It’s nearing the end of January and every time I turn on the news I’m reminded of how cold it is in every part of the country. In Toronto, it’s the coldest day in two years, coming in a -20 degrees with a windchill of -28. What sounds better than a hot bath on a bone chilling day? Probably not much. That being said, if you plan on taking a dip in your bathtub tonight I suggest adding a few key ingredients which will help detoxify your body and having you sleeping like a baby to wake up feeling perfectly rested and refreshed and ready to take on another bone chilling day.
Why do a detox bath? Let me explain. Your skin is one of your body’s toxin eliminating mechanisms. Just like when you sweat from exercise, you’ll be sweating in your bath. The hot water raises your core temperature and draws contaminants out through your pores. Adding herbs or oils can also help with the elimination process. A detox bath can be especially helpful to rid yourself of a cold or flu and also aids in removal of heavy metals in your body. Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cups Epsom salt
2 cups baking soda
1 cup sea salt
1.5 Litres of room temperature drinking water
Optional ingredients include:
Ginger, aromatherapy oils
Combine your dry ingredients and pour into running water. Try to keep your water temperature as hot as you can handle it. The hotter the water, the more you’ll sweat and ultimately, the more toxins you will eliminate.
Some things to remember:
1. Stay in your bath for a minimum of 20 and maximum of 40 minutes
2. Use caution when stepping out of your bath and be sure to get up slowly
3. Do not use any creams or oils after your bath; this will clog your pores and end the elimination process.
4. Once you’re out of the bath, wrap yourself in a big robe or towel, cuddle up under your covers and be amazed at how peacefully you fall asleep. Make sure to remain calm and rested after your bath an get into bed slowly by our body has just rid itself of many toxins and might be in shock.
5. During your bath drink LOTS of water. This is very important so you don’t become dehydrated.
6. The addition of ginger will act as a heating mechanism. If you add ginger, prepare to sweat a lot!
7. Essential oils will add a different element depending on the oil you use; lavender will be calming, but if you prefer to aid in the detoxification process I suggest adding tea tree oil or eucalyptus. 20 drops should suffice.
8. If you decide to add any herbs to your bath I suggest you stick to ‘warming’ herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme. Herbs such as mint have a cooling sensation and will not be beneficial to this type of bath.
9. Relax, lie back, drink water and enjoy your alone time. You deserve it.