As we continue to lead fast-paced, stressful lives, our bodies are increasingly subjected to toxins through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medications we take and in the water we drink.
An excess of toxins in the body may present itself in a number of ways including, but not limited to, hormone imbalance, weight gain, mental fog, memory loss, fatigue, metabolic issues and sleep disturbances – many of which are commonly experienced amongst a signification proportion of the population on a regular basis.
Detoxification is a natural process that occurs consistently within our body in an attempt to remove and metabolise dangerous compounds.
While many associate detoxification efforts with internal cleansing in the form of juice cleanses and organics diets, there is a simple, relaxing, inexpensive and rejuvenating experience that can be easily be enjoyed within a short period of time in your own home.
The importance of detoxifying baths
Detoxifying baths works to cleanse and soothe the body’s largest organ – the skin. This highly porous membrane is consistently exposed to external toxins, sweat and oil excretions.
However, through the regular use of quality, natural products in a warm bath, we can nurture both body and mind while contributing to improved body function and increased resilience.
Key bath ingredients for removing, relieving and restoring
- Epsom salts - These inexpensive salts delivers big results in the removal of toxins and heavy metals from the body. Via reverse osmosis, epsom salts draw salts, along with harmful substances, from the body; significantly reducing muscle pain in the same process. Their high magnesium and sulphate content make them heavy weights in the relief of muscle soreness and fight inflammation as well.
- Ginger - Long revered as a natural solution for nausea, appetite loss and motion sickness, ginger is also an effective pain reliever. In fact, studies indicate that this humble rhizome may be more effective in pain reduction than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This effect comes about through the reduction of levels of hormones that induce inflammation.
- Lavender oil - Numerous studies have demonstrated the power of lavender oil in relieving and reducing pain, particularly associated with muscular aches, rheumatism, sprain, back ache and lumbago.
- Green tea – Green tea is a fabulous antioxidant and a natural antiseptic, making it another wonderful ingredient in the detoxification process. Additionally, green tea can help to soothe irritated skin.
- Eucalyptus oil – Eucalyptus oil contributes to a strengthened immune system and is a wonder in fighting colds, sinus and other respiratory issues. Due to its antimicrobial properties, eucalyptus is also fabulous for promoting skin health and eliminate inflammation, in addition to its ability to ease tension and anxiety.
Key bath ingredients for promoting internal health
- Chamomile oil - Readily available from health stores, chamomile oil has a powerful effect on the digestive system; particularly the stomach and liver, which are two of the body’s key detoxification organs. By stimulating the secretion of digestive juices, Hydrochloric Acid, bile and enzymes, chamomile aids in toning the stomach and improving muscular functions. Chamomile also works to support the liver in removing toxins and metabolic waste by converting them to water-soluble compounds, which can be passed as urine. It also supports improved bile flow to and from the liver.
- Baking soda - This kitchen cupboard staple promotes alkalinity in the body, thereby balancing acidity and delivering a healthier PH level. Although acidity is necessary for effective digestion of food, acidity in chronically high levels can support the existence of degenerative diseases including osteoporosis, arthritis and cancer.
Create your own detoxifying bath – at home or on holiday
Immerse yourself in goodness and literally wash away toxins with this nurturing bath recipe.
While you can create your own bath recipe using any of the ingredients above, the below is our recommendation for the ultimate detoxification experience.
Note: It is important not to use harsh soaps, shampoos or deodorants during or immediately after your bath, as your pores will be open and more prone to absorbing the chemicals in these products.
- Run a deep, hot bath that you can comfortably soak in. Ideally, the water will be hot enough to induce a sweat.
- Dissolve/combine one cup of baking soda, two cups of epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 10 drops of chamomile essential oil and five inches of ground ginger in the bath water.
- Submerge as much of your body as possible, all the way up to your neck, and soak for at least 20 minutes.
- Hop out of the bath slowly and cautiously, as you may feel a little dizzy.
- Rinse in a cool shower and apply a natural moisturizer such as a body butter, shea butter or coconut oil along with aluminium-free deodorant.
- Hydrate your body with spring water and allow time to rest. Do not eat immediately following a detoxifying bath.