because of the combination of things above)
*Help with joint pain and fungus! So if you have toenail fungus, athletes foot, etc this can be VERY beneficial.
*Weight loss due to the anti-inflammatory effect.
Note- If you are a patient of high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnant or heart trouble, do not practice detox bath. Always consult your healthcare provider for the best amounts for YOU personally. There are varying opinions if you should do it daily or 1-3 times per week.
I have seen that too much magnesium can create irritability, headaches, low blood pressure, and confusion.
So, if you’re feeling called to try this out – I absolutely enjoyed it and will make it a part of my routine 2x a week!