Detoxing is a hot topic in health care, especially alternative or homeopathic medicine. It's extremely popular both with celebrities and in popular culture. Most spas offer a detox package, and you can find a plethora of detox products, such as detox diet books, vitamins, or teas. However, did you know that you can detoxify your body at home, using simple and inexpensive ingredients that you may already have in your cupboards? Here are some pointers on how to make a detox bath.
- One of the most popular detox bath recipes contains 1 cup sea salt, 2 cups baking soda, and 1 cup of Epsom salts. Stir these ingredients together, then draw a very hot bath—as hot as you can stand it—and pour in the salts while the bath is filling. Soak in the bath for about thirty to forty minutes. You will start to sweat profusely. The heat and detoxification process may make you feel light-headed, so be sure to hydrate your body during the bath, and get out of the tub very slowly and carefully when you are finished.
- Another great detox bath is the ginger bath. Take 1/8 cup of ginger (fresh grated is best, but you can also use powdered or ginger tea bags) and add it to a very hot bath. The ginger will heat up the bath, so you may feel extremely hot and red. You can also combine the ginger with Epsom salts for maximum detoxification.
- A third and very simple detox bath consists of alternating hot and cold baths. This mimics the treatments done in hammams, where you spend time in the sauna and then immerse your body in a cold pool, and then repeat the process.
When you have finished soaking, wrap your body in a towel or blanket to further sweat out the toxins. Many people prefer to do a detox bath at night, as they claim that it helps them sleep better. You will finish sweating out the remainder of the toxins as you sleep, and awake feeling energized and refreshed. Don't add any moisturizers to your skin, as this may impede the excretion of toxins.
Many people experience flu-like symptoms after doing a detox bath; this is generally attributed to the body's attempts to rid itself of excess toxins. Don't worry, this feeling soon passes and you'll be feeling better than ever.
If you are diabetic or have heart concerns, please consult a doctor before doing a detox bath.
With a few simple ingredients and a little time, you can make a detox bath and revivify your body.