Water has been a valuable therapeutic aid for centuries. The main function of detox baths are to help your body to eliminate toxins and excess fat.
Baking soda and Epsom salts are used in fairly high quantities (1 cup of each for every 60lbs of body weight) in some detox bath recipes in order to help stimulate the lymphatic system. Epsom salt is said to be a natural anti-inflammatory and is a good source of magnesium (which can be absorbed through the skin). The high saline concentration in Espom Salts make the water denser than the body’s interstitial fluids, so in theory osmotic pressure will pull toxin-laden fluids out of the body.
Hydrogen peroxide: (half a 16oz bottle) along with epsom salts - never combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in the same bath recipe (you'll end up with a foamy mess.
Apple Cider Vinegar: (about 1 cup per bath) - it is believed that ACV will help restore the PH balance of your body if you are overly acidic - it is also great (just like sea salt or epsom salts) for muscle aches. Make your bath hot enough to make you sweat perspiration helps the body to rid itself of toxins.
Juniper: Is said to reduce cellulite. Juniper essential oil is a good diuretic, and is good for muscle aches and pains, it is also thought to help balance the PH in your system. Don't use juniper oil if you are pregnant or have sensitive skin.
Ginger:Will help your body to sweat. Throw a few fresh slices into your bath water - smells great and you will be surprised at how well it works. Ginger is great in a bath if you have a cold or fever (or check out my old posting on Mustard Baths - which work really well if you are feeling run down)
Basic Detox Bath
- 3 Cups of Epsom Salts
- 2 Cups of Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup of Sea Salt
- 6 Drops of Juniper Essential Oil (or several slices of fresh ginger)